Students

Post-Doctoral

Dr. Jeffery Richardson

PFC Students

Jeff Richerdson received my B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 2003, my M.S. from the University of Washington in 2008, and my Ph.D from the University of Washington in 2011.

He's part of the team investigating methods of assessing the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone where he provide geospatial support. He also work with the IUFA team on issues affecting urban forests in the Puget sound.

 

PhD Students

Meghan Halabisky

PFC Students

Meghan got her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University in Environmental Economics. In 2012 she graduated with a concurrent Master's from UW: M.S. at the School of Forest Resources and a M.P.A. at the Daniel J. Evens School of Public Affairs. For her thesis she

For her PhD Meghan is examining spatiotemporal trends of wetlands in Eastern Washington using a combination of high resolution aerial imagery, LiDAR, satellite imagery and field data. The goal of her research is to characterize and model the response of wetland ecosystems to historic and future climate change.

Svetlana Schroeder

PFC Students

Svetlana's research interests include forest management and economics. She is especially interested in applying mathematical tools in sustainable forest management and building mathematical models to explore the efficiency of forest usage for different purposes. Recently she assisted testing an auction mechanism which was built to help landowners to define the best use of the resources they have.

Rachel St. John

PFC Student

Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2009. She moved to Seattle and received a MS in Applied mathematics in 2011 at the University of Washington, and now is working toward her PhD in Industrial Engineering. Her studies focus on linear optimization models.

Zhongya Zhang

PFC Students

Zhongya earned her undergraduate degree from Agricultural University of Hebei in Land Resources Management (2008). In 2009 she was admitted to China University of Geosciences (Beijing) as a master student. Because of excellent performance, she was approved to pursue her PhD without examination in 2010, majoring in Land Resources Management.

In 2011, she was awarded a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council, which has allowed her to work toward her PhD with PFC at the University of Washington.

 

 

MS Students

Justin Kirsch

PFC Student

Justin joined Monika Moskal's laboratory in 2010 after completion of his bachelor's degree at the Evergreen State College. His primary research interests include the relationships between forest above and below ground plant carbon and their relationship to stand productivity, tree diversity, and canopy complexity. Additionally, Justin is interested in how these relationships will respond to climate change and invasive species.

Alexandra Kazakova

PFC Student

Alexandra is working on Terrestrial LiDAR (TLS) applications in Precision Forestry by extracting stand inventory from point cloud datasets. She is interested in using TLS for quantifying vertical and horizontal stand structure in the Pacific Northwest forests.

Alexandra eared her bachelor's degree in 2010 from the Evergreen State College where she worked on the Evergreen Ecological Observation Network.

 

Former Students

Hans-Erik Andersen

Hans-Erik Andersen

Received undergraduate degree from Williams College, and masters degrees in forestry from UW and forest surveying from International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences. He finished a PhD in Quantitative Resource Management in 2003. Currently he is a Research Forester, Forest Inventory and Analysis, with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Anchorage, AK.

Dissertation: Estimation of critical forest structure metrics through the spatial analysis of airborne laser scanner data. UW Libraries Call #: SD121 Th52249.

Arnab Bhowmick

Arnab Bhowmick

Completed his MS in 2004, combining attributes from Computer Science & Engineering, Civil Engineering, GIS and Remote Sensing, and Environmental/Natural Resource Engineering and Management. His work focused on integrating Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programs with ESRI GIS software.

Professional Paper: Forest measurements in GIS (geographical information systems) environment through LIDAR (light detection and ranging) derived parameters. UW Libraries Call #: SD121.N65 B56 2004.

Tobey Clarkin

Tobey Clarkin

Received his BS in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed an MS in Forest Engineering in December 2007, using LIDAR data to study the effects of canopy density on GPS accuracy. Currently he is an Enviromental Engineer at URS.

Thesis: Modeling Global Navigation Satellite System Positional Error under Forest Canopy based on LIDAR-Derived Canopy Densities. UW Libraries Call #: SD121 Th57779.

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke

Received his B.A. in Geography from the University of Washington. He completed an MS in June, 2008. His research focused on understanding LIDAR response in chaparral and other low, dense vegetation, with the intent of validating LIDAR ground model accuracy and improving the use of LIDAR vegetation metrics in fire modeling for fire-prone areas.

Thesis: Analysis of LIDAR-derived bare ground model accuracy in southern California chaparral. UW Libraries Call #: SD121 Th58285.

Todd Erdody

Todd Erdody

Todd Erdody graduated from with a Masters degree in 2009. He was funded through the EPA STARS Fellowship Program and advised by Dr. Moskal. His research was on "Fusion of LiDAR and Imagery for Estimating Canopy Fuel Metrics in Eastern Washington Forests". In 2008 Todd received a travel award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Upon graduation Todd accepted a position with NPS in Oregon.

Flo Damian

Flo Damian

His undergraduate work was done in Romania. In 2004 finished a MS in Forest Engineering with research focused on the creation of a GIS tool to locate stream culverts.

Thesis: Cross-drain placement to reduce sediment delivery from forest roads to streams. UW Libraries Call #: SD121 Th53109.

Sean Hoyt

Sean Hoyt

Sean received a BS in electrical engineering in embedded systems from UW. He received an MSEE doing research with radio frequency identification applications such as tree diameter sensing and the University of Washington Brockman Tree Tour.

Thesis: Improving the C. Frank Brockman Memorial Tree Tour with radio frequency identification (RFID) and a personal digital assistant (PDA). UW Libraries Call #: TK7 Th52308.

Nan Hu

Nan Hu

Received his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Engineering from China Algricultural University, and his master's in Quantitative Forest Management (Environmetal statistics and GIS) from State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In the fall of 2005, he moved to the UW Department of Biostatistics.

Laurel James

Laurel James

Laurel James earned her MS degree in the spring of 2012. She was advised by Dr. Moskal and focused on a project that combines remotely sensed hypertemporal vegetation index data and mountain goat movements tracked through satellite GPS. In the Fall of 2009 Laurel will transition to a funded UW BioEnergy IGERT PhD degree to work on lidar based biomass estimation. Laurel holds numerous undergraduate scholarship and awards.

Akira Kato

Akira Kato

Received his MS in remote sensing with a minor in forestry from the University of Tokyo in Japan. He is now pursuing a PhD working on the integration of LIDAR datasets and photos using GIS software(ERDAS and ENVI) and the C programming language. Currently Dr. Kato is a Professor at Chiba University, Japan.

Sooyoung Kim

Sooyoung Kim

Attended Seoul National University from 1993-2000, earning a BS Honors in Horticultural Science and an MLA (Landscape Architecture). She has also earned a MS in Social Science from the UW School of Forest Resources. UW Library Call #: SD121 Th52582. She completed a Ph.D in Decemeber 2007, focused on identifying tree species from LIDAR data.

Dissertation: Individual tree species identification using LIDAR-derived crown structures and intensity data. UW Library Call #: SD121 Th58109.

Nora Konnyu

Nora Konnyu

She received her MS in forest economics at the University of West-Hungary in 2007. In 2012 she completed her PhD at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences focusing on the monetary valuation of forest ecosystem services.

Finn Krogstad

Finn Krogstad

Received his BS in geology and MS in Forest Hydrology both from the University of Washington. UW Library Call #: SD121 Th43896. Completed his PhD in forest engineering in 2007.

Dissertation: Evaluating the validity of research implications. UW Library Call #: SD121 Th56911.

Yuzhen Li

Yuzhen Li

She recieved her BS in Forestry from ShanDong Agriculture University, in Taian China, and her MS in Forest Biometrics from the University of Washington. She is currently a Postdoctoral Assoicate at the Department of Forestry at Viginia Tech. Her PhD focused on linking remote sensing data with USDA Forest Service FIA ground measurement data. Master's thesis title: Effects of fertilization and density on growth and yield of young Douglas-fir plantations in the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries Call #: SD121 Th54623.

Joowon Park

Joowon Park

Joowon Park earned his PhD in research about the development of a new stream mapping algorithm using LiDAR and spectral data and assessment of the accuracy of stream maps.

Sam Pittman

Sam Pittman

Recieved a BS in mathematics, an MS in forest biometrics and an MS in applied mathematics all from the University of Washington. UW Libraries Call #: SD121 Th50190. In 2003, he earned a PhD from the College of Forest Resources, writing a dissertation on decentralized decision making in forest management.

Dissertation: Multilevel planning in forestry. UW Libraries Call #: SD121 Th52995.

Jacob Strunk

Jacob Strunk

Completed his Bachelor of Science in the Environmental Science and Resource Management program at the College of Forest Resources in June, 2006. He completed his MS at the College of Forest Resources in December, 2008, with work focused on LIDAR-based forest inventory. His thesis was titled: "Two-Stage Forest Inventory with LIDAR on the Fort Lewis Military Installation". He will continue with his PhD working on LIDAR-based forest inventory at Oregon State University beginning in January.

Alicia Sullivan

Alicia Sullivan

Alicia Sullivan (MS student) worked with Dr. Schiess to develop a repeatable method for forest stand delineation with LiDAR. Alicia, completed her undergraduate work in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington, she has been involved in forest inventory GIS mapping from aerial imagery. Alicia was also an active member of multiple student organizations, including The UW Geospatial Club and SAF. Her MS thesis work is available here:

Thesis: LiDAR Based Stand Delineation in Natural Forests (pdf of full document)

Matthew Walsh

Matthew Walsh

Received B.S. in Forest Engineering from UW in 1997. Worked on his M.S. in the same program. Research focused on using computers to generate 3D images of landscape changes with the goal of using these images for decision making about planned activities.

Adnan Hyder Yusuf

Adnan Hyder Yusuf

In 1999 Adnan received a BS in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh Univ. of Engineering and Technology, in Bangladesh. In 2003 he earned an MSME working on simulated fabric draping of LIDAR data for visualization purposes.

Thesis: Fabric draping of LiDAR data for forest canopy visualization. UW Libraries Call #: TJ7 Th52807.

Guang Zheng

Guang Zheng

Guang Zheng is a PhD Student who joined Dr. Moskal's Lab in 2007 from Nanajing University in China. Guang's research focusing on deriving LAI from terrestrial LiDAR is funded through the Corkery Family Chair Scholarship provided through the Precision Forestry Cooperative. Guang graduated in 2011.

Jianyang Zheng

Jianyang Zheng

From 1992 to 1997 Zheng attended Tsinghua University, in Beijing, earning a Bachelors degree in Engineering . In 2003 he earned a masters degree from the Civil Engineering Department, researching GPS/INS navigation technologies under forest canopies.

Thesis: Performance evaluation of the GPS/INS integrated system in forest environment and urban area. UW Libraries Call #: TA7 Th52243.