Alexandra Kazakova, MS Student
MS Candidate

...Forest ecology, stand structure analysis, forest productivity and diversity, remote sensing, LiDAR, GIS, image analysis







I am wrapping up my MS this summer and will be starting PhD in RSGAL in the fall.

I will be presenting my current research findings at 2012 ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, August 5-10, 2012.

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I am an MS student in Dr. Moskal's Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory. I joined RSGAL in 2010 from Evergreen State College where I worked with Dr. Dylan Fischer and Dr Carrie LeRoy participating in monitoring of the Evergreen Ecological Observation Network. Currently I work on Dr. Moskal's funded project: Terrestrial LiDAR (TLS) application in Precision Forestry

Research Area

My main research area is forest ecosystem functioning, especially relationships between forest productivity and diversity. During my undergraduate academic work I focused specifically on changes in carbon flux in relationship to stand diversity in a Pacific Northwest second growth forest. I am interested in applying remote sensing techniques to test the productivity-diversity relationship over vast landscapes. My research interests include fusing remotely sensed data as aerial LiDAR (ALS) and hyperspectral imagery to measure diversity and carbon flux in multiple ecosystems (urban forest, semi-urban and natural forested lands).

Curretnly, I am working on terrestrial LiDAR (TLS) applications in precision forestry, specifically, extracting stand inventory from the point cloud datasets. I am interested in using TLS for quantifying vertical and horizontal stand structure in Pacific Northwest forests.

Professional Affiliations

Recent Publications

  • Justin L. Kirsch, Dylan G. Fischer, Alexandra N. Kazakova, Abir Biswas, Rachael E. Kelm, David W. Carlson and Carri J. LeRoy, 2012. Diversity-Carbon Flux Relationships in a Northwest Forest. Diversity. 4 (1), 33-58

  • Kazakova, A. N., L.M. Moskal, D. M. Styers, 2011. Hyperspectral remote sensing of urban tree species, 2011 AAG Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, AAG Paper Session: 5219 Advancements in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing

  • Kazakova A. N., L.M. Moskal, D. M. Styers and D.G. Fischer, 2011. Estimating Tree Species Diversity Using Aerial LiDAR and Multispectral Imagery. Factsheet # 17. Remote Sensing and Geospatial Application Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

  • Kirsch, J.L., A.N. Kazakova, and D.G. Fischer. 2009 Pacific Northwest Second-Growth Forest Carbon Dynamics and Tree Diversity, 2009 Ecological Society of America Meeting in Albuquerque, NM

  • Kazakova A.N.,  J.L. Kirsch, and D.G. Fischer. 2008 Carbon Storage and Productivity Estimates in a Second-Growth Forest, 2008 South Sound Science Symposium (S4), Olympia, WA

  • Fischer, D.G. and A.N. Kazakova, 2008 Book Review, Environmental Practice, Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets. Z. Willey and B. Chameides,eds. 2007. Duke University Press, Durham, NC.

My CV (pdf)

MY ADVISOR: Dr. L. Monika Moskal

University of Washington, College of the Environment, School of Forest Resources  
Anderson Hall 302, Box 352100
Fax: 206.685.0790
Seattle, WA 98195-2100  
email: alexnk at