Michael Falkowski

Curriculum Vitae

Michael Falkowski, PhD
Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523
Email: M.Falkowski@colostate.edu
Ph: 970-491-3575

Education

2005-2008

  • PhD: Natural Resources, Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho
  • Advisors: Dr. Paul Gessler and Dr. Andrew Hudak
  • Foci: Remote Sensing, Forest Mensuration, Ecosystem Science
  • Dissertation: Improving conifer forest inventory and assessment with discrete return LiDAR data

2002-2005

  • MSc: Forestry, Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho
  • Advisors: Dr. Paul Gessler and Dr. Penelope Morgan
  • Foci: Remote Sensing, GIS, Spatial Modeling, Fire Ecology
  • Thesis: Characterizing and mapping forest fire fuels using ASTER imagery and Gradient Modeling

1995-2000

  • BSc: Geography, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
  • Advisors: Dr. Kevin Hefferan, Dr. Neil Heywood
  • Foci: Remote Sensing, GIS, Geology
  • Undergraduate Research Projects: Geologic mapping of the Bou Azzer Inlier, Morocco via Landsat Thematic Mapper dataLandsat Thematic Mapper analysis of the Mariscal Mountain Anticline, Big Bend, Texas

Professional Experience

2015-Present: Associate Professor, Colorado State University

2015-Present: Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

2013-2015: Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

2013-Present: Adjunct Faculty, School of Forest Resources and Env. Sci., Michigan Technological University

2011-Present: Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Idaho

2009-2013: Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Env. Sci., Michigan Technological University

2008-2009: Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre

2008: Timber Cruiser, University of Idaho Experimental Forest

2007-2008: Independent Consultant

2005-2008: Research and teaching assistant (PhD), of Forest Resources, University of Idaho

2002-2005: Research and teaching assistant (MSc), of Forest Resources, University of Idaho

2001-2002: GIS Specialist, Menominee Indian Reservation Forestry Center, Neopit, WI

2000-2001: GIS Technician, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, Duluth, MN

2000: GIS Technician, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Manona, WI

1999-2000: GIS Intern, City of Wausau Engineering Department, WI

TEACHING

Colorado State University:

NE503: Remote Sensing and Image Analysis, Fall 2016 (4 cr.) In progress.
NR323: Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, Fall 2016 (3 cr.) In progress.
NR323: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Spring 2016 (4 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.88/5.00
ESS486: Field Practicum in Hawaii (Co-Instructor; 2 Cr.)

University of Minnesota:

FNRM 4515: Field Remote Sensing and Resource Survey, Summer 2015 (3 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.80/5.00

Michigan Tech:

FW 5510: Spatial Statistics, Spring 2012 (3 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.60/5.00
FW 5800: Masters Graduate Seminar, Fall 2011 (1 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.65/5.00
FW 6800: Doctoral Graduate Seminar, Fall 2011 (1 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.65/5.00
FW 5000: Distinguished Ecologist Series, Fall 2011 (1 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.20/5.00
FW 5560: Digital Image Processing, Spring 2011, 2013 (4 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.89/5.00
FW 4540: Remote Sensing of the Environment, Fall 2010, 2012 (3 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.73/5.00
FW 5540: Advanced Terrestrial Remote Sensing, Fall 2010, 2012 (4 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.49/5.00
FW 5510: Applied Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Spring 2010 (3 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.86/5.00
FW 5510: LiDAR remote sensing, Spring 2010 (2 cr.) Average Evaluation 4.65/5.00

University of Idaho:

FOR 472: Remote Sensing of the Environment, Fall 2006 (3cr.) Average Evaluation 3.4/4.0
FOR 375: Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management, Spring 2005 (3cr.) Average Evaluation 3.8/4.0

Teaching Assistant at University of Idaho:

FOR 274: Forest Measurement and Inventory (1 semester)
FOR 472: Remote Sensing of the Environment (2 semesters)
FOR 375: Aerial Photography Interpretation (2 semesters)

Guest Lectures:

FW 3540: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Michigan Tech (1 Lecture in 2010)
FW 3600: Wildlife Habitat (fall camp), Michigan Tech (1 Lecture in 2009)
CE 5991: Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar, Michigan Tech (1 Lecture in 2009)
FOR 433: Digital Remote Sensing, University of British Columbia (1 Lecture in 2009)
FOR 474: Forest Inventory and Appraisal, University of Idaho (1 Lecture in 2008)
FOR 330: Forest Ecosystem Processes, University of Idaho (1 Lecture in 2007)
FOR 530: Fire Regime Condition Class, University of Idaho (1 Lecture in 2006)

OUTREACH

University of Minnesota

2015: Instructor and Developer: Integration LiDAR Data into Forest Inventory and Assessment University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative – Two Day Workshop, Cloquet Forestry Center
2015: Session Field Tour Co-leader: LiDAR Applications on the Superior National Forest Minnesota Chapter of the Society of American Foresters – Annual Meeting, Ely, MN
2014: Instructor and Developer: Integration LiDAR Data into Forest Inventory and Assessment University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative – Two Day Workshop, Cloquet Forestry Center
2014: Instructor: Landscape Ecology Ecological System Module -USFS National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP)

Michigan Tech

2010-2013: Instructor: Landscape Ecology Ecological System Module -USFS National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP)

University of Idaho

2007: Instructor: How To Use Your GPS – University of Idaho Forestry Extension
2007: Guest Speaker: Exploring Our Planet from Space – Sullivan Elementary School (WI) 4th grade class
2006: Field Instructor: GPS for Geocaching  – Moscow Junior High School (ID) 7th grade class

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (* indicates a paper led by graduate student or postdoc)

  • Silva, C.A., Hudak, A.T., Vierling, L.A., Loudermilk, E.L., O’Brien, J.J., J.K., Hires, Jack, S.B., C., Gonzalez-Benecke, Lee, H., Falkowski, M.J., and Khosravipour, A. 2016. Imputation of Individual Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) Tree Attributes from Field and LiDAR Data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, DOI: 10.1080/07038992.2016.1196582 (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • *Banskota, A, Serbin, S.P., Wynne, R.H., Thomas, V.A., Falkowski, M.J., Kayastha, N., Gastellu-Etchegorry, J.P., and Townsend, P.A. 2015.  An LUT-Based Inversion of DART Model to Estimate Forest LAI from Hyperspectral Data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 3147-3160. (Impact Factor: 2.145)
  • *Fekety, P., Falkowski, M.J., and Hudak, A.T. 2015. Temporal transferability of LiDAR-based imputation of forest inventory attributes. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Vol. 45, 422-435. (Impact Factor: 2.016)
  • *Banskota, A., Kayastha, N., Falkowski, M.J.,  Wulder, M.A., Froese, R., and White, J.C. 2014. Forest monitoring using Landsat time-series data – A review. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 40, No. 5, pp. 362-384. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Greenberg, J.A., and Tinkham, W.T. 2014. Editorial – Remote sensing of vegetation structure, function, and condition: Special issue. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 154, pp. 319-321. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • Smith, A.M.S., Kolden, K.A., Tinkham, W.T, Talhelm, A.F., Marshall, J.D., Hudak, A.T., Boschetti, A., Falkowski,  M.J., Greenberg, J.A., Anderson, J.W., Kilskey, A., Keefe, R.F., and Gosz, J.R. 2014. Remote sensing the vulnerability of vegetation in natural terrestrial ecosystems. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 154, pp. 322-337. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • *Meingast, K.M., Falkowski, M.J., Kane, E.S., Potvin, L.R., Benscoter, B.W., Smith, A.M.S., Bourgeau-Chavez, L.L., and Miller, M.E. 2014. Spectral detection of near-surface moisture content and water-table position in northern peatland ecosystems. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 152, pp. 733-756. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • *Poznanovic, A., Falkowski, M.J., Maclean, A.L., Evans, J.S., and Smith, A.M.S, 2014. An Accuracy Assessment of Tree Detection Algorithms in Juniper Woodlands. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. Vol. 80, pp. 6267-638. (Impact Factor: 0.98)
  • Pond, N.C., Froese, R. E., Deo, R.K., and Falkowski, M.J. 2014. Multiscale Validation of an Operational Model of Forest Inventory Attributes Developed with Constrained Remote Sensing Data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 40, pp. 43–59. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • *Brosofske, K., Froese, R. E., Falkowski, M. J., and Banskota, A. 2014 A review of methods for mapping and prediction of inventory attributes for operational forest management. Forest Science. Vol. 60, No. 4, pp. 733-756. (Impact Factor 1.702)
  • *Tinkham, W.T., Smith, A.M.S., Link T.E., Marshall, H.P., Falkowski, M.J., and Winstral, A.H. 2014. Quantifying spatial distribution of snow depth errors from LiDAR using Random Forest. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 141, pp. 105-115. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • Smith, A.M.S., Tinkham, W.T., Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Kremens, R.L., Kumar, S.S., Sparks, A., and Falkowski, M.J. 2013. Quantification of fuel moisture effects on biomass consumed derived from fire radiative energy retrievals. Geophysical Research Letters. Vol. 40, pp. 1-5. (Impact Factor: 4.99)
  • Baruch-Mordo, S., Evans, J., Severson, P., Naugle, D.E., Maestas, J.D., Kiesecker, J.M., Falkowski, M.J., Hagen, C.A., and Reese, K.P. 2013. Saving sage-grouse from the trees: A proactive solution to reducing a key threat to a candidate species. Biological Conservation. Vol. 167, pp. 233–241. (Impact Factor: 4.29)
  • *Cisz, M.E., Falkowski, M.J., and Orr, B.D. 2013. Small-scale spatial patterns of Copernicia alba Morong. near Bahia Negra, Paraguay. Ecología Austral. Natural Resources. Vol. 4, pp. 369-377. (Impact Factor: Unknown)
  • *Tinkham, W.T., Hoffman, C., Falkowski, M.J., Smith, A.M.S., Link T.E., and Marshall, H.P. 2013. A methodology to spatially characterize vertical accuracies in LiDAR-derived products. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. Vol. 79, pp. 709–716. (Impact Factor: 0.98)
  • *Hess, A.N., Falkowski, M.J., Pocewicz A., Webster, C.R., Martinuzzi, S., and Storer, A.J. 2013. Employing lidar data to identify butterfly habitat characteristics of four contrasting butterfly species across a diverse landscape. Remote Sensing Letters. Vol. 4, pp. 354-363. (Impact Factor: 1.487)
  • *Henareh Khalyani, A., Mayer, A.L., Webster, C.R., and Falkowski, M.J. 2013. Ecological indicators for protection impact assessment at two scales in Bozin and Marakhil protected area, Iran. Ecological Indicators. Vol. 25, pp. 99-107. (Impact Factor: 3.910)
  • *Henareh Khalyani, A., Falkowski, M.J., and Mayer, A.L. 2012. Classification of Landsat images based on spectral and topographic variables for land cover change detection in Zagros forests. International Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 33, pp. 6956-6974. (Impact Factor: 1.647)
  • Hudak, A.T., Strand, E.K., Vierling, L.A., Byrne, J.C., Eitel, J., Martinuzzi, S., and Falkowski, M.J. 2012. Quantifying aboveground forest carbon pools and fluxes from repeat LiDAR surveys. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 123, pp. 25-40. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • *Tinkham, W., Smith, A., Hoffman, C., Hudak, A., Falkowski, M.J., Swanson, M., and Gessler, P.E. 2012. Investigating the influence of LiDAR ground surface errors on the utility of derived forest inventories. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Vol. 42, pp. 413-422. (Impact Factor: 1.559)
  • *Henareh Khalyani, A., Mayer, A.L., and Falkowski, M.J. 2012. Deforestation and landscape structure changes related to socioeconomic dynamics and climate change in Zagros forests. Journal of Land Use Science. DOI:10.1080/1747423X.2012.667451. (Impact Factor: 1.283)
  • Hummel, S., Hudak, A, Uebler, E, Falkowski, M.J., and Megown, K. 2011. Comparable accuracy and cost of stand exam vs. LiDAR data informs landscape management on the Malheur National Forest. Journal of Forestry, Vol. 109, pp 267-273. (Impact Factor: 1.354)
  • *Tinkham, W., Huang, H., Smith, A., Shrestha, R., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A., Link, T., Glenn N., and Marks, D. 2011. A Comparison of Two Open Source LiDAR Surface Classification Algorithms. Remote Sensing. Vol. 3, pp. 638-649. (Impact Factor: 3.036)
  • Falkowski, M.J., and Manning, J. 2010. Parcel-based classification of agricultural crops via multi-temporal Landsat imagery in support of habitat availability monitoring for western burrowing owls in the Imperial Valley agro-ecosystem. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 36, No. 6, pp. 750-762. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S. and Robinson, A.P. 2010. Comparing field and remote estimates of forest canopy cover. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 35, pp. 447-459. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Crookston, N., Gessler, P.E., and Smith, A.M.S. 2010. Landscape-scale parameterization of a tree-level forest growth model: a k-NN imputation approach incorporating LiDAR data. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Vol. 40, pp.184-199. (Impact Factor: 2.016)
  • Martinuzzi, S., Vierling, L.A., Gould, W.A., Falkowski, M.J., Evans, J.S., Hudak, A.T., and Vierling, K.T. 2009. Mapping snags and understory shrubs for a LiDAR-based assessment of wildlife habitat suitability. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 113, pp. 2533-2546. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • Falkowski, M.J., Wulder, M.A., White, J.C., and Gillis, M.D. 2009. Supporting large-area, sample-based forest inventories with very high spatial resolution satellite imagery. Progress in Physical Geography. Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 403–423. (Impact Factor: 3.149)
  • Falkowski, M.J., Evans, J.S., Martinuzzi, S., Gessler, P.G., and Hudak, A.T. 2009. Characterizing forest succession with lidar data: An evaluation for the inland northwest, USA. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 113, pp. 946-956. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • Falkowski, M.J., Smith, A.M.S., Gessler, P.E., Hudak, A.T., Vierling, L.A., and Evans, J.S. 2008. The influence of conifer forest canopy cover on the accuracy of two individual tree measurement algorithms using lidar data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 34-S2, pp. S338-S350. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Garrity, S.R., Vierling, L.A., Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., and Hann, D.B., 2008. Automatic detection of individual shrub location, crown area, and cover using spatial wavelet analysis (SWA) of high spatial resolution aerial photography. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 34-S2, pp. S376-S384. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Smith, A.M.S., Strand, E., Steele, C., Hann, D., Garrity, S., Falkowski, M.J., and Evans, J. 2008. Production of vegetation spatial-structure map by per-object analysis of juniper encroachment in multi-temporal aerial photographs. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 34-S2, pp. S338-S350. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Hudak, A.T., Crookston, N.L., Evans, J.S., Hall, D.E., and Falkowski, M.J. 2008. Nearest-neighbor imputation of species-level, plot-scale forest structure attributes from LiDAR data. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 112, pp. 2232-2245. (Impact Factor: 5.881)
  • Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S., Crookston, N.L., Falkowski, M.J., Steigers, B., Taylor R., and Hemingway, H. 2007. Aggregating pixel-level basal area predictions derived from LiDAR data to industrial forest stands in Idaho. Proceedings of the 3rd Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference. pp. 133-145.
  • Falkowski M.J., Smith A.M.S., Hudak, A.T., Gessler, P.E., Vierling, L.A., and Crookston, N.L. 2006. Automated estimation of individual conifer tree height and crown diameter via two-dimensional spatial wavelet analysis of LiDAR data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 32, pp. 153-161. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Lentile, L.B., Holden, Z., Smith A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Morgan, P., Gessler, P.E., and Benson, N.C. 2006. Remote sensing techniques to assess active fire and post-fire effects. International Journal of Wildland Fire. Vol. 15, pp. 319-345. (Impact Factor: 2.078)
  • Hudak, A.T., Crookston, N.L., Evans, J.S., Falkowski, M.J., Smith A.M.S., Gessler, P.E., and Morgan, P. 2006.   Regression modeling and mapping of coniferous forest basal area and tree density from discrete-return LiDAR   and multispectral data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 32, pp. 126-138. (Impact Factor: 1.976)
  • Falkowski, M.J., Gessler, P.E., Morgan, P., Hudak, A.T., and Smith, A.M.S. 2005. Evaluating ASTER satellite imagery and gradient modeling for mapping and characterizing wildland fire fuels. Forest Ecology and Management. Vol. 217, pp. 129-146. (Impact Factor: 2.487)
  • Smith, A.M.S, Wooster, M.J, Drake, N., Dipostso, F., Falkowski, M.J., and Hudak, A.T. 2005. Testing the potential of multi-spectral remote sensing for retrospectively estimating fire severity in African savanna environments. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 97, pp. 92-115. (Impact Factor: 5.881)

Book Chapters

  1. French, N.H.F., Bourgeau-Chavez, L.L., Falkowski, M.J., Goetz, S., Jenkins, L.K., Powell, R., and  P. Camill
    III. (2013). Remote sensing for mapping and modeling carbon flux and storage. In D. Robinson, D. Brown,
    N. French and B. Reed (Eds.), Land use and the carbon cycle – Science and applications in coupled natural
    human systems (pp 95-143). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Wulder, M.A., Naesset, N. Falkowski, M., Nelson, N., Hirata, Y. 2008. Possible role of LIDAR observations to
    meet REDD information needs. Update to invited submission for inclusion in the GOFC-GOLD REDD Sourcebook: Reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (REDD), Information in support of UNFCCC negotiations and related country submissions. November 19th, 2008. 7 p.

In Press or In Review

  1. Falkowski, M.J., Evans, J.S., Naugle, D.E., Hagen, C.A., Carleton, S.A., Maestas, J.D., Henareh Khalyani, A., Poznanovic, A.J., and Lawrence, A.J., In Press. Mapping tree canopy cover in support of proactive prairie grouse conservation in western North America. Journal of Rangeland Ecology and Management.
  2. Boggie, M., Strong C.R., Lusk, D.L., Carleton, S.A., Howard, R.L., Nichols, C., Falkowski, M.J., and C. Hagen. In Press. Impacts of mesquite distribution on lesser prairie-chicken seasonal space use. Journal of Rangeland Ecology and Management.
  3. Deo, R.K., Froese, R.E., Falkowski, M.J., and Hudak, A.T., In Press. Optimizing variable radius plot size and LiDAR resolution to model standing volume in conifer forests. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.
  4. Tinkham, W.T., Smith, A.M.S., Affleck, D.L.R., Saralecos, J.D., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Stone, G.A.R., Hoffman, C.M., Keefe, R.F., and Wulder, M.A. (In Press). Investigating the potential of LiDAR-aware height-based allometric relationships for Abies grandis. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.
  5. Fekety, P., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., and Evans, J. (In Review). Ecoregion-level imputation of forest biomass and composition using disjunct LiDAR collections. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
  6. Deo, R.K., Domke, G.M., Russell, M.B., Woodall, C.W., and Falkowski, M.J., (In Press) Using Landsat time-series and LiDAR to inform aboveground biomass baselines in northern Minnesota, U.S.A. TBD

Internal Reports

  1. Henley, MJ., Wulder, M.A., and Falkowski, M.J., 2009. EcoMonitor Orthorectification Procedure. Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Internal report, February 20, 2009. 16 p.
  2. Falkowski, M.J., 2008. The Role of High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing in Support of Canada’s National Forest Inventory. Consulting report submitted to the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, October 31st, 2008. 20 p.
  3. Falkowski, M.J., 2007. Remote Classification of Crop and Land Cover Types in the Imperial Irrigation District’s Habitat Conservation Planning Area, Imperial County, California. Consulting report submitted to Bloom Biological, Inc, Santa Anna, CA, July 23, 2007. 23 p.

EXTERNAL FUNDING

Active Research Grants

2015:    MN LCCMR – A foundational dataset characterizing historic forest disturbance patterns. Amount: $200,000; Role: PI; Status: Active

2014:    Pheasants Forever (pass through from NRCS) – Prioritizing Removal of Invasive Conifer in Sage Grouse Habitats. Amount: $172,665; Role: PI; Status: Active

Audubon (pass through from State of Wyoming) – Characterizing Sage Brush in Wyoming Sage Grouse Core Areas. Amount: $85,607; Role: PI; Status: Active

USFS superior National Forest – Geospatial Assessment of Forest Fire Fuels in the Boundary Waters. Amount: $14,470; Role: PI; Status: Active

NASA Carbon Monitoring System – Multi-Scale Carbon Inventory and Monitoring. Amount: $678,984 (total award), $242,073 (subaward for UMNs portion); Role: CoPI (A. Hudak PI); Status: Active

2013:   Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies – Sage Grouse Hate Trees: A Range Wide Solution for Increasing Bird Benefits Through Accelerated Conifer Removal. Amount: $400,000; Role: PI; Status: Active

2012:   NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program – Fuel Consumption and Carbon cycling in northern peatland ecosystems: Understanding vulnerability to burning, fuel consumption, and emissions via remote sensing of fuel moisture and radiative energy. Amount: $647,183; Role: PI; Status: Active

NASA New Investigator Program – Enhancing Tools and Geospatial Data to Support Operational Forest Management and Regional Forest Planning in the Face of Climate Change. Amount: $335,111; Role: PI;
Status: Active

Completed Research Grants

2012:   Oregon State University (Federal Pass Through from NRCS). Remote sensing of conifer and            mesquite encroachment into lesser prairie-chicken habitats. Amount: $95,000; Role: PI; Status: Complete

Joint Fire Sciences Program (Federal Pass Through from FAU). Black carbon formation during combustion of boreal peat fuels under various moisture regimes. Amount: $32,730; Role: PI; Status: Complete

USDA Forest Service. Preliminary assessment of global change impacts on Great Lakes basins. Amount: $419,473; Role: CoPI; Status: Complete

2011:   USDA Forest Service (Federal Pass Through). Remote Sensing for biomass Inventory and assessment in Idaho, USA. Amount: $12,012; Role: PI; Status: Complete

The Nature Conservancy – Remote Sensing of Conifer Encroachment in Historical Sage Habitats.   Amount: $40,000; Role: PI; Status: Complete

Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund – Investigating the Impacts of Climate Change on the Structure, Composition, and Function of northern hardwood forests. Amount: $38,900; Role: PI (Internal Grant); Status: Complete

NASA – Quantifying the characteristics and investigating the biogeoscientific and societal impacts of extreme wildland fires in the United States northern Rockies region. Amount: $1,768,224; Role: Collaborator; Status: Complete

2010:   Joint Fire Sciences Program – Influence of fuel moisture and density on black carbon formation during combustion of boreal peat fuels. Amount: $70,916; Role: Collaborator; Status: Complete

2009:   USDA McIntireStennis – Large Area Characterization of Wildland Fire Fuels Across Space and Time via Biophysical Modeling and LiDAR Remote Sensing. Amount: $28,000 (Michigan Tech Internal Award); Role: PI; Status: Complete

2005:   Joint Fire Sciences Program – Meeting Fire Management Needs for Science Synthesis, Workshops and Online Academic Courses: An Innovative Technology Transfer Approach. Amount: $370,000; Role: CoPI; Status: Complete

Research Grants In Review or In Preparation

2016:   NASA ABoVE – Assessing carbon exchange and trace gas flux in arctic and boreal wetlands via remote sensing of hydrology and plant functional type. PI: M.J., Falkowski, CoPIs: L. Bourgeau-Chavez, E. Kane, E. Euskirchen, T. Douglass, Collaborators: M. Turetsky, O. Sonnentag. Amount: $909,626

Research Grants Submitted – Not Awarded

2015:   USDA Forest Service National Fire Plan – High Resolution Fire Exposure Assessment of Wildland-Urban Interface Communities. PI: Malone, Science-PI: Tinkham, CoPIs: Hoffman, Falkowski, and Caggiano. Amount Requested: $390,833; Status: Declined

US Army Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) – Understating changing phenology and climate impacts on the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly. PI: Falkowski, CoPIs: Herron (CEEML), and Henareh Khalyani, Amount Requested: TBD; Status: Declined

NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Program – Assessing peatland carbon storage and trace gas flux dynamics via remote sensing of peatland hydrology and plant functional types. Amount: $387,472 Role: PI; Status: Declined

2014:   NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Program – Reducing uncertainties in forest monitoring associated with forest degradation and partial harvesting. Amount: $932,798; Role: PI; Status: Declined

2012:   BLM – Inventory, Management, Education: Best Practices for the Archaeology of Mining. Amount: $1,649,359; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

NASA – Characterizing the impacts of urbanization on the atmospheric, biological, and socioeconomic             environments in developing urban corridors. Amount: $1,894,113; Role: Collaborator; Status: Declined

USDA AFRI – Learning Modules to Enhance Soft Skill Development in Higher Education. Amount: $147,000; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

2011:   Joint Fire Sciences – Combustion and black carbon production in peatland systems. Amount: $23,876; Role: PI (Graduate Student Advisee Lead – Fellowship Proposal); Status: Declined

NASA – Using satellite imagery and vegetation loss indicators in a machine learning model for landslides in Central America. Amount: $175,000; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

BLM – Inventory, Management, Education: Best Practices for the Archaeology of Mining. Amount: $1,297,112; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

NASA – Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Society: Impact of water availability in global wetlands on ecological-human interactions in semi-arid systems. Amount: $1,499,720; Role: Institutional PI; Status: Declined

NSF IGERT – Advancing Natural Hazard mitigation through Research and Education in Assessing Risk, Human Perceptions and Behaviors. Amount: $3,358,579; Role: Senior Personnel; Status: Declined

USAID – Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development (BUILD): Identification of Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Landscape Management in the Daurian Steppe, Mongolia.    Amount: $1,186,521; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

National Park Service – Assessment of Natural Resources and Watershed Conditions for Grand Portage             National Monument, Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Voyageurs National Park, and Mississippi             National River and Recreation Area. Amount: $270,000; Status: PI; Role: Declined

2010:   Joint Fire Sciences – Assessing Tradeoffs of WUI vs. non-WUI Fuel Treatments. Amount: $474,550; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

NASA – Application of InSAR and LiDAR Geodetic Imaging for Volcanic Hazards Monitoring. Amount: $599,528; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

DOE and USDA – Development of Diverse Biomass Feedstock and Production of Torrefied-Biomass for Distributed-Power co-Generation, Large Entrained-flow plants and Liquid Fuel. Amount: $12,403,843; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

USDA – A Regional CAP for Sustainable Forest-Based Biofuels Transportation Systems: Wood-to-Wheels (W2W) Cap. Amount: $37,045,693; Role: Supporting Investigator; Status: Declined

NASA – Snow in the Mountains: Response of Focal Species in the United States Rocky Mountains to Climate Change. Amount: $2,387,567; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

NASA and USDA – Carbon Cycle Science – Quantifying Land Management Impacts Upon Future Carbon Sequestration Across the Northern Great Lakes Region of the United States. Amount: $751,503; Role: PI; Status: Declined

NASA Carbon Cycle Science – Multi-Scale Remote Sensing for Carbon Inventory and Management in Idaho, USA. Amount: $848,914; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

2009:   USFS Ottawa National Forest – Spatial Analysis of Fire Hazard of Ottawa National Forest. Amount: $79,238; Role: PI; Status: Declined

Joint Fire Sciences – Mapping 3-D Heterogeneous Coniferous Canopy Fuels from LiDAR Point Clouds for Improved Fuels Planning and Management in the Interior Northwest. Amount: $196,427; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

Joint Fire Sciences – Improved Fuels Mapping in Juniper-Sagebrush Rangelands Ecosystems via an Integration of Remote Sensing and Biophysical Modeling. Amount: $371,243; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

2008:   NASA ROSES – Modeling three-dimensional forest structure, composition and wildlife species habitat relationships with hyperspectral and LiDAR data fusion in the Greater Grand Canyon ecoregion. Amount: $650,000; Role: Collaborator ; Status: Declined
2007:   Joint Fire Sciences Program – LiDAR remote sensing for wildland fire fuel characterization. Amount: $164,642; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

2007:  University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies – Carbon sequestration monitoring via LiDAR remote sensing and forest growth modeling. Amount: $36,000; Role: CoPI; Status: Declined

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS & PRESENTATIONS

Hudak, A.T., P.A. Fekety, Falkowski, M.J., N.L. Crookston, A.M.S. Smith, P. Mahoney, L. Boschetti, L. Huo, R.E. Kennedy, T. Larrue, C. Woodall, N. Glenn, V. Kane and S. Ganguly. Regional mapping, modelling, and monitoring of tree aboveground biomass carbon. European Geosciences Union Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 18-22 Apr 2016.

Falkowski, M.J., Fekety, P., Silva C., and A.T. Hudak. Increasing the Efficiency of LiDAR Based Forest Inventories: A Novel Approach for Integrating Variable Radius Inventory Plots with LiDAR Data.  American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2015.

McPartland, M., Kane, E., Turetsky, M., Douglass, T., Falkowski, M.J., and R. Montgomery. Red-Edge Spectral Reflectance as an Indicator of Surface Moisture Content in an Alaskan Peatland Ecosystem. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2015.

Hudak, A.T., Fekety, P., Falkowski, M.J., Kennedy, R., Crookston, N., and A. Smith. Aboveground Biomass Carbon from LiDAR and Landsat Time Series across Northern Idaho, USA. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2015.

Hudak, A.T., Fekety, P.A., Falkowski, M.J., Crookston, N., Smith, A.M.S., Mahoney, P., Woodall, C., Kennedy, R.E., and T. Larrue. Upscaling LiDAR-derived aboveground biomass estimates of forested land in northern Idaho. NASA Carbon Monitoring Systems Applications Workshop, Pasadena, California, 16 Nov 2015.

Hudak, A.T., Fekety, P.A., Falkowski, M.J. , Crookston, N., Smith, A.M.S., Mahoney, P., Woodall, C., Kennedy, R.E., Larrue, T., and N. Glenn. Prototyping a methodology to develop regional-scale aboveground biomass carbon maps predicted from Landsat time series, trained from field and LiDAR data collections, and independently validated with FIA data. NASA Carbon Monitoring Systems Science Team Meeting, Pasadena, California, 18 Nov 2015.

Falkowski, M.J., Poznanovic, A.J., Kayastha, N., and D., Naugle. Sage grouse hate trees: object-based mapping of of juniper encroachment across the sage-grouse range. Oral Presentation. Canadian Remote Sensing Society 36th Meeting, 8-11 June 2015, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Falkowski, M.J., Measuring Vegetation Structure via LiDAR Data: LiDAR Basics, Data Availability, and Applications in Forest and Wildlife Management. Invited Oral Presentation. Joint Annual Meeting: Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapters of The Wildlife Society, February 17-19th, 2015, Duluth, MN

Falkowski, M., J., Fekety, P.A., Hudak., A.T., Nagel, L.M., and N. Kayastha. Initializing climate sensitive forest dynamics models via remotely sensed data, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 15-19, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Falkowski, M.J., – LiDAR Applications in Forest Inventory and Assessment – The Minnesota Statewide Data Collect. Invited Webinar Presentation, MN LiDAR Webinar Series from the LiDAR Research and Education Subcommittee. December 9, 2014

Falkowski, M.J., LiDAR Remote Sensing in Support of Forest Management and Ecology. Invited Webinar Presentation, Forest Industry Listening Session, Maine Library of Geographic Information. December 3, 2014

Hudak, A.T., Fekety, P.A., Wei, L., Marshall, J., Link, T., Kavanagh, K., and M.J. Falkowski. An integrated measurement and modeling approach for predicting landscape-level carbon and water budgets at the Priest River Experimental Forest in northern Idaho, USA. ForestSAT Conference, Lake Garda, Italy, 4-7 Nov 2014.

Falkowski, M. J., Fekety, P.A., Hudak, A.T., and L.M. Nagel. Initializing climate sensitive forest dynamics models via remotely sensed data. ForestSAT Conference, Lake Garda, Italy, 4-7 Nov 2014.

Falkowski, M.J., 2014. Emerging technology in support of forest resilience assessment and management. Invited Oral Presentation, Minnesota Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, January 28-29, 2014, Walker, MN.

Hudak, A.T., Wei, L., Fekety, P.A., Falkowski, M.J., Marshall, J.D., Link, T.E., Kavanagh, K.L., Sandquist, J., Denner, B., and T. Jain. Biomass and carbon stores estimated in 2011 and 1934 at Priest River Experimental Forest, northern Idaho, USA. IUFRO World Congress 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5-11 Oct 2014.

Falkowski, M.J., Hagen, C.A., and J.S., Evans. Developing Targeting Tools for Woody Plant Encroachment and Prairie Grouse Conservation. 30th Meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council. Crookston, MN. October 2013.

Falkowski, M.J., Kane, E., Smith, A.M.S., Kremens, R., French, N., and A. Banskota. Fuel consumption and carbon cycling in northern peatland ecosystems: Fuel Consumption and Carbon cycling in northern peatland ecosystems: Understanding vulnerability to burning, fuel consumption, and emissions via remote sensing of fuel moisture and radiative energy. 4th NACP All Investigators Meeting. Albuquerque, MN February 2013

Meingast, K., Falkowski, M.J., and E. Kane. Using field spectroscopy to assess the hydrology of Northern Lowland and Boreal Peatland fuels. 4th NACP All Investigators Meeting. Albuquerque, MN February 2013.

Banskota, A., Falkowski, M.J., Kane, E., Smith, A.M.S., Kremens, R., French, N., Bourgeau-Chavez, L., and M. Miller. Fuel consumption and carbon cycling in northern peatland ecosystems: Understanding vulnerability to burning, fuel consumption, and emissions via remote sensing of fuel moisture and radiative energy. 2013 NASA Terrestrial Ecology Science Team Meeting. La Jolla, CA, May 2013.

Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Scheller, R.M., Duveneck, M.J., and L.M. Nagel. Enhancing Tools and Geospatial Data to Support Operational Forest Management and Regional Forest Planning in the Face of Climate Change. NASA 2013 LCLUC Annual Meeting. Rockville, MD. April 2013.

Vierling, L.A., Finch, S., Vierling, K.T., Strand, E.K., Hudak, A.T., Martinuzzi, S., and M.J., Falkowski. Lasers on the Landscape: Quantifying 3-D ecosystem structure to map continuous surfaces of carbon, avian species richness, and tree species distributions (Invited). American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2012.

Tinkham, W.T., Falkowski, M.J., Smith, A.M.S., Hudak, A.T., and N.L. Crookston. Development of forest growth inputs from LiDAR. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2012.

Tinkham, W.T., Stone, G.A.R., Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., and R. Keefe. Development of LiDAR-aware stem volume allometrics for Abies grandis: A case study. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2012.

Simth, A.M.S., Lannom, K.O., Carroll, M.S., Clark, M., Falkowski, M.J., Hall, T., Hudak, A.T., Kooistra, C, Morgan, P., Newingham, B.A., Pavegilo, T., Strand, E., and W.T. Tinkham. What is an Extreme Wildfire? Perspectives from remote sensing, ecology, and the social sciences. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2012.

Falkowski, M.J., Gebuhr, T., Froese, R.E., and L.M., Nagel. Use of LiDAR to characterize stage of stand development in temperate, uneven-aged hardwoods of North America. 8th IUFRO International Conference on Uneven-aged Silviculture. Nov 12-16 2012. Lincoln, NZ

Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., and L.M. Nagel. A Geospatial Approach for Initializing Climate- Sensitive Forest Growth Models. Society of American Foresters, Annual Meeting 2012, Oct. 23-28, Spokane, WA.

Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., and L.M. Nagel. 2012. Parameterizing Climate Sensitive Forest Growth Models via LiDAR and Satellite Remote Sensing Data. SilviLaser 2012, Sept. 16-19 Vancouver, Canada.

Deo, R.K., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., and R.E.,Froese. Integration of variable radius plot and lidar data for multi-stand imputation and mapping of forest attributes. SilviLaser 2012, Sept. 16-19 Vancouver, Canada.

Verissimo, L.M., Falkowski, M.J., and J.K. Bump. Landscape and Forest Strcture at Wolf-Moose Kill and Starvation Sites In Isle Royal National Park: A Lidar based Assessment. SilviLaser 2012, Sept. 16-19 Vancouver, Canada.

Tinkham, W.T., Smith, A.M.S., Link, T.E., Falkowski, M.J., and H.P. Marshall. Finding snow in the mountains: Using LiDAR to quantify snow volume in heterogeneous landscapes. SilviLaser 2012, Sept. 16-19 Vancouver, Canada.

Hudak, A., E. Strand, L. Vierling, J. Byrne, J. Eitel, S. Martinuzzi and M.J. Falkowski. 2012. Estimating aboveground forest carbon pools and fluxes from repeat field and LiDAR surveys. Canadian Forest Service Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2 Mar 2012. (Invited)

Hudak, A., M.J. Falkowski, J. Negron, B. Bright and J. Hicke. Enhanced fuel mapping for wildfire management. LiDAR Workshop 2012: Building a Sustainable Alberta through the Application of LiDAR Technologies, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2 Mar 2012.

Vierling, L.A., Martinuzzi, S., Adam, P., Finch, S., Hudak, A.T., Eitel, J.U.H., Strand, E.K., Falkowski, M.J., Vogeler, J., and Vierling, K.T.  ]Lasers on the landscape:  Quantifying 3-D ecosystem structure to map continuous surfaces of carbon and species distributions.  University of Wisconsin Department Forest and Wildlife Ecology Visiting Seminar, Madison, WI, 17 February 2012.

Tinkham, W.T., Smith, A.M.S., Link T.E., and Falkowski, M.J. Spatial accounting for errors in LiDAR-derived products: Snow volume. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2012.

Henareh Khalyani, A., Mayer, A., and Falkowski, M.J. Effects of Protection on Amount and Structure of Forest Cover at Two Scales in Bozin and Marakhil Protected Area, Iran. In Proceedings of the 1st World Sustain. Forum, 1-30 November 2011; Sciforum Electronic Conferences Series.

Henareh Khalyani, A., Falkowski, M.J., and A.L. Mayer. Classification of Landsat images based on spectral and topographic variables for land cover change in Zagros forests. 96th ESA Annual Meeting: Earth Stewardship, August 7-12, 2011, Austin, TX, USA.

Falkowski, M.J. LiDAR: Remote Sensing in Support of Forest Inventory and Assessment. The Michigan Society of American Foresters 2011 Spring Conference, March 31st – April 1st 2011, St Ignace, MI (Invited).

Tinkham, W.T., Smith, A.M.S., Hoffman, C., Hudak, A.T., Falkowski, M.J., Link T.E., and D.G. Marks. Reynolds Creek Mountain East LiDAR and Snow Volume: Project Design and Implementation. Idaho EpSCOR Annual Meeting, Boise, ID, 2010.

Henareh Khalyani, A., Falkowski, M.J., and Mayer, A.L. 2010. Assessment of land cover change as a function of climate change and anthropogenic disturbance in Iranian Zagros forests. Poster: Ecological Society of America, 1-6 August 2010 Pittsburg, PA.

Tinkham, W.T., Hoffman, C., Smith, A.M.S., Link T.E., Falkowski, M.J., and D.G. Marks. Spatial assessment of snow volume using LiDAR and field measurements. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2010.

Vierling, L.A., Martinuzzi, S., Hudak, A.T., Garrity, S.R., Eitel, J.U.H., Strand, E.K., Falkowski, M.J., and K.T. Vierling, Landsat Time Series-based Vegetation Change:  Context for Understanding Ecological Legacies.  Landsat Science Team Semi-Annual Meeting, Boise, ID, 16 June 2010.

Hess, Anna N. and M.J. Falkowski. An Ecological Analysis of Barrens Ecosystems in Wisconsin: Characterizing Potential Impacts of Climate Change via a Regime-Shift Modeling Approach. Poster: Ecosystem Science Center and Biotechnology Research Center 6th Annual Graduate Research Forum, Houghton, MI, 26th March 2010.

Hummel, S. E. Uebler, E., Hudak, A.T., Falkowski, M.J., Walterman, M, Megown, K., and H. Fisk. Forests from the top down: relative errors in basal area, height, and trees per acre measured with Lidar and Landsat, Malheur National Forest, Oregon.  Poster: Oregon State Society of American Foresters Convention, 7-8 April 2010 Albany, Oregon.

Falkowski, M.J., Wulder, M.A., White, J.C., Gillis, M., and Mora, B., 2009. Supporting large area forest inventories with samples of very high spatial resolution satellite imagery. Canadian National Forest Inventory Task Force Meeting, Sept. 15-16th, 2009, Hay River, NT, Canada.

Falkowski, M.J., Wulder, M.A., White, J.C., and M. D. Gillis. Supporting large area forest inventories with samples of high spatial resolution satellite imagery. IUFRO Division 4 Meeting: Extending forest inventory through space and time, May 19-22, 2009, Quebec City, QC, Canada.

Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Crookston, N.L., and E.H. Uebler. Parameterizeing a tree-level forest growth model via a k-NN algorithm incorporating LiDAR data. IUFRO Division 4 Meeting: Extending forest inventory through space and time, May 19-22, 2009, Quebec City, QC, Canada.

Martinuzzi, S., Vierling, L., Gould, W., Evans, J., Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A., and K. Vierling. Using discrete return lidar data to map the distribution of snags, understory shrubs, and avian habitat suitability in a mixed conifer forest. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2-7 Aug 2009.

Crookston, N.L., Falkowski, M.J., and A.T. Hudak. New horizons in imputation: yaImpute, Random Forest, LiDAR, and classification. Western Mensurationists’ Meeting, Vancouver, Washington, 21-23 Jun 2009.

Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Evans, J.S., Robinson, A., and A.T. Hudak. Comparing field, LiDAR, and spectral measures of percentage tree canopy cover in a mixed conifer forest. Eos transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2008. Hudak, A.T., Huang, H., Tinkham, W., Smith, A.M.S. Falkowski, M.J., and Evans, J.S., 2008. Effect of LiDAR Point Density on the Ability to Monitor Stand-Level Growth and Disturbance in Coniferous Forest. Eos transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2008.

Falkowski, M.J., and M.A. Wulder. Samples of high spatial resolution satellite imagery for large area characterization. GOFC-GOLD workshop on boreal and temperate forest monitoring, Jena, Germany, Oct. 2008.

Hudak, A., Evans, J., McNamara, D., Falkowski, M.J., Jensen, Martinuzzi, S., Vierling, L., and T. Link. Forestry applications of LiDAR in the Interior Northwest. USGS Second National Lidar Meeting. Reston, VA, May 2008.

Falkowski, M.J., Gessler, P.E., Hudak, A.T., and N.L. Crookston. Predicting tree-level forest structure from LiDAR data. Eos transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2007.

Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S., Crookston, N.L., Falkowski, M.J., Steigers, B., Taylor R., and H. Hemingway. Aggregating pixel-level basal area predictions derived from LiDAR data to industrial forest stands in Idaho. Proceedings of the 3rd Forest Vegetation Simulator Conference.

Hudak, A.T., Smith, A.M.S., Evans, J.S. and M.J. Falkowski. Estimating coniferous forest canopy cover from LiDAR and multispectral data. Eos transactions, American Geophysical Union, 87, 52, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2006.

Falkowski, M.J., Gessler, P.E., Smith, A.M.S., Hudak, A.T. and L.A. Vierling. Automatically measuring individual tree crown diameter and height from LiDAR data: A comprehensive evaluation of spatial wavelet analysis. Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2006.

Hudak, A.T., Smith, A.M.S., Evans, J.S. and M.J. Falkowski, M.J. Estimating coniferous forest canopy cover from LiDAR and multispectral data. Eos transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Dec. 2006.

Smith, A.M.S., Falkowski, M.J., Strand, E.K., Evans, J., Vierling, L.A., Hudak, A.T., Gessler, P.E. and D.B. Hann, D.B. Wavelet estimation of tree crown widths from LiDAR data, Remote Sensing Applications Center Workshop on LiDAR Concepts and Resource Applications, Salt Lake City UT, May 2005.

Falkowski, M.J., Hudak, A.T., Smith, A.M.S., and P.E. Gessler, P.E. A comparison of four individual tree height prediction methods for forest inventory.  Proceedings of the 26th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 2005.

Hudak, A.T., Evans, J.S., Falkowski, M.J., Crookston, N.L., Gessler, P.E., Morgan, P., and A.M.S. Smith. Predicting plot basal area and tree density in mixed-conifer forest from LiDAR and Advanced Land Imager (ALI) data.  Proceedings of the 26th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 2005.

Falkowski, M.J., Gessler, P.E., Morgan, P., Smith, A.M.S. and A.T. Hudak. Evaluation the ASTER Sensor For Mapping and Characterizing Forest Fire Fuels In Northern Idaho. Proceedings of the RS 2004 Tenth Biennial USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2004.

Falkowski, M.J., Gessler, P.E., Morgan, P., Smith, A.M.S. and A.T. Hudak. Evaluating ASTER satellite imagery and gradient modeling for mapping and characterizing wildland fire fuels. Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Meetings, Denver CO, May 2004.

Hefferan, K., Rice, K., Admou, H., and M.J. Falkowski, 2001. Remote Sensing Research in the Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Nov. 2001.

Falkowski, M.J., Hefferan, K.P., Walker, R.E., Samson, S.D., and H. Admou. Landsat Thematic Mapper analysis of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting, May 2000

Conner, J., Zuleger, J., Johnson, D., Falkowski, M., Walker, R., Hefferan, K., and N. Heywood. Landsat Thematic Mapper Analysis of the Mariscal Mountain Anticline, Big Bend, Texas. Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting, May 2000.

Conner, J, Zuleger, J., Falkowski, M., Johnson, D., and K. Rice. Undergraduate capstone research experience: A case study from Big Bend National Park, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada, Nov. 2000.

SERVICE, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIPS, AND OTHER EXPERIENCE

Professional Organization Offices Held:

Vice President – ASPRS Western Great Lakes Region ­– (Elected Position – 2015-present)

MN State Director – ASPRS Western Great Lakes Region ­– (Elected Position – 2014-present)

Professional Committee Membership:

Committee Member – Minnesota LiDAR Research and Education Subcommittee – MNDNR (2014-present)
Search Committee Member – MNDNR (2014)
Working Group Member – NASA Terrestrial Ecology, Carbon Cycle, Land, Use Change and Biodiversity Working Group (Invited Position – 2014 – 2015)

Proposal Reviewer and Panelist:

NASA: 2015, 2014, 2013 (2 Panels), 2012, 2011
DOE: 2012
USDA: 2011

Proposal Reviewer:

NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (2015)
National Science and Engineering Council of Canada (2014, 2009)
NSF (Dissertation Fellowship 2010)
NASA (EPSCoR Maine Space Grant Consortium 2012)

Manuscript Reviewer for:

Remote Sensing of Environment, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Crop Science, Progress in Physical Geography, Remote Sensing, Sensors, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing; PLOS ONE; Computers and Geosciences, International Journal of Wildland Fire, Forestry, Journal of Forestry

Conference Organization:

Remote Characterization of Vegetation Structure With Remote Sensing, Parts I, II, III, and IV, Convener and Session Chair, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2015.

Remote Characterization of Vegetation Structure, Function, and Condition: Parts I, II, III, IV, and V, Convener and Session Chair, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2012.

1st World Sustainability Forum, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1-30 November 2011; Sciforum Electronic Conferences Series.

Remote Sensing for Sustainable Management of Land and Biodiversity, Session Chair, 1-30 November 2011; Sciforum Electronic Conferences Series.

Remote Characterization of Vegetation Structure: Parts I, II, and III, Convener and Session Chair,

AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2009.

Remote Characterization of Vegetation Structure: Parts I, II, III, IV, and V, Convener and Session Chair,

AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2008.

Professional Memberships:

2000-Present: American Geophysical Union
2004-Present: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
2005-Present: Society of American Foresters
2005-2006: Canadian Remote Sensing Society

University Service:

C2E2 Committee (Presidential Appointment to University Committee) – Michigan Tech (2012 – 2013)
Graduate Studies Committee – Michigan Tech SFRES (2012 – 2013)
Ford Forest Committee – Michigan Tech SFRES (2010 – 2013)
Advisory Board – Michigan Tech EPSSI (2009 – 2013)
Curriculum Committee – Michigan Tech SFRES (2011 – 2012)
Dean Search Committee – Michigan Tech SFRES (2011 – 2012)
Strategic Planning Committee – Michigan Tech SFRES (2009-2010)

Academic Awards:

2008: Research Assistant of the Year: Awarded to one University of Idaho graduate student exhibiting strong academic research performance. $1,000 award.

2005: Graduate Research Excellence Award: Awarded to University of Idaho graduate students exhibiting excellence in research.

2000: Student Achievement Award: Awarded to a University of Wisconsin Stevens Point student who exhibits leadership and scholastic achievement.

Travel Grants:

2007: University of Idaho Graduate and Professional Student Association $400 grant funded for travel to American Geophysical Union fall conference.

2006: NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium $630 grant awarded for travel to American Geophysical Union fall conference.

Fellowships & Scholarships:

2008: Visiting Fellow, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Postdoctoral fellowship funded at $55,000 per annum.

2007: Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship: $4,000, awarded through the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

2002: Robert C. Heller Scholarship: Awarded to a University of Idaho student studying remote sensing who exhibits exceptional academic and professional achievements. Received $6,000 in funding over a 5-year period.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Degrees Awarded

Ram Deo (PhD 2014) Dissertation topic: Remote Sensing for Improved Forest Inventory and Assessment Across Large Spatial Extents. (Co-Advisor).

Aaron Poznanovic (MS 2013) Thesis topic: Sage grouse habitat mapping

Timothy Gebuhr (MS 2013) Thesis topic: Spatial Forest Inventory Modeling for Sustainable Forest Management. (Co-Advisor).

Karl Meingast (MS 2014) Thesis topic: Fire and Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands.

Luis Verissimo (MS – 2012) Landscape and Forest Structure at Moose Mortality Sites on Isle Royal National Park: A LiDAR Based assessment (Co-Advisor).

Anthony Langdon (MS – 2012) Non-thesis MS.

Petri T. Latva-Käyrä (MS – 2011) Estimation of Scots Pine Defoliation By The Common Pine Sawfly (Diprion Pini L.) Using Multi-temporal Radar Data.

Served on 12 Additional Graduate Student Committees

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