Kristofer Lasko

Fellow & Graduate Research Assistant

PhD Research

As a PhD student my dissertation research focuses on characterizing and mapping small-holder crop residue burning and associated emissions scenarios and air quality impact in Vietnam. It includes:

  • Mapping rice paddy using time-series SAR and optical imagery
  • Field and remote sensing data to characterize and quanitfy rice residue burning
  • Projecting different rice residue burning emission scenarios, uncertainty, and resulting emissions transport effects

Background:

As a researcher in the Department of Geographical Sciences since April 2012, I've worked under Dr. Chris Justice and Dr. Krishna Vadrevu and others on a variety of projects including the topics of:

  • Characterizing vegetation fire disturbance and associated fire pollution events
  • Estimating crop residue bioenergy 
  • Analysis of airborne remote sensing data for characterizing trends in regard to land cover and biophysical parameters
  • Land use and land cover change mapping

Collaborative research

  • Conduct joint research activities with Vietnam National University in Hanoi relating to rice residue mapping and burning, as well as assist with grant writing.
  • Develop assess different rice residue burning emission factors with the Fire-protection engineering department at the University of Maryland.

Fellowships:

  • UMD Council on the Environment, Sustainability/Green Fund: 2016
  • American Society for Engineering Education, SMART Scholarship & Fellowship program: 2016 - 2018

Additional Experience:

  • NASA Land Cover / Land Use Change program (LCLUC) website and meeting coordinator
  • International Meeting on Land Use and Emissions in South/Southeast Asia: Meeting coordinator and delivered invited python programming training session

 

Degrees
  • MS Geospatial Information Science, University of Maryland
Awards
  • 2016 ASEE SMART scholarship/fellowship
  • 2016 Council on the Environment, Green Fund Fellowship
  • 2017 2nd place poster at UMD graduate research appreciation day
  • 2014 NASA/UVA Travel grant: ISSCENS
  • 2011 Education abroad scholarship: Croatia
  • 2012 Gonfalon Carrier, Dept. of Geography, University of Maryland
  • 2015 Alumni of the month, University of Maryland
Conferences
  • 2017 NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Science Team Meeting (Rockville, USA)
  • 2017 LCLUC SARI International Regional Science Meeting in South/Southeast Asia (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
  • 2016 International Meeting on Land Use and Emissions in South/Southeast Asia (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
  • 2016 NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Science Team Meeting (Rockville, USA)
  • 2016 NOAA/NESDIS CoRP Symposium (Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • 2015 NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Science Team Meeting (Rockville, USA)
  • 2015 American Association of Geographers (Chicago, USA)
  • 2014 International Workshop on Air Quality in Asia, Hanoi, Vietnam (SEARRIN)
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG579 Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS Spring 2016 Syllabus
GEOG579 Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS Spring 2015
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG373 Geographic Information Systems Winter 2015
Campus -   Master's of GIS Committee Member
Campus -   Judge: Undergraduate Research Symposium 2014
Campus -   College of BSOS Grad-Undergrad Student Mentor
Campus -   Webmaster: Terp Runners Club
Professional -   Peer-reviewer: Various academic journals
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