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 crop residue burning practices and quantify crop residue burned
  • Projecting different crop residue burning emission scenarios, uncertainty, and resulting impact on air quality


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


  • 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


  • MS Geospatial Information Science, University of Maryland
  • 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 American Association of Geographers
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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