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Dacia Meneguzzo

Dacia Meneguzzo
Research Forester
Forest Inventory & Analysis
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States
Current Research

I am a Research Forester in the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Research Work Unit. FIA within the Northern Research Station is responsible for the forest land inventories of 24 states extending from the Northeast to the Great Plains. I am currently the lead analyst for North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. My current research interests include: developing a new methodology to create very high resolution land cover geospatial datasets from digital aerial imagery using a geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA) technique; conducting landscape-level analyses of FIA and other geospatial data; and, finding new ways to incorporate GIS technology and remote sensing data into my research.

Research Interest
  • Develop methods to map tree and other land cover from very high resolution digital imagery
  • Create high-resolution geospatial datasets of agroforestry practices, primarily windbreaks and riparian forest buffers
  • Image-based change estimation
  • Conducting comprehensive assessments of tree cover in agricultural and other nonforest settings: how much is out there? where is it located? what are the important ecological/economic functions provided by these noninventoried trees?
  • Understanding the interactions between landscape structure and ecological processes
Why This Research Is Important

Tree resources in agricultural and other nonforest settings are a small yet very important component of the landscape; however, information about them is lacking, especially geospatial datasets. The GIS-ready land cover products resulting from this research will provide a valuable baseline from which we can monitor and manage tree cover over time, and determine ecosystem function. In addition, there are many other potential uses of such a high resolution land cover dataset. For example, data collected on the ground could be combined with the mapped tree cover for modeling purposes, such as biomass and carbon sequestration estimation. Landscape-scale studies could incorporate this fine-resolution data into assessments of wildlife habitat and land use/land cover change. The output datasets will benefit other natural resource professionals, researchers, and agencies and will better meet research and management needs in areas where traditional forest inventory data is lacking.

  • Michigan Technological University, B.S., Forestry,
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Candidate, Natural Resources Science and Management,
  • University of Minnesota, M.S., Natural Resources Science and Management,
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  Outdoor Writers Association of America,  2016 - Current
  • Member,  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,  2016 - Current
  • Member,  Association for Women in Science,  2011 - Current
  • Member,  American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing,  2010 - Current
  • Member,  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),  2010 - 2015
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Citations of Non-Forest Service Publications
  • Kellerman, Todd A.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Vaitkus, Milda; White, Monica; Ossell, Ryan; Sorsen, Nathan; Stannard, Jack; Gift, Trent; Cox, Jessica; Liknes, Greg C. 2019. High-resolution land cover of Nebraska (2014). Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.

  • Paull, Darci A.; Whitson, Jakob W.; Marcotte, Abbey L.; Liknes, Greg C.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Kellerman, Todd A. 2017. High-resolution land cover of Kansas (2015). Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.
Research Highlights

Farms and Forests: Quantifying the Tree Resource in the Great Plains

Year: 2018
Between 1935 and 1942, the Prairie States Forestry Project orchestrated the planting of more than 220 million trees in 33,000 windbreaks totaling more than 18,000 miles in a swath stretching from North Dakota to Texas. Today, scientists with the Northern Research Station’s Forest Inventory and Analy...

High-resolution maps provide new perspective on tree cover in the Central Plains

Year: 2017
High-resolution maps, created by the Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program and its partners, help monitor important tree resources in Nebraska and Kansas.

Partnerships Produce High-resolution Land Cover Maps of the Central Plains

Year: 2016
High-resolution maps, created by the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program and its research partners, are being used to fill a monitoring role for important tree resources in the Plains States of Nebraska and Kansas.

Eastern Redcedar Forests are Expanding in the Central United States

Year: 2015
Monitoring of change in our nation’s forest resources is an important aspect of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) work in the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. FIA scientists analyzed more than 8,000 sites and found that eastern red cedar has been increasing its numbers in the Centr...