People at PFC


PFC Faculty

L. Monika Moskal, is an Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and Biospatial Analysis. Her research focuses on remote sensing and GIS applications for deriving forest structure and their applications to forest inventory. Her research applies to many areas, such as:

  • watershed management
  • wildlife habitat
  • biodiversity
  • carbon sequestration
  • biomass mapping
  • forest conversion mapping

It also incorporates advanced forest inventory techniques and technologies:

  • LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging)
  • IFSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar)
  • remote sensing data fusion
  • automated multiscale object delineation
  • feature extraction
  • computer geovisualization (stereo visualization)
  • forest cover visualization
  • hypertemporal remote sensing

Monika's research identifies sustainable forestry indicators and improves detection of damaging agents in forests (hyperspectral), post fire regeneration, forest resource management, and public policy decision making.


PFC FacultySándor Tóth, is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource Informatics. He is one of three faculty members at the Precision Forest Cooperative leading the Natural Resource Decision Systems program. Sándor pursues research in spatial optimization to aid forest management, open space retention, and the development of markets for forest ecosystem services.

Apart from spatial optimization, what's common in these activities is the attempt to incorporate multiple, often conflicting management objectives in the decision models. Sándor's work complements Monika Moskal's efforts of developing efficient natural resource measurement techniques; it ensures that the high-precision data found through remote sensing is put into the best possible use in deriving optimal forest resource management strategies.

PFC FacultyChristian Torgersen is a research landscape ecologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Sciences Center (FRESC) Cascadia Field Station (CFS). He is an affiliate assistant professor at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and a member of the Precision Forestry Cooperative.

Christians research focuses on quantifying and explaining spatial heterogeneity in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems to identify how scale of observation influences our understanding of ecological patterns and processes. Much of this work involves the use of geospatial applications, such as remote sensing, spatial statistics, and geographical information systems (GIS).

Administrative Specialist

Megan O'Shea manages the daily operations of the PFC, coordinates its field training, public information, web site, and outreach programs. She also supports the Stand Management Cooperative, based at the University of Washington (UW) School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS).

Research Scientist

PFC StaffLuke Rogers works for the Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) at the University of Washington (UW) School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS). He joined RTI in 2000 at its inception as a Federal pilot project mandated by the Forest and Fish laws. In that time Luke has instructed GIS training courses, completed his Masters of Science degree, and managed the UW ESRI License distribution, while spearheading several projects. Luke joined the PFC in 2009.

Executive Board

Recognizing the importance of the cooperative aspect of this program, an Executive Advisory Board has been established to provide review and guidance. Advice from the board helps to ensure our success in creating sustainable economic and environmental benefits for the State.


Working with the PFC are professors from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS):


Hans-Erik Andersen
Team Leader, Silviculture and Forest Models Team
USFS PNW Research Station

Steve Reutebuch and Bob McGaughey
Silviculture and Forest Models Team
USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station


See a list of current and former Precision Forestry students