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Dacia M. Meneguzzo

Research Forester
Forest Inventory & Analysis
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone: 651-649-5129

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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 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; quantifying landscape spatial pattern and forest fragmentation; and, finding new ways to incorporate GIS technology and remote sensing data into my research.

Research Interests

  • Mapping tree and other land cover from very high resolution digital imagery
  • 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.

Education

  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Candidate Natural Resources Science and Management, 2014
  • University of Minnesota, M.S. Natural Resources Science and Management, 2008
  • Michigan Technological University, B.S. Forestry, 2000

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Women in Science, Member (2011 - Current)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member (2010 - Current)
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Member (2010 - Current)

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

  • Meneguzzo, D.M.; Crocker, S.J. 2015. Forests of Kansas, 2014. Resource Update FS-42. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Crocker, Susan J. 2015. Forests of Nebraska, 2014. Resource Update FS-50. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Liknes, Greg C. 2015. Status and trends of eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) in the central United States: Analyses and observations based on Forest Inventory and Analysis data. Journal of Forestry. 113(3): 325-334.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M.; Butler, B.J. 2014. Forests of Kansas, 2013. Resource Update FS-17. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M. 2014. Forests of Nebraska, 2013. Resource Update FS-11. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Lister, Tonya W.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2013. Illinois' Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-86. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M. 2013. Nebraska's forest resources, 2012. Res. Note NRS-176. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Liknes, Greg C. 2012. A framework for reporting tree cover attributes in agricultural landscapes. In: McWilliams, Will; Roesch, Francis A. eds. 2012. Monitoring Across Borders: 2010 Joint Meeting of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium and the Southern Mensurationists. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-157. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 193-194.
  • Toney, Chris; Liknes, Greg; Lister, Andy; Meneguzzo, Dacia. 2012. Assessing alternative measures of tree canopy cover: Photo-interpreted NAIP and ground-based estimates. In: McWilliams, Will; Roesch, Francis A. eds. 2012. Monitoring Across Borders: 2010 Joint Meeting of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium and the Southern Mensurationists. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-157. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 209-215. .
  • Meneguzzo, D.M.; Walters, B. 2012. Nebraska's forest resources, 2011. Res. Note. NRS-152. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M. 2012. Quantifying change in riparian ash forests following the introduction of EAB in Michigan and Indiana. In: McWilliams, Will; Roesch, Francis A. eds. 2012. Monitoring Across Borders: 2010 Joint Meeting of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium and the Southern Mensurationists. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-157. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 105-107.
  • Woodall, Christopher W.; Webb, Mark N.; Wilson, Barry T.; Settle, Jeff; Piva, Ron J.; Perry, Charles H.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Crocker, Susan J.; Butler, Brett J.; Hansen, Mark; Hatfield, Mark; Brand, Gary; Barnett, Charles. 2011. Indiana's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-45. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 56 p. [CD included].
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Brewer, Matt; Woodall, Christopher W.; Perry, Charles H.; Domke, Grant M.; Piva, Ronald J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith; Lister, Tonya W.; Butler, Brett J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Miles, Patrick D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Gormanson, Dale. 2011. Iowa's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-52. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 48 p. [DVD included].
  • Miles, Patrick D.; Heinzen, David; Mielke, Manfred E.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Butler, Brett J.; Piva, Ron J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Barnett, Charles J. 2011. Minnesota's Forests 2008. Bull. NRS-50. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northen Research Station. 67 p. [DVD included].
  • Meneguzzo, D.M. 2011. Nebraska's forest resources, 2009. Res. Note NRS-93. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M. 2011. Nebraska's forest resources, 2010. Res. Note. NRS-119. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Lister, Tonya W.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Zipse, Bill. 2011. New Jersey's forests, 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-59. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p. [DVD included].
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2011. Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-88. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 6 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2011. Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-89. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2011. Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2009. Res. Note NRS-90. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Liknes, Greg C.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M. 2011. Retrospective analysis of EAB spread: understanding the effect of landscape pattern on invasion and propagation. In: Parra, Gregory; Lance, David; Mastro, Victor; Reardon, Richard; Benedict, Chuck, comps. 2011 emerald ash borer national research and technology development meeting; 2011 October 12-13; Wooster, OH. FHTET-2011-06. Morgantown, WV; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 122-124.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Crocker, Susan J.; Liknes, Greg C. 2010. A technique for mapping urban ash trees using object-based image analysis. In: Michler, Charles H.; Ginzel, Matthew D., eds. 2010. Proceedings of symposium on ash in North America; 2010 March 9-11; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-72. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 62.
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M. 2010. Climatic controls on emerald ash borer dispersal. In: Michler, Charles H.; Ginzel, Matthew D., eds. 2010. Proceedings of symposium on ash in North America; 2010 March 9-11; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-72. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 61.
  • Lister, T.W.; Gladders, G.; McWilliams, W.; Meneguzo, D.; Barnett, C.; O'Connell, B. 2010. Delaware's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note. NRS-70. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2010. Maine's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-52. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2010. Maine's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-53. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Lister, T.W.; Perdue, J.; McWilliams, W.; Meneguzzo, D.; Barnett, C.; O’Connell, B. 2010. Maryland's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-68. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M. 2010. Nebraska's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-73. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Liknes, Greg C. 2010. Patterns among the ashes: Exploring the relationship between landscape pattern and the emerald ash borer. In: Michler, Charles H.; Ginzel, Matthew D., eds. 2010. Proceedings of symposium on ash in North America; 2010 March 9-11; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-72. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 32-40.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M. 2009. An assessment of the relationship between emerald ash borer presence and landscape pattern. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.
  • Riemann, Rachel; Lister, Tonya; Lister, Andy; Meneguzzo, Dacia; Parks, Sarah. 2009. Development of issue-relevant state level analyses of fragmentation and urbanization. In: McWilliams, Will; Moisen, Gretchen; Czaplewski, Ray, comps. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium 2008; October 21-23, 2008; Park City, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-56CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 24 p.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Haugen, David E.; Little, Dick C.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2009. Illinois' Forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-29. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 114 p.
  • Pugh, Scott A.; Hansen, Mark H.; Pedersen, Lawrence D.; Heym, Douglas C.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia; Perry, Charles H.; Haugen, David E.; Woodall, Christopher; Jepsen, Ed. 2009. Michigan's forests 2004. Resour. Bull. NRS-34. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 210 p.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M. 2009. Nebraska's Forest Resources, 2007. Res. Note. NRS-34. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Hansen, Mark H. 2009. Quantifying forest fragmentation using Geographic Information Systems and Forest Inventory and Analysis plot data. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the eighth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2006 October 16-19; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Report WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 143-147.
  • Piva, Ronald J.; Moser, W. Keith; Haugan, Douglas D.; Josten, Gregory J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Hansen, Mark H.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2009. South Dakota's forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-35. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 96 p.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Atchison, Robert L.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H.; Reading, William H. IV; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2008. Kansas forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-26. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 125 p.
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M. 2007. Estimating tree species richness from forest inventory plot data. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the seventh annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; October 3-6, 2005; Portland, ME. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-77. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 275-279.
  • Stein, Susan M.; Hatfield, Mark; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Dechter, Mike; et al, . 2007. Forests on the edge: evaluating contributions of and threats to America's private forest lands. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H., eds. Proceedings of the seventh annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; October 3-6, 2005; Portland, ME. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-77. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 135-142.
  • Miles, Patrick D.; Jacobson, Keith; Brand , Gary J.; Jepsen, Ed; Meneguzzo, Dacia; Mielke, Manfred E.; Olson, Cassandra; Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry Tyler; Woodall, Christopher. 2007. Minnesota's forests 1999-2003 (Part A). Resour. Bull. NRS-12A. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 92 p.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Brand, Gary J.; Lovett, William R. 2007. Nebraska's Forest Resources in 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-16. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 21 p.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M. 2007. Nebraska's forest resources, 2006. Res. Note. NRS-11. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p. .
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M; Moser, W. Keith;; Brand, Gary J.; Hansen, Mark H.; Lovett, William R. ; Lovett, William R. 2006. Nebraska's forest resources in 2004. Resour. Bull. NC-256. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 25 p.
  • McRoberts, Ronald E.; Barbour, R. James; Gebert, Krista M.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; et al., . 2006. Using basic geographic information systems functionality to support sustainable forest management decision making and post-decision assessments. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 23(4): 13- 34.
Last updated on : 13-Jul-2015