I am a PhD student at IBED on the eEcoLiDAR project (led by Daniel Kissling, Willem Bouten, Harry Seijmonsbergen). In my current PhD project, I will work on extracting and quantifying the 3D ecosystem structure for animals using LiDAR data across Europe. This is still challenging because current LiDAR studies mostly focus on small areas. However, the increasing accessibility of airborne laser scanning data allows characterizing the vertical and horizontal complexity of vegetation and landscapes across a broad spatial extent. For this aim, robustly applicable features will be developed to extract fine-scale habitat information for different land-cover types. This LiDAR-derived information will be aggregated with other data sources (e.g. climate data and passive remote sensing products) to answer different research questions in animal ecology and biodiversity science (like developing more accurate species distribution models for breeding birds in forests and marshlands or why animal populations decline and how they respond to ongoing land use change).
I did my BSc and MSc as geoscientist at Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) and I also had previously started a PhD there in the Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences with the topic of analyzing high-resolution point cloud data (Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR)) in environmental sciences. During my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I got several short-term opportunities to get insights into the work of different internationally acknowledged LiDAR research groups (at Vienna University of Technology, at University of Heidelberg, and at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck). During that time I got interested in the research topic of vegetation analysis based on LiDAR data.
2015-2017 Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences
2013-2015 Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Geophysics MSc - specialization in Space Science & Remote Sensing
2009-2013 Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Earth Science BSc specialization in Geophysics
01.10.2016-31.01.2017 Guest scientist at Institute of Geography, GIScience, Heidelberg University working on HELIOS project (DAAD scholarship)
01.03.2016-30.06.2016 Guest scientist at Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (IGF), Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAD scholarship)
01.02.2015-30.06.2015 Practicant at Institute of Geography, GIScience Research Group, Heidelberg University working on LVISA project (Erasmus+ scholarship)
01.07.2013-31.08.2013 Honored fellowship holder in Hybrid3D project at Vienna University of Technology Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
04.02.2013-31.05.2013 Practicant at Vienna University of Technology Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation (CampusHungary scholarship)
2013,2014,2016 Short internships at Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Ecological Research, Balaton Limnological Institute (1-1 months)
1. Hämmerle, M., Lukač, N., Chen, K.-C., Koma, Zs., Wang, C.-K., Anders, K., and Höfle, B.: SIMULATING VARIOUS TERRESTRIAL AND UAV LIDAR SCANNING CONFIGURATIONS FOR UNDERSTORY FOREST STRUCTURE MODELLING, ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-2/W4, 59-65, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-2-W4-59-2017, 2017.
2. Koma Zs, Koenig K, Höfle B (2016): Urban tree classification using full-waveform Airborne Laser Scanning ISPRS ANNALS OF THE PHOTOGRAMMETRY, REMOTE SENSING AND SPATIAL INFORMATION SCIENCES III-3: pp. 185-192. (2016) Prague, Czech Republic : 12/07/2016 -19/07/2016.
3. Telbisz T, Látos T, Deák M, Székely B, Koma Zs, Standovár T (2016): The advantage of lidar digital terrain models in doline morphometry compared to topographic map based datasets – Aggtelek karst (Hungary) as an example ACTA CARSOLOGICA 45:(1) pp. 5-18.
4. Székely B, Koma Zs, Karátson D, Dorninger P, Wörner G, Brandmeier M, Nothegger C (2014): Automated recognition of quasi-planar ignimbrite sheets as paleosurfaces via
robust segmentation of digital elevation models: an example from the Central Andes EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS 39:(10) pp. 1386-1399.
5. Roncat A, Ghuffar S, Székely B, Dorninger P, Rasztovits S, Mittelberger M, Koma Zs, Krawczyk D, Pfeifer N (2013): A natural laboratory — Terrestrial Laser Scanning and auxiliary measurements for studying an active landslide In: Proceedings of the 2nd Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring. Place and date of conference: Nottingham, United Kingdom / England, 09/09/2013-10/09/2013. Nottingham: pp. &1-9.