I am Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia at Athens, jointly hired between the Department of Plant Biology, the Institute of Bioinformatics and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. My expertise falls within the computational plant sciences where our group addresses questions in the area of plant growth and shape formation under field conditions in formal and applied settings. Before joining the University of Georgia, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology jointly between the Schools of Biology and Interactive Computing where I began to work on root shapes. I received my PhD from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and earned M.Sc. and B.Sc. at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany.

Career Status:
Faculty/Group Leader, Major Research University: Pre-Tenure

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Ecology, Food Security, Phenomics, Computational Biology


An always updated list of publications can be found here:

My Publications


2017: A. Bucksch, D. Chitwood: Morphological Plant Modeling: Unleashing geometric and topologic potential within the plant sciences, Ebook, Frontiers in Plant Science, ISBN 978-2-88945-297-2.

2011: A. Bucksch: Revealing the skeleton from imperfect point clouds, PhD Thesis, TU Delft: Dr.Hut, Munich, ISBN 978-3-86853-877-9.


2018: P. Saengwilai, S. Klinsawang, M. Sangachart, A. Bucksch: Phenotypic variation of root traits of Thai rice (Oryza sativa L.). Applied Ecology and Eviromental Research 16(2), pp. 1069-1083

2017: J. Friesner, S. Assmann, R. Bastow, J. Bailey-Serres, J. Beynon, V. Brendel, C.R. Buell, A. Bucksch, W. Busch, T. Demura, J. Dinneny, C. Doherty, A. Eveland, P. Falter-Braun, M. Gehan, M. Gonzales, E. Grotewold, R. Gutiérrez, U. Kraemer, G. Krouk, S. Ma, R.J. Markelz, M. Megraw, B. Meyers, J. Murray, N. Provart, S. Rhee, R. Smith, E. Spalding, C. Taylor, T. Teal, K. Torii, C. Town, M. Vaughn, R. Vierstra, D. Ware, O. Wilkins, C. Williams, S. Brady: The Next Generation of Training for Arabidopsis Researchers: Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology. Plant Physiology 175(4), pp. 1499-1509

2017: A. Bucksch, A. Atta-Boateng, A.F. Azihou, D. Battogtokh, A. Baumgartner, B.M. Binder, S.A. Braybrook, C. Chang, V. Coneva, T. J. DeWitt, A.G. Fletcher, M.A. Gehan, D.H. Diaz-Martinez, L. Hong, A.S. Iyer-Pascuzzi, L.L. Klein, S. Leiboff,  M. Li, J.P. Lynch, A. Maizel, J.N. Maloof, R.J.C. Markelz, C.C. Martinez, L.A. Miller, W. Mio, W. Palubicki, H. Poorter, C. Pradal, C.A. Price, E. Puttonen, J. Reese, R. Rellán-Álvarez, E.P. Spalding, E.E. Sparks, C.N. Topp, J.Williams, D.H. Chitwood*: Morphological Plant Modeling: Unleashing geometric and topologic potential within the plant sciences. Frontiers in Plant Science 8

2017: A. Bucksch, A. Das, H. Schneider, N. Merchant, J.S. Weitz: Overcoming the Law of the Hidden in Cyberinfrastructure Projects. Trends in Plant Science 22(2), pp. 117-123

2017: M.A. Balduzzi, B.M. Binder, A. Bucksch, C. Chang, L. Hong, A. Iyer-Pascuzzi, C. Pradal, E.E. Sparks: Reshaping Plant Biology: Qualitative and Quantitative Descriptors for Plant Morphology. Frontiers in Plant Science 8

2016: J. Burridge, H.M. Schneider, B.L. Huynh, P.A. Roberts, A. Bucksch, J.P. Lynch: Genome-Wide Association Mapping and Agronomic Impact of Cowpea Root Architecture. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 130(2), pp. 419-431

2016: J. Burridge, C. Jochua, A. Bucksch, J.P. Lynch: Legume shovelomics: high - throughput phenotyping of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and cowpea (Vigna unguiculata subsp, unguiculata) root architecture in the field. Field Crops Research, 192,  pp.  21-32

2015: A. Das, H. Schneider, J. Burridge, A. K. Martinez Ascanio, T. Wojciechowski, C. N. Topp, J. P. Lynch, J. S. Weitz, A. Bucksch: Digital Imaging of Root Traits (DIRT): a high-throughput computing and collaboration platform for field-based plant phenomics. Plant Methods 11(51)

2014: A. Bucksch, J. Burridge, L.M. York, A. Das, E. Nord, J.S. Weitz, J.P. Lynch: Image-based high-throughput field phenotyping of crop roots. Plant Physiology, 166, pp. 470-486

2014: A. Bucksch: A practical introduction to skeletons for the plant sciences. Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(8)

2014: A. Das, A. Bucksch, C.A. Price, S. Wing, J. S. Weitz: ClearedLeavesDB, an online database of cleared plant leaf images. Plant Methods, 10(8).

2014: A. Bucksch, G. Turk, J.S. Weitz: The Fiber Walk: The Fiber Walk: A Model of Tip-Driven Growth with Lateral Expansion. PLoS ONE, 9(1), e85585

2014: A. Bucksch, R. Lindenbergh, M.Z.A. Rahman, M. Menenti: Breast height diameter estimation in high density airborne LiDAR data. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 11(6), pp. 156-1060

2013: C.N. Topp, A.S. Iyer-Pascuzzi, J.T. Anderson, C.R. Lee; P.R. Zurek, O. Symonova, Y. Zheng, A. Bucksch, Y. Mileyko, T. Galkovskyi, B.T. Moore, J. Harer, H. Edelsbrunner, T. Mitchell-Olds, J.S. Weitz, P.N. Benfey: 3-dimensional phenotyping of growing root systems and QTL mapping identifies core regions of the rice genome controlling root architecture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(18), E1695-E1704

2012: A. Bucksch and K. Koshelham: Localized registration of point clouds of botanic trees. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 10(3), pp.631-635

2012: T. Galkovskyi, Y. Mileyko, A. Bucksch, B. Moore, O. Symonova, C.A. Price, C.N. Topp, A.S. Iyer-Pascuzzi, P.R. Zurek, S. Fang, J. Harer, P.N. Benfey, J.S. Weitz: GiA Roots: Software for the High Throughput Analysis of Plant Root System Architecture. BMC Plant Biology 2012, 12(116)

2011: A. Bucksch and S. Fleck: Automated detection of branch dimensions in woody skeletons of fruit tree canopies. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 77(3), pp. 229-240

2010: A. Bucksch, R. Lindenbergh, M. Menenti: SkelTre ­ Robust skeleton extraction from imperfect point clouds. The Visual Computer, Vol.26, No. 10, pp. 1283-1300

2008: D.L. Esme, A. Bucksch, W. H. Beekman: 3D Laser imaging as a valuable tool to specify changes in breast shape after augmentation mammoplasty. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 33(2), pp. 191-195

2008: A. Bucksch and R. Lindenbergh: CAMPINO - A skeletonization method for point cloud processing. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 63(1), pp. 115-127


Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings:

2011: K.A. Razak, A. Bucksch, M. Damen, C. van Westen, M. Straatsma, S. de Jong: Characterizing tree growth anomaly induced by landslides using LiDAR . 2nd World Landslide Forum, 3-9. October 2011, Rome, Italy.

2009: A. Bucksch, R. Lindenbergh, M. Menenti: Skeltre - Fast skeletonization of imperfect point clouds of botanic trees. 3D Object Retrieval Workshop/Eurographics 2009, München 28.March-3.April 2009

2009: A. Bucksch, S. Fleck: Automated detection of branch dimensions in woody skeletons of leafless fruit tree canopies. SilviLaser 2009, 14.-16. October 2009 Austin, Texas

2009: M.Z.A. Rahman, B.G.H. Gorte, A. Bucksch: A new method for individual tree measurement from airborne LiDAR. SilviLaser 2009, 14.-16. October 2009 Austin, Texas

2009: M.Z.A. Rahman, B.G.H. Gorte and A. Bucksch: A new method for individual tree delineation and undergrowth removal from high resolution airborne LiDAR. ISPRS Workshop on Laser Scanning 2009, 1. -2. September 2009 Paris, France

Invited Conference Papers:

2007: A. Bucksch, R. Lindenbergh, J. van Ree: Error budget of terrestrial laser scanning: Influence of the intensity remission of the scan quality. Proceedings of the III International Scientific Congress Geo-Siberia 2007, 23-27. April, Novosibirsk, Vol. I, 2nd part, Geodesy, Geoinformatics, Cartography, Markscheider, pp.113-122, ISBN 978-5-87693-229-7 and ISBN 978-5-87693-231-0

Conference Proceedings:

2013: K. A. Razak, A. Bucksch: High-density airborne LiDAR estimation of disrupted trees induced by landslides. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Melbourne, Australia

2010: A. Bucksch, S. Fleck, S. Rumpf, P. Rademacher: Woody biovolume extraction from laser scanned trees, Silvilaser 2010, 14-17. September 2010, Freiburg, Germany

2009: A. Bucksch, R. Lindenbergh, M. Menenti, M.Z.A. Raman: Skeleton-based botanic tree diameter estimation from dense LiDAR data. Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring X, edited by Upendra N. Singh, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7460 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2009) 746007. Opticts and Photonics 2009, San Diego (CA).

2009: R. Lindenbergh, L. Uchanski, A. Bucksch, R. van Gosliga: Structural monitoring of Tunnels using terrestrial laser scanning. Reports of Geodesy, Special Issue of the IX Konferencji naukowo- technicznej "Aktualne Problemy w Geodezji Inżynieryjnej”, 27./28. March 2009, Warsawa

2009: A. Bucksch, R. Lindenbergh: Applications for point cloud skeletonization in forestry and agriculture. Reports of Geodesy, Special Issue of the IX Konferencji naukowo-technicznej "Aktualne Problemy w Geodezji Inżynieryjnej”, 27./28. March 2009, Warsawa

2007: S. Soudarissanane, J. van Ree, A. Bucksch and R. Lindenbergh: Error budget of terrestrial laser scanning: Influence of the incidence angle on the scan quality, Proceedings 3D-NordOst, 10. Workshop for Aquisition, Modelling, Processing and Analysis of 3D Data, Berlin, 6-7. December 2007

2007: G. Pop, A. Bucksch, B. Gorte: 3D Buildings modeling based on a combination of techniques and methodologies. In Proceedings XXI CIPA International Symposium, 1-6. October 2007, Athens, Greece p.1-5

2007: G. Pop, A. Bucksch: Combining modern techniques for urban 3D modeling. In Proceedings IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, pp.1-4, 23.-27. July 2007, Barcelona, Spain.

2006: A. Bucksch, H. Appel van Wageningen: Skeletonization and segmentation of point clouds using octrees and graph theory. ISPRS Symposium: Image Engineering and Vision Metrology, Int. Archives of Photogrammetry Vol. XXXVI, pp. 1-6 Dresden, Germany

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education