Skip to main content
Skip to main menu Skip to spotlight region Skip to secondary region Skip to UGA region Skip to Tertiary region Skip to Quaternary region Skip to unit footer


Peter Pietrzyk

Graduate Student
2408 Miller Plant Sciences
Lab Phone:
Research Areas:
Research Interests:

My wider interest is to develop imaging algorithms that characterize the variability across multiple architectural scales in various crop roots. The goal of my research is to quantify mechanisms underlying the adaption of roots to drought and nutrient availability. Currently I am working on a project to develop machine learning and image processing algorithms to characterize the variability in root hairs from microscopy images.

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
Quantifying variation in root system architecture of maize and common bean using shape descriptors derived from 2D and 3D measurements.
Selected Publications:


2017 Admission to PhD Program in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia

2015 M.Sc. Geomatics, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

2012 B.Sc. Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Of note:

2020 James L. Carmon Scholarship Award (UGA)

2019 2nd place, Best Graduate Student Poster Award, UGA Plant Center Fall Retreat

2019 Palfrey Grant, Department of Plant Biology (UGA) to attend ASPB Plant Biology 2019

2019 Graduate School Travel Award (UGA) to attend ASPB Plant Biology 2019

2018 Travel grant to attend Phenome 2018 conference

2017 Travel grant to attend Field-Based High Throughput Phenotyping Workshop in Maricopa, AZ

Other Affiliations:

Major Professor

Alexander Bucksch

Courtesy Faculty in Plant Biology

Committee Members

C.J. Tsai

Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar

External Committee

Dr. Christopher Topp Principal Investigator at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Dr. Shannon Quinn Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UGA

Support us

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click here to learn more about giving.

Give Now

Every dollar given has a direct impact upon our students and faculty.