Soizik Laguette received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from ENGREF (French Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering), Paris, France. She has an M.S. in Land Reclamation and Rural Development from the University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France, and a B.S. in Vegetal Biology from the University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. She worked for two years as a research fellow with the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group at the University of Montana's School of Forestry. She conducted her Ph.D. research in Italy at JRC-Ispra, one of the seven institutes that constitute the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.
She has been at UND since 1999, and is a founding member of the Earth System Science and Policy Department. In 2008 she was appointed chair of the department of Earth System Science and Policy. She directs the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment and manages the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.
Her research interests focus on remote sensing of crop physiology and crop cultivation to improve cropping systems while attaining environmental benefits, on harnessing remote sensing to improve bioenergy efficiency, and on developing and consolidating the bridge between researchers and the end-users community by teaching in an adult outreach setting.
Her current research interests are in the use of switchgrass as a bioenergy crop in the Northern Great Plains and the adoption of switchgrass into the traditional cropping system; the rapid integration of remote sensing data as a decision-support tool for in-field management; the use of satellite data in crop modeling; and helping end-users integrate remote sensing and other spatial technologies as tools into land management practices.