lizardWelcome to the LEES Lab

The LEES Lab at the CGCEO of Michigan State Unisversity, directed by Dr. Jiquan Chen, is interested in scientific investigations and education on fundamental ecosystem and landscape processes for understanding ecosystem functions and management.

Our current studies are focused on the carbon and water cycles of different ecosystems (grassland, desert, forest, cropland, wetlands, freshwater) at multiple spatial and temporal scales, bioenergy systems and resource uses, coupled interactions and feedback between climatic change and human activities, and sustainable management and conservation.

Our research projects, spreading mostly across North American and Asian landscapes, are based on sound field experiments and monitoring stations, state-of-the-art equipment and technology, modeling, and remote sensing technology. The LEES Lab is also the home of book series on "Ecosystem Science and Applications—ESA" for the Higher Education Press (HEP) and MSU Press. We maintain a high ethical and liberal standard for professional collaborations in research and education.


1) Sustainability Challenges for the Social-Environmental Systems across the Asian Drylands Belt

Chen, J., John, R., Yuan, J., Mack, E. A., Groisman, P., Allington, G., Wu, J., Fan, P., de Beurs, K. M., Karnieli, A., Gutman, G., Kappas, M., Dong, G., Zhao, F., Ouyang, Z., Pearson, A. L., Sat, B., Graham, N. A., Shao, C., Qi, J.

Environmental Research Letters, 17(2), 23001.


Figure 1. The conceptual framework guiding our synthetic review of sustainability challenges for the ADB SES. The framework is comprised of three pillars, EcoSys, SocSys and EconSys. Institutions serve as the foundation for understanding the complex interactions among the three pillars, with land cover mediating the interconnections between the three pillars.

2) Biophysical Models and Applications in Ecosystem Analysis. HEP and MSU Press

Jiquan Chen, Ge Sun, Cheyenne Lei, Piero Sciusco, 2021