Latest News from the LEES Lab


Ecological Processes accepted into Scopus indexing

April 18, 2017

The journal Ecological Processes, where Dr. Jiquan Chen serves as editor-in-cheif, will be accepted for inclusion in Scopus. Scopus is a world-renowned indexing service—the journals included in it are known to be highly cited and relevant in their field, have a diverse and knowledgeable editorial board, and have the most robust editorial policies.

Ecological Processes is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to quality publications in ecological studies with a focus on the underlying processes responsible for the dynamics and functions of ecological systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Read the full story on the journal's website.


LEES Alumna Janet Silbernagel elected as President of US-IALE

April 16, 2017

At this year's annual IALE (International Association of Landscape Ecology) conference, the next US-IALE President was announced as Janet Silbernagel, a LEES alumna. Janet was the first PhD to graduate from LEES when the lab was at Michigan Technological University. Currently, she leads the Landscape Conservation Lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Congratulations Janet!


Giannico et al. 2016 announced Winner of the Hexagon Education Contest 2017.

April 14, 2017

Hexagon Geospatial annually hosts the HxGN LIVE EDU contest for researchers and innovators around the world, attracting unique efforts and creative expansion in the field of geospatial analysis. Our own members Vincenzo Giannico and Raffaelle Lafortezza took first place with their recently published paper in Remote Sensing Estimating Stand Volume and Above-Ground Biomass of Urban Forests Using LiDAR. In this research, an innovative methodology estimated biomass in urban areas within forested areas of Milan, Italy with the aid of LiDAR data. In combination with Hexagon Geospatial software (ERDAS IMAGINE) and modeling, the analysis in this research not only estimated the amount of biomass present in the study area, but advances our ability to estimate carbon sinks in urban areas.

Both LEES members will accept their award at HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas June 13-16, 2017 and present their research. Visit Hexagon Geospatial's blog for the full story.

Citation: Giannico, V., R. Lafortezza, R. John, G. Sanesi, L. Pesola, and J. Chen. 2016. Estimating stand volume and above-ground biomass of urban forests using LiDAR. Remote Sensing 8: 339; doi:10.3390/rs8040339


Gabriela Shirkey awarded the Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship (AAGA)

March 17, 2017

Congratulations to Gabriela Shirkey on earning MSU's Graduate School Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship (AAGA). Assistantships are awarded to incoming students who will enhance the educational diversity of the student body and whose record shows leadership potential and demonstrated academic achievement. We're proud to now host two AAGA awardees in the LEES Lab.


Socioecological Carbon Production in Managed Agricultural-Forest Landscapes funded by NASA

December 30, 2016

Land use, land cover changes, and ecosystem-specific management practices are increasingly recognized for their roles in mediating the climatic effects on ecosystem structure and function. As demonstrated by some scholars, human activities can influence C fluxes and storage far more than climatic changes. All of these activities require a CO2-equivalent amount of energy ("social C flux") to offset the actual amount of C sequestered by the ecosystems and landscapes. A complete life cycle assessment (LCA) is needed to account for the actual sequestration strength at different spatial and temporal scales.

New funding from NASA will sponsor our next carbon cycle study at Kellogg Biological Station as well as in the Kalamazoo watershed.

New student opportunities
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Positions for 1 Postdoc, 2 PhD students, and 2 Undergraduate students are open starting fall 2017. If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Jiquan Chen with your CV, GRE scores, TOEFL (if applicable) and experience.


Cheyenne Lei awarded the Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship (AAGA)

November 5, 2016

Congratulations to Cheyenne Lei on earning this competitive assistantship. The Graduate School offers the AAGA to students whose enrollment enhances the educational diversity of the student body and whose record shows leadership potential and demonstrated academic achievement.


Undergraduate research positions available

October 1, 2016

Edit: Position closed
We are offering position(s) to undergraduates for the 2016-2017 academic year. Successful applicant(s) will participate in our project, Coupled Human and Natural Systems on the Mongolian Plateau", which examines and models the changes of the natural and human systems on the plateau as well as the critical feedbacks between them over recent decades. Experience in socioeconomic and environmental science, data management, lab equipment, is welcome, but not necessary. Prospective students may and contact Professor Jiquan Chen with questions and interest.


New data collected from the Mongolian Plateau

August 26, 2016

After a summer of fieldwork on the Mongolian Plateau, Drs. Jiquan Chen and Ranjeet John have collected new data for the CNH project. Photos of the Gobi Desert and the Inner Mongolian sites have also been uploaded, describing the landscape of each plot visited, under "land cover photos". Images of the Fieldwork in Mongolia


Dr. Jiquan Chen becomes new Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Processes

January 10, 2016

Dr. Jiquan Chen is the new Editor-in-Chief at Ecological Processes, starting February 1, 2016. For journal information or for manuscript submissions, email Dr. Chen.

About Ecological Processes

Ecological Processes presents a unique niche for ecological publications and embraces a wide, interdisciplinary scope of ideas and an integrated, comprehensive approach to each one. Though the journal specifically welcomes articles that integrate natural and social processes at appropriately broad spatial and temporal scales, we publish research regarding all aspects of biological, chemical, physical and hydrological processes of ecosystem and landscape dynamics across spatial and temporal scales.


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