Jiquan Chen, PhD
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Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Processes
A native of Shanxi in Northern China, Dr. Chen received his undergraduate education
in grassland ecology (Inner Mongolia University), MS in forest ecology (Chinese Academy
of Sciences), and PhD in ecosystem Analysis (University of Washington). His postdoc
training was in the stream ecology and ecosystem management. He was a Bullard
Fellow at Harvard University (1999-2000). He was on the faculty at Michigan Tech
University (1993-2001) and University of Toledo (2001-2014).
His research and academic instruction programs are on ecosystem processes and their
interactive feedbacks to the biophysical and human activities, including community ecology
to 3-D canopy structure, forest fragmentation, edge effects, riparian zone, conservation
biology, landscape ecology, and micrometeorology. His current research lies in the
coupled effects of global climate change and human activities on terrestrial ecosystems,
global change ecology, bioenergy, and carbon/water fluxes. He will be teaching
special topics on coupled human and natural systems, micrometeorological instrumentation & measurements, image processing and GIS, and global change science.
He is a fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS, 2011) and a fellow of
Ecological Society of America (ESA, 2014).
Dr. Chen is also the Editor-in-Chief for two book series: 1) Landscape Ecology
(Springer); and 2) Ecosystem Science and Application –ESA (HEP & De Gruyter).
He is the founder and chief scientist of the US-China Carbon Consortium (USCCC)
. He enjoys Thai Chi practice and Buddha Meditation. He is also a member of the
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB)
Graduate Program and the Environmental
Science & Policy Program (ESPP).
Raffaele Lafortezza, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Center for Global Change and Earth Observations | University of Bari, Italy
Dr. Raffaele Lafortezza is Adjunct Professor at the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO), Michigan State University. He holds a PhD in Landscape Ecology and Planning from the University of Bari (2002) and has accumulated considerable experience in landscape ecology issues by participating in numerous research projects and scientific collaborations conducted worldwide. His main research interest lies in the fields of landscape modeling at multiple spatial and temporal scales, sustainable land management in the context of global change, ecosystem services associated with green infrastructures and nature-based solutions, quantitative assessment of biodiversity, and analysis of ecological disturbances, including forest fires and fragmentation in wildland urban interfaces. In addition, he seeks to understand the impact of human activity on ecosystems (i.e., coupled human and natural systems) and to discover methods for preserving ecological patterns and related processes/services.
Dr. Lafortezza has developed his research interests in the United States (University of Toledo, Michigan State University), Canada (University of Guelph), Japan (University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo), and the United Kingdom (University of Cambridge) and has been involved, as principal- and co-investigator, in many research projects. He is Associate Editor of the journal "Urban Forestry & Urban Greening” (Elsevier) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Springer journals “Landscape Ecology” and “Ecological Processes”.
Michael Abraha, PhD
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My research interest lies in measuring and modeling the
physical processes involved in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, with a
special focus on energy and mass exchange measurement between surfaces (bare soil,
vegetated, wet-lands and/or water) and the atmosphere using
micrometeorological methods. I am interested in investigating energy balance
closure using eddy covariance measured fluxes; and also the influence of
land-use and climate changes on heat, carbon dioxide, water vapor and other
trace gas fluxes.
My previous studies concentrated on measurement and modeling
of crop growth and development, soil water balance, solar radiation and its
interception by shrubs, and evapotranspiration from sparse trees. I was also
involved in investigating inexpensive means of estimating sensible heat flux
from high frequency air temperature measurements.
Connor received her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from MSU in 2010. She completed her M.S. degree in 2016 at the University of Florida, where she also conducted research for UF-IFAS’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center. Her research interests primarily focus on biological invasions of mammals, such as the impacts of invasive feral swine on Florida rangelands. Connor edits publications, helps run the website, and will begin organizing fieldwork campaigns this fall, among other responsibilities. Outside of work and research, Connor enjoys spending time with her dogs, hiking, gardening, cooking, and travelling.
Visiting Scholar, PhD Candidate | University of Bari, Italy
Vincenzo Giannico is a PhD candidate in "Biodiversity, Agriculture and Environment” at the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (DISAAT), University of Bari. His doctoral research focuses on ecosystem service trade-offs of urban and peri-urban forest areas using high resolution remotely sensed data (i.e. LiDAR, Multi- and Hyperspectral data).
Specifically, the aim of his research is to find explanatory variables derived from remote sensing data capable of estimating carbon stored in biomass, the amount of biodiversity and its patterns, and to understand the relationships among these ecosystem services. Previously, he did an internship in "Planetek Italia", a leader company in the field of Earth Observation technologies, where he performed pre-processing and advanced analysis methodologies on optical and laser sensor data and more. His main research interests are ecosystem modeling, ecosystem services, remote sensing of the environment, and applications of geomatics in forestry.
Samantha Greenlee is an undergraduate student at Michigan State University working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a concentration in Wildlife Biology and Management. She has previously earned her Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science from Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. She has ambitions for graduate school accompanied by a variety of interests, including the effects of climate change on the transmission zoonotic diseases, predator-prey relationships, and keystone species effects on trophic cascades in the age of climate change.
Her experiential learning includes a trip to Yellowstone National Park where she gained direct exposure to the complex interaction of ecological, political, and economic dimensions of the issues surrounding wildlife management. She is also attending a study away to Alaska in June, which focuses on conservation and conservation policy issues related to the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Kachemak Bay, Alaska.
Ranjeet John, PhD
Ranjeet's research interests focus on the applications of Remote Sensing and Geospatial technologies to study biophysical attributes that include carbon, water and energy fluxes at varying scales in context of ecosystem ecology, land cover/land use, and climate change. His current position in the LEES lab requires him to synthesize existing meteorological and medium to coarse resolution satellite derived-data (for e.g., drought indices, extreme climate anomalies & non-parametric trend analysis). In addition, his research also involves scaling up from in situ observations from various eddy covariance flux towers and standard ground truth methods to a regional scale in context of rapid climatic and socio-economic changes (in the Mongolian Plateau and elsewhere).
Fei Li, PhD
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Dr. Li devotes to the interdisciplinary research with assist of Remote Sensing and Geospatial technologies in the fields of Geography and Ecology. He has rich experiences in field experiments, processing and analysing time series remote sensing data. The scientific questions he tries to explore are how the terrestrial ecosystem at regional and global scales responds to changing climate companying with an intensive disturbance from human activity. His current focus in the LEES lab is to monitor and evaluate sustainability in grassland biome in context of climate warming at Mongolia Plateau and global scales.
Visiting Scholar, PhD candidate | Inner Mongolia University
Maowei Liang is a PhD candidate at the Department of Ecology, Inner Mongolia University. Previously, his research focused on land use change adaptations (grazing technology integration) to mitigate the effect of climate change on the grassland ecosystem in the Mongolia Plateau. At Michigan State University, he is researching the impacts of global climate and land use change on ecosystem functions in the grassland ecosystem, specifically semi-arid and arid regions. To accomplish this, he seeks to understand the mechanisms behind water and heat balance and their role in both the net primary production and carbon/water fluxes. He incorporates various approaches to research carbon sequestration, including the eddy covariance technique, terrestrial ecosystem modeling of elevated atmospheric CO2, and manipulative experiments. He is also evaluating the potential changes of ecosystem function, such as net primary production and soil carbon storage.
Cheyenne is a doctoral student in the LEES lab at Michigan State University. She holds a Masters of Arts in Geography from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from Northern Michigan University. She is interested in geographic information systems, cartography and environmental and resource analysis. Her focus is in analyzing water quality and land use and land cover change at multiple spatial and temporal scales, with emphasis on providing sustainable land and water management and addressing the impact of anthropogenic activities on water quantity and quality. She has collaborated alongside multiple watershed councils within Michigan in water data collection, invasive species monitoring and public education.
Kaitlyn is an undergraduate student at Michigan State University pursuing a Bachelors in Science degree in Environmental Services and Sustainability. Her interests are in environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and forestry. She has plans to further expand her knowledge and experience in these fields with research and studying abroad. Kaitlyn also has some background in engineering, which she will integrate into her research to better problem solve. Her goal is to find sustainable alternatives to unsustainable human lifestyles.
My former research focused on mapping and investigating
invasive plants in wetlands (such as Spartina alterniflorain east coast of China
by remote sensing techniques and GIS. Currently, my research interest has moved on to
carbon fluxes of terrestrial ecosystems, as I think carbon related problems such as
greenhouse gases, carbon storage and cycling , and so on are core issues of global
climate change. I love science, but I also like many other things, like
cycling, swimming, playing ping-pong and reading.
Hogeun is currently developing a synthesis study reviewing urbanization and coupled human and nature systems (CHNS). Before joining LEES, he studied social capital and network contingency on a local development project. During his master's degree, he successfully participated in international research workshops as a member of the Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL) and did an internship in the social science division at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). His first professional career was a Cooperation Agent at the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) from 2008 — 2010 where he worked in both Pelileo and Saquisili City Hall in Ecuador as a GIS specialist.
Pietro Sciusco is a Master Student candidate at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DISAAT) at the University of Bari (Supervisor: Prof. Raffaele Lafortezza). He is investigating how to use satellite data, such as ESA-Sentinel-1 and -2, to estimate ecological processes in agricultural and forest landscapes. He is currently doing an internship in Planetek Italia, an Italian company in the field of Earth Observation technologies, where he is studying the data fusion of radar, optical and hyperspectral data. As an example, he is using Sentinel Application Platform ESA (SNAP) as a tool for Sentinel data processing in order to estimate forest biomass. In addition, he is gaining experience on ERDAS Imagine 2016 and PolSARpro for data processing. Besides studying and doing research, Pietro has different passions, including insect collection, gardening, do-it-yourself, playing the drums, skating, and technologies.
Changliang Shao, PhD
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research interests aimed at understanding human-environment interactions through a focus
on land-use and land-cover changes through using eddy covariance technique in
grassland ecosystems: from observation to data analysis of carbon, water and
energy fluxes. I have been the one maintaining two mobile flux towers in
Inner Mongolia for 3 years and opened the eddy covariance data in public via
internet. Recent work has used two mobile eddy flux towers to study different
disturbance ecosystems under the same environment, which is valuable for
modeling precision, and contribute us to understand the underlying effect
mechanism through different management types. I have served the NASA LCLUC
Science Team, the NSFC and the Foundation of Chinese Academy of Sciences. In
2009 I was elected fellow of the US-China Carbon Consortium (USCCC).
Gabriela regularly edits publications, promotes the website, and organizes fieldwork campaigns for multiple projects. Her interests include discovering the links between human action and landscape change as well as a population's ability to address this change. She has volunteered with both the Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor and the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership to gain a better understanding of how local inititives can make a difference spatially.
Prior to LEES, she worked on two human-environment research projects within
the Department of Social Sciences and with EEPP students at Michigan
Technological University investigating the role social influence plays in
land use decision making, conservation practices, and geothermal energy.
Ruqun Wu (Susie)
I joined the team in fall 2013 to pursue my Ph.D. study in the research area of life
assessment. I have bachelor degree in Agronomy and Master degrees in
Environment and Energy Studies. During my Master study, I grew interested in the
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). After graduation, I began working on LCA related
topics in China (e.g. eco-design, carbon footprint) and I found that the
popularization of partial LCA enables many companies
to use “halo effects” which jeopardizes the company as they may “green wash” by claiming a product system as “green
” simply because it has a superior sustainability than something else.
Thus, a holistic way of assessing product systems' overall sustainability is
needed in order to help the industry better understand their current performance and
The topic which Professor JiQuan
Chen and Doctor Defne Apul are working on is very interesting to me. They are conducting life cycle
sustainability analysis of proposed photovoltaic technologies and comparing them to
I am excited to begin my work here and study this most
interesting, and interdisciplinary, topic.