Jiquan Chen, PhD
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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 "Ecological Processes" (SpringerNature) and for two book series: 1) Landscape Ecology
(Springer, 2014-2021); 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).
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.
Cheyenne is a doctoral candidate 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, remote sensing, ecology, and eddy covariance. Her research analyzes surface reflectivity (albedo) and how it affects the global warming impact of biofuel cropping ecosystems. When not performing fieldwork or writing, she enjoys playing video games and riding her motorcycle.
Pietro Sciusco is a Ph.D. student in the Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science-LEES Lab at Michigan State University. He received his Master’s Degree at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DISAAT), University of Bari. Pietro did an internship at Planetek Italia, an Italian company in the field of Earth Observation technologies, where he studied the fusion of radar, optical and hyperspectral data. His research interest is to estimate ecological processes and their contribution to climate change in highly managed agricultural landscapes in southwestern Michigan, USA. This is primarily done through satellite data (i.e., multi-source imaging, optical and radar) and ground measurements. Besides studying and doing research, Pietro enjoys a variety of hobbies, including insect collection, gardening, do-it-yourself, playing the drums and the guitar, skating, as well as photography.
Gabriela's academic and volunteer experiences have landed her between people and the environment. With a B.S. in Scientific and Technical Communications from Michigan Tech, she initially worked in community based qualitative research and environmental communications discussing land management, geothermal energy, and community engagement in watershed health.
As a graduate student, she will apply her knowledge at a larger scale: across the Kalamazoo watershed. Her research will link human activity to carbon emission and compare it to eddy covariance towers and historical landscape change dating back to the 1950s.
Beyond LEES, Gabriela is found scoping out Lansing's musical venues, hosting dinner parties and trying to be a decent trivia partner.
Jing Yuan’s research is rooted in ecosystem ecology with influences from geospatial science and remote sensing. She is fascinated by spatial and temporal patterns and the use of spatial analytics in investigating ecological and social-economic phenomena. She received Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Ecology concentered in GIS. Her dissertation is to developing remotely sensed metrics for early detections of ecosystem change in ridge and slough mosaics in the Everglades, as part of the large effort in monitoring and assessing Everglades restoration. She also worked as postdoctoral research associate at the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the University of Maine. She involved in transdisciplinary collaborative research addressing sustainable aquaculture and gained much experience in data integration, data visualization, and spatial database. She continues her journey with the LEES lab at the Michigan State University and will work on projects examining the interconnectivity of food, energy and water (FEW) under climate change and socioeconomic shifts at Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
In pursuit of a larger impact as a scientist, Jing interned at United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and worked at an official think tank for Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment immediately post her Ph.D. Beyond academia, Jing is very active in the sports arena. She loves playing tennis, ultimate frisbee, and snowboarding. She is also an outdoor person. She enjoys hiking and scuba diving, anything that can experience nature.
Michael is an accomplished recent graduate from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Michaels interests encompass a wide range of fields from psychology, to archeology and ecology. He is passionate about understanding the role humans play in the environment. Michael intends to research this relationship between humans and nature in his future education as a Master’s student in Archeology or Ecology. In his spare time, Michael can be found reading, making music, or hiking.