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Jiquan Chen, PhD

Professor
E-Mail:  jqchen@msu.edu | Phone: 517-884-1884
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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 "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).

Current Members


Michael Abraha

Michael Abraha

Research Associate
E-Mail: abraha@msu.edu
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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.


Cheyenne Lei

Cheyenne Lei

Doctoral Student
E-Mail: cheyenne@msu.edu
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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

Pietro Sciusco

Doctoral Student

E-Mail:sciuscop@msu.edu
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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 Shirkey

Gabriela Shirkey

PhD Student
E-Mail: shirkeyg@msu.edu
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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

Jing Yuan

Research Associate
E-Mail: yuanji11@msu.edu
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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.


Mike Collins

Mike Collins

Summer Intern
E-Mail: colli780@msu.edu

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.


Current Collaborators


Ochirbat Batkhishig Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Mongolia
Peilei Fan Michigan State University
Steve Hamilton Michigan State University - KBS
Ranjeet John University of South Dakota
Colt W. Knight University of Maine
Maira Kussainova Kazakh National Agrarian Research University, Kazakhstan
Phil Robertson Michigan State University - KBS
Raffaele Lafortezza University of Bari, Italy

LEES Alumni & Associates


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Karrin Alstad California
Weikai Bao Chengdu Institute of Biology, CAS
Runcheng Bi Shangxi Normal University
Mary Bresee USDA Forest Service
Kim Brosofske Michigan Tech University
Xiaoli Cheng Yunnan University
Housen Chu Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Amy Concilio St Edward's University
Connor Crank MSU, Lansing
Mike Deal Ohio EPA (Columbus)
Jared DeForest Ohio University
Mario Elia University of Bari, Italy
Eugenie Euskirchen University of Alaska
Shenghua Gao Chinese Academy of Forest Sciences
Yu Gao East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute
Lyn Gerdes Minnesota DNR
Vincenzo Giannico University of Bari, Italy
Chongfeng Gong Sun Yat-Sen University
Beyza Sat Gungor Ozyegin University
Haiqiang Guo Fudan University
Juanjuan Han Southwest University, China
Malanding Jaiteh Columbia University
Ranjeet John University of South Dakota
Anna Kvashinina Russia
Jacob LaCroix US Fishery and Wildlife (AK)
Jim LeMoine Arizona State University
Fei, Li CAAS
Haitao Li Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS 
Qinglin Li B.C. Forest Service
Xianglan Li Beijing Normal University
Maowei Liang Arizona
Yun Liu Beijing University of Agriculture, China
Dong, Liu Chinese Academy of Sciences
Nan Lu Chinese Academy of Sciences
Siyan Ma University of California - Berkley
Asko Noormets Texas A&M University
Zutao Ouyang Stanford University
Hogeun Park The World Bank, DC
Robert Phillips UT
John Rademacher USDA Forest Service
Mark Rudnicki Michigan Tech University
David Reed University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Soung Ryu University of Alberta
Sari Saunders BC Forest Service
Jessica Schafer TX
Piero Sciusco University of Bari, Italy
Changlaing Shao Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, CAAS
Wei Shen Northeast Forestry University
Janet Silbernagel University of Wisconsin
Bo Song Clemson University
Yahn-Jauh Su Michigan
Lisa (Delp) Taylor  
Jennifer Teeple Michigan State University
Gwen Tenney  
Carolina Vázquez Chun  
Shiqiang Wan Hebei University
Chuankuan Wang Center for Ecological Research of Northeast Forestry University
Xinli Wang Michigan Tech University
Xu Wang Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
Surachit Wanggsenthorn  
Radley Watkins Wisconsin
Burkhard Wilske Canada
Ruqun Susie) Wu Susdatability Ltd
Jing Xie Beijing Urban Forestry Division
Jianye Xu NA
Ming Xu Rutgers University
Xuefeng Yu Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Terenzio Zenone University of Antwerp
Feng Zhang, Ph.D. IBCAS
Wenli Zhang Hunan University of Chinese Medicine
Daolan Zheng Retired
Rui Zhou California