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 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 2014. She completed her M.S. degree in 2016 at the University of Florida, where she 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 regularly edits publications, runs the website, and assists in organizing fieldwork campaigns among other lab responsibilities. Outside of work and research, Connor enjoys spending time with her dogs, hiking, gardening, cooking, and travelling.
Visiting Scholar, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Dr. Shenghua Gao graduated from Nanchang University with a major in environmental engineering. He then received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Forestry in ecology. Since 2015, he has worked as an assistant research fellow for the Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry.
His research interests lie on ecosystem carbon and water processes, as well as forestry technique development for global change mitigation. He used to investigate the carbon dioxide and methane fluxes as well as evapotranspiration of a riparian forest plantation using flux towers. Recently, he has expanded his field of work into riparian ecosystems, aiming to reveal methane fluxes and their component dynamics as well as controls. During his visit to the LEES Lab, he will assess the carbon sequestration and water consumption of a forest plantation at the stand-cycle and life-cycle scales.
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.
Dong Liu is a visiting scholar from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research is to investigate the impacts of land use change on nitrogen flow in agricultural ecosystems. He is also doing some work on ecological carrying capacity in urban areas of China.
My former research focused on mapping and investigating
invasive plants in wetlands (such as Spartina alterniflora in the 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.
An interdisciplinary researcher at heart, David grew up in Michigan and
received Bachelor and Master degrees in Climate Physics and Atmospheric
Science from University of Michigan. He moved to Wyoming for to complete
his PhD between the Atmosphere Science department and the Program in
Ecology, examining ecosystem flux response to forest mortality from native
bark beetles while also working on climate change impacts on sagebrush
ecosystem fluxes. David served as a visiting professor of physics at
Dickinson College for a year, teaching meteorology, climate and physics,
and then he received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
to work with Ankur Desai at UW-Madison. During his time in Madison, David
worked on improving observations of lake thermodynamics and carbon fluxes,
collaborating with the Long Term Ecological Research North Temperate Lakes
group. Happy to return to Michigan, David is currently working on landscape
scale carbon fluxes with the LEES group. Outside of work, David enjoys
spending time with his dog Yost, being outdoors, baking, biking, and
Pietro Sciusco is a PhD student in the LEES lab at Michigan State University. He received his Master’s Degree at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DISAAT), University of Bari (Supervisor: Prof. Raffaele Lafortezza). His interest’s research is to investigate the use of satellite data, such as ESA Sentinel-1 and -2, to estimate ecological processes in agricultural and forest landscapes. 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. As an example, he used ESA’s Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP) as a tool for Sentinel data processing to estimate forest biomass. In addition, he gained experience with ERDAS Imagine 2016 and PolSARpro for data processing. Pietro also spent approximately three months in 2017 at the Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science lab at Michigan State University (Michigan, USA) where, under the supervision of Dr. Jiquan Chen, he investigated the relationships between radar variables (from both RADARSAT-2 and Sentinel-1) and EC flux measurements (CO2 fluxes) in one of the KBS’ Long Experimental Sites located in Kalamazoo watershed, Michigan.
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 technology.
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.
Ruqun Wu (Susie)
PhD Student (Graduated 2018)
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.