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); 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).
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.
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.
Dr. Xianglan Li
Xianglan Li is a visiting professor in the LEES lab at Michigan State University. She has been an associate professor and Ph.D advisor in Beijing Normal University since 2010. She received her Ph.D degree at the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences through a joint Ph.D. program with the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Her research interest lies on carbon cycling and greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions from terrestrial ecosystems using land surface monitoring techniques and remote sensing data. Her current research is on blue carbon of mangrove ecosystems and GHGs emissions from animal colonies. She has a long-term cooperation with the LEES lab to study the coupled effects of global climate change and human activities on carbon, water, and energy fluxes in the terrestrial ecosystems. She will conduct interdisciplinary research at MSU on soil science, geography, remote sensing, ecology, etc.
Amjad ur Rahman is an International Exchange Research scholar in the Landscape Ecology & Ecosystem Science (LEES) Lab., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. He is in the final stages of his Ph.D degree at the Plant Ecology and Conservation Lab., Quaid I Azam University, Pakistan. He has been a visiting lecturer in Aksaray University, Turkey during 2018 and completed one project funded by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak). Recently he is associated with the University of Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pakistan.
His research interest lies in Himalayan forest dynamics, climate change, vegetation management, the ecological properties of species, communities & ecosystems, endemism, ecosystem services, conservation and management of forests.
His current research is on evaluations of Western Himalayan Forests through multivariate analysis by using GIS & Remote Sensing for the mountain landscapes.
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)
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.