Director of Graduate Studies

Founding Director of MU GIS Certificate Program


PhD, GIS and Remote Sensing, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Contact Information:

Phone 573-882-7717
Address 203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building

Research Interest:

My research area focuses on landscape ecology (spatial ecology) and geographic information sciences (GIS). Issues of biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem management increasingly need to be addressed at large spatial and temporal scales. My research in landscape ecology puts ecological questions in such large spatial and temporal contexts. In geographic information sciences I explore new technical advances to help process and analyze large spatial data sets. The science and technology I endeavor to advance will help to solve numerous regional planning, management, conservation, and restoration problems. My research objectives are to integrate spatial modeling and geographical information systems to study landscape/regional response to various natural and social factors over large spatial and temporal domains.

Research Project Description:

Projects with both theoretical significance and application potential are among my research priorities. I emphasize equally the advances in landscape ecology (spatial ecology) and geographic information science (GIS). In landscape ecological studies, I focus on theories of spatial modeling, and landscape metrics, linking spatial pattern to ecological processes, and construction of historical landscape (such as pre-European settlement). In geographic information system studies, I focus on GIS and remote sensing data integration, GIS interpolation, spatial data visualization, and analytical approaches.