Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009
M.S. Peking University, 2003
B.S. Nanjing University, 1999
As a physical geographer, I conduct research specifically in Bioclimatology and Plant Phenology. Plant Phenology studies seasonal biological events like spring leaf out and autumn leaf coloration. The timing of these processes is driven by changes in weather and climate, and can be readily observed for individual plants, or monitored for vegetation covers using satellite remote sensing. You can learn more about phenology and participate in phenological observation by visiting the website of the USA-National Phenology Network.
In recent years I have particularly worked to understand geographic patterns of plant phenology as being influenced by both climatic and genotypic differences, among other related topics. One of my ongoing projects is to improve our ability to model such phenological variations in a spatially-explicit manner.
I am currently teaching Physical Geography, Climatology, and Remote Sensing. Teaching is an essential part of my professional work. In addition to passing on the subject matter, I always hope to make a positive impact on students' lives.