Tong Qiu

Tong Qiu

Assistant Professor

Penn State University


I am a broadly trained ecologist interested in understanding the response of terrestrial ecosystem to global change at regional to global scales. I work as a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State University. I am looking for a postdoc to join as soon as possible and graduate students to join 2023 spring/fall, please contact me at (tvq5043 AT psu DOT edu) if you are interested. My lab takes a data-model synthesis approach that integrates satellite and airborne remote sensing, monitoring networks, and forest inventory with Bayesian hierarchical models to develop nature-based solutions to fight climate change. Specifically, my lab focus on:

  • Deriving habitat characteristics for forest trees and the vast community it supports using combined LiDAR and Hyperspectral imagery
  • Revealing the climate-habitat interactions that govern biodiversity change
  • Understanding variations in seed production and how they related with climate, nutrient availability, and species traits
  • Evaluating forest regeneration from fecundity to seedling recruitment to adult trees
  • Balancing human needs (e.g., food and water) with the needs of wildlife species (e.g., habitat and healthy soil)

I worked as a postdoc with Dr. Jim Clark to study global change impacts on fecundity and biodiversity. For my doctoral research, I worked with Drs. Conghe Song, Jim Clark, Erika Wise, Diego Riveros-Iregui, and Allen Hurlbert to understand how vegetation phenology responds to climate change, extreme weather events, and urbanization.

  • Global change ecology
  • Tree mast and biodiversity
  • Vegetation phenology
  • Bayesian hierarchical models
  • Ph.D. in Physical Geography, 2020

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.Eng. in Remote Sensing, 2015

    Wuhan University (with the highest honor, GPA ranking 1/229)


The Pennsylvania State University
Assistant Professor
Oct 2022 – Present Pennsylvania
Research, teaching, and service
Duke University
Postdoc Associate
May 2020 – Oct 2022 North Carolina
Research with funding resources from NASA-AIST and NSF-DEB.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate Research Assistant and Instructor
Aug 2015 – May 2020 North Carolina
Dissertation research and sole instructor for quantitative methods in geography.


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(2022). Limits to reproduction and seed size-number trade-offs that shape forest dominance and future recovery. in Nature Communications.

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(2022). Globally, tree fecundity exceeds productivity gradients. in Ecology letters.

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(2021). Is there tree senescence? The fecundity evidence. In PNAS.

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(2021). Niche shifts from trees to fecundity to recruitment that determine species response to climate change. in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

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Upcoming Talks

American Geophysical Union 2021 Fall meeting
Combined lidar and hyperpsectral in understanding fecundity.
NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting
Preliminary results on combined lidar and hyperpsectral in understanding fecundity.


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