I am a Ph.D. Candidate under the tutelage of Dr. Conghe Song at UNC-Chapel Hill. I also works with Dr. Jim Clark, Dr. Erika Wise, Dr. Diego Riveros-Iregui, and Dr. Allen Hurlbert to conduct my dissertation research.
  I am always drawn to ecological questions at continental-to-global scales. Answering those questions requires a data-model synthesis framework that combines remote sensing with the state-of-the-art quantitative models. For my doctoral research, I utilized multi-scale satellite remote sensing and Bayesian Hierarchical models to explore how vegetation phenology (i.e. spring budburst and fall senescence) responded to climate change, extreme weather events, and land cover land use change (e.g. urbanization). So far, my dissertation has

  • Built a framework to separate temporal shifts of phenology related with climate change from those caused by urbanization
  • Tested the importance of incorporating landscape metrics in characterizing the spatial patterns of phenology along a rural-to-urban gradient
  • Developed a Bayesian space-time model that enhanced our understanding of the continuous response of phenology to weather stressors and climate change across broad biogeographic gradients
  • Forecasted future phenological shifts using projected climate and weather conditions

Interests

  • Vegetation phenology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Bayesian Hierarchical Model
  • Global Change Ecology

Education

  • Ph.D. in physical geography, 2020 (expected)

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.Eng. in remote sensing, 2015

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

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