Andrés Viña

Andrés Viña

Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 517-798-6712

Email: vina@msu.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004.

M.A., Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000.

B.S., Biology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá D. C. Colombia, 1995.

Bio:

Dr. Viña joined the Center in 2004. His research is mainly focused on the use of data collected by optical sensors operating at both close (e.g., handheld spectroradiometers) and remote (e.g., sensors on aircraft and spacecraft) distances to analyze the spatio-temporal dynamics of vegetation. His recent research has been oriented towards the development of remote sensing techniques for analyzing the dynamics of understory vegetation and of plant biodiversity at broad geographic regions.

Research Interests:

Global environmental change, biophysical properties of vegetation (e.g., canopy cover, biomass, leaf area index, absorbed photosynthetically active radiation), vegetation productivity, land surface dynamics (e.g. deforestation, forest regeneration, vegetation phenology, drought monitoring), remote sensing, habitat modeling, human-environment interactions, conservation biology, biodiversity.

 Publications

Title Book/Journal Year
Coupled human and natural systems approach to wildlife research and conservation Ecology and Society 2014
Impact of Livestock on Giant Pandas and their Habitat Journal for Nature Conservation 2014
Assessing the Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services: an Agent-Based Modeling Approach Ecology & Society 2014
Evaluating Conservation Effectiveness of Nature Reserves Established for Surrogate Species: Case of a Giant Panda Nature Reserve in Qinling Mountains, China Chinese Geographical Science 2014
Assessing spatiotemporal changes in tiger habitat across different land management regimes Ecosphere 2013
Performance and prospects of payments for ecosystem services programs: Evidence from China Journal of Environmental Management 2013
Nonlinear effects of group size on collective action and resource outcomes PNAS 2013
Effects of conservation policies on forest cover change in giant panda habitat regions, China Land Use Policy 2013
Climate-change impacts on understorey bamboo species and giant pandas in China’s Qinling Mountains Nature Climate Change 2013
Improving the efficiency of conservation policies with the use of surrogates derived from remotely sensed and ancillary data Ecological Indicators 2012
Relationship between floristic similarity and vegetated land surface phenology: Implications for the synoptic monitoring of species diversity at broad geographic regions Remote Sensing of Environment 2012
Evaluating the efficacy of zoning designations for protected area management Biological Conservation 2011
Agent-based modeling of the effects of social norms on enrollment in payments for ecosystem services Ecological Modeling 2011
Temporal transferability of wildlife habitat models: implications for habitat monitoring Journal of Biogeography. 2011
Using cost-effective targeting to enhance the efficiency of conservation investments in payments for ecosystem services. Conservation Biology 2010
Mapping understory vegetation using phenological characteristics derived from remotely sensed data Remote Sensing of Environment 2010
Range-wide analysis of wildlife habitat: Implications for conservation Biological Conservation 2010
Effects of Natural Disasters on Conservation Policies: The Case of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, China Ambio 2010
Panda Preservation: Remote sensing helps counter natural and human complications GeoWorld 2010
Evaluating MODIS Data for Mapping Wildlife Habitat Distribution Remote Sensing of Environment 2008
Temporal changes in giant panda habitat connectivity across boundaries of Wolong Nature Reserve, China Ecological Applications 2007
Designing a conservation plan for protecting the habitat for giant pandas in the Qionglai mountain range, China Diversity and Distributions 2006