Andrés Viña

Andrés Viña

Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 517-798-6712



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.


Dr. Viña's research is mainly focused on understanding the processes shaping the spatio-temporal patterns of vegetation and their consequences on both human and natural systems with the help of data collected by remote sensors operating at multiple scales. His recent research has been oriented towards the development of novel techniques for analyzing the dynamics of wildlife habitat, understory vegetation and plant biodiversity at broad geographic regions.

Research Interests:

Landscape dynamics, biophysical properties of vegetation, vegetation productivity, global environmental change, habitat modeling, human-environment interactions, conservation biology, biodiversity, remote sensing.


Title Book/Journal Year
Effectiveness of China’s protected areas in reducing deforestation Environmental Science and Pollution Research 2019
China's Environment on a Metacoupled Planet Annual Review of Environment and Resources 2018
Uncertainty of future projections of species distributions in mountainous regions Plos ONE 2018
Effects of grain size and niche breadth on species distribution modeling Ecography 2017
Reassessing the conservation status of the giant panda using remote sensing Nature Ecology and Evolution 2017
Quantifying changes in water use and groundwater availability in a megacity using novel integrated systems modeling Geophysical Research Letters 2017
Range-wide evaluation of wildlife habitat change: A demonstration using Giant Pandas Biological Conservation 2017
Hidden roles of protected areas in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services Ecosphere 2017
Urban water sustainability: framework and application Ecology and Society 2016
Habitat Use and Selection by Giant Pandas PLoS ONE 2016
Effects of conservation policy on China’s forest recovery Science Advances 2016
Pandas and People - Coupling Human and Natural Systems for Sustainability Pandas and People 2016
Land surface phenology as an indicator of biodiversity patterns Ecological Indicators 2016
Effects of payments for ecosystem services on wildlife habitat recovery Conservation Biology 2016
Multiple telecouplings and their complex interrelationships Ecology and Society 2015
Pandas, Plants, and People Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 2014
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