Jianguo "Jack" Liu

Jianguo "Jack" Liu

Director and sustainability scholar who pioneers telecoupling by way of pandas and people

Office Phone: 517-432-5025

Email: liuji@msu.edu

Bio:

 A human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Jianguo "Jack" Liu holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, is University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University and serves as director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.

Jack Liu at tree in China

Liu takes a holistic approach to addressing complex human-environmental challenges through systems integration, which means he integrates multiple disciplines such as ecology and social sciences. He is particularly keen to connect seemingly unconnected issues, for example divorce and environmental sustainability. His work has been published in journals such as Nature and Science and has been widely covered by the international news media.

Liu has served on various international and national committees and panels. He is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science and is a coordinating lead author of the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services organized by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Liu also is the founder of the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net.org) and is a past president of the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.

In recognition of his efforts and achievements in research, teaching, and service, Liu has received many awards, such as being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He has received the Guggenheim Fellowship Award, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award and the Distinguished Service Award from US-IALE and the Sustainability Science Award and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship from the Ecological Society of America, as well as being named a Fellow in the society.

Liu came to MSU after completing his postdoctoral work at Harvard University. He also has been a guest professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a visiting scholar at Stanford, Harvard and Princeton.

Research Interests:

Coupled human and natural systems (CHANS); sustainability; telecoupling; China's environment; household-environment interactions; systems integration and modeling.