Li An

Li An

San Diego State University - professor of geography


Ph.D. (Systems Modeling), Michigan State University, 2003
M.S. (Probability and Statistics), Michigan State University, 2002
M.S. (Systems Ecology), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1992
B.S. (Economic Geography), Beijing University, 1989


Li An is a professor of geography at San Diego State University. He is interested in a broad range of topics, including GIScience (e.g., spatial analysis, GeoComputation), landscape ecology and complexity theory.

His current research projects focus on human-environment interactions, wildlife habitat conservation, relationships between landscape patterns and processes, quantitative methods in geographic and landscape research, and agent-based modeling methodology.

San Diego State University


Title Book/Journal Year
Multiple telecouplings and their complex interrelationships Ecology and Society 2015
Assessing the Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services: an Agent-Based Modeling Approach Ecology & Society 2014
Long-Term Ecological Effects of Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors in Wolong Nature Reserve (China) Human Population: Its Influences on Biological Diversity 2011
Agent-based modeling of the effects of social norms on enrollment in payments for ecosystem services Ecological Modeling 2011
Spatial and temporal patterns of fuelwood collection in Wolong Nature Reserve: Implications for panda conservation Landscape and Urban Planning 2009
Effects of Fuelwood Collection and Timber Harvesting on Giant Panda Habitat Use Biological Conservation 2008
Temporal changes in giant panda habitat connectivity across boundaries of Wolong Nature Reserve, China Ecological Applications 2007
Interactive Effects Of Natural And Human Disturbances On Vegetation Dynamics Across Landscapes Ecological Applications 2006
Modeling the spatio-temporal dynamics and interactions of households, landscapes, and giant panda habitat Ecological Modelling 2005
Exploring Complexity in a Human-Environment System: An Agent-based Spatial Model for Multidisciplinary and Multiscale Integration Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2005
A New Paradigm for Panda Research and Conservation Giant Panda: Conservation Priorities for the 21st Century 2004
Human Impacts on Land Cover and Panda Habitat in Wolong Nature Reserve Linking Ecological, Socioeconomic, Demographic, and Behavioral Data People and the Environment:Approaches for Linking Household and Community Surveys to Remote Sensing and GIS 2003
Adolescents Leaving Parental Home: Psychosocial Correlates and Implications for Conservation Population and Environment 2003
Modeling the Choice to Switch from Fuelwood to Electricity Implications for Giant Panda Habitat Conservation Ecological Economics 2002
Simulating Demographic and Socioeconomic Processes on Household Level and Implications for Giant Panda Habitats Ecological Modelling 2001
Ecological degradation in protected areas: The Case of Wolong Nature Reserve for Giant Pandas Science 2001