Postdoctoral Associates and Students

Doctoral Student

While at MSU as a doctoral student, Barbara will continue to work for the Michigan DNR as the Waterfowl and Wetland Specialist, a position she has held for several years.

She will be researching stewardship motivations and a collaborative governance model for Great Lakes coastal wildlife management areas for waterfowl hunting, bird watching, and community development.  Barbara envisions this information will lead to coordinated action toward the conservation and management of these areas and inform regional and state programs that support wetland and waterfowl conservation.  Barbara is advised by Dr. Heather Triezenberg in Michigan Sea Grant.

Research scientist

Basher is a post-doctoral researcher at MSU, working at the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston, VA. and associated with Bill Taylor's group. 

Doctoral Student

Andrew Carlson spent his fondest days as a child restoring oak savannas and fishing streams with his father. His fascination with terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems inspired dreams of professional research and conservation. After receiving B.S. and M.S. degress in Minnesota and South Dakota, Andrew is a Ph.D. student advised by Dr. William W. Taylor.  

Doctoral Student

Sophia Chau is an aspiring climate change adaptation ecologist. She joined Dr. Jianguo Liu's group at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability in 2017. Her doctoral research focuses on the causes and effects of climate change adaptation within and between interacting coupled human and natural systems.

 

Doctoral Student

My area of interest is interdisciplinary studies between ecology, statistics, socioeconomics, and geography to integrate multiple disciplines and techniques. I am particularly intrigued by studying the interactions between ecosystem services, human well-being, and their linkages in Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) and Telecouplings. I am especially interested in continuing my research in assessing ecosystem services with a modern spatial analysis method, and in bridging together socioeconomic data with ecological data by using statistical models.

Doctoral Student

Thomas graduated in 2012 from Cornell University with a degree in Natural Resources. Fieldwork in college and a post-graduation hike of the Appalachian Trail deepened his appreciation of and desire to study the natural world. Since then he has pursued research in watershed management, wildfire ecology, primate behavior, and fisheries biology in positions that have taken him from Alaska to Madagascar.

At Michigan State he plans to investigate the complex relationships between human and natural systems by studying giant pandas.

PhD Student

I am a native Michigander. Born in Holland and raised in Grand Haven, Coast Guard City, nearly every aspect of my life involved water, from summers on the lake to ice fishing in the winter. I earned my B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2014  from Grand Valley State University. While completing my undergraduate degree, I became involved in stream ecology research with Dr. Mark Luttenton. This research developed into a Master’s thesis, specifically focusing on energy flow in stream ecosystems. I earned my M.S. from Grand Valley State University in 2016.

Doctoral Student

Jill Deines works on the interactive effects of human land use, climate, and socioeconomic drivers on regional hydrology and water sustainability.

Research Associate

Yue is a research associate in CSIS on the NSF project that explores complex dynamics of telecoupled human and natural systems. Having been fascinated by the complexity of coupled human-natural systems since her senior year in undergrad, Yue accumulated 10+ years of experience in GIS and RS applications, land use models (particularly CLUE-S and ABM), and sustainability.

Master's Student

Steve traces his passion for the outdoors to days spent sneaking away from his chores on a small family farm to explore the many inland lakes throughout Michigan. This same curiosity took him on a canoe voyage down the Mississippi River where he fostered his interest in understanding the complex interactions between humans and aquatic systems. Under the guidance of Dr.

Doctoral Student

Molly is passionate about the conservation and sustainability of fisheries resources at local and global scales. She completed her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2011, and she completed her M.S.

Doctoral Student

My dissertation research combines telecoupling, network analysis, agent based modeling with microbial ecology to study the impact international soybean trade, specifically imported soybeans from Brazil and the USA, are having on domestic soybean production in China.  

PhD Student

I grew up surrounded by science and the natural world since the day I was born. Both of my parents (a biology teacher and a wildlife biologist) raised me to always be curious to appreciate nature. By the time I reached middle school, I could identify most animal and plant species. This propensity for studying nature continued to my college years. I graduated from Penn State University in the spring of 2016. While I was there, I worked on an independent field experiment studying the multiple aspects that effect species establishment using an invasive plant as a study species.

Master's Student

Janet is a MS student in the Fisheries & Wildlife Department and the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. Under the guidance of Dr. Dana Infante, her graduate research investigates how landscape characteristics may affect the quality and condition of coastal habitats and the organisms they support. Her thesis focuses on understanding I) the hydrologic linkages between the landscape and nearshore coastal habitats and II) the spatial distribution of coastal ecosystem services as ways to inform conservation strategies.

PhD Student

Kelly's primary research goal is to better understand the relationship between humans and their environment, with a particular focus on the conservation of wildlife. In 2014, she graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College and after two years working as a science educator, she is eager to continue her education at Michigan State University.

Doctoral Student

Yingjie is a PhD student in the CSIS at MSU. He works with Dr. Jianguo Liu pursuing his research interest in ecosystem services and telecoupled human and natural systems. Before he joined MSU, he received a master degree in Geography, and worked on environmental/landscape changes, trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services programs that supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the National Social Science Foundation of China (NSSFC). In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and playing ball games(basketball, tennis, badminton, pingpang, etc).

Undergraduate researcher

I am working on dual degrees in zoology and history as well as a minor in Anthropology. My work with Jack Liu and Vanessa Hull allows me to combine my various interests into one project. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Paul McCord is a postdoctoral research associate.  His work focuses on operationalizing the telecoupling framework by modeling interactions between coupled human-natural systems. 

He received his PhD from Indiana University’s Department of Geography in 2017 where he studied decision making of smallholder farmers challenged by water scarcity.

Doctoral Student

Betsy's research is on multi-jurisdictional fisheries policy with a focus on improving democratic processes through more effective stakeholder engagement. Her dissertation looks at aquaculture in the Great Lakes region, using qualitative social science methods to understand stakeholder perceptions of risk around fish farm facilities.

Research associate

Improve the understanding of the impact of climate change on nature reserves at multiple scales, including biodiversity change, habitat fragmentation, & connectivity

Derive, manage, and share various downscaled/bias-corrected climate scenarios

Use species distribution models to understand current species distributions and project future species distributions

Master's Student

Hailing from the Midwest, more specifically Indiana, fish have always been a focal point in my life. I graduated in 2014 from Purdue University with a B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science and a minor in Wildlife Science. After my undergraduate, I worked for two and half years as a National Marine Fisheries Service Groundfish Observer in the Bering Sea of Alaska monitoring commercial fisheries catch. I am currently a master’s student working with Dr. Dana Infante developing my research interests regarding fish habitat and climate change interactions.

Master's student

Since graduating Guilford College with a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science I pursued my passion for environmental field work across the country. Some of my work experience includes monitoring endangered Sage Grouse habitat for the BLM in Nevada and monitoring and restoring endangered fish populations and riparian habitat for the Marin Water District in California and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Utah. I am currently working with Dr. Dana Infante and developing my research interests in fisheries and watershed management.

Research Associate

Fang Wang is a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS). He received his Ph.D. in zoology from Peking University, during which he has spent 4 years in Qinling Mountains working and living with nature reserve staff. Before went to graduate school, he was a contract nature photographer traveling across major mountains in rural China.

Master's student

After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College with a degree in Animal Behavior, Julia completed two internships at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. She studied great ape behavior and evaluated human behavior and the experiences of guests visiting the zoo. Julia is interested in studying the complex relationships between humans and the environment to help create successful conservation policies. At Michigan State University she works with Dr. Heather Triezenberg and will be studying the human dimensions of coastal hazards and resource management along the Great Lakes.

Doctoral Student

My broad research interest is sustainability science. My PhD study focuses on integrating techniques from multiple disciplines (e.g., environmental economics, and system modeling) to study complex effects of telecoupling processes (e.g., food trade, virtual resource transfer, environmental footprint) on the coupled human and natural systems cross multi-scale.

Doctoral Student

Hongbo Yang is a PhD student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. His broad research interest is in the field of sustainability science. His PhD research focuses on integrating techniques from multiple disciplines (e.g., environmental economics, remote sensing and system modeling) to study complex effects of telecoupling processes (e.g., payment for ecosystem services programs, tourism and labor migration) on the coupled human and nature systems of Wolong Nature Reserve.

Doctoral Student

So-Jung Youn is currently a PhD student with Dr. William Taylor at Michigan State University. She is interested in global utilization of inland capture fisheries and the inland fisheries value chain. She is studying ways to assess and value inland fisheries, such as using consumption surveys and household dynamics to estimate inland fisheries harvest. So-Jung is also interested in valuation of the services provided by inland fisheries and characterization of the inland fisheries value chain.

Research Associate

Zhiqiang Zhao received his doctoral degree in physical geography from Peking University in July 2013, Zhiqiang was a postdoctoral associate in the Sino-French Institute for Earth System Science, working on the structure and dynamics of interrelationship in climate systems, and quantifying the synergies and trade-offs between ecosystem services by taking complex network approach.

While at CSIS his research examines topics involving nature reserve networks, coupled human and natural systems (CHANS), and telecoupling.