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.

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.

Ph.D. Fellow

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. degrees in Minnesota and South Dakota, Andrew is a University Distinguished Fellow and recent Ph.D. graduate advised by Drs. Bill Taylor, Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Dana Infante, and Doug Beard. He will soon begin postdoctoral research at Princeton. 

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. She is interested in climate change impacts and adaptation in US national parks.

Doctoral Candidate

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 candidate

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.

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.

Doctoral student

Originally from New York City and New Jersey, Veronica became interested in the sciences as a child thanks to scientific outreach programs. Over time, her interests in nature became her vocation as she pursued degrees in the environmental sciences (BSc) and nature conservation (MSc). During her studies, she gained specialist skills in geographic information systems (GIS) and ecological and spatial modeling.

PhD Student


PhD Candidate

Molly is passionate about the conservation and sustainability of fisheries resources at local and global scales.

Currently, she is a fish and wildlife biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region in Washington.

GIS Research Scientist

Kyle Herreman is a Geographic Information Systems research scientist and database manager in the Aquatic Landscape Ecology Lab at Michigan State University. He specializes in spatial analyses and generation and management of large-scale datasets, typically focused on hydrography. Outputs of his work support studies of effects of anthropogenic landscape factors on stream fish habitat.

Doctoral Candidate

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.

Research associate - USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor

The overarching goal of Yu-Chun's research is to provide natural resource managers information needed for sustainable inland fisheries management. To practically achieve this goal, it requires an understanding of aquatic ecosystems and a capacity to evaluate management strategies in a timely manner. 

Yu-Chun's research strives to use quantitative ecological models to (1) identify the causality between concurrent factors and observed ecosystem changes and (2) provide timely evaluations on current and potential management 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).

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.

Master's student

I was born and raised on the most beautiful island of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico. Here, I was awarded a bachelor’s of science in Coastal Marine Biology at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. During my undergraduate studies, I participated in both marine and terrestrial research. With the help of my then mentor Dr.

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

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.

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

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.

Doctoral student

Yuqian is a doctoral student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, and the Environmental Science and Policy program.

He received a master of science in environmental science and a master of public affairs in environmental policy analysis at Indiana University - Bloomington where he developed his interdisciplinary research interest in ecosystem conservation and community sustainable development.