Wu Yang

Wu Yang

Zhejiang University, China - Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability


Ph.D (2008 - 2013 ), Michigan State University, USA 

B.S. (2003 - 2007), Zhejiang University, China



My broad research interests are in the field of sustainability science. Currently, I am keenly interested in integrating multiple disciplines and techniques (e.g., ecology, socioeconomics, management, remote sensing, and system modeling) to study ecosystem services, human well-being, their linkages, and complexity in Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS). I also apply social psychological theories to understand the underlying mechanisms of conservation behaviors. I advocate for actionable science to shape policy making both for ecosystem services and human well-being.

Research Interests:

Specialization: Common-pool resources management; Environmental science and policy; Ecological economics; Conservation biology; Structural equation modeling; Spatial modeling;

Language & Programming skills: Proficiency in Chinese and English; Proficiency in statistical software of STATA, R, and Mplus, spatial analysis software of ArcGIS and ERDAS, and programming language of Python. 

Michigan State University


Title Book/Journal Year
China's Environment on a Metacoupled Planet Annual Review of Environment and Resources 2018
Changes in Human Well-being and Rural Livelihoods Under Natural Disasters Ecological Economics 2018
Revealing pathways from payments for ecosystem services to socioeconomic outcomes Science Advances 2018
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
Reply to Bridgewater and Babin: Need for a new protected area category for ecosystem services PNAS 2017
Telecoupling framework for research on migratory species in the Anthropocene Elementa - Science of the Anthropocene 2017
Strengthening protected areas for biodiversity and ecosystem services in China PNAS 2017
Urban water sustainability: framework and application Ecology and Society 2016
Improvements in ecosystem services from investments in natural capital Science 2016
Pandas and People - Coupling Human and Natural Systems for Sustainability Pandas and People 2016
Framing ecosystem services in the telecoupled Anthropocene Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2016
Effects of payments for ecosystem services on wildlife habitat recovery Conservation Biology 2016
Multiple telecouplings and their complex interrelationships Ecology and Society 2015
An integrated approach to understanding the linkages between ecosystem services and human well-being Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 2015
Quantifying human well-being for sustainability research and policy Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 2015
Natural recovery and restoration in giant panda habitat after the Wenchuan earthquake Forest Ecology and Management 2014
Integrated assessments of payments for ecosystem services programs PNAS 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
Going Beyond the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: An Index System of Human Well-Being PLoS One 2013
Going Beyond the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: An Index System of Human Dependence on Ecosystem Services PLoS One 2013
Evaluation of Ecosystem Service Policies from Biophysical and Social Perspectives: The Case of China Encyclopedia of Biodiversity 2013
Effects of conservation policies on forest cover change in giant panda habitat regions, China Land Use Policy 2013
Improving the efficiency of conservation policies with the use of surrogates derived from remotely sensed and ancillary data Ecological Indicators 2012
Water Sustainability for China and Beyond Science 2012