Xiaodong Chen

Xiaodong Chen

University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill - assistant professor of geography


Xiaodong Chen is assistant professor of geography at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Center for International Development. Chen is interested in human-environment interactions for biodiversity conservation. He received a PhD in Systems Modeling from the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, at Michigan State University in 2010. He holds an M.Sc in Applied Statistics from Michigan State University, an M.Sc in Geographic Information Science from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Acedemy of Sciences, and a B.Sc in Urban and Environmental Sciences from Peking University. His dissertation research addresses complex interactions among policies, people, and wildlife habitat in China's Wolong Nature Reserve. Specific research topics include human responses to government policies under different social contexts, spatial targeting in conservation investments for ecosystem services, impacts of human activities on habitat dynamics, and agent-based modeling of complex interactions among policies, people, and wildlife habitat.

Research Interests:

human-environment interactions for biodiversity conservation

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Title Book/Journal Year
Pandas and People - Coupling Human and Natural Systems for Sustainability Pandas and People 2016
Effects of payments for ecosystem services on wildlife habitat recovery Conservation Biology 2016
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
Going Beyond the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: An Index System of Human Well-Being PLoS One 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
How Perceived Exposure to Environmental Harm Influences Environmental Behavior in Urban China AMBIO 2012
Weak Ties, Labor Migration, and Environmental Impacts: Toward a Sociology of Sustainability Organization & Environment 2012
Evaluating the efficacy of zoning designations for protected area management Biological Conservation 2011
Agent-based modeling of the effects of social norms on enrollment in payments for ecosystem services Ecological Modeling 2011
Effects of attitudinal and sociodemographic factors on pro-environmental behaviour in urban China Environmental Conservation 2011
Spatial and temporal patterns of fuelwood collection in Wolong Nature Reserve: Implications for panda conservation Landscape and Urban Planning 2009
Linking social norms to efficient conservation investment in payments for ecosystem services PNAS 2009
Distribution of Economic Benefits from Ecotourism: A Case Study of Wolong Nature Reserve for Giant Pandas in China Environmental Management 2008
Ecological and Socioeconomic Effects of China’s Policies for Ecosystem Services PNAS 2008
Temporal changes in giant panda habitat connectivity across boundaries of Wolong Nature Reserve, China Ecological Applications 2007