I was born and raised in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, China. I moved to Wuhan, Hubei Province for my undergraduate and graduate studies in 2003. I received my Bachelors degree in Geographic Information System (GIS) from China University of Geosciences in 2007, and earned my Masters degree in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from LIESMARS at Wuhan University in 2009. In August of 2009, I flew across the Pacific Ocean to start my Ph.D. life with Dr. Phil Townsend at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In my spare time, I like traveling, swimming and outdoor activities.
My research focuses on quantification and mapping of forest structure (including aboveground biomass), tree species gradient and forest growth in the city of Madison and neighboring municipalities using airborne discrete lidar and AVIRIS hyperspectral imagery. My objective is to understand urban ecosystem services and function by linking field measurements to different types of remote sensing data using statistical modeling approaches.
Urban Forest Ecosystems