I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in the GEODE lab (PI: Scott Goetz) in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University. My research relies on the integration of field and remotely-sensed data to examine global forest community dynamics including drivers of biodiversity, constraints on community assembly, stand and landscape structure, and ecosystem response to global change. Currently, I am employing NASA satellite and NEON aerial data to examine environmental and bioclimatic constraints on the relationship between vegetation structure, diversity, and ecosystem function across biomes. Results will assist collaborative efforts to model multi-scale community processes at a global extent using space-borne LiDAR and hyperspectral like NASA's GEDI and SBG sensors.  Here is my curriculum vitae.

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2017    PhD    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

  •  Ecology

2007    MA      Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • Regional Studies East Asia

2004    BA       Reed College, Portland, OR

  • Chinese Studies


2019–          Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, GEODE lab; School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS)

2017–          Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Houston, TX

  • Kinder Scholar

2017–2019   Rice University, Houston, TX

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rice Academy of Fellows (Principal Investigator; joint affiliation with the Department of Statistics and The Kinder Institute for Urban Research)


2014–2017   National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • Fellow, Earth and Space Science Program


2014             University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Instructor, Department of Geography


2011–2014   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 

  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Ecology/Geography


2007–2010   Solarbuzz LLC, San Francisco, CA

  • Consultant


2007             The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Kunming, China

  • Communications Assistant


2005–2007   Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • Research Assistant, Chinese Language Program

  • Secretary, Harvard Beijing Academy


2005             World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Kunming, China

  • Research Intern