Teaching and Research Interests
- Landscape and urban planning
- Socio-ecological systems analysis and modeling
- Sustainable urban and regional development in China
- Post Doctoral Fellow, 1990, University of California at Berkeley
- PhD, 1989, University of California at Berkeley
- MRP, 1986, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- BS, 1982, Beijing Normal University
I joined the Geography and Earth Sciences faculty at UNC Charlotte in 1990. My professional activities have since been found in several areas of scholarly inquiry—landscape and urban planning, socio-ecological systems analysis and modeling, and more recently, sustainable urban and regional development in China. I was the PI or Co-PI of more than 50 research projects that are funded by various local, state, and federal governmental agencies as well as private organizations. My scholarly contributions appeared in International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Environment and Planning B, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Journal of Environmental Management, and Landscape and Urban Planning (LAND). I have been servicing as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Landscape and Urban Planning (LAND) since 2011.
I take my greatest professional pride in the students that I had the privilege to teach and/or work with. I served as academic advisor of over 50 graduate students who successfully completed their degrees. As one (not the only, of course) evidence of their achievements in the pursuit of academic degrees at the doctoral, master’s, or bachelor’s levels, a substantial portion of my scholarly contributions is co-authored with students. A large number of former students who took my classes and/or worked with me started their careers in the areas of landscape and urban planning, GIS, and geography in both public and private sectors across the country and around the world. Many of them stayed on and moved up.
I am fortunate to be able to work with colleagues in many other disciplines in the U.S. and from around the world. My collaborators include scholars from academic fields of landscape planning and design, computer science, information technology, sociology, philosophy, ecology, economics, civil and environmental engineering, and mathematics.