Lifeng is a faculty member of the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. He received his B.Sc. from Peking University in 1998, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2003. He worked as a Post-doc and then research scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University.
Steve is a PhD student and a research assistant at the Department of Geography. He received his Bachelor Degree in Geography from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) in 2008 focusing on hydrology and GIS and received his Master Degree in Geography from Western Michigan University in the summer of 2011 focusing on wetlands and GIS/Remote Sensing. He has also worked for Ducks Unlimited and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and worked on several grants at WMU ranging from long-range forecasting of potato late blight affecting Michigan’s potato crop to the development and implementation of the DLBRM, a hydrologic surface model used on numerous watersheds in the U.S. and China.
Ying is a PhD student at the Department of Geography, working with Dr. Sharon Zhong and Dr. Lifeng Luo. She received her Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from Zhejiang University in 2010 focusing on environmental chemistry (surfactant’s role in plant uptaking polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) and received her Master Degree in Geography from Michigan State University in 2011 focusing on gross primary production assessment in China with remote sensing and GIS. She has worked on a project concerning uncertainty analysis of soil erosion process based on GIS and a project concerning factors affecting migrant worker’s wages. Her current research focuses are Fire-Atmosphere Interaction and Smoke Dispersion, and climate change.
Maura is a master student from Waterford, MI. She got her undergraduate in Meteorology at Central Michigan University in Spring of 2013 where she did research in mesoscale snowband formation. She is just getting started, and her work on US drought, specifically identifying drought triggers and mechanisms. Maura is a big sports fan, (especially hockey – Go Red Wings!) and loves the outdoors including hiking and rustic camping.
Huiqing Huang is a Ph.D. student in department of Geography, Michigan State University, working with Dr Jiaguo Qi, Dr Peilei Fan and Dr Lifeng Luo. He received his Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Resources Management from Zhejiang University, China, focusing on the variation of soil properties in Hangjiahu Plain. He started visiting MSU since 2009 and applied the Ph.D. program in 2010. He has joined NASA grant about the urban sustainability assessment under different climate scenarios. His interests lie in the Land Use /Land Cover Change, especially in urban area, its environmental impacts and regional climate change.
Valerie is an undergraduate student in the Department of Geological Sciences, studying Earth Science. She works as a Professorial Assistant to Dr. Lifeng Luo on research involving estimating evapotranspiration over large river basins around the world. This study uses Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite data, precipitation data, and stream discharge data to estimate large scale ET via water balance.
Xiaolei is a PhD student in Hohai University advised by Prof. YU Zhongbo. He is visiting MSU from April 2013 to work in the group to study soil moisture scaling issues. The transfer of soil moisture information across different scales will help to develop high resolution soil moisture dataset based on large scale models and satellite retrievals such as those from the SMOS and SMAP projects.
Yang is a PhD student in Beijing Normal University working with Prof. Qingyun Duan. He is visiting MSU hydroclimatology group from Sept 2013 to study the predictability and seasonal prediction of drought over China. He has been analyzing the predictive skill of temperature and precipitation over seventeen hydroclimatic regions of China based on the Climate Forecast System version 2 (CFSv2).
Past and Current Co-advised Students
Glenn O’Neil (PhD, Geography, MSU)
Dana Doubler(M.S., Geography, MSU)
Yuzhen Zhou (PhD, Statistics, MSU)
Ellis Adams (PhD, Geography, MSU)
Joshua Vertalka (M.S., Urban Planning, MSU)
Adam Cinderich (M.S. Geogrphy, MSU)
Mahalakshmi Govindasamy(M.S. Geography, MSU)
Wei Tang (IAP/CAS)
Xiaona Zhang (College of Hydrometeorology, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology)
Prof. Eric F. Wood, Princeton University
Prof. Dennis P. Lettenmaier, University of Washington
Dr. Ming Pan, Princeton University
Prof. Pang-Ning Tan, Michigan State University
Dr. Mike Ek, Environmental Modeling Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction
Dr. Kingtse Mo, Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction
Dr. Youlong Xia, Environmental Modeling Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction