Faculty Member

Lifeng Luo

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.
He joined the faculty of Michigan State University in August, 2009, is currently affiliated with Environmental Sciences and Policy Program, faculty member of the MSU Center for Water Sciences, and Center for Global Change and Earth Observations.

Graduate Students

Steven Schultze

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 Tang

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 Casey

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.

Deanna (Dee) Apps

Visiting Scholars

Xiaolei Fu

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 Lang

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 Visitors

Wei Tang (IAP/CAS)
Xiaona Zhang (College of Hydrometeorology, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology)

External Collaborators

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