Group Members

Prof. Lifeng Luo

Dr. Lifeng Luo is a faculty member of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. He received his B.Sc. from Peking University in 1998, and Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University 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 MSU as a tenure track faculty in August, 2009, and is currentlyserving as the Intrim Director of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Program.

Dr. Luo's research covers a range of topics related to land-atmosphere interaction and its impact on the global climate and hydrological cycle at various spatial and temporal scales. His research involves the use of statistical and dynamical approaches to downscale large scale atmospheric fields for hydrological applications. His recent research focuses on the predictability and prediction of climate extremes such as drought, floods, heat waves at subseasonal to seasonal scale. His current research activities are supported by NSF, NOAA, NASA and USDA.

Dr. Luo has authored and coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, and some of them have been highlighted in Nature and Nature Reports Climate Change. He has reviewed more than 60 manuscripts for numerous scientific journals, and has served on several review panels for funding agencies. He is currently a member of the WCRP/GEWEX/GLASS panel and a member of the US Drought Task Force.

Graduate Students

Xin Lan

Pouyan joined the research group in Spring 2017 as a PhD student. He earned his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at Shiraz University, Iran. He has two Master of Engineering degrees, one in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran and another in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University. Currently, his research area lies in the application of data mining and machine learning in hydroclimatic data. He is also interested in studying the roles of social, political and economic factors in climate change.

Former Members

  • Dr. Pouyan Hatami (Ph.D., 2022), Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Dr. Lisi Pei (Researcher, 2018-2021), Georgia Tech
  • Dr. Xia Li (Visiting scholar, 2018-2019), China Meteorology Administration
  • Yunyun Li (Visiting Ph.D. 2017-2018), Xi'An University of Technology
  • Huating Xu (Visiting Ph.D. 2016-2017), Hohai University
  • Sam Arcand (M.S., 2018), Wisconsin DNR
  • Deanna Apps (M.S, 2016), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Dr. Steven Schultze (Ph.D. 2015), University of South Alabama
  • Dr. Ying Tang (Ph.D. 2015), Michigan State University
  • Dr. Yang Lang (Visiting Ph.D. 2013-2014), Yunnan University, China
  • Dr. Xiaolei Fu (Visiting Ph.D. 2013-2014), Fuzhou University, China
  • Dr. Xiaona Zhang (Visiting scholar, 2013-2014), Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China
  • Dr. Wei Tang (Visiting Ph.D. 2012), China Meteorology Administration


  • Prof. Eric F. Wood (Princeton University)
  • Prof. Pang-Ning Tan (Michigan State University)
  • Prof. Yadu Pokhrel (Michigan State University)
  • Prof. Ben Livneh (Univiersity of Colorado)
  • Dr. Liz Payton (University of Colorado)
  • Prof. Qiuhong Tang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Dr. Ming Pan (UC San Diego)
  • Dr. Justin Sheffield (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Dr. Youlong Xia (NOAA/EMC)
  • Prof. Sharon Zhong (Michigan State University)
  • Prof. Julie Winkler (Michigan State University)
  • Dr. Warren Heilman (USDA Forest Service)
  • Dr. Joseph J. Charney (USDA Forest Service)
  • Dr. Xindi Bian (USDA Forest Service)
  • Prof. David Hyndman (Michigan State University)
  • Prof. Zhaohui Lin (IAP/CAS)
  • Prof. Qingyun Duan (Hohai University)
  • Prof. Paolo Sabbatini (Michigan State University)
  • Prof. Jianguo (Jack) Liu (Michigan State University)
  • Dr. Thomas Huntington (USGS)
  • Prof. Huan Wu (Sun Yat-sen University)
  • Dr. David Mocko (NASA)
  • Dr. Feng Ma (Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology)
  • Prof. Jianxia Chang (Xi'An University of Technology)
  • Dr. Zengchao Hao (Beijing Normal University)