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Principal investigator

Dr. Jingfeng Xiao, Research Associate Professor

Tel: (603) 862-1873; CURRICULUM VITAE (PDF)

Email: j.xiao at unh dot edu

Dr. Xiao earned his PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include global ecology, remote sensing, terrestrial carbon cycle, ecological modeling, vegetation dynamics, land cover/land use change (LCLUC), disturbances, and human-environment interactions. He is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of climate change, LCLUC, and disturbances on terrestrial carbon cycling as well as their feedbacks to the climate over various spatial and temporal scales.

Postdocs/Research Scientists/Visiting Scholars
Xufeng Wang

Dr. Xufeng Wang, visiting scholar


Email: wangxufeng at lzb dot ac dotcn

Xufeng earned his Ph.D. from the Cold and Arid Region Environment and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. He is interested in terrestrial ecosystem modelling, carbon cycle, and data assimilation.



Dr. Jia Deng, Research Scientist


Email: dengjia85 at gmail dot com

Jia ​earned his Ph.D. at Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is interested in (1) biosphere - atmosphere exchange of C, N gases (NH3, N2O, NOx, CH4, CO2) in terrestrial ecosystems and (2) process based modeling of carbon/nitrogen turnover in terrestrial ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales.

Graduate students
Xing Li

Xing Li, PhD student

(Advising from 02/2016-present; home institution: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)

Email: zxwlxty at 163 dot com

Xing is a Ph.D. student working in the group and is from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He is interested in understanding the impacts of climate change on vegetation growth and terrestrial carbon cycling using remotely sensed data, field measurements, and modeling approaches.

Past members

Ming Yan, Master student

09/2013-06/2016 (NUIST), now working in the industry

Ming earned her B.S. in Information and Computational Science from Nanjing University of Information and Science Technology in July 2013. She was interested in applied meteorology and global ecology. Ming earned her M.S. in June 2016.



Dr. Haibo Wang, visiting scholar


Haibo earned his Ph.D. from the Cold and Arid Region Environment and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. He is interested in the impacts of climate change on terrestrial carbon cycling, and interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and climate.


Dr. Yibo Liu, visiting scholar, 03/2015-03/2016

Faculty member at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

Yibo earned his Ph. D. in geography from Nanjing University in 2013, and then worked as a lecturer in Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology. His research is focus on the impacts of climate change on terrestrial carbon and water cycle in China. Specifically, he is using observation, remote sensing, and process-based modeling approaches to address how drought and heat affects terrestrial ecosystems productivity in Southern China and to assess possible adaptation pathways. 


Dr. Hongchun Peng, visiting scholar, 09/2013-09/2014

Hongchun earned his PhD from the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China in 2007 and is now an Associate Professor at the School of Geomatics Engineering, Huaihai Institute of Technology, China. His expertise is in remote sensing and ecosystem modeling.

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Feng Li, visiting student (PhD candidate at Sichuan University)

11/2010 – 04/2014

Feng earned her Master's degree in Ecology at Sichuan University in 2007. Her interests include ecotourism planning/management and using computer-based biogeochemistry models to understand the terrestrial carbon and nitrogen cycles in national parks and corp fields and their contribution to global climate change.


Dr. Weifeng Wang, Post-doc, 2012-2013

Now Professor at Nanjing Forestry University

Weifeng earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Science at Université du Québecà Montréal. He is interested in ecosystem ecology and global change. Specifically, his research is to better understand impacts of natural and anthropogenic stressors (e.g., climate change, forest management, nitrogen deposition, and land use change) on terrestrial carbon, nitrogen, and water dynamics. Current research is focused on the development and application of a process-based ecosystem model (PnET-CN) in continental-scale combing eddy covariance measurements and remote-sensing data.


Dr. Alexandra Thorn, Post-Doc, 2012-2013

Now postdoc at Tufts University

Alexandra earned her PhD in Biology from Tufts University, and a Masters in Horticulture and Agronomy from UC Davis. For her dissertation she examined the interplay between plant vascular anatomy and plant responses to environmental heterogeneity using modeling, greenhouse, and field studies. Models are integral to her research. She is currently using and developing biogeochemistry models to forecast carbon exchange and consequences of alternative scenarios for future land use change. Her long term research interests include sustainability, resilience, land management, urban planning, and stakeholder engagement.