I am an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University. I obtained my BS in Resource Science at Beijing Normal University in 2010, and my MS and PhD in Natural Resources at Cornell University in 2012 and 2015. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Michigan between 2015 and 2018. After that, I was Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. My research program aims at better understanding the causes and impacts of changes in the human-environment systems towards achieving the twin goals of environmental sustainability and human wellbeing. I develop and apply integrated approaches to study human-environment interactions by linking statistical, spatial, and other quantitative methods. I have published my work in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Annals of American Association of Geographers, Applied Geography, Current Opinions in Environment and Sustainability, Development & Change, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, Nature Food, Science, among other journals.

I am Editor-in-Chief of World Development, a multi-disciplinary monthly journal of development studies that seeks to explore ways of improving standards of living and human condition by examining potential solutions to problems such as poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, disease, gender and ethnic discrimination, and environmental degradation.