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. I served as the Editor-in-Chief of World Development in 2021 and 2022. I am a coordinating lead author of Transformative Change Assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
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.