Biographical Sketch


Ph.D., Resource Development, Minor: Systems Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1992.

M.S., Agricultural Zoning and Natural Resources Management, Northwestern Agricultural University, 1985.

B.S., Agronomy, Northwestern Agricultural University, Yangling, Shaanxi, P.R. China, 1982.


Fulbright Specialists Awards.

2015 Western Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Scholar.

National Research Council /NOAA Senior Research Associateship Award, 2001-2002.

Outstanding Overseas Scholar, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2005.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Chair, AAG (Association of American Geographers) Water Resources Specialty Group, 2008-2010.

Member, Steering Committee of Commission for Water Sustainability, International Geographical Union (IGU), 2011-.

Member, AAG Publications Committee, 2011-2014 .

Member, Fulbright Specialist Program 2010-2014 Environmental Science Peer Review Committee .

Member, International Professionals for the Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences (IPACES)

Board of Directors, Ecological Society of China

Board of Directors, China Society of Natural Resources

Board of Directors, Water Resources Commission of China Society of Natural Resources

Guest Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Outstanding Adjunct Lecture Professor, Lanzhou University, China.

International review panelist of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University,

2014 Science ChinaEarth Sciences Excellent Editor Award

Keynote Speaker, “Development of A Watershed Science for Sustainable Water Resources Management”, EcoSmart Conference, Bucharest, Romania, Nov. 12-15, 2015.

Keynote Speaker, “Watershed Science and Dryland Ecological Security: Challenges and Opportunities”, Annual Conference of Ecological Society of China, Chengdu, China, Sept.23-25, 2015.

Plenary keynote speaker, “Climate change and water resources sustainability in arid regions” at AULA MAGNA 2013 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) in Lima, Peru, November 11-13, 2013.

Invited speaker, Impact of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Ecosystem – A NOAA Science Needs Assessment Workshop to Meet Emerging Challenges. Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2008.

Reviewer, Applications for The State Natural Science Award of P.R. China, National Office for Science and Technology Awards.

Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity , 2007.

Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Staff and Faculty Appreciation Award, 2007.

Peer review panelist, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development Competitive Research Grants.

Listed in Who’s Who in America (Marquis Who’s Who).

Listed in the Directory of American Scholars

Listed in Who's Who in American Education (MarquisWho's Who).

Editorial Board Member, Science China: Earth Sciences (SCI) 2012-.

Editorial Board Member, Acta Ecological Sinica, 2015-.

Editorial Board Member, European Journal of Environment 2012-.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Resources and Ecology 2010-present

Editorial Board Member, Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions, 2009-.

Editorial Board Member, Chinese Geographical Science (SCI, English edition), 2009-.

Editorial Board Member, Resource Science Journal, 2001-2014.

Board of Director, The U.S. – China Institute, 2006-2008.

Adjunct Professor, The Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Beijing.

Western Michigan University Research Development Award 1996.

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern Agricultural University, Shaanxi, P.R. China, 1995-1998.

Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Appreciation Award, 1995.

International Leadership Program recipient, Michigan State University, 1991-1992.

Hydrolab/American Water Resources Association Best Student Paper Competition Award, 1991.

Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Society, 1990.

Thoman Fellowship recipient, Michigan State University, 1988.