Yachen Xie

  • Ph.D.

  • Email: xieyache@msu.edu
  • Geography Building
    673 Auditorium Rd, Room 116
    East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Areas of interest: Global Change
Ph.D.

Research Synopsis:

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations at Michigan State University. In general, I’m interested in the relationships between human activities and  land use and land cover change, especially how this relationship would further affect local sustainability. Particularly, my research interests are using Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus framework to analyze the pro and cons of hydroelectric dam development. Now I’m focusing on China and Lower Mekong River Basin where continued construction of hydropower dams along with increasing urbanization rate and population growth observed in past two decades. For dissertation, I aim to develop a scenario-based quantitative WEF nexus model with agent-based land use model embedded to provide an interdisciplinary study on trade-offs of hydro dams construction. Unlike traditional Geography students, I came to MSU’s Geography department with a Statistics master degree in University of Chicago. I’m so glad that I can combine my spatial statistics knowledge I had before with remote sensing technology I learnt here to better model and understanding the interactions between human and environment.