Yachen Xie

Yachen  Xie
  • Ph.D.
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road, Room 116
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Global Change, Remote Sensing, Carbon Neutral, Renewable Energy, WEF Nexus


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 the Lower Mekong River Basin where the continued construction of hydropower dams along with the increasing urbanization rate and population growth observed in the past two decades. For my dissertation, I aim to develop a scenario-based quantitative WEF nexus model with an 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's degree from the University of Chicago. I’m so glad that I can combine my spatial statistics knowledge I had before with remote sensing technology I learned here to better model and understand the interactions between humans and the environment.