Rui Zhang

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


Agent-based Modeling, Land Use/Land Cover Change, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Telecoupling


I am interested in using spatial explicit modeling approaches, especially Agent-based Modeling (ABM) to simulate land use/cover change and coupled human and natural systems (CHANS). The research I am doing recently is to build an ABM to simulate the influences of road constructions on land cover types and aquatic ecosystems in a remote area — Regio´n Auto´noma de la Costa Caribe Sur (RACCS) of Nicaragua. At the same time, I am working as a research assistant at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) of MSU on developing a Telecoupling Toolbox, which is a suite of geospatial software tools and apps for socioeconomic and environmental analysis on CHANS from local to global scales.