Research Awards* & Fellowships

2023 – 2024 £39,450Martin School Visiting Fellowship, School of Geography & Environment, University of Oxford, UK (Sabbatical 2023-2024).
2021- 2024$22,500Presidential Research Professor at UMBC.
2018- Global Highly Cited Researcher, Cross Field (2018 – ; Clarivate Analytics)
2019 Innovation in Sustainability Science Award, Ecological Society of America.
2017€16,000Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Visiting Professor at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF) of the University of Padova (4 months; May to August 2017).
2012-2015$631,203Ecosynth: An Advanced Open-Source 3D Toolkit for Forest Ecology (ABI Development).
PI**: National Science Foundation (DBI 1147089). <project web site>
2011-2015$1,288,474GLOBE: Evolving New Global Workflows for Land Change Science. (CDI-Type II)
PI: National Science Foundation (CNS 1125210). <project web site>
2011-2012$27,973Forest structure measurements using multispectral Terrestrial LIDAR Scanning.
sole PI: U.S. Forest Service (Joint Venture Agreement 11-JV-112423006-098). <project web site>
2011-2011$15,000Anthrome Analysis Tools for Geo-Web Uses.
sole PI: U.S. National Academy of Sciences (Professional Services Agreement DELS-200000034)
2010-2011$26,000Act Locally, Understand Globally: Prototyping the Global Comparison Engine at UMBC.
PI: UMBC Research Seed Funding Initiative (RSFI). <project web site>
2010-2011$27,040Spectral and 3D Structural Remote Sensing of Land Cover Features at the Wildland-Urban Interface Using Computer Vision.
sole PI: U.S. Forest Service (Joint Venture Agreement 06-JV-11242300-135). <project web site>
2007-2009$39,000Wild Bird and Poultry Interactions: Modeling Avian Influenza.
PI: U.S. Geological Survey
2006-2001$25,000Mapping and Classifying Relationships Between Vegetation and Built Structures at High Spatial Resolutions.
sole PI: U.S. Forest Service (Joint Venture Agreement 06-JV-11242300-135)
2007-2008$38,145Tracking Bar-headed Geese from Qinghai Province, China Using Satellite Telemetry.
PI: National Science Foundation (SGER, OISE 0713027)
2000-2006$643,140Long-term Biogeochemical Changes in China’s Anthropogenic Landscapes.
sole PI: National Science Foundation (DEB 0075617). <project web site>
2002-2004$8,000Watershed 263 Project.
Co-PI: U.S. Forest Service.
1995-1997$55,000U.S.-China Cooperative Research Fellowship: Nitrogen Cycling and Ecological Sustainability in Agroecosystems.
sole PI (Postdoctoral Fellowship): National Science Foundation (OISE 9523944). <project web site>
1993-1995$69,600Nutrient Cycling as a Measure of Agroecosystem Sustainability.
sole PI (Postdoctoral Fellowship): National Science Foundation (DEB 9303261). <project web site>
* Funding amounts are direct costs only, not including indirect costs.
**PI = Principal Investigator.

Professional Service

Institutions, Professional Groups



Workshops & Professional Participation

Symposiums/Sessions/Workshops Organized/Chaired/Moderated

2023Session Co-Chair. Who owns the Anthropocene: Geoscientists Plan Votes in 2023 to Decide. Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). March 3, 2023, Washington, DC USA.
2016Moderator: Realities and Realms: Responsive Technologies in Ecological Systems (Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA USA). Session chair: T3 S43: Anthropogenic Biomes: Sustaining Ecology and Development in Human Landscapes. Workshop Organizer: T1 S03: GLOBE Training: Global Representativeness Analysis for Meta-Study Research. World Cafe Organizer: T2 S26: Conceptual Models of Land Systems: From Alphabet Soup to Land System Science.Global Land Project Open Science Meeting, October 24-27, 2016, Beijing, China. Co-PI Global Knowledge Gaps (National Social Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Annapolis, Maryland).
2015Session chair, GC14B: Dating the Anthropocene: Early Land Use and Earth System Change, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 14-18, 2015.
2014Symposium co-chair, Whose planet? Whose ‘boundaries’? A dialogue on the politics of ‘planetary boundaries’ session. Resilience 2014: Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation, May 4-8, 2014, Montpelier, France.
2013Symposium co-chair, SYMP 24: Past, Present, and Future Design of Infrastructures for a Resilient Society, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 9, 2013.
2010Symposium co-chair, SYMP 19: Socioecological Adaptations to Climate Change, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 1-6, 2010.
2009Session chair, OOS 41: Global Ecology in the 21st Century: Sustaining an Anthropogenic Biosphere, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 2-7, 2009.
2008Session co-chair, GC20: Earth System Science and Education in an Anthropogenic Biosphere, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 15-19, 2008.
2007Symposium co-chair, Symposium 23: Ecology of Rural China: Past, Present and Future, Ecosummit 2007,Beijing, China, May 22-27, 2007 Beijing
2005Symposium chair, Symposium 18: Linking Local, Regional And Global Ecological Changes Across Densely Populated LandscapesESA-INTECOL 2005 Joint Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 7-12, 2005.
Session chair, EV-18: Long-Term Ecological Changes across China’s Rural Landscapes. ESA-INTECOL 2005 Joint Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 7-12, 2005.
2004Session chair, Oral Session 7: GIS / Remote Sensing I. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, August 1-6, 2004
2001Session co-chair, Oral Session 10: Nitrogen Dynamics in Asia. Nitrogen 2001 Conference, Potomac, Maryland, October 14-21, 2001.
1999Symposium co-chair, Symposium 11: Ecological Processes in Agricultural Landscapes. Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, Spokane, Washington, August 8-12, 1999
1998Symposium co-chair, Planned Session 8.2: Agroecology and Sustainability. VIIth International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL), Florence, Italy.



Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment; AMBIO; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Anthropocene; The Anthropocene Review; Applied Vegetation Science; Area; Basic & Applied Ecology; Biological Conservation; Biological Reviews; BioScience; Conservation Biology; Communications Earth & Environment; Conservation Letters; Current Biology; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Diversity and Distributions; Earth’s Future; Ecography; Ecological Applications; Ecological Economics; Ecological Engineering, Ecological Monographs; Ecology and Evolution; Ecology Letters; Ecosystems; Environmental Modeling and Assessment; Environmental Modelling & Software; Environmental Research Letters; Environmental Science & Policy; Evolutionary Anthropology; Forest Ecology and Management; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Geoderma; Geographical Review; The Geological Society of London Special Publications; Geophysical Research Letters; Global Biogeochemical Cycles; Global Change Biology; Global Ecology and Biogeography; Global Ecology and Conservation; Global Environmental Change; Global Policy; The Holocene; Human Ecology; IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters; ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information; Journal of Agricultural Science; Journal of Applied Geography; Journal of Environmental Management; Journal of Environmental Quality; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Historical Geography; Journal of Land Use Science; Journal of Sustainable Agriculture; The Lancet; Land; Landscape Ecology; Landscape and Urban Planning; Landscape Journal; Land Use Policy; Methods in Ecology and Evolution; Nature; National Science Review; Nature Ecology and Evolution; Nature Human Behaviour; Nature Sustainability; Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems; One Earth; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Pedosphere; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science; The Professional Geographer; Progress in Human Geography; Progress in Physical Geography; Quaternary; Quaternary Science Reviews; Regional Environmental Change; Remote Sensing; Remote Sensing of Environment; Restoration Ecology; Science; Science Advances; Scientific Reports; Surveys in Geophysics; Sustainability; Sustainability Science; Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy; Trends in Ecology and Evolution; Urban Ecosystems.

Books, Chapters, other publications

Encyclopedia of Earth, Environmental Science textbooks (assorted), National Academy of Sciences, Shifting Ground: The Shifting Agricultural Soils of China and Indonesia, Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability


US-NSF, US-EPA, US-NASA, Big Ideas @ Berkeley.

Professional Societies

2017 –  Cultural Evolution Society

2011 –  Association of American Geographers

2005 –  American Geophysical Union

2005 –  INTECOL

2000 –  International Association for Landscape Ecology

2000 –  American Institute of Biological Sciences

1997 –  Ecological Society of America

1996 –  AAAS

2008 – 2022  Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences