Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
13 Natural Resources Bldg
East Lansing, MI 48824
My research interests include topics in giant panda behavior, biology,
and conservation. Within this framework, I am interested in integrating
a small-scale analysis of behavior with a landscape-level analysis of
habitat characteristics. I would like to explore the relationship between
giant pandas and their staple food, bamboo as a means of assessing the
threat of recent trends in habitat fragmentation on the long-term sustainability
of the giant panda population.
I am currently a first-year Masters student at the Center for Systems
Integration and Sustainability, working under Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu.
My position is funded by a 2004 National Science Foundation Graduate
Research Fellowship award and a 2004 Michigan State University Distinguished
Fellowship award. My current research deals with a giant panda reintroduction
pilot project initiated by the China Conservation and Research Center
for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) at Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China.
For this endeavor, I am using GPS and remote sensing techniques to monitor
a captive-born giant panda reintroduced into a semi-natural enclosure,
while also employing vegetation sampling techniques to determine the
response of the bamboo population to concentrated foraging by the giant
panda in this enclosed area.
- BS- Animal Behavior, 2004 (summa cum laude). Bucknell University,
Lewisburg, PA. Minor- Chinese