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Hong He

Hong S. He, Ph.D.

Forestry and Co-Director of MU GIS Certificate Program
Director of GIS and Spatial Analysis Laboratory

203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-7717


Landscape ecology, geographic information system and ecological modeling.

Research Summary

His research interest is to study landscape response to various natural and social factors over large spatial and temporal domains by linking spatial models with geographic information systems. Projects with both theoretical significance and application potential are among his research priorities. He's research equally emphasizes advances in landscape ecology such as theories of spatial modeling and landscape metrics, and geographic information science such as GIS and remote sensing data integration, GIS interpolation, visualization, and analytical approaches. He has been working with colleagues in developing a spatially explicit forest landscape model (LANDIS) linked with GIS. LANDIS is adapted and used by more than 30 individual groups of research institutions, government agencies, and private industry in the U.S.A., Canada, Finland, Scotland, Switzerland, China and India. More recently, proposals in which the LANDIS model serves as a major simulation tool have been funded by National Science Foundation, USDA and other U.S. and European funding agencies. He's research interests also include pre-European landscape and forest visualization at multiple scales.

The most recent version of LANDIS (version 4.0) is developed in the SNR GIS and Spatial Analysis Laboratory.

Issues of biodiversity, conservation and ecosystem management increasingly need to be addressed at large spatial and temporal scales. He's research in landscape ecology puts ecological questions in such large spatial and temporal contexts. His research in geographic information sciences explores new technical advances to help process and analyze large spatial data. The science and technology He endeavors to advance will help to solve regional planning, management, conservation and restoration problems.

Selected Publications

  • Sommerfeld, A., Senf, C., Buma, B., D'Amato, A.W., Despres, T., D?az-Hormaz?bal, I., Fraver, S., Frelich, L.E., Gutierrez, A.G., Hart, S.J., Harvey, B.J., He, H.S., Hl?sny, T., Holz, A., Kitzberger, T., Kulakowski, D., Lindenmayer, D., Mori, A.S., M?ller, J., Paritsis, J., Perry, G.L.W., Stephens, S.L., Svoboda, M., Turner, M.G., Veblen, T.T., and Seidl, R. 2018. Patterns and drivers of recent disturbances across the temperate forest biome. Nat. Commun. 9(1): 4355. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06788-9. PDF Download.
  • Wang, W.J., Thompson III, F.R., He, H.S., Fraser, J.S., Dijak, W.D., and Jones-Farrand, T. D. 2019. Climate change and tree harvest interact to affect future tree species distribution changes. Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13144
  • Fraser, J.S., Wang, W., He, H., and Thompson, F. 2019. Modeling Post-Fire Tree Mortality Using a Logistic Regression Method within a Forest Landscape Model. Forests 10(1): 25. doi: 10.3390/f10010025. PDF Download.
  • Wang, W.J., Thompson, F.R., He, H.S., Fraser, J.S., Dijak, W.D., and Spetich, M.A. 2018. Population dynamics has greater effects than climate change on tree species distribution in a temperate forest region. J. Biogeogr. 2017): 2766-2778. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13467. PDF Download.
  • He, H. S., Gustafson, E. J., and Lischke, H. 2017. Modeling forest landscapes in a changing climate: theory and application. Landsc. Ecol. 32: 1299-1305. Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/s10980-017-0529-4. PDF Download.
  • Du, H., Liu, J., Li, M.-H., B?ntgen, U., Yang, Y., Wang, L., Wu, Z., and He, H.S. 2017. Warming-induced upward migration of the alpine treeline in the Changbai Mountains, northeast China. Glob. Chang. Biol. (October): 1-11. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13963. PDF Download.
  • Shifley, S. R., He, H. S., Lischke, H., Wang, W. J., Jin, W., Gustafson, E. J., Thompson, J. R., Thompson, F. R., Dijak, W. D., and Yang, J. 2017. The past and future of modeling forest dynamics: from growth and yield curves to forest landscape models. Landsc. Ecol. Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/s10980-017-0540-9. PDF Download.
  • Sunde, M., He, H.S., Hubbart, J.A., and Scroggins, C. 2016. Forecasting streamflow response to increased imperviousness in an urbanizing Midwestern watershed using a coupled modeling approach. Appl. Geogr. 72: 14-25. Elsevier Ltd. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.05.002. PDF Download.
  • Jin, W., He, H.S., and Thompson III, F.R. 2016. Are more complex physiological models of forest ecosystems better choices for plot or landscape predictions ? Environ. Model. Softw. 75: 1-14. Elsevier Ltd. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.10.004. PDF Download.
  • Bobryk, C.W., Rega-Brodsky, C.C., Bardhan, S., Farina, A., He, H.S., and Jose, S. 2015. A rapid soundscape analysis to quantify conservation benefits of temperate agroforestry systems using low-cost technology. Agrofor. Syst. Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/s10457-015-9879-6. PDF Download.
  • Wang W. J., He, H. S., Fraser, J. S., Thompson III, F. R., Shifley, S. R., and Spetich, M. A. 2014. LANDIS PRO: a landscape model that predicts forest composition and structure changes at regional scales. Ecography 37: 001-005. Doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00495.x. PDF Download.
  • Hanberry, B. B., J.M. Kabrick, and H. S. He. 2014. Densification and state transition across the Missouri Ozarks landscape. Ecosystems 17: 66-81. PDF Download.
  • Wang, W. J., H. S. He, M. A. Spetich, S. R. Shifley, F. R. Thompson III, D. R. Larsen, J. S. Fraser, and J. Yang. 2013. A large-scale forest landscape model incorporating multi-scale processes and utilizing forest inventory data. Ecosphere 4(9):106. doi: 10.1890/ES13-00040.1. PDF Download.
  • Liu, Z., J. Yang, Y. Chang, P.J. Weisberg and H.S. He. 2012. Spatial patterns of fire occurrence and its future trend under climate change in a boreal forest of Northeast China. Global Change Biology 18, pp. 2041 - 2056. PDF Download.
  • He, H.S., Yang, J., Shifley, S.R., Thompson, F.R. 2011. Challenges of forest landscape modeling-Simulating large landscapes and validating results. Landscape and Urban Planning 100 (4), pp. 400-402. PDF Download.
  • He, H. S. 2008. Forest landscape models, definition, characterization, and classification. Forest Ecology and Management 254:484-498. PDF Download.
  • Yang, J. He, H. S., Shifley, S. R. 2008. Spatial controls of occurrence and spread of wildfires in the Missouri Ozark Highlands. Ecological Applications 18(5): 1212-1225. PDF Download.
  • He, H. S., Hao, Z., Mladenoff, D. J., Shao, G., Hu, Y., Chang, Y. 2005. Simulating Forest Ecosystem Response to Climate Warming Incorporating Spatial Effects in Northeastern China. Journal of Biogeography. 32: 2043-2056. PDF Download.
  • He, H. S., Mladenoff, D. J., Sickley, T., Gutensburgen, G. 2000. GIS interpolation of witness tree records (1839-1866) of northern Wisconsin. Journal of Biogeography 27: 1031-1042. PDF Download.
  • He, H. S., DeZonia, B., Mladenoff, D. J. 2000. An aggregation index to quantify spatial patterns of landscapes. Landscape Ecology 15: 590-602. PDF Download.
  • He, H. S., and D. J. Mladenoff. 1999. Spatially explicit and stochastic simulation of forest landscape fire disturbance and succession. Ecology 80: 81-99. PDF Download.
  • He, H. S., Mladenoff, D. J., Radeloff, V. C., Crow, T. R. 1998. Integration of GIS data and classified satellite imagery for regional forest assessment. Ecological Applications 8: 1072-1083. PDF Download.
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