Jian Yang

Jian Yang

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Jian Yang

Associate Professor of Forest Landscape Ecology

213 Thomas Poe Cooper Building 730 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40546-0073

Last Revised: Jun 23rd, 2023

Professional Biography

Director of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Dr. Yang’s research mainly involves broad-scale environmental and ecological questions that are closely related with forest landscape ecology, ecosystem modeling, wildland fire science, and climate change. He is particularly interested in understanding the role of disturbance and spatial structure on the flow of nutrients and energy and the movement of species within and among diverse ecosystems on a landscape. Ultimately, his research focus is to seek the fundamental relationships among forest, climate, and disturbance across different scales. He hopes his research can provide new insights to complex issues in environmental management under the context of global change.


Ph.D., Forestry, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2005
M.S., Ecology, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China, 2000
B.S., Geography, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China, 1997

Course Instruction

FOR 330: GIS and Spatial Analysis (3)
Course Description: Principles and operations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applied to forestry and natural resources. Students will learn to collect necessary field data to create GIS maps and digital spatial data sets, perform basic spatial analysis, and integrate social and economic data to solve spatially related natural resource problems.

Term(s) Taught: Spring
FOR 570: Landscape Ecology for Natural Resources (3)
Course Description: Principles of landscape ecology and their applications to contemporary ecological issues. Students will learn and apply the tool of geographic information system (GIS) and spatial analysis to problems in natural resource ecology, management, and conservation. Course covers the following topics: principles of landscape ecology (e.g., patch, mosaic, and scale), quantification of landscape patterns, formation and dynamics of landscape patterns, role of disturbance, landscape models and their applications.

Term(s) Taught: Fall

Contact Information

Thomas Poe Cooper Building 730 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40546-0073