Wanting Peng. Wanting is a visiting scholar in Landscape Architecture and Spatial Sciences at the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. She is a Ph.D student from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. Wanting has more than five years of experience on protected area conservation planning and wetland restoration both in practice projects and research projects. Her work on “assessment wetland restoration effects of Yunqiao” supported by WWF was honored as a “FRONTRUNNER 5000: Top Articles In Outstanding S&T Journals Of China” in 2014. She also awarded National Academic Postgraduate Scholarship and Outstanding Postgraduate. Her current research interests are in national park conservation planning and ecosystem stewardship to balance conflicts between biodiversity conservation and communities’ socioeconomic development. Her work involves the species distribution, environmental modeling, carrying capacity, social-ecosystem services and sustainable livelihood. With Dr. Longcore’s collaboration, her doctoral research is using Geodesign as an effective approach to balance development and conservation to improve community planning and adaptive management in protected area of China: The case of Dashanbao National Park.
Levi Simons. Levi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Marine and Environmental Biology at USC. He is the Trainee on my Sea Grant project Coast Light.
Before embarking on his current career of ecology and aquaculture research, Levi has also worked as a high school science teacher in the Los Angeles area. Over the years he and his students have been involved in projects ranging from the design of insect traps, to monitoring nuclear fallout from the Fukushima meltdown, and mapping the chemistry of the Los Angeles river. He currently lives with his wife in Koreatown and draws daily inspiration from watching his cats sleep while leaving for work.
Xiaozhe Yin. Xiaozhe is a Ph.D. student in the Population, Health and Place program at USC. Her research background is Geographical Information Sciences, which mainly focused on GIS applications in disaster response. Her thesis titled “The Study of Site Selection for Earthquake Emergency Shelters in Cities” adopted various spatial analysis methods and GIS techniques to find the optimal locations for earthquake shelters in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, which won the Jiangsu Outstanding Master Thesis Award. Before attending to USC, she spent one year at the Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research with the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences studying the relationship between urbanization and carbon emissions in Beijing, China. Her research interests include examining GIS applications in environmental protection, how GIS can help to understand disease and its applications in epidemiological studies.
Now she is working with Dr. Longcore to use GIS techniques and spatial analysis methods to explore the spatial and temporal patterns of light pollution, as well as how artificial light is associated with public health in general.