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Hong He

Hong S. He, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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

  • He, H.S., White, S.K., Nigh, T.A. 2010. Validating landtype associations using forest inventory and analysis data and neutral landscape models. Landscape Ecology 25:761–774. PDF Download
  • He, H.S., Lewis, B.L., Baer, A.D, Nigh, T.A. 2010. Exploring linkages between people and rural landscapes at broad ecological scales. Landscape and Urban Planning, Pp 1-9 (in press).
  • Liu, Z., He, H.S., Chang, Y., Hu, Y. 2010. Analyzing the effectiveness of alternative fuel reductions of a forested landscape in Northeastern China. Forest Ecology and Management 259:1255-1261. PDF Download
  • Longru, J., He, H.S., Yufei, Z., Rencang, B., Keping, S. 2010. Assessing the effects of management alternatives on habitat suitability in a forested landscape of Northeastern China. Environmental Management , pp. 1-10 (in press).
  • Xi, F.-M., He, H.-S., Hu, Y.M., Wu, X., Chang, Y., Liu, M., Shi, T.-M., Wang, J.-N. 2010. Spatiotemporal pattern of urban growth and its driving forces in urban agglomeration of central Liaoning Province, China. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 21 (3), pp. 707-713.
  • Zhang Y, He HS, Dijak WD, Yang J, Shifley SR, Palik BJ. 2009. Integration of satellite imagery and forest inventory in mapping dominant and associated species at a regional scale. Environ Manage;44(2):312-23. PDF Download
  • Sturtevant BR, Miranda BR, Yang J, He HS, Gustafson EJ, Scheller RM. 2009. Studying fire mitigation strategies in multi-ownership landscapes: Balancing the management of fire-dependent ecosystems and fire risk. Ecosystems;12(3):445-61. PDF Download
  • Wang YQ, Zhou Y, Yang J, He HS, Zhu Z, Ohlen D. 2009. Simulation of short-term post-fire vegetation recovery by integration of LANDFIRE data products, DNBR data and LANDIS modeling. Annals of GIS 15(47-59). 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 Central Hardwood Forests in Missouri, USA. Ecological Applications 15: 1212-1225. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Keane, R. E., Iverson, L. R. 2008. Forest landscape models, a tool for understanding the effect of the large-scale and long-term landscape processes. Forest Ecology and Management 254:371-374. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Dey, D. C., Fan, X., Hooten, M. B., Kabrick, J. M., Wikle, C. K., and Fan, Z. 2007. Mapping pre-European settlement vegetation using a hierarchical Bayesian model and GIS. Plant Ecology 191: 85-94. 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., Li, W., Sturtevant, B. R., Yang, J., Shang, Z. B., Gustafson, E. J., and Mladenoff, D. J. 2005. LANDIS, a spatially explicit model of forest landscape disturbance, management, and succession-LANDIS 4.0 User’s guide. USDA Forest Service North Central Research Station General Technical Report. NC-263. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Shang Z. B., Crow, T. R., Gustafson, E. J., Shifley, R. S. 2004. Simulating forest fuel and fire risk dynamics across landscapes—LANDIS fuel module design. Ecological Modelling 180: 135-151. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Mladenoff, D. J., and Gustafson, E. J. 2002. Study of landscape change under forest harvesting and climate warming-induced fire disturbance. Forest Ecology & Management 155: 257-270. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Z. Hao, Larsen, D. R., Dai, L., Hu, Y. M., Chang, Y. 2002. A simulation study of landscape scale forest succession in northeastern China. Ecological Modelling 156: 153-166. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Ventura, S. J., Mladenoff, D. J. 2002. Effects of spatial aggregation approaches on classified satellite imagery. International Journal of Geographic Information Sciences 16: 93-109. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Larsen, D. R., Mladenoff, D. J. 2002. Exploring component based approaches in forest landscape modeling. Environmental Modelling & Software 17: 519-529. 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., and D. J. Mladenoff. 1999. Effects of seed dispersal in the simulation of long-term forest landscape change. Ecosystems 2: 308-319. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Mladenoff, D. J., Crow, T. R. 1999. Linking an ecosystem model and a landscape model to study individual species response to climate change. Ecological Modelling 112: 213-233. PDF Download
  • He, H. S., Mladenoff, D. J., Boeder, J. 1999. An object-oriented forest landscape model and its representation of tree species. Ecological Modelling. 119: 1-19. 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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