I am a Research Assistant Professor at Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) and Senior Research Scientist at Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (ISEE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I was broadly trained in both science (geography, agriculture, hydrology, ecology, crop physiology, global climate change) and engineering (computer engineering and high-performance computing, civil & environmental engineering, and geoinformatics engineering). My primary research interests are computational and process-based modeling (hydrological, cropping system, ecosystem and earth system modeling), remote sensing, model-data integration, geospatial big data and artificial intelligence for digital agriculture, sustainable agri-food systems and human-environment interactions. The overarching goal of my research is to deepen our understanding of terrestrial carbon-water-nutrient cycles and human impacts on managed or unmanaged ecosystems under climate change and land use intensification, to develop innovative engineering technologies and finally find systems solutions for sustainable agri-food systems and ecosystem management. The societal drivers for these research interests include climate change adaptation and mitigation, managing the risk of hydrometeorological and hydroclimatological disasters like droughts and floods, ensuring water, energy and food securities and environmental sustainability, as well as fostering rural economy and farmer wellbeing. Over the past years, I have been focusing on the U.S. Midwestern agroecosystems.
Ph.D. in Geoinformatics, 2016
Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S. in Geography, 2011
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The Agroecosystem Sustainability Center (ASC) at Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (ISEE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has multiple opening positions for postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. students working on modeling and remote sensing over the agroecosystems.
Area 1: Agroecosystem modeling. Expertise/interest in soil biogeochemistry, ecosystem modeling, and advanced data-model integration. We will recruit both postdoctoral researcher / Ph.D. student. Targeted ecosystem models in our group include: (1) ecosys, an advanced ecosystem model with full representation of soil C-N-P cycles; and (2) CLM, the land component of U.S. flagship earth system model CESM.
Area 2: Water Quality and Hydrological Modeling. Expertise/interest in watershed hydrology, hydrodynamics, groundwater, flow in porous medium and mathematics. We will recruit both postdoctoral researcher / Ph.D. student.
Area 3: IoT and Vehicle Sensing of Agroecosystem. Expertise/interest in remote sensing, electronics, field work, and computer vision. We will recruit both postdoctoral researcher / Ph.D. student.
Candidates with strong backgrounds in programming, process-based modeling and remote sensing would be highly preferred. Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references via email to Dr. Xiang Zhu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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