3234 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Department of Geography
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
Ph.D., Resource Development, Michigan State University, 1992
M.S., Agricultural Zoning and Natural Resources Management, Northwestern Agricultural University, 1985
B.S., Agronomy, Northwestern Agricultural University, 1982
- Watershed hydrology
- Nonpoint source pollution modeling
- Ecosystem indicators
- Geographic information systems and remote sensing applications
Dr. He’s academic interests are in water resources management, watershed hydrology, nonpoint source pollution modeling, hydrology of the Great Lakes watersheds, water resources issues in China and comparative analysis of Sino-U.S. water resources policies. The main research questions he is trying to address are:
- How much freshwater is available to support the multiple demands for water for domestic supplies, industrial development, agricultural irrigation (the largest consumptive water use in both the U.S the world), and hydropower generation while satisfying the needs for ecosystem maintenance?
- How does land use/cover change resulting from human-environmental interactions affect the watershed hydrologic processes over space and time?
- How can hydrologic models and spatial technologies be incorporated in planning processes to support watershed management and ecosystem protection?
- How can we utilize new remote sensing, computing, modeling, tracing, and mapping technologies to better observe, analyze, and visualize the dynamics of water resources over space and time?
He has received numerous external research grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency), U.S. Geological Survey, Michigan departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, Kalamazoo Foundation, NSF of China and The Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has published over 100 articles and proceedings papers in leading national and international journals such as Journal of Hydrology, Environmental Modeling and Software, Geographical Analysis, Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of The American Water Resources Association, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Control Engineering Practice, and Journal of Environmental Sciences. His current research projects focus on development and refinement of a watershed scale water quality model (distributred large basin runoff model or DLBRM) to support water resources research and decision making in the Great Lakes Basin, in collaboration with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and analysis of hydrologic impacts of climate change and human activities in Northern China, in collaboration with Lanzhou University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. He serves as a reviewer for research proposals for U.S. EPA, USDA, NSF, NASA, NOAA, USGS and other national and international institutions such as The State Natural Science Award and National Office for Science and Technology Awards of China, and Australian and Belgium institutions. He reviews manuscripts for over 40 national and international journals. He serves on the editorial boards of Science China Earth Sciences, Resources Science, Journal of Reosources and Ecology and Chinese Geographical Science (English edition). He is a member of the Association of American Geographers Publication Committee, and a member of the Steering Committee of Commission for Water Sustainability, International Geographical Union. As a Fulbright Specialist, he is also an adjunct professor of Lanzhou University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and The Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research.