Distinguished professor named 2019 AAAS Fellow

Chansheng He

Contact: Kathleen Refior

The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences has named Dr. Chansheng He as a 2019 AAAS Fellow. He was elected as a Fellow honors member in October for his distinguished contributions to the field of watershed hydrology, particularly using models and spatial technology to study the dynamics of water and nonpoint source pollution.

“This is a wonderful and well-deserved recognition of Changsheng’s outstanding scholarship,” says Carla Koretsky, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

He, a professor in the Department of Geography, has been teaching at Western Michigan University since 1995. His teaching and research specializes in watershed hydrology, nonpoint source pollution modeling, ecosystem indicators, and geographic information systems and remote sensing applications. The hydrological models he developed with his collaborators have been successfully applied to over 40 North America's Great Lakes watersheds, and watersheds in China and other countries.

He serves on a number of the editorial boards of international journals and has published over 100 articles and papers in leading national and international journals.

He was named a distinguished faculty scholar by WMU in 2015 and honored with the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity in 2007. He has earned numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards for his teaching visits to Shanghai Jiao Tong University and The University of Bucharest, Romania.

"Think wisely, work diligently and achieve one goal at a time,” says He.

He earned a B.S. in agronomy from Northwestern Agricultural University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China, an M.S. in agricultural zoning and natural resources management from Northwestern Agricultural University and a Ph.D. in resource development from Michigan State University.

AAAS Fellow honors

More than 400 members of the AAAS have earned lifetime distinction of AAAS Fellow, in honor of their invaluable contributions to science and technology. The newly elected Fellows represent sections, ranging from neuroscience and psychology to social, economic and political sciences. Beginning in 1874, thousands of scientists have been elected including Maria Mitchell, Margaret Mead and Thomas Edison.

He and other fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin at the AAAS’ annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, Feb. 12-16, 2020.