Lei Meng

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Lei Meng
Associate Professor
(269) 387-3418
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3240 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Mailing address: 
Department of Geography
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
  • Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 2009
  • M.S., Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • M.S., Soil Science, China Agricultural University, 2003
  • B.S., Hydrogeology, Nanjing University, 2000
Teaching interests: 
  • Physical geography
  • Introduction to meteorology and climatology
  • Climate change
Research interests: 
  • Climate variability
  • Climate change
  • Impact on hydrological and terrestrial ecosystems

Dr. Lei Meng is an associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism at Western Michigan University.

Meng is a physical geographer with research interests and expertise in climate variability and climate change as well as their impact on hydrological and terrestrial ecosystems. He uses the Community Earth System Model to investigate hydrological and biogeochemical processes that are interactive with climate.

His research focuses on:

  • Climate change and terrestrial ecosystem modeling
  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Soil moisture modeling

He has published many refereed journal articles and presented his research at regional and national conferences. Research results from his dissertation have been published in high-impact journals including the:

  • International Journal of Climatology
  • Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres
  • Journal of Hydrometeorology

Dr. Meng has received several prestigious awards including the John Russell Mather Paper of the Year award from the Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2008) and the Mills scholarship from Texas Water Resources Institute (2007).