Michigan State University
Focusing on modeling land systems, Dr. Yue Dou, seeks to identify sustainable solutions for urgent issues emerging in land systems across local and global scales. She uses advanced geo-simulation approaches with quantitative and qualitative analysis to study complex land use behaviors and the socio-ecological consequences from different decision makers in various regions of the world. An example is her work with smallholder households of caboclos in the Amazon delta to evaluate how government cash transfer programs affect their livelihood resilience to climate change. Yue has been working with Dr. Jianguo Liu as a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability in Michigan State University since she received her PhD in geomatics from the University of Waterloo in 2016. She currently works with farmers and supply-chain agents in China and Brazil to estimate the local food-water-energy nexus dynamics caused by global soybean trade. She is constructing a telecoupled agent-based model (TeleABM) used to simulate land-use changes in two distant places based on the integrated telecoupling framework (human and natural interactions between distant places). Yue has published nine peer-reviewed articles and worked on projects supported by the International Development Research Center in Canada and the National Science Foundation. She is also a student core member of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. Yue was selected to serve on the scientific committee for the Agent-based Modeling Symposium in 2017, and received a MSU-NASA Professional Enhancement Award in 2018.