Dr. Lu is a Professor in the College of Social Sciences at Michigan State University. Previously, he was an associate/senior scientist at the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT), at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana from 2008 to 2012. He was also a research fellow at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University between 2007 and 2008, and a post-doc/assistant scientist at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), Indiana University, between 2001 and 2006.
- Remote sensing
- GIS/spatial modeling
- Land use/cover change
- Biomass/carbon estimation
- Soil erosion and land degradation
- Human-environmental interactions
- Urban impervious surface mapping
Dr. Lu primarily studies the Brazilian Amazon and Asia, where he applies geospatial techniques. He is a strong collaborator at GCS and works on many projects throughout these regions, including:
- Urbanization and sustainability under global change and traditional economies: synthesis from Southeast, East, and North Asia (SENA). Lead by Dr. Peilei Fan.
- Land use changes and their interactions with forest degradation processes in Amazonia.