Tong Qiu, Ph.D.

Tong Qiu, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Multifunctional Landscapes
307 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Global change ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Remote sensing
  • Bayesian hierarchical modeling
  • Biodiversity modeling
  • GIS


  • Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.Eng Wuhan University (highest honor, rank 1/229)

I am a broadly trained ecologist interested in understanding the response of the terrestrial ecosystem to global change at regional to global scales. My lab takes a data-model synthesis approach that integrates satellite and airborne remote sensing, monitoring networks, and forest inventory with statistical models to develop nature-based solutions to fight climate change. Specifically, my lab has a couple of research themes: 1) Deriving habitat characteristics for forest trees and the vast community it supports using combined LiDAR and Hyperspectral imagery; 2) Revealing the climate-habitat interactions that govern biodiversity change; 3) Understanding variations in seed production and how they related to climate, nutrient availability, and species traits; 4) Evaluating forest regeneration from fecundity to seedling recruitment to adult trees; 5) Balancing human needs (e.g., food and water) with the needs of wildlife species (e.g., habitat and healthy soil).

Before joining Penn State, I worked as a postdoc at Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (with Jim Clark) to study global change impacts on fecundity and biodiversity. For my doctoral research, I worked with Dr. Conghe Song at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to understand how vegetation phenology responds to climate change, extreme weather events, and urbanization.