University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Assistant Professor - Forest Landscape Ecology

Jian YangContact
209 T.P. Cooper Building (office 223)
Lexington, KY 40546-0073 
Tel: 859-257-5820
Fax: 859-323-1031

Ph.D. Forestry, 2005, University of Missouri, USA
M.S. Ecology, 2000, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
B.S. Geography, 1997, Shaanxi Normal University, China

Research Interests:
Mainly involves broad-scale environmental and ecological questions that are closely related with landscape ecology, ecosystem modeling, GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistics, and wildland fire science. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of disturbance and spatial structure on forest health and resilience across various (e.g., ecosystem, landscape, and regional) scales. Ultimately, my research focus is to seek the dynamic interactions among landscape, disturbance, and management under the context of global change.

Selected Publications:
(* indicates corresponding author when not the first author)
Yang, J., Weisberg, P.J., Shinneman, D.J., Dilts, T.D., Earnst S.L., Scheller, R.M., 2015. Fire modulates climate change response of simulated aspen distribution across topoclimatic gradients in a semi-arid montane landscape. Landscape Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10980-015-0160-1

Yang, J., Weisberg, P.J., Dilts, T. E., Loudermilk, E. L., Scheller, R. M., Stanton, A., Skinner, C. 2015. Predicting wildfire occurrence distribution with spatial point process models and its uncertainty assessment: a case study in the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24(3): 380-390.

Kong, J., Yang, J.*, Chu, H., Xiang, X. 2015. Effects of wildfire and topography on soil nitrogen availability in a boreal larch forest of northeastern China. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24(3): 433-442.

Fang, L., Yang, J.*, Zu, J., Li, G., Zhang, J. 2015. Quantifying influences and relative importance of fire weather, topography, and vegetation on fire size and fire severity in a Chinese boreal forest landscape. Forest Ecology and Management DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.01.011

Liu, Z., Yang, J*. 2014. Quantifying ecological drivers of ecosystem productivity of the early-successional boreal Larix gmelinii forest. Ecosphere, 5(7), art84-art84.

Fang, L., Yang, J.* 2014. Atmospheric effects on the performance and threshold extrapolation of multi-temporal Landsat derived dNBR for burn severity assessment. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 33:10-20.

Zhao F., He H., Dai L., Yang, J.* 2014. Effects of human disturbances on Korean pine coverage and age structure at a landscape scale in Northeast China. Ecological Engineering 71: 375-379.

Cai, W., Yang, J.*, Liu, Z., Hu, Y., Weisberg, P.J. 2013. Post-fire tree recruitment of a boreal larch forest in Northeast China. Forest Ecology and Management. 307: 20-29.

Liu, Z., Yang, J.*, Chang, Y., Weisberg, P.J., He, H.S. 2012. Spatial patterns and drivers of fire occurrence and its future trend under climate change in a boreal forest of Northeast China. Global Change Biology 18: 2041-2056.

Yang, J., Weisberg, P.J., Bristow, N. 2012. Landsat remote sensing approaches for monitoring long-term tree cover dynamics in semi-arid woodlands: comparison of vegetation indices and spectral mixture analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment 119: 62-71.

Yang, J., Dilts, T.E., Turner, P.L., Condon, L.A, and Weisberg, P.J. 2011. Longitudinal- and transverse-scale environmental influences on riparian vegetation across multiple levels of ecological organization. Landscape Ecology 26: 381-395.

Yang, J., He, H.S., Shifley, S.S., Thompson, F.R., Zhang, Y. 2011. An innovative computer design for modeling forest landscape change in very large spatial extents with fine resolutions. Ecological Modelling 222 (15): 2623-2630.

Yang, J., H. S. He, and S. R. Shifley,2008. Spatial controls of occurrence and spread of wildfires in the Missouri Ozark Highlands. Ecological Applications 18(5): 1212-1225.

Yang, J., H. S. He, B. R. Sturtevant, B. R. Miranda, and E. J. Gustafson. 2008. Comparing effects of fire modeling methods on simulated fire patterns and succession: a case study in the Missouri Ozarks. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38:1290-1302.

Yang, J., He, H.S., Shifley, S.R., Gustafson, E.J. 2007. Spatial patterns of modern period human-caused fire occurrence in the Missouri Ozark Highlands. Forest Science 53:1-15.

Yang, J., He, H.S., Gustafson, E.J. 2004. A hierarchical fire frequency model to simulate temporal patterns of fire regimes in LANDIS. Ecological Modelling 180:119-133.