Dr. Li An’s research focuses on complex human-environment systems, spatial analysis and modeling, landscape ecology, and complexity theory. He was the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology award from the USA Chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists, the 2014 Outstanding International Scholar Award at San Diego State University (SDSU), the 2014 SDSU President's Leadership Fund, and the 2018 Excellence in Research Award at the College of Arts and Letters, SDSU. He has been leading or involved in research projects funded by multiple federal agencies (over $11 million in total since 2007), and these projects are broadly distributed in Nepal, Ghana, USA, and China. His research has been reported by SDSU Website (front page), The SDSU 360 Magazine, and The National Association of Science Writers. He was Chair of Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group (elected), the Association of American Geographers from 2012 to 2015. He has served on the editorial board of Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Ecological Modelling, and International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research. His other services include reviewing papers and guest-editing special issues for prestigious journals, reviewing grant proposals for multiple federal or international agencies, organizing sessions, symposia, and conferences sponsored by various academic institutions, and mentoring Ph.D. and M.S. students. He teaches quantitative methods (GEOG 585), spatial statistics (GEOG 385), landscape ecology (GEOG 506), and spatial analysis and modeling (GEOG 780).