Li An

Li An

Professor of Geography

Storm Hall 303C
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493
(619) 594-5932

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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).

  • Ph.D. (Systems Modeling), Michigan State University, 2003
  • M.S. (Probability and Statistics), Michigan State University, 2002
  • M.S. (Systems Ecology), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1992
  • B.S. (Economic Geography), Beijing University, 1989
  • GEOG 104: Geographic Information Science and Spatial Reasoning
  • GEOG 385: Spatial Data Analysis
  • GEOG 506: Landscape Ecology
  • GEOG 585: Quantitative Methods in Geographic Research
  • GEOG 780: Seminar in Landscape Modeling and Simulation
  • Space-time dynamics and mechanisms of complex human-environment systems
  • Hazard-disaster analysis for improved environmental planning, management, and recovery
  • Environment-health relationships
  • Landscape ecology: concepts, methods, and applications in environmental management, planning, and conservation
  • Complexity theory and its applications in complex human-environment systems
  • Changes in city morphology and city residents
  • Digital, 4-D holographic methodology (including geoComputation, visualization, space-time analysis, micro-level modeling, and 4-dimesional simulation)
  • Quantitative analysis/modeling methods, metrics, and tools