Dong Yan is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Xiaoyang Zhang. Dong's dissertation research focuses on understanding the responses of grassland ecosystems to institutional and climatic changes in China's Loess Plateau and the southern Great Plains of the United States. He is currently working on improving the monitoring of African and southeast Asian rainforest phenology using Earth observation instruments carried by geostationary satellites.
Yan, D., Zhang, X., Yu, Y., Guo, W. and Hanan, N. P. (2016). Characterizing land surface phenology and responses to rainfall in the Sahara Desert, Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences, 121, 2243-2260, doi: 10.1002/2016JG003441.
Yan, D., Zhang, X., Yu, Y., and Guo, W. (2016) A comparison of tropical rainforest phenology retrieved from geostationary (SEVIRI) and polar-orbiting (MODIS) sensors across the Congo Basin, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 54(8), 4867-4881, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2016.2552462.
Yan, D., and de Beurs, K.M. (2016). Mapping the distributions of C3 and C4 grasses in the mixed-grass prairies of southwest Oklahoma using the Random Forest classification algorithm. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 47, 125-138, doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2015.12.007.
Yan, D.; de Beurs, K.M.; Fan, J. (2013). The Impacts of Weather and Conservation Programs on Vegetation Dynamics in China’s Loess Plateau. Land, 2(4), 573-594, doi:10.3390/land2040573.
de Beurs, K.M., Yan, D., Karnieli, A. The Effect of Large Scale Conservation Programs on the Vegetative Development of China’s Loess Plateau. In Dryland East Asia: Land Dynamics Amid Social and Climate Change; Chen, J., Wan, S., Henebry, G., Qi, J., Gutman, G., Sun, G., Kappas, M., Eds; De Gruyter: Berlin, Germany, 2013.