Hong S. He, PhD


School of Natural Resources

Graduate Emphasis Area Coordinator - Forestry

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Email HeH@missouri.edu
Phone 573-882-7717
Address 203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


  • PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences


  • Landscape ecology, geographic information system and ecological modeling.

Research Summary

  • His research interest is to study landscape response to various natural and social factors over large spatial and temporal domains by linking spatial models with geographic information systems. Projects with both theoretical significance and application potential are among his research priorities. His research equally emphasizes advances in landscape ecology such as theories of spatial modeling and landscape metrics, and geographic information science such as GIS and remote sensing data integration, GIS interpolation, visualization, and analytical approaches. He has been working with colleagues in developing a spatially explicit forest landscape model (LANDIS) linked with GIS. LANDIS is adapted and used by more than 30 individual groups of research institutions, government agencies, and private industry in the U.S.A., Canada, Finland, Scotland, Switzerland, China and India. More recently, proposals in which the LANDIS model serves as a major simulation tool have been funded by National Science Foundation, USDA and other U.S. and European funding agencies. His research interests also include pre-European landscape and forest visualization at multiple scales. The most recent version of LANDIS (version 7.0) is developed in the SNR GIS and Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Issues of biodiversity, conservation and ecosystem management increasingly need to be addressed at large spatial and temporal scales. His research in landscape ecology puts ecological questions in such large spatial and temporal contexts. His research in geographic information sciences explores new technical advances to help process and analyze large spatial data. The science and technology he endeavors to advance will help to solve regional planning, management, conservation and restoration problems.

Selected Publications

  • Sommerfeld, A., Senf, C., Buma, B., D’Amato, A.W., Després, T., Díaz-Hormazábal, I., Fraver, S., Frelich, L.E., Gutiérrez, Á.G., Hart, S.J., Harvey, B.J., He, H.S., Hlásny, T., Holz, A., Kitzberger, T., Kulakowski, D., Lindenmayer, D., Mori, A.S., Müller, J., Paritsis, J., Perry, G.L.W., Stephens, S.L., Svoboda, M., Turner, M.G., Veblen, T.T., and Seidl, R. 2018. Patterns and drivers of recent disturbances across the temperate forest biome. Nat. Commun. 9(1): 4355. doi: 1038/s41467-018-06788-9Download PDF.
  • Wang, W.J., Thompson III, F.R., He, H.S., Fraser, J.S., Dijak, W.D., and Jones-Farrand, T. D. 2019. Climate change and tree harvest interact to affect future tree species distribution changes. Journal of Ecology, doi: 1111/1365-2745.13144
  • Fraser, J.S., Wang, W., He, H., and Thompson, F. 2019. Modeling Post-Fire Tree Mortality Using a Logistic Regression Method within a Forest Landscape Model. Forests 10(1): 25. doi: 3390/f10010025Download PDF.
  • Wang, W.J., Thompson, F.R., He, H.S., Fraser, J.S., Dijak, W.D., and Spetich, M.A. 2018. Population dynamics has greater effects than climate change on tree species distribution in a temperate forest region. J. Biogeogr. 2017): 2766–2778. doi: 1111/jbi.13467Download PDF.
  • He, H. S., Gustafson, E. J., and Lischke, H. 2017. Modeling forest landscapes in a changing climate: theory and application. Landsc. Ecol. 32: 1299–1305. Springer Netherlands. doi: 1007/s10980-017-0529-4Download PDF.
  • Du, H., Liu, J., Li, M.-H., Büntgen, U., Yang, Y., Wang, L., Wu, Z., and He, H.S. 2017. Warming-induced upward migration of the alpine treeline in the Changbai Mountains, northeast China. Glob. Chang. Biol. (October): 1–11. doi: 1111/gcb.13963Download PDF.
  • Shifley, S. R., He, H. S., Lischke, H., Wang, W. J., Jin, W., Gustafson, E. J., Thompson, J. R., Thompson, F. R., Dijak, W. D., and Yang, J. 2017. The past and future of modeling forest dynamics: from growth and yield curves to forest landscape models. Landsc. Ecol. Springer Netherlands. doi: 1007/s10980-017-0540-9Download PDF.
  • Sunde, M., He, H.S., Hubbart, J.A., and Scroggins, C. 2016. Forecasting streamflow response to increased imperviousness in an urbanizing Midwestern watershed using a coupled modeling approach. Appl. Geogr. 72: 14–25. Elsevier Ltd. doi: 1016/j.apgeog.2016.05.002.Download PDF.
  • Jin, W., He, H.S., and Thompson III, F.R. 2016. Are more complex physiological models of forest ecosystems better choices for plot or landscape predictions ? Environ. Model. Softw. 75: 1–14. Elsevier Ltd. doi: 1016/j.envsoft.2015.10.004.Download PDF.
  • Bobryk, C.W., Rega-Brodsky, C.C., Bardhan, S., Farina, A., He, H.S., and Jose, S. 2015. A rapid soundscape analysis to quantify conservation benefits of temperate agroforestry systems using low-cost technology. Agrofor. Syst. Springer Netherlands. doi: 1007/s10457-015-9879-6.Download PDF.
  • Wang W. J., He, H. S., Fraser, J. S., Thompson III, F. R., Shifley, S. R., and Spetich, M. A. 2014. LANDIS PRO: a landscape model that predicts forest composition and structure changes at regional scales. Ecography 37: 001-005. Doi: 1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00495.xDownload PDF.
  • Hanberry, B. B., J.M. Kabrick, and H. S. He. 2014. Densification and state transition across the Missouri Ozarks landscape. Ecosystems 17: 66-81. Download PDF.
  • Wang, W. J., H. S. He, M. A. Spetich, S. R. Shifley, F. R. Thompson III, D. R. Larsen, J. S. Fraser, and J. Yang. 2013. A large-scale forest landscape model incorporating multi-scale processes and utilizing forest inventory data. Ecosphere 4(9):106. doi:1890/ES13-00040.1Download PDF.
  • Liu, Z., J. Yang, Y. Chang, P.J. Weisberg and H.S. He. 2012. Spatial patterns of fire occurrence and its future trend under climate change in a boreal forest of Northeast China. Global Change Biology 18, pp. 2041 – 2056. Download PDF
  • He, H.S., Yang, J., Shifley, S.R., Thompson, F.R. 2011. Challenges of forest landscape modeling-Simulating large landscapes and validating results. Landscape and Urban Planning 100 (4), pp. 400-402. Download PDF.
  • He, H. S. 2008. Forest landscape models, definition, characterization, and classification. Forest Ecology and Management 254:484-498.
  • Yang, J. He, H. S., Shifley, S. R. 2008. Spatial controls of occurrence and spread of wildfires in the Missouri Ozark Highlands. Ecological Applications 18(5): 1212-1225. Download PDF.
  • He, H. S., Hao, Z., Mladenoff, D. J., Shao, G., Hu, Y., Chang, Y. 2005. Simulating Forest Ecosystem Response to Climate Warming Incorporating Spatial Effects in Northeastern China. Journal of Biogeography. 32: 2043-2056.
  • He, H. S., Mladenoff, D. J., Sickley, T., Gutensburgen, G. 2000. GIS interpolation of witness tree records (1839-1866) of northern Wisconsin. Journal of Biogeography 27: 1031-1042.
  • He, H. S., DeZonia, B., Mladenoff, D. J. 2000. An aggregation index to quantify spatial patterns of landscapes. Landscape Ecology 15: 590-602.
  • He, H. S., and D. J. Mladenoff. 1999. Spatially explicit and stochastic simulation of forest landscape fire disturbance and succession. Ecology 80: 81-99.
  • He, H. S., Mladenoff, D. J., Radeloff, V. C., Crow, T. R. 1998. Integration of GIS data and classified satellite imagery for regional forest assessment. Ecological Applications 8: 1072-1083.