News in 2009
• Nov. 16, 2009: Drs. An and Tan (from San Diego Zoo) invited a Chinese Environment Research & Conservation Delegation to visit San Diego and Northern California during Nov. 16-26, 2009. The delegation consists of four experts: Mr. Weiyong Zhang (reserve management, community development), Mr. Xiaoping Lei (primate habitat ecology), Mr. Zhenxin Peng (animal husbandry), and Mouyu Yang (genetic analysis of primate species). This visit is a monumental event for the long term Research-Education-Outreach Partnership between San Diego State University, Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, and Zoological Society of San Diego.
• August 21, 2009: Doctoral student Alex Zvoleff and Dr. An went to Ann Arbor, where University of Michigan professor William Axinn held a four-day workshop sponsored by the NSF PIRE project. Li offered a workshop about agent-based modeling (ABM), Alex presented his dissertation research, and other participamts presented their work related to the PIRE project. The whole team spent one day at East Lansing on August 20, where Co-PI Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu hosted the workshop.
• June 17, 2009: Dr. An completed his fieldwork at Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve (FNNR), China and left Tongren. Starting from May 29, doctoral student Sarah Wandersee and Dr. An visited the reserve, performed household surveys, hiked to Yangaoping the FNNR research camp, watched the Guizhou golden monkeys, and visited a few sightseeing sites including Golden Peak and Fenghuang City. SDSU Professors Stuart Aitken and Erin Riley and Primatologist Chia Tan (San Diego Zoo) joined us in June, conducting fieldwork and discussing further collaboration among the reserve, SDSU, and the Zoo.
• May 1, 2009: Congratualtions to doctoral student Sarah Wandersee, who recently received a prestigious grant of $12,000 from the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Fund. The grant will support Sarah's dissertation addressing impacts of various human activities on the Guizhou golden monkey (Rhinopithecus brelichi) in their last and only remaining habitat, Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve (FNNR) in Guizhou Province, China.
• January 15, 2009: Invited by Prof. Phaedon C. Kyriakidis, Dr. An went to University of California, Santa Barbara, and gave a colloquium titled "Did the model or data lie to us? Survival analysis of land changes". He also met Drs. Jennifer King, Joseph McFadden, and Michael Goodchild during the visit.