Chuan Liao is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Spatial Analysis Lab and International Forestry Resources and Institutions in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. His research interest lies at the intersection between resource conservation and community development. His current research focuses on large-scale land transactions and their impact on agroecological system and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the the effect of urban green space on health. Previously he worked with pastoral communities in East Africa and Central Asia to study their migration patterns, risk perception, livelihood diversification, ethnobotanical knowledge, and interaction with external development agencies. His research also investigates vegetation states and transition pathways in the rangeland ecosystem at multiple spatio-temporal scales.