New faculty profile: Min Chen explores ecosystems modeling

Min Chen joined the UW–Madison faculty in January 2021 as an assistant professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

Chen received his Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue University in 2013. After this, he became a postdoc fellow at Harvard University and later a Barbara McClintock fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. He joined the Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Lab as a staff scientist in 2016.

Chen’s research interests are earth system modeling, remote sensing of vegetation, and integrated analysis of human-earth system dynamics. He currently leads a NASA-funded Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) project and is thrilled to work closely with university-wide scientists hired by the polar science cluster as a terrestrial ecosystem modeler.

In his spare time, Chen likes hiking and playing badminton. He is excited to meet new colleagues at UW and explore Madison and Wisconsin.

This article was re-published with permission from the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. It was originally published in the department’s Forest and Wildlife Ecology News winter 2021 newsletter.