Dr. Louise Parsons Chini is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. She is originally from New Zealand, received her doctorate from Cornell University in 2003, and then worked for a mathematical software company for a few years before deciding to return to an academic research environment. After working as a research scientist in the Complex Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire for several years, she joined the research faculty at the University of Maryland in 2010. Dr. Chini has a broad range of experiences using mathematical and computational methods to study interesting problems, particularly those involving human interactions with the Earth System, but also including diverse areas such as fisheries modeling, foraging of dairy cows, turbulent flows over aircraft wings, and nutrient transport in bioreactors. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the Global Land-use Model (GLM). Her current major research activities include integrating GLM into the first fully-coupled Integrated Earth System Model (iESM) that will enable more consistent climate projections to be computed; and preparing a harmonized set of global land-use transitions for the next IPCC Assessment, using Integrated Assessment Model implementations of several Representative Concentration Pathways.

Areas of Interest

  • Mathematical and computational modeling of coupled human-natural systems
  • Interactions between ecosystems and land-use change
  • Terrestrial carbon cycle modeling


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Applied Mathematics, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1998
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Mathematics and Physics, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1996
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Cornell University, 2003
Louise Chini
2181 LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
lchini [at] umd.edu