Xin received the PhD from the department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park. He received postdoc training in the same institution from 2015 to 2017. He is currently a lecturer with the same department. His research interests include forest disturbance mapping, biophysical variables based on remotely sensed data, and scaling effect.

 

Areas of Interest

  • forest disturbance mapping, biophysical variables based on remotely sensed data, scaling effect.

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    Ph.D
    Degree Details
    Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park
Teaching Philosophy
Our first step for teaching is to develop a topic. It would ideal if it is related to research, so that the research could feed into the lectures. I prefer to ask questions in class, so that students are active participants. Demonstration is necessary as well, so that the theory becomes live and easy to understand.

To begin research, it would be good to start with a proposal, with a good understanding of the current literature, research questions, research objectives. We would prefer conducting some preliminary results for the research proposal. A timeline would help the research to progress. When it is time, we had better present it in some conference and publish it in some journal.

Peer review helps the journal to improve the article quality. It would be great to allocate dedicated time for reviewing manuscripts. A first glance at the manuscript helps to familiarize with the topic. A thoughtful review helps to provide constructive feedback for the authors.
  • Professional
    Peer reviewer

Current Students

Former Students

Xin
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xtao [at] umd.edu