Florida Climate Institute

​University of Florida

​Department of Geography

Ph.D. Candidate

Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI)

      Recent News:

  • Apr 2018: Presenting on mapping land-use changes affected by Hurricane Harvey by incorporating citizen science at the annual US-IALE meeting in Chicago, IL
    • Yang D, Yang A, Qiu H, Fu C, Binford M. Contributions of Citizen Science to Regional Landscape Ecology: The Impact of Land-Use on Flooding Due to Hurricane Harvey. 2018 US-IALE Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, United States. April 9th – 13th, 2018

  • Feb 2018: Awarded NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award. will use this award to attend the Landscape Ecology meetings in Chicago this April 2018, where she will present her work on 'Citizen Science's Contributions to Macrosystems'.Read it here!


  • Jan 2018: The paper "Simulation on Ecological Land Use Expansion Based on EnKF-MCRP Model" got awarded of Annual Best Paper Award.
    •  Yu Q, Yue D, Yang D, Zhang Q, Ma H, Li Y. Simulation on Ecological Land Use Expansion Based on EnKF-MCRP Model. Nongye Jixie Xuebao/Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Machinery 06/2016; 47(9):285-293., DOI:10.6041/j.issn.1000-1298.2016.09.039. 


 My areas of specialization are three-fold:

  • Macrosystems ecology (landscape ecology, road ecology)

  • Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems applications on the environment

  • Citizen Science/Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)

Email: yangdi1031@ufl.edu

       Awards and Grants:

  • Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Florida, 2018
  • NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award, 2018
  • Annual Best Paper Award, Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Machinery, 2018
  • Best Paper Award in Geospatial Analysis and Techniques, University of Florida, 2017
  • Land Use and Environmental Change Institute Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2017
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Doctoral Fellowship, University of Florida, 2013-2015
  • Microsoft Azure Research Award, Microsoft, 2015-2016
  • Outstanding Master Thesis Award, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2013,  
  • Merit Scholarship in Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2012
  • 1st Prize in the 4th Annual Javelina Symposium, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2012             


         I am a geographer and programmer focusing on the study of human-environment interactions by using remote sensing imageries. I am a bridge-builder for closing the gap between the operational uses of scientific remote sensing and GIS techniques and land management practices at the regional scale. The general theme of my work is to gain a quantitative understanding of the relationships between humans, landscape patterns and ecological processes. Current projects include mapping forest management unit, road ecology and the applications of Volunteered Geographic Information at the macrosystems scale.