"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. "

‒ John Muir

About me

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Email: yanan.li@txstate.edu
Office: ELA 364
Phone: (512)245-8663

Curriculum Vitae

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, located in San Marcos, Texas. I am a physical geographer by training with emphases on paleoenvironmental changes, glacial geomorphology, and terrain analysis.

My past research projects mainly include climate oscillation studies using dendroclimatological methods in the Southeast U.S., and the timing and extent of the glaciers during the Little Ice Age in eastern Tian Shan, China. My research goal is to achieve a holistic understanding of how glaciers respond to the changing climate and consequently influence other geomorphic processes and human society. I am currently working on investigating recent glacier changes using satellite imagery, reconstructing Holocene glacier history with numerical dating techniques, and high-resolution monitoring of mountain glaciers.

I am actively seeking to recruit enthusiastic, creative, motivated, and hardworking prospective graduate students (both MS and PhD levels) to work together to better understand the changing world.

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