Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

yanlizhangYanli Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, GPS,
GIS Programming, Environmental Modelling, Water Resources Management

Doctor of Philosophy, 2006, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA.
Dissertation: Development and Validation of a Watershed Forest Management Information System

Bachelor of Engineering, 1993, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China
Major: Forestry and Wood Working Machinery

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University
9/2015 - Present: Associate Professor
1/2009 - 8/5015: Assistant Professor

GeoTREE Center, Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa
8/2007 - 1/2009: Visitng Assistant Professor
9/2006 - 8/2007: Post Doctoral Research Associate

Deptartment of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
1/2002 - 8/2006: Research Assistant

International Cooperation Department, Beijing Forestry University
7/1993 - 12/2001: Program Management Officer

Hung, I. K., Unger, D., Zhang, Y., Williams, J., Grogan, J., Coble, D., & Yeiser, J. 2016. Forest Landscape Change in East Texas: 1974–2009. Southeastern Naturalist, 15(sp9), 1-15.

Unger, D., S. Schwab, R. Jacques, Y. Zhang, I. Hung, and D. Kulhavy, 2016. Evaluating interactive transect area assessments hands-on instruction for natural resource undergraduate students. Higher Education Studies 6(4): 90-99

Unger, D., D. Kulhavy, I. Hung, and Y. Zhang. 2016. Accuracy Assessment of Pictometry® Height Measurements Stratified by Cardinal Direction and Image Magnification Factor. International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research: 3(1):4,

Kulhavy, D, D. Unger, I. Hung and Y. Zhang. 2016. Comparison of AR. Drone quadricopter video and the visual CTLA method for urban tree hazard rating. Journal of Forestry, DOI:

Kulhavy, D, D. Unger, Y. Zhang, P. Bedford, and I. Hung. 2016. Comparing Remotely Sensed Pictometry® Web Based Slope Distance Estimates with In Situ Total Station and Tape Slope Distance Estimates. International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research: 3(1):3

Zhang, Y., M.W. McBroom, B.P. Oswald, and W. Conway. 2014. Visual Traverse: an open source Python program to assess, post-process and visualize polygon data. J. of Surveying Engineering, under review

Zhang, Y. and P.K. Barten. 2014. Forest road evaluation: terrain analysis to identify sediment source areas. J of Forestry, under review.

Unger, D.R., I. Hung, Y. Zhang, and D.L. Kulhavy. 2014. Evaluating GPS effectiveness for natural resource professionals: integrating undergraduate students in the decision making process. J. of Studies in Education. 4(4): 30-44 DOI: 10.5296/jse.v4i4.6389

McBroom, M.W., M. Ringer, and Y. Zhang. 2014.       In stream woody debris and riparian forest characteristics in the Sabine River, Texas. Southeastern Naturalist, 13(5): 1-14

Unger, D.R., D.L. Kulhavy, I. Hung, and Y. Zhang. 2014. Quantifying natural resources using field-based instruction and hand-on applications. J. of Studies in Education, 4(2):1-14

Zhang, Y., H. Li, M. McBroom and S. Bullard. 2013. A spatial analysis of the forestry industry in East Texas, Annals of GIS, 19(3): 187-193 DOI: 10.1080/19475683.2013.806357

Unger, D.R, I. Hung ,Y. Zhang, J. Parker, D. Kulhavy, and D. Coble. 2013. Accuracy assessment of perimeter and area calculations using consumer-grade Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units in southern forests. Southern J. of Applied Forestry, 37(4): 208-215

McBroom, M.W., T.N. Thomas, and Y. Zhang. 2012. Soil erosion and surface water quality impacts of natural gas development in east Texas, USA. Water, 4(4):944-958 DOI:10.3390/w4040944

DeGroote P. J., S.R. Larson, Y. Zhang, R. Sugumaran. 2012. Application of geospatial technologies for understanding and predicting vector populations and vector-borne disease incidence, Geography Compass, 6(11): 645-659 DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12003

GIS 201/GEO 220: Introduction of GIS

GIS 301: GIS application

GIS 395: GIS database management

GIS 400/500: GIS programming

GIS 464/564: GIS for water resources

FOR 223: Surveying and mapping

FOR 323: Land measurement

The stewardship of public lands: politics and the Yellowstone ecosystem, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (2014)

Faculty Learning Community VI: mentored undergraduate scholarship, SFA Office of High Impact Practices (2013-2014)

Texas GIS Forum Hacker’s Sandbox, Texas Water Development Board and Texas Natural Resources Information System, Austin (2013)

Memberships and Involvement:

     Society of American Foresters (SAF)

     International Association of Hydrological Sciences

     ESRI Forestry Group


     The New York Water Environment Association (previous)

     Xi Sigma Pi (Forestry Honor Society), 2005 at UMass-Amherst

Served as a peer reviewer:

Applied Engineering in Agriculture

Journal of Environmental Management

Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management

Journal of Environmental Informatics

International Journal of Geographical Information Science

Remote Sensing of Environment

Journal of Environmental Quality

Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment

Annals of GIS

The Extractive Industries and Society

Water Environmental Research

Hydrological Sciences Journal

Reviewed Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis for Pearson Higher Education.

Reviewed Getting Started with Geographic Information System, 5th edition for Pearson Higher education (2011)