A WMU geography professor has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the field of watershed hydrology.
Dr. Chansheng He, a professor of geography and recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at WMU is one of twenty one 2019 inductees in the AAAS’ geology and geography section.
He’s scholarly work has been recognized by countless organizations over the years. He has been honored with the Fulbright Senior Specialist Award and U.S. National Research Council /NOAA Senior Research Associateship Award. He has also helped publish more than 100 articles in leading academic journals.
According to the AAAS’ website, fellows are members “whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished and who has been a continuous member for the four year period leading up to the year of nomination, may, by virtue of such meritorious contribution be elected a fellow by the council.” The AAAS council has elected fellows on an annual basis since 1874.
“It is not only a prestigious honor for me but also a recognition of our university. I’ll continue to work hard to answer research questions facing the field of hydrology and water resources to support sustainable water resources management,” He said in response to his nomination.
Most of He’s work and interests revolve around watershed hydrology, hydrological modeling, non-point source pollution, soil hydrological processes, and water resources management. He believes that mismanagement of water is a global issue that has been accentuated by human activity and climate change.
He said a good amount of his research is centered around how land use resulting from human-environmental interactions affect the quantity and quality of water over space and time. Moving forward, He would like to see an improved policy and decision making process when it comes to the sustainable and ethical management of water.
He’s work within the last twenty years has left a lasting impression in his field and has helped improve the world’s understanding of climate change and water interaction. His projects span from developing a specialized eco-hydrological simulation system in Northwest China to creating a GIS source pollution software that is utilized in twelve different countries to study things like surface runoff and soil erosion.
“Water sustains life, ecological security and economic prosperity. No matter where we are, we all live in a watershed. Understanding how water quantity and quality change over space and time in response to both climate change and human activities is essential to our quality of life and global sustainability,” said He.
He wants students at WMU to know that they are always welcome to visit the geography department to expand their knowledge and broaden their future career options.