- Course: PhD in Physical Geography
- PhD title: Towards a better understanding of the role of secondary forests in tropical biomass accumulation
- Year of graduation: Current
- Nationality: Chinese
- Job title: PhD Researcher
- Company: University of leeds
Why did you decide to study a PhD/Masters at the University of Leeds?
I study a PhD at Leeds because I got a scholarship for the project that I was very interested in, which looks at tropical forest disturbances from satellite imagery using the Google Earth Engine (GEE) platform.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
The best aspect of study here is the excellent study environment (e.g. very friendly people, great research facilities, good working-life balance). I have made lots of friends and enjoy every moment of studying here.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
With the support of my supervisors and friends, I have developed a novel approach (in GEE) to map tropical disturbed forests vs. Intact forests using multi-decadal 30m optical satellite imagery. The application of this approach, in Mato Grosso state of Brazil, resulted in a very high mapping accuracy. We are looking forward to further applying this approach to other Tropics.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds is a lovely city where you could make many amazing friends and get great shopping experiences.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would love to continue working here and wish to get a postdoc position.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
I have learned a lot from the past three years, including the improvement of my creativity ability, writing skills and communication skills, which will definitely benefit my future career.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
This is the one!