Dr. Wei Gao
Dr. Wei Gao is a Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University; Director of the USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program at Colorado State University; and Director for ColoradoView, part of AmericaView, a nationwide consortium for Remote Sensing Education, Research and Geospatial Applications. He received his B.S. from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, M.S. from Mississippi State University, Ph.D. from Purdue University and had his postdoctoral training at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. A major focus of his research includes solar UV radiation, impacts of UV radiation and other environmental stress factors on plants, atmospheric/vegetation canopy radiation transfer modeling, regional climate/ecosystem modeling, remote sensing application in ecosystems, and impacts of climate change. Dr. Gao has published more than 200 scientific papers and edited 21 books, proceedings, and journal issues. He is Associate Provost for Colorado State University’s China Programs and Executive Director of the CSU-ECNU Joint Research Institute for New Energy and the Environment. He is the Editor-in-Chief for Frontiers of Earth Science and an Executive Associate Editor-in-Chief for Engineering. He is a Fellow of the International Optical Engineering Society. Dr. Gao received the Lifetime Distinguished International Service Award for his work at Colorado State University.