Faculty Profile for Dr. Yanan Li

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Dr. Yanan Li
Assistant Professor — Department of Geography
ELA 139
phone: (512) 245-2170

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Yanan(Nancy) Li is an assistant professor in the Geography Department at Texas State University. As a physical geographer, Nancy's research interests mainly include glacial geomorphology, biogeography, past climate change, and terrain analysis. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Geography, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011 and 2015 respectively. She completed her B.S. degree in Geosciences at Beijing Normal University in 2008. She focused on dendrochronology during the M.S. program, and her thesis is titled “Dendroclimatic analysis of climate oscillations for the southeastern US from tree-ring network data”. Continued with her doctoral program, Nancy expanded her study to geomorphology and geospatial skills. Her dissertation research is entitled “Timing and Extent of the Little Ice Age Glacial Advances in Central-Eastern Tian Shan, China”. So far, she has received several grants and awards at department, university, and national levels, such as National Geographic Young Explorers Grant and NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She has published articles in journals like Quaternary Science Reviews, Annals of Glaciology, and Annals of American Association of Geographers.

Teaching Interests

geomorphology, field methods, weather and climate, terrain analysis

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Zhu, H., Shao, X., Zhang, H., Asad, F., Sigdel, S. R., Huang, R., … Liang, E. (2018). Trees record changes of the temperate glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau: Potential and uncertainty. Global and Planetary Change, 173, 15–23. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2018.12.004
  • Lu, X., Li, Y., Washington-Allen, R. A., & Li, Y. (2018). Structural and sedimentological connectivity on a rilled hillslope. Science of The Total Environment, (655), 1479–1494. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.137
  • Li, Y., Lu, X., & Li, Y. (2017). A Review on the Little Ice Age and Factors to Glacier Changes in the Tian Shan, Central Asia. In Glacier Evolution in a Changing World (pp. 37–60). InTech. https://doi.org/10.5772/65820
  • Lu, X., Li, Y., Washington-Allen, R. A., Li, Y., Li, H., & Hu, Q. (2017). The effect of grid size on the quantification of erosion, deposition, and rill network. International Soil and Water Conservation Research, 5(3), 241–251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iswcr.2017.06.002
  • Li, Y., Li, Y., Lu, X., & Harbor, J. (2016). Geomorphometric Controls on Mountain Glacier Changes Since the Little Ice Age in the Eastern Tien Shan, Central Asia. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107(2), 284–298. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2016.1248552

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Robert G. Long Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. April 24, 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Student Publication Award, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. April 24, 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Science Alliance Award, Tennessee Center of Excellence, Science Alliance. February 12, 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Biogeography Specialty Group Master Student Award, Association of American Geographers. April 10, 2009

Selected Grants

  • Li, Yanan. High resolution survey and monitoring of the Continental Glacier, Wyoming, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 15, 2018, Funded: January 15, 2019 - May 15, 2020). Grant.
  • Zhu, Haifeng (Principal), Li, Yanan (Supporting). Multi-proxy study on glacier fluctuations of southeast Tibetan Plateau during the past millennium, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, National Science Foundation of China, $160000. (Submitted: March 16, 2017, Funded: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021). Grant.
  • Li, Yanan. Recent Area and Elevation Changes of Glaciers in the Sikeshu River Basin in Northern Tian Shan, Scholarly Excellence Fund, South Dakota State University, $4000. (Funded: January 10, 2017 - August 1, 2017). Grant.
  • Li, Yingkui (Principal), Li, Yanan (Co-Principal). Revealing the extent and timing of the Little Ice Age glacial advances in eastern Tian Shan Central Asia, Doctoral Dissertation Research, National Science Foundation, Federal, $15995. (Funded: June 1, 2013 - May 29, 2015). Grant.
  • Li, Yanan. Spatial pattern of Little Ice Age glacial advances across Chinese Tian Shan, National Geographic Society, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $5000. (Funded: January 9, 2012 - December 31, 2012). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Undergraduate Committee
August 27, 2018-Present
Diversity Committee
August 27, 2018-Present
Reviewer / Referee
8 journals articles:
January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018