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Xiaonan Tai

3MT Presentation:

Where do trees die?

PhD Program:



D. Scott Mackay


Xiaonan Tai is a PhD candidate in the geography program. Tai received her Bachelor of Science in geospatial science from Wuhan University. She is a 2011-2015 Presidential Fellow and she specializes in spatial science and numerical modeling. Her thesis work focuses on building mechanistic models that predict how forests respond to novel climate conditions. During the summer of 2017, she will travel to Laramie, Wyoming to collect field observations of soils and trees, which she will use to drive and evaluate the model she has developed. 

What made you interested in your dissertation research topic?

A pilot study I did with my advisor made me realize this is what I like to pursue and what I can do.

Why did you decide to attend UB for your PhD?

Because UB has the best geography program and I love to make snowmen.

Name your favorite thing to do in Buffalo. What do you enjoy about that?

Bike along the Niagara River in summer. I love the sightseeing, getting close nature and becoming part of it.