Zhan Li received a BS degree from Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, in 2008. He earned an M.S. degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in 2011, and the PhD degree in geography from Boston University, Boston, U.S.A., in 2015. After his PhD work on a novel dual-wavelength terrestrial laser scanner, he continues his research interests by characterizing ecosystem structure with the terrestrial lidar in the SPECTRALMASS group.
His current research topics also expand into various Earth observation satellite data, such as MODIS, VIIRS, Landsat and Sentinel-2, for the study of land surface process, especially the surface anisotropy, land surface albedo and their spatiotemporal patterns.
Outside work, he likes to dance tango and swing, lift some weights, and tinker with a few crafts.