Dr. Yi-Chen WANG

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Research Interests

Historical ecology
Vegetation dynamics
Landscape epidemiology
GIS and remote sensing applications
Ecological consequences of land use/cover change

My research interests are in the field of biogeography, which studies where organisms distribute over space and time and what affects their distributions. I am particularly interested in applications of GIS and remote sensing to biogeographical questions related to spatial and temporal patterns of the landscapes. Within this scope, I have been working in two areas of research: (1) reconstructing presettlement landscapes from historical land survey records; and (2) investigating landscape changes and their probable consequences.

Journal Publications

Internationally refereed journal articles:

Wang, Y-C., Liew, T.Z., Namsanor, J., and Sithithaworn, P. (Accepted) Assessing the role of Filopaludina martensi martensi as a biocontrol agent of Bithynia siamensis goniomphalos, the first intermediate host of Opisthorchis viverrini. Parasitology Research.

Morales-Ramirez, C.A. and Wang, Y-C. (Accepted) Anticipatory marine conservation outcomes: Management scenarios for whale shark in Southeast Asia. The Professional Geographer.

Yan, Y.W., Feng, C-C., Huang, W., Fan, H.C., Wang, Y-C., and Zipf, A. (2020) Volunteered geographic information research in the first decade: A narrative review of selected journal articles in GIScience. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 34(9):1765-1791.

Wang, J.W., Chow, W.T.L, and Wang, Y-C. (2020) A global regression method for thermal sharpening of urban land surface temperatures from MODIS and Landsat. International Journal of Remote Sensing 41(8):2986-3009.

Yan, Y.W., Dean, K., Feng, C-C., Hue, G.T., Koh, K-H., Kong, L., Ong, C.W., Tay, A., Wang, Y-C., and Xue, Y.R. (2020) Chinese temple networks in Southeast Asia: A WebGIS digital humanities platform for the collaborative study of the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. Religions 11:334

Xi, W-Q., Du, S-H., Wang, Y-C., Zhang, X-Y. (2019) A spatiotemporal cube model for analyzing satellite image time series: Application to land-cover mapping and change detection. Remote Sensing of Environment 231:111212.

Mah, O.B.P., Yan, Y.W., Tan, J.S.Y., Tan, Y-X., Tay, G.Q.Y., Chiam, D.J., Wang, Y-C., Dean, K., and Feng, C-C. (2019) Generating a virtual tour for the preservation of the (in)tangible cultural heritage of Tampines Chinese Temple in Singapore. Journal of Cultural Heritage 39 (2019) 202–211.

Kim., I-K., Pow, C.P., Wang, Y-C., and Feng, C-C. (2019) Competing space and place identity with landscape change analysis using Web GIS through Singapore historical maps (1828-2015). Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 40(2):181-198.

Yu, Y., Guo, Z., and Wang, Y-C. (2019) Spatial patterns and driving forces of land change in Tibetan-inhabited Three Rivers Headwaters region, China. Journal of Mountain Science 16:207-225.

Wang, Y-C., Hu, B.K.H., Myint, S.W., Feng, C-C., Chow, W.T.L., and Passy, P.F. (2018) Patterns of land change and their potential impacts on land surface temperature change in Yangon, Myanmar. Science of The Total Environment 643: 738-750.

Sng T-H., Chia P.Z., Feng, C-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2018) Are China’s provincial boundaries misaligned? Applied Geography 98: 52-65.

Zheng, Z., Du, S., Wang, Y-C., and Wang, Q. (2018) Mining the regularity of landscape-structure heterogeneity to improve urban land-cover mapping. Remote Sensing of Environment 214:14-32.

Sidhu, N., Pebesma, E., and Wang, Y-C. (2017) Usability study to assess the IGBP land cover classification for Singapore. Remote Sensing 9(10):1075.

Kim, I-H., Feng, C-C., Wang, Y-C., Spitzberg, B.H., and Tsou, M-H. (2017) Exploratory spatiotemporal analysis in risk communication during the MERS outbreak in South Korea. The Professional Geographer 69(4):629-643.

Wang, Y-C., Yuen, R., Feng, C-C., Sithithaworn, P., and Kim, I-H. (2017) Assessing the role of landscape connectivity on Opisthorchis viverrini transmission dynamics. Parasitology International 66(4):402-412.

Yan, Y-W., Feng, C-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2017) Utilizing fuzzy set theory to assure the quality of volunteered geographic information. GeoJournal 82(3):517-532.

Yan, Y-W., Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., Wan, P-H. M., and Chang, K. T-T. (2017) Potential distributional changes of invasive crop pest species associated with global climate change. Applied Geography 82:83-92.

Kim, I-H., Feng, C-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2017) A simplified linear feature matching method using decision tree analysis, weighted linear directional mean, and topological relationships. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 31(5):1042-1060.

Kim, I-H., Huang, J., Wang, Y-C.., Feng, C-C., and Taylor, D. (2016) Developing geoportals and applications for Singapore historical GIS. Journal of Asian Network of GIS-Based Historical Analysis 4:11-19.

Ong, X., Wang, Y-C., Sithithaworn, P., Namsanor, J., Taylor, D., and Laithavewat, L. (2016) Uncovering the pathogenic landscape of helminth (Opisthorchis viverrini) infections: A cross-sectional study on contributions of physical and social environment and healthcare interventions. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10(12): e0005175.

Du, S-H., Xiong, Z-Q., Wang, Y-C., and Guo, L. (2016) Quantifying the multilevel effects of landscape composition and configuration on land surface temperature. Remote Sensing of Environment 178:84-92.

Ong, X., Wang, Y-C., Sithithaworn, P., Grundy-Warr, C., and Pitaksakulrat, P. (2016) Dam influences on liver fluke transmission: Fish infection and human fish consumption behavior. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106(4):755-772.

Zhang, X-Y., Du, S-H., and Wang, Y-C. (2015) Semantic classification of heterogeneous urban scenes using intra-scene feature similarity and inter-scene semantic dependency. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 8(5):2005-2014.

Yang, J., Wang, Y-C., Guo, L., and Xue, D. (2015) Patterns and structures of land use change in the Three Rivers Headwaters Region of China. PLoS ONE 10(3):e0119121.

Larsen, C.P.S., Tulowiecki, S.J., Wang, Y-C., and Trgovac, A. (2015) Predicting historic forest composition using species lists in presettlement land survey records, Western New York. Applied Vegetation Science 18(3):481-492.

Tulowiecki, S.J., Larsen, C.P.S., Wang, Y-C. (2015) Effects of positional error on modeling species distributions: a perspective using presettlement land survey records. Plant Ecology 216(1):67-85

Wang, Y-C., Ho, R.C.Y., Feng, C-C., Namsanor, J., Sithithaworn, P. (2015) An ecological study of Bithynia snails, the first intermediate host of Opisthorchis viverrini in northeast Thailand. Acta Tropica 141(Part B):244-252.

Feng, C-C., Wang, Y-C., and Chen, Y-C. (2014) Combining GeoSOM and hierarchical clustering to explore geospatial data. Transactions in GIS.18(1):125-146.

Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., and Sithithaworn, P. (2013) Environmental determinants of Opisthorchis viverrini prevalence in northeast Thailand. Geospatial Health. 8(1):111-123.

Wang, Y-C., Srivathsan, A., Feng, C-C., Salim, A., and Shekelle, M. (2013) Asian primate species richness correlates with rainfall. PLoS ONE 8(1): e54995.

Wang, Y-C. (2012) Examining landscape determinants of Opisthorchis viverrini transmission. EcoHealth 9(3):328-341.

Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., and Vu Duc, H. (2012) Integrating multi-sensor remote sensing data for land use/cover mapping in a tropical mountainous area in northern Thailand. Geographical Research 50(3):320-331.

Chang, T-Y., Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., Ziegler, A.D., Giambelluca, T.W., and Liou, Y-A. (2012) Estimation of root zone soil moisture using apparent thermal inertia with MODIS imagery over a tropical catchment in northern Thailand. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 5(3):752-761.

Larsen, C.P.S., Kronenfeld, B.J., and Wang, Y-C. (2012) Forest composition: More altered by future climate change than by Euro-American settlement in western New York and Pennsylvania? Physical Geography 33:3-20.

Feng, C-C. and Wang, Y-C. (2011) GIScience research challenges for emergency management in Southeast Asia. Natural Hazards 59(1):597-616.

Wang, Y-C. and Feng, C-C. (2011) Patterns and trends in land use land cover change research explored using self-organizing map. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32(13):3765-3790. [website showing the papers analyzed]

Zhou, X. and Wang, Y-C. (2011) Spatial-temporal dynamics of urban green space in response to rapid urbanization and greening policies. Landscape and Urban Planning 100(3):268-277.

Zhou, X. and Wang, Y-C. (2011) Dynamics of land surface temperature in response to land use/cover change. Geographical Research.49(1):23-36.

Chang, T-Y., Liou, Y-A., Lin, C-Y., Liu, S-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2010) Evalutaion of surface heat fluxes in Chiayi Plain of Taiwan by remotely sensed data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 31(14):3885-3898.

Wang, Y-C., Larsen, C.P.S., and Kronenfeld, B.J. (2010) Effects of clearance and fragmentation on forest compositional change and recovery after 200 years in western New York. Plant Ecology 208(2): 245-258.

Wang, Y-C., Chang, T-Y., and Liou, Y-A. (2010) Terrain correction for increasing the evapotranspiration estimation accuracy in a mountainous watershed. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 7(2):352-356.

Kronenfeld, B.J., Wang, Y-C., and Larsen, C.P.S. (2010) The influence of the "mixed pixel" problem on the detection of analogous forest communities between presettlement and present in western New York. The Professional Geographer 62(2): 182-196.

Wang, Y-C., Kronenfeld, B.J. and Larsen, C.P.S. (2009) Spatial distribution of forest landscape change in western New York from presettlement to the present. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:76-88.

Kronenfeld, B.J. and Wang, Y-C. (2007) Accounting for surveyor inconsistency and bias in estimation of tree density from presettlement land survey records. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37:2365-2379.

Wang, Y-C. (2007) Spatial patterns and vegetation-site relationships of the presettlement forests in western New York, USA. Journal of Biogeography 34:500-513.

Wang, Y-C. and Larsen, C.P.S. (2006) Do coarse resolution U.S. presettlement land survey records adequately represent the spatial pattern of individual tree species? Landscape Ecology 21: 1003-1017.

Wang, Y-C. (2005) Presettlement land survey records of vegetation: Geographic characteristics, quality, and modes of analysis. Progress in Physical Geography 29(4): 568-598

Internationally refereed short articles:

Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., Sithithaworn, P., Feng, Y., and Petney, T.N. (2011) How do snails meet fish? Landscape perspective needed to study parasite prevalence. EcoHealth 8:258-260.

Petney, T., Sithithaworn, P., Satrawaha, R., Grundy-Warr, C., Andrews, R., Wang, Y-C., and Feng, C-C. (2009) Potential malaria reemergence, northeastern Thailand. Emerging Infectious Diseases 15(8):1330-1331.

Peer-reviewed journal articles (in Chinese with English abstract):

Lee, C T, Y P Cheng, W L Chiou, T T Lin, C W Chen and Y-C Wang (2002) Vegetation change at the Kuantu Natural Researve during 1986-1998. Taiwan Journal of Forest Science 17(1): 41-50.

Wang, Y-C, C T Lee and T H Chu (2000) The changing vegetation of the Kuantu Wetland. Journal of Geographical Science 27: 41-54.

Wang, Y-C and C T Lee (1998) A study of landscape changes at mangrove swamps, Guandu. Bulletin of the Geographical Society of China 26: 115-128.