Graduate Students

Nuo Xu

Nuo Xu joined the National Park Research Lab as a Ph.D. student in May 2019. Born in Tangshan, a traditional industrial city of northern China, he longed for nature when he was a child. After graduating from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University with a B. Agr degree in Forestry and M. Agr degree in Silviculture, he decides to devote himself to the ecosystem conservation of protected areas, and now his research focuses on the national park ecological integrity assessment and ecosystem management. In his free time, he prefers outdoor activities, especially hiking, which provides a good opportunity to explore, experience and embrace the natural beauty. Besides, he also enjoys swimming, playing basketball and martial arts.


Xv, N., Wu, W.L., Wang, G.Y*. (2020). National Park and ecosystem integrity. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Life on Land. Springer.

Xu, N. Wu, W. & Wang, G. (2020). Climate change and ecological integrity of national park. (in preparation)

Xu, N. Wu, W., Innes, J. & Wang, G. (2020). Understanding ecological integrity in protected area management. (in preparation)


Weiwei Wang

Weiwei Wang is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Forestry in the University of British Columbia. She obtained her M.Eng. in Forest Remote Sensing at Beijing Normal University in 2019, and her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Communication University of China in 2016. Her current research is focused on wildfires in national parks, including fire behaviour simulation, fire impact analysis, and fire management planning. Wang has good experiences in mathematical modelling, computer programming, and remote sensing applications. She enjoys hiking and reading during leisure time. From her contact with nature, she perceives the close and complex interactions between various parts of ecosystems, including humans. The holistic and systematic thinking contributes to understanding wildfire dynamics in a changing world.


Wang, W., Wang, X., Wu, W., Guo, F., Park, J., and Wang, G. 2021. Burn severity in Canada’s mountain national parks: patterns, drivers, and predictions. Submitted to: PNAS. Tracking #: 2021-23145 (under review).

Wang, W., Wu, W., Wang, G., and Guo, F. 2021. Fire regime and management in Canada’s protected areas. In: International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks (IJGP). Manuscript number: IJGEOP-D-21-00052 (under review).


Han Ling

Han Ling is a PhD student in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. She pursued her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Peking University, and her undergraduate degree in the exceptional Zhang Zhidong program at Huazhong Agriculture University, China. Han has been interested in endangered species conservation and landscape planning in protected areas. Her master’s thesis at Peking University focused on the impacts of increased water temperature on the Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis) reproduction and potential locations for their spawning grounds. Chinese sturgeon, a “national treasure” in the Yangtze River, is a relic of the dinosaur era and the subject of legends that she heard from her great-grandmother. After that, Han worked as a full-time program assistant, participating in the spatial planning of giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) habitats in the Giant Panda National Park, China. Currently, Han is working on the ecological resilience of grasslands to wildland fires, including fire impacts on aspen encroachment and wildlife distribution, and fire management planning in Canadian national parks. She enjoys reading mythology books and jogging on weekends.


Fangbing Hu

Fangbing Hu is a second-year master student majoring in Forestry. She is currently working on the projects of national park community development as well as the relationships between parks and local people. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Northwest A&F University in China. The educational background cultivated her in-depth understanding of natural science as well as inspired her interests in the relationships between humans and nature. As a travel enthusiast, she is fond of learning different cultures and local traditions while enjoying the scenery in her trips, which stimulated her strong curiosity in national park communities’ development issues. Fangbing now is focusing on the impacts of national park tourism expansion on local communities and the conflicts between local communities and wild resource usage. She is devoted to developing a solid theoretical base as well as
practical management suggestions for community engagement and promotion in the national park’s area.


Hu, F., Wang, Z., Sheng, G., Lia, X., Chen, C., Geng, D., … & Wang, G. (2021). Impacts of national park tourism sites: a perceptual analysis from residents of three spatial levels of local communities in Banff national park. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-20.

Hu, F. Wu, W. & Wang, G. (2020). Pros and Cons of growing visitation: Gateway community’s view on the national park tourism impacts. Environment, Development and Sustainability. (under review)

Hu, F., Wu, W. & Wang, G. (2020). Exploring the tourism developing mechanism and local support in Grand Canyon National Park. (in preparation)

Hu, F., Wu, W. & Wang, G. (2020). Review of the interactions between national parks and local communities. (in preparation)

Hu, F., Wu, W. & Wang, G. (2020). Exploring the relationship between national parks and gateway communities in North America. (in preparation)


Dehui Geng

Dehui Geng is a first-year PhD student studying in the Faculty of Forestry. Her research projects include visitor experience and human-wildlife conflicts in national parks, as well as sustainable tourism management and ecological conservation in protected areas. Growing up in a place nearby a wetland forest park, Dehui cultivates a strong interest in forests and developed the research goal on tourism and ecosystem management. Dehui did her undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Forestry at Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada, which provides her with a solid foundation of forest resources management. Currently, Dehui is working on the structural equation model (SEM) for visitor experience management in Banff National Park.


Geng. D. et al.. (2019). Factor influencing visitor experience in national parks: A case study of Banff National Park. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. (under review)

Geng, D. C., Innes, J., Wu, W., & Wang, G. (2021). Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on urban park visitation: a global analysis. Journal of forestry research32(2), 553-567.

Geng, D. C., Innes, J. L., Wu, W., Wang, W., & Wang, G. (2021). Seasonal Variation in Visitor Satisfaction and Its Management Implications in Banff National Park. Sustainability13(4), 1681.

Geng, D., Shrestha, A., Han, A. Wu, W. & Wang, G. (2021). Hotspot analysis of visitor-wildlife conflicts in Banff National Park. (under review)

Geng, D. (2021). Managing national park visitor experience and visitor-wildlife coexistence: a case study of Banff National Park (Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia).

Geng, D., Wu, W. & Wang, G. (2020). Visitor Experience and Environmentally Responsible Behavior in National Parks: A Structural Equation Model (in preparation)

Geng, D., Wang, R., Wu, W & Wang, G. (2020). Human-wildlife conflicts in Banff National Park: A spatial and temporal analysis (in preparation)

Hong, X. C., Zhu, Z. P., Liu, J., Geng, D. H., Wang, G. Y., & Lan, S. R. (2019). Perceived Occurrences of Soundscape Influencing Pleasantness in Urban Forests: A Comparison of Broad-Leaved and Coniferous Forests. Sustainability11(17), 4789. 


Baifei Ren

Baifei is graduated with a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Peking University (PKU), preceded by a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China. She participated in many projects related to the application of ArcGIS in the planning and management of urban green infrastructure when she was pursuing my master’s degree, which cultivated her interests in urban ecosystem planning and the relationship between urbanization and natural environment. Baifei has participated in research on the national-scale sponge system supported by the evaluation of groundwater security system during my postgraduate studies. Baifei also took part in investigating the hydrological conditions, coastal landscape and historical and cultural heritage of the Yellow River in the eight provinces, including Qinghai, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shandong, Henan, Shanxi, Henan.

After Baifei came to UBC National Parks Research Center, she did research about the impact of human disturbance on the landscape pattern in communities of Qilian Mountain National Park. Now she is going to focus on research about urban green infrastructure and landscape integrity in urban parks, including natural and built heritage.