Wanhong Yang

Portrait of Dr. Wanhong Yang

Email: 
wayang@uoguelph.ca
Summary: 

My research program is the only one in Canada that integrates economics, hydrology, and GIS to examine the cost effectiveness of landscape conservation programs.

Program

Conservation Leadership

About my research…

Growing concerns about the adverse environmental effects of agriculture have led to the establishment of landscape conservation programs for improving water quality. Since 2001, I have developed a research program on examining cost effectiveness of landscape conservation programs using GIS based integrated economic-hydrologic modelling. My research program makes scholarly contributions to improve our understanding of integrated landscape processes and also practical contributions to support the evaluation and design of landscape conservation programs.

How my Research Improves Life…

Landscape conservation programs mandate science-based answers to two critical policy questions: First, given the vastness and heterogeneity of the agricultural region, how can we prioritize locations for these programs in order to maximize the water quality benefits within a given financial budget? Second, given existing placement of conservation practices on agricultural landscape, how can we evaluate the cost effectiveness of these programs? My research program addresses these two key questions and has the potential to improve the cost effectiveness of landscape conservation investment.

Why you should choose Guelph…

University of Guelph is Canada's food university, which offers both science and social science based training on agricultural issues. My research program is the only one in Canada that integrates economics, hydrology, and GIS to examine the cost effectiveness of landscape conservation programs. Graduates from my research program have had placements in academia, government, NGOs, and consulting firms.