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Jianguo "Jack" Liu

Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, Michigan State University

A human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Jianguo "Jack" Liu is the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability at Michigan State University. He takes a holistic approach to addressing complex human-environmental challenges through systems integration, which means he integrates multiple disciplines such as ecology and social sciences.

Liu has served on numerous international and national committees and panels. He was a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science and was a coordinating lead author of the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services organized by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He is a former president of North American Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.

He has received many awards such as the World Sustainability Award from the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, the Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science from The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Eminent Ecologist Award from the Ecology Society of America.

He is an elected member of American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.

Liu received his PhD from the University of Georgia and completed his postdoctoral study at Harvard University. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard, Princeton and Stanford.


  • –present
    Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, Michigan State University


  • 1994 
    Harvard University, Postdoc
  • 1992 
    University of Georgia, PhD/Ecology