Research Interests

My research interests center on the geospatial analysis of land use/cover change, agricultural sustainability, ecosystem services, and urbanization. I use geospatial technology, particularly Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, as well as mathematical and statistical tools.


  • Lin M., S.M.M. Sadeghi‬, and J.T. Van Stan. 2020. Partitioning of rainfall and sprinkler-irrigation by crop canopies: A global review and evaluation of available research. Hydrology 7: 76.

  • Gao W., M. Lin, Y. R. Huang, S.D. Huang, G.F. Ye, and Z.Q. Huang. 2020. Effects of forest types and environmental factors on soil microbial biomass in a coastal sand dune of subtropical China. Journal of Resources and Ecology 11(5): 454-465.

  • Lin M. and J.T. Van Stan. 2020. Impacts of urban landscapes on students’ academic performance. Landscape and Urban Planning 201: 103840.

  • Beck J. and M. Lin. 2020. Impacts of sea level rise on real estate prices in coastal Georgia. The Review of Regional Studies 49: 43-52.

  • Lin M. and Q. Huang. 2019. Exploring the relationship between agricultural intensification and changes in cropland areas in the US. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 274: 30-40.

  • Ouyang Z., M. Lin, J. Chen, P. Fan, S.S. Qian, and H. Park. 2019. Improving estimates of built-up area from night time light across globally distributed cities through hierarchical modeling. Science of the Total Environment 647: 1266-1280.

  • Lin M. 2018. Impacts of nitrogen fertilization and conservation tillage on the agricultural soils of the United States: a review. In M.A. El-Esawi (Ed.), Maize Germplasm – Characterization and Genetic Approaches for Crop Improvement. IntechOpen, ISBN: 978-1-78923-039-0.

  • Lin M. and M.C. Henry. 2016. Grassland and wheat loss affected by corn and soybean expansion in the midwest corn belt region, 2006-2013. Sustainability 8(11): 1177, doi: 10.3390/su8111177.

  • Minor E., J.A. Belaire, A. Davis, M. Franco, and M. Lin. 2016. Socioeconomics and neighbor mimicry drive urban yard and neighborhood vegetation patterns. In R. Francis (Ed.), Urban Landscape Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice. Abington: Routledge.

mage credit: ESRI 2020