The Annual Symposium of theÂ U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape EcologyÂ (US-IALE) offers a great opportunity for landscape ecologists around the world to share their knowledge and experiences. I am truly grateful to receive the ESPP Travel Fund which afforded me to attend this symposium in April 2017, in Baltimore, MD.
At this symposium, I gave an oral presentation titled Post-disaster recovery of human well-being in biodiverse areas: drivers and implications. This talk focuses on my effort to evaluate livelihood adaptations after natural disaster in biodiverse area and quantify their effects on social and ecological recovery outcomes. This work is important because the number and impacts of natural disasters have been increasing globally, posing a great threat to biodiversity and human well-being in many areas around the world. With a better understanding among natural disasters, livelihood adaptations, and recovery outcomes, management agencies may be able to develop effective strategies to balance the demands of socioeconomic development and ecosystem conservation after natural disasters. This presentation was well-received as it generated meaningful questions, comments and discussions. In addition to this presentation, I also helped to organize a workshop in the conference. In the workshop, I assisted to introduce an award-wining framework and toolbox that participants can apply to their own socio-environmental research.