Ruopu Li, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Geography and Environmental Resources Program

School of Earth Systems and Sustainability

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

My research centers on the Geoinformatics for Food-Energy-Water (GeoFEW). The specific research topics include Water Resources Planning and Management, GIS Analysis and Modeling, Energy Geography, and Agricultural Land Use. In recent years, I focus on interdisciplinary and emerging technologies, such as geospatial artificial intelligence, social media data mining, social-technical analysis, and UAVs (drone). I have received ~ 2.5 million grants from different agencies, including four grants from the NSF.

Techniques: Geospatial Analysis, Remote Sensing, Artificial Intelligence, Hydrologic Modeling, Social-Environmental Systems, Land Use Modeling, Social Media Analytics, UAVs (drones) 

Curriculum Vitae    Google Scholar Profile

Work experience

08/2023  - now

Visiting Scholar

Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

07/2020  - now

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

08/2015  - 07/2020

Assistant Professor

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

02/2012 - 07/2015

Integrated Water Management Analyst/Specialist

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) 


2007  - 2012

Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

My collaborative paper recently wins a WRR Editors' Choice award!