Company: University of Missouri-Columbia
Trained as an environmental and resource social scientist with emphasis on human population dynamics and sustainable development, Dr. Qin has a diverse academic background in sociology and rural sociology, demography, geography, environmental science as well as mixed and spatial methodological research. His interdisciplinary training and research experience focus on analyzing social and cultural aspects of natural resources and environmental systems.
PhD, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Environmental and Resource Sociology), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
MS, Statistics. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
As an associate professor in the MU Division of Applied Social Sciences, I have the opportunity to implement my research program in environmental and natural resource sociology. One of my current projects involves studying communities that are vulnerable to natural ecosystem hazards. The National Sciences Foundation grant-funded project builds upon research conducted during the mid-2000s in north central Colorado, an area with forests devastated by a mountain pine beetle infestation. Communities dependent on natural resources – such as the north central Colorado region – are particularly sensitive to environmental change. This research will determine how communities perceive risk and adapt over time after experiencing natural resource-related hazards.
In my position, I also teach undergraduate and graduate students. My undergraduate courses center on the relationships among people, society, environment, and sustainability. For graduate students, I teach a course focused on research methods and design, and graduate seminars on community, natural resources, and sustainable development. I also contribute as an affiliated faculty member to the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Program of the School of Natural Resources; Department of Sociology; Department of Geography; Conservation Biology Graduate Program; Institute for Data Science and Informatics; and Population, Education and Health Center.