Dr. Kui PENG is the Program Manager of the Ecological Conservation and Community Development Program at GEI. Dr. Peng has 15 years of experience in ecology and land use management, with specializations in sustainable community development and GIS and remote sensing application. Since joining in 2013, his work at GEI, in close partnership with local, provincial, and state levels, involves developing and guiding community development and environmental protection projects for grassland communities in western and northern China, namely Ningxia and Qinghai provinces and Inner Mongolia.
Under his leadership, he has led capacity building trainings for local communities and non-governmental organizations on ecosystems services-based development. His current work focuses on providing climate adaptation and conservation strategies for across 12 western provinces in China.
Previous to joining GEI, he served as a research associate at the University of Maryland conducting postdoctoral research on landscape ecology and cartographic consultant at the Survey Action Centre in the United States. In addition, Kui was a scholar and associate professor at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing and visiting professor at Xianning University, where he has won several faculty awards for excellence in teaching.
As a nationally ecognized expert and researcher in his field, he is the co-author of two academic books and has published over 20 academic articles in both Chinese and English journals.
Kui holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research. He received his B.S. and M.S. both in agronomy from Sichuan Agriculture University and the Chengdu Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, respectively. He speaks Mandarin and English.