Yujuan Chen ( Principal Investigator), Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Urban Forestry
Dr. Yujuan Chen has a long-standing interest in urban ecosystems and her work is mainly focusing on urban forestry, urban soils, and stormwater management. She co-authored the first global Guidelines on Urban and Peri-urban Forestry, which aims to optimize the contribution of forests and trees to sustainable urban development. She also initiated and led the “Healthy Soils for Healthy Communities Initiative” to study the potential of healthy soils in building climate resilience and healthy communities in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Tennessee State University, Dr. Chen held a range of positions with TreePeople, University of Southern California, Virginia Tech, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and New Jersey State Forestry Services.