Susan Pan

Dr. Susan (Shufen) Pan

Director and Associate Professor

The GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory
The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University


Dr. Susan (Shufen) Pan is Director of the GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) at Auburn University. She has more than 20 years of experience in ecosystem/geospatial modeling and remote sensing observation/applications. By using emerging technologies in geospatial modeling, computer simulation, satellite observation and Big Data, Dr. Pan aims to Monitor, Assess and Predict (MAP) multi-scale dynamics of coupled natural-human systems in the context of global environmental change. Her research projects have covered a range of topics including land use and land cover changes, climate impacts, mitigation and adaptation, food and water security across many regions of the world including North America, Asia and Africa. Dr. Pan’s research has resulted in over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles including two papers published in Nature and Nature Climate Change. Dr. Pan is leading the Geospatial and Environmental Informatics undergraduate degree program and a core member of Auburn University’s interdisciplinary cluster of Climate, Human and Earth System Sciences (CHESS). As part of NRT, Dr. Pan will use ecosystem modeling and geospatial technologies to direct research on climate change impacts and ecosystem resilience, and teach courses on Earth observation and analysis, Big Data and supervise Trainees.