About Tian

Tian is a quantitative social scientist who studies behavior changes and social processes in agricultural, recreation, and other natural resource management settings. She has proven skills in analytical techniques such as structural equation modeling, categorical data analyses, and multi-level modeling, along with an extensive method repertoire including social network analyses, social media harvesting, and variable selections for big data. She has worked extensively in interdisciplinary teams and is interested in developing novel socio-ecological solutions to wicked environmental programs. Tian’s teaching responsibilities include distance coursework for the MTM and MPPM program. She is interested in cross-cultural curriculum development and pedagogical strategies.

Google Scholar Profile CV


  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Protected area management
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Values, motivations, behaviors


M.S., Statistics - North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, 2016

Ph.D., Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management - North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, 2016

M.S., Tourism Management - Sichuan University
Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 2012

M.S., Natural Resources Science and Management - University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, MN, 2012