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Ranjeet John

Ranjeet John

Assistant Professor



Phone: (605) 677-6178




Ranjeet John received his masters degree in Geography, Remote sensing (Jiaguo Qi) at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology (Jiquan Chen) from the University of Toledo. Previous appointments include: Fixed term Research Faculty-Michigan State University, Visiting Assistant Professor-Oklahoma State University, Research Assistant Professor-University of Toledo. He is currently a Co-I on a NASA LCLUC project and formerly a Co-PI on a NSF project. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Landscape Ecology (Springer), Environmental Research Communications (IOP), Environmental Remote Sensing Section, Remote Sensing (MDPI) and on the reviewer board of Remote Sensing (MDPI).

Teaching Interests:

remote sensing, geospatial analysis, landscape ecology, UAS applications, ecological climatology, GIS

Research Interests:

Grassland degradation, semiarid ecosystems, agro-ecosystems, GPP, ET, disturbance, species richness, climate change, drought, UAV, remote sensing, land cover land use change, climate-land interaction


  • Ph D, Biology (Ecology), University of Toledo, 2011
  • MA, Remote Sensing, Michigan State University, 2005

Licensures and Certifications:

  • 14 CFR Part 107 Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS), Federal Aviation Administration


  • Interdependent dynamics of food, energy and water in Kazakhstan and Mongolia: Connecting LULCC to the transitional socioecological systems, NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Program. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2020 - 2022)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Chen, Jiquan, Ouyang, Zutao, John, Ranjeet, Henebry, Geoffrey M., Groisman, Pavel Y., Karnieli, Arnon, Pueppke, Steven, Kussainova, Maira, Amartuvshin, Amarjargal, Tulobaev, Askarbek, Yespolov, Tlektes I., Crank, Connor, Kadhim, Ameen, Qi, Jiaguo, and Gutman, Garik. Social-Ecological Systems Across the Asian Drylands Belt (ADB). In Landscape Dynamics of Drylands across Greater Central Asia: People, Societies and Ecosystems, edited by Gutman, Garik; Chen, Jiquan; Henebry, Geoffrey M.; Kappas, Martin, 191--225. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020. (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-30742-4_10)
  • Sciusco, Pietro, Chen, Jiquan, Abraha, Michael, Lei, Cheyenne, Robertson, G. P., Lafortezza, Raffaele, Shirkey, Gabriela, Ouyang, Zutao, Zhang, Rong, and John, Ranjeet. Spatiotemporal variations of albedo in managed agricultural landscapes: inferences to global warming impacts (GWI), 1385-1402. Vol. 35, Iss. 6. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, 2020. (DOI: 10.1007/s10980-020-01022-8)
  • Chen, Jiquan, Sciusco, Pietro, Ouyang, Zutao, Zhang, Rong, Henebry, Geoffrey M., John, Ranjeet, and Roy, David. P.. Linear downscaling from MODIS to landsat: connecting landscape composition with ecosystem functions, 2917--2934. Vol. 34, Iss. 12. Landscape Ecology, 2019. (DOI: 10.1007/s10980-019-00928-2)
  • Park, Hogeun, Fan, Peilei, John, Ranjeet, Ouyang, Zutao, and Chen, Jiquan. Spatiotemporal changes of informal settlements: Ger districts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 103630. Vol. 191. Landscape and Urban Planning, 2019. (DOI:
  • Ouyang, Zutao, Fan, Peilei, Chen, Jiquan, Lafortezza, Raffaele, Messina, Joseph P., Giannico, Vincenzo, and John, Ranjeet. A Bayesian approach to mapping the uncertainties of global urban lands, 210-218. Vol. 187. LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING, 2019. (DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.07.016)
  • Xu, Yecheng, Zhang, Yaoqi, Chen, Jiquan, and John, Ranjeet. Livestock dynamics under changing economy and climate in Mongolia, 104120. Vol. 88. Land Use Policy, 2019. (DOI:
  • Giannico, Vincenzo, Chen, Jiquan, Shao, Changliang, Ouyang, Zutao, John, Ranjeet, and Lafortezza, Raffaele. Contributions of landscape heterogeneity within the footprint of eddy-covariance towers to flux measurements, 144-153. Vol. 260. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 2018. (DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.06.004)
  • Groisman, Pavel, Bulygina, Olga, Henebry, Geoffrey, Speranskaya, Nina, Shiklomanov, Alexander, Chen, Yizhao, Tchebakova, Nadezhda, Parfenova, Elena, Tilinina, Natalia, Zolina, Olga, Dufour, Ambroise, Chen, Jiquan, John, Ranjeet, Fan, Peilei, Mayas, Csaba, Yesserkepova, Irina, and Kaipov, Ildan. Dryland belt of Northern Eurasia: contemporary environmental changes and their consequences. Vol. 13, Iss. 11. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 2018. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aae43c)
  • John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Giannico, Vincenzo, Park, Hogeun, Xiao, Jingfeng, Shirkey, Gabriela, Ouyang, Zutao, Shao, Changliang, Lafortezza, Raffaele, and Qi, Jiaguo. Grassland canopy cover and aboveground biomass in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia: Spatiotemporal estimates and controlling factors, 34-48. Vol. 213. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 2018. (DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.05.002)
  • Chen, Jiquan, John, Ranjeet, Sun, Ge, Fan, Peilei, Henebry, Geoffrey M., Fernandez-Gimenez, Maria E., Zhang, Yaoqi, Park, Hogeun, Tian, Li, Groisman, Pavel, Ouyang, Zutao, Allington, Ginger, Wu, Jianguo, Shao, Changliang, Amarjargal, Amartuvshin, Dong, Gang, Gutman, Garik, Huettmann, Falk, Lafortezza, Raffaele, Crank, Connor, and Qi, Jiaguo. Prospects for the sustainability of social-ecological systems (SES) on the Mongolian plateau: five critical issues. Vol. 13, Iss. 12. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 2018. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaf27b)
  • Chu, Housen, Baldocchi, Dennis D., John, Ranjeet, Wolf, Sebastian, and Reichstein, Markus. Fluxes all of the time? A primer on the temporal representativeness of FLUXNET, 289-307. Vol. 122, Iss. 2. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 2017. (DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003576)
  • Shao, Changliang, Chen, Jiquan, Chu, Housen, Lafortezza, Raffaele, Dong, Gang, Abraha, Michael, Batkhishig, Ochirbat, John, Ranjeet, Ouyang, Zutao, Zhang, Yaoqi, and Qi, Jiaguo. Grassland productivity and carbon sequestration in Mongolian grasslands: The underlying mechanisms and nomadic implications, 124-134. Vol. 159. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, 2017. (DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.001)
  • Shao, Changliang, Chen, Jiquan, Li, Linghao, Dong, Gang, Han, Juanjuan, Abraha, Michael, and John, Ranjeet. Grazing effects on surface energy fluxes in a desert steppe on the Mongolian Plateau, 485-502. Vol. 27, Iss. 2. ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 2017. (DOI: 10.1002/eap.1459)
  • Ouyang, Zutao, Shao, Changliang, Chu, Housen, Becker, Richard, Bridgeman, Thomas, Stepien, Carol A., John, Ranjeet, and Chen, Jiquan. The Effect of Algal Blooms on Carbon Emissions in Western Lake Erie: An Integration of Remote Sensing and Eddy Covariance Measurements. Vol. 9, Iss. 1. REMOTE SENSING, 2017. (DOI: 10.3390/rs9010044)
  • Qi, Jiaguo, Xin, Xiaoping, John, Ranjeet, Groisman, Pavel, and Chen, Jiquan. Understanding livestock production and sustainability of grassland ecosystems in the Asian Dryland Belt, 22. Vol. 6, Iss. 1. Ecological Processes, 2017. (DOI: 10.1186/s13717-017-0087-3)
  • Park, Hogeun, Fan, Peilei, John, Ranjeet, and Chen, Jiquan. Urbanization on the Mongolian Plateau after economic reform: Changes and causes, 118-127. Vol. 86. APPLIED GEOGRAPHY, 2017. (DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.06.026)
  • Fan, Yi, Chen, Jiquan, Shirkey, Gabriela, John, Ranjeet, Wu, Susie R., Park, Hogeun, and Shao, Changliang. Applications of structural equation modeling (SEM) in ecological studies: an updated review, 19. Vol. 5, Iss. 1. Ecological Processes, 2016. (DOI: 10.1186/s13717-016-0063-3)
  • John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Kim, Youngwook, Ou-yang, Zu-tao, Xiao, Jingfeng, Park, Hoguen, Shao, Changliang, Zhang, Yaoqi, Amarjargal, Amartuvshin, Batkhshig, Ochirbat, and Qi, Jiaguo. Differentiating anthropogenic modification and precipitation-driven change on vegetation productivity on the Mongolian Plateau, 547-566. Vol. 31, Iss. 3. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, 2016. (DOI: 10.1007/s10980-015-0261-x)
  • Giannico, Vincenzo, Lafortezza, Raffaele, John, Ranjeet, Sanesi, Giovanni, Pesola, Lucia, and Chen, Jiquan. Estimating Stand Volume and Above-Ground Biomass of Urban Forests Using LiDAR. Vol. 8, Iss. 4. REMOTE SENSING, 2016. (DOI: 10.3390/rs8040339)
  • Xie, Jing, Chen, Jiquan, Sun, Ge, Zha, Tianshan, Yang, Bai, Chu, Housen, Liu, Junguo, Wan, Shiqiang, Zhou, Caixian, Ma, Hong, Bourque, Charles P. -A., Shao, Changliang, John, Ranjeet, and Ouyang, Zutao. Ten-year variability in ecosystem water use efficiency in an oak-dominated temperate forest under a warming climate, 209-217. Vol. 218. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 2016. (DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.12.059)
  • Liu, Zhanyu, Chen, Jiquan, Qi, Jiaguo, John, Ranjeet, Cheng, Jiaan, and Zhu, Zengrong. The Effect of Landscape Composition on the Abundance of Laodelphax striatellus Fallen in Fragmented Agricultural Landscapes. Vol. 5, Iss. 4. LAND, 2016. (DOI: 10.3390/land5040036)
  • Fan, Peilei, Chen, Jiquan, and John, Ranjeet. Urbanization and environmental change during the economic transition on the Mongolian Plateau: Hohhot and Ulaanbaatar, 96-112. Vol. 144. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, 2016. (DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.09.020)
  • Shao, Changliang, Chen, Jiquan, Stepien, Carol A., Chu, Housen, Ouyang, Zutao, Bridgeman, Thomas B., Czajkowski, Kevin P., Becker, Richard H., and John, Ranjeet. Diurnal to annual changes in latent, sensible heat, and CO2 fluxes over a Laurentian Great Lake: A case study in Western Lake Erie, 1587-1604. Vol. 120, Iss. 8. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 2015. (DOI: 10.1002/2015JG003025)
  • Chen, Jiquan, John, Ranjeet, Zhang, Yaoqi, Shao, Changliang, Brown, Daniel G., Batkhishig, Ochirbat, Amarjargal, Amartuvshin, Ouyang, Zutao, Dong, Gang, Wang, Dan, and Qi, Jiaguo. Divergences of Two Coupled Human and Natural Systems on the Mongolian Plateau, 559-570. Vol. 65, Iss. 6. BIOSCIENCE, 2015. (DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biv050)
  • Abraha, Michael, Chen, Jiquan, Chu, Housen, Zenone, Terenzio, John, Ranjeet, Su, Yahn-Jauh, Hamilton, Stephen K., and Robertson, G. P.. Evapotranspiration of annual and perennial biofuel crops in a variable climate, 1344-1356. Vol. 7, Iss. 6. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY BIOENERGY, 2015. (DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12239)
  • Chen, Jiquan, John, Ranjeet, Shao, Changliang, Fan, Yi, Zhang, Yaoqi, Amarjargal, Amartuvshin, Brown, Daniel G., Qi, Jiaguo, Han, Juanjuan, Lafortezza, Raffaele, and Dong, Gang. Policy shifts influence the functional changes of the CNH systems on the Mongolian plateau. Vol. 10, Iss. 8. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 2015. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/085003)
  • Lafortezza, Raffaele, Tanentzap, Andrew J., Elia, Mario, John, Ranjeet, Sanesi, Giovanni, and Chen, Jiquan. Prioritizing fuel management in urban interfaces threatened by wildfires, 342-347. Vol. 48. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, 2015. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.08.034)
  • Ouyang, Zutao, Chen, Jiquan, Becker, Richard, Chu, Housen, Xie, Jing, Shao, Changliang, and John, Ranjeet. Disentangling the confounding effects of PAR and air temperature on net ecosystem exchange at multiple time scales, 46-58. Vol. 19. ECOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY, 2014. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecocom.2014.04.005)
  • Zhang, Feng, John, Ranjeet, Zhou, Guangsheng, Shao, Changliang, and Chen, Jiquan. Estimating Canopy Characteristics of Inner Mongolia's Grasslands from Field Spectrometry, 2239-2254. Vol. 6, Iss. 3. REMOTE SENSING, 2014. (DOI: 10.3390/rs6032239)
  • Xie, Jing, Chen, Jiquan, Sun, Ge, Chu, Housen, Noormets, Asko, Ouyang, Zutao, John, Ranjeet, Wan, Shiqiang, and Guan, Wenbin. Long-term variability and environmental control of the carbon cycle in an oak-dominated temperate forest, 319-328. Vol. 313. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 2014. (DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.10.032)
  • Xie, Jing, Sun, Ge, Chu, Hou-Sen, Liu, Junguo, McNulty, Steven G., Noormets, Asko, John, Ranjeet, Ouyang, Zutao, Zha, Tianshan, Li, Haitao, Guan, Wenbin, and Chen, Jiquan. Long-term variability in the water budget and its controls in an oak-dominated temperate forest, 6054-6066. Vol. 28, Iss. 25. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 2014. (DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10079)
  • Chu, Housen, Chen, Jiquan, Gottgens, Johan F., Ouyang, Zutao, John, Ranjeet, Czajkowski, Kevin, and Becker, Richard. Net ecosystem methane and carbon dioxide exchanges in a Lake Erie coastal marsh and a nearby cropland, 722-740. Vol. 119, Iss. 5. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 2014. (DOI: 10.1002/2013JG002520)
  • Deal, Michael W., Xu, Jianye, John, Ranjeet, Zenone, Terenzio, Chen, Jiquan, Chu, Housen, Jasrotia, Poonam, Kahmark, Kevin, Bossenbroek, Jonathan, and Mayer, Christine. Net primary production in three bioenergy crop systems following land conversion, 451-460. Vol. 7, Iss. 5. JOURNAL OF PLANT ECOLOGY, 2014. (DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtt057)
  • John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Noormets, Asko, Xiao, Xiangming, Xu, Jianye, Lu, Nan, and Chen, Shiping. Modelling gross primary production in semi-arid Inner Mongolia using MODIS imagery and eddy covariance data, 2829-2857. Vol. 34, Iss. 8. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 2013. (DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2012.746483)
  • John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Ou-Yang, Zu-Tao, Xiao, Jingfeng, Becker, Richard, Samanta, Arindam, Ganguly, Sangram, Yuan, Wenping, and Batkhishig, Ochirbat. Vegetation response to extreme climate events on the Mongolian Plateau from 2000 to 2010. Vol. 8, Iss. 3. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 2013. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/035033)
  • Zhu Luping, Li Haitao, Chen Jiquan, John, Ranjeet, Liang Tao, and Yan Maochao. Emergy-based sustainability assessment of Inner Mongolia, 843-858. Vol. 22, Iss. 5. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES, 2012. (DOI: 10.1007/s11442-012-0967-5)
  • Li, Hai-tao, Gu, Chen-jie, Liang, Tao, Xu, Jian-ye, and John, Ranjeet. A new perspective of ecosystem health, 127--132. Vol. 22, Iss. 1. Journal of Forestry Research, 2011. (DOI: 10.1007/s11676-011-0138-z)
  • Xu, Jianye, Chen, Jiquan, Brosofske, Kimberley, Li, Qinglin, Weintraub, Michael, Henderson, Rachel, Wilske, Burkhard, John, Ranjeet, Jensen, Randy, Li, Haitao, and Shao, Changliang. Influence of Timber Harvesting Alternatives on Forest Soil Respiration and Its Biophysical Regulatory Factors over a 5-year Period in the Missouri Ozarks, 1310-1327. Vol. 14, Iss. 8. ECOSYSTEMS, 2011. (DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9482-2)
  • Sun, Ge, Caldwell, Peter, Noormets, Asko, McNulty, Steven G., Cohen, Erika, Myers, Jennifer M., Domec, Jean-Christophe, Treasure, Emrys, Mu, Qiaozhen, Xiao, Jingfeng, John, Ranjeet, and Chen, Jiquan. Upscaling key ecosystem functions across the conterminous United States by a water-centric ecosystem model. Vol. 116. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 2011. (DOI: 10.1029/2010JG001573)
  • Lu, N, Wilske, B, Ni, J, John, Ranjeet, and Chen, J. Climate change in Inner Mongolia from 1955 to 2005-trends at regional, biome and local scales, 045006. Vol. 4, Iss. 4. Environmental Research Letters, 2009. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/045006)
  • John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Lu, Nan, and Wilske, Burkhard. Land cover/land use change in semi-arid Inner Mongolia: 1992-2004. Vol. 4, Iss. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 2009. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/045010)
  • Wilske, Burkhard, Lu, Nan, Wei, Long, Chen, Shiping, Zha, Tonggang, Liu, Chenfeng, Xu, Wenting, Noormets, Asko, Huang, Jianhui, Wei, Yafen, Chen, Jun, Zhang, Zhiqiang, Ni, Jian, Sun, Ge, Guo, Kirk, McNulty, Steve, John, Ranjeet, Han, Xingguo, Lin, Guanghui, and Chen, Jiquan. Poplar plantation has the potential to alter the water balance in semiarid Inner Mongolia, 2762-2770. Vol. 90, Iss. 8. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 2009. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.03.004)
  • LaCroix, Jacob J., Li, Qinglin, Chen, Jiquan, Henderson, Rachel, and John, Ranjeet. Edge effects on fire spread in a disturbed Northern Wisconsin landscape, 1081-1092. Vol. 23, Iss. 9. LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, 2008. (DOI: 10.1007/s10980-008-9265-0)
  • John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Lu, Nan, Guo, Ke, Liang, Cunzhu, Wei, Yafen, Noormets, Asko, Ma, Keping, and Han, Xingguo. Predicting plant diversity based on remote sensing products in the semi-arid region of Inner Mongolia, 2018-2032. Vol. 112, Iss. 5. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 2008. (DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2007.09.013)


  • Shirkey, Gabriela, John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Abraha, Michael, Sciusco, Pietro, Reed, David. Evaluation of satellite-derived gross primary production products across managed Midwest landscapes. Presented at the 2020 AmeriFlux Annual Meeting. (October 8, 2020)
  • John, Ranjeet, Chen, Jiquan, Zhao, Jinhua. GC21E-1288-Interdependent dynamics of food, energy and water in Kazakhstan and Mongolia: Connecting LULCC to the transitional socioecological systems. Presented at the AGU 2019 Annual meeting, Moscone South, San francisco. (December 10, 2019)
  • Ruma, Amena B., Sweeney, Mark, John, Ranjeet, Dixon, Mark. Patterns and Processes of Sandbar Revegetation on the Missouri National Recreational River. Presented at the 2019 Missouri River Institute Symposium, Vermillion, SD. (November 21, 2019)
  • John, Ranjeet. Grassland Canopy Cover and Aboveground Biomass on the Mongolian Plateau: Spatiotemporal Estimates and Controlling Factors. Presented at the WaferX NSF EpSCOR Grant Annual meeting, University of South Dakota. (June 10, 2019)