By Dr. William E. Rogers | Editor-in-Chief, Plant Ecology, Professor, Department of Ecosystem Sciences and Management
Dr. Hsiao-Hsuan “Rose” Wang received her BS and MS at National Taiwan University. After receiving her MS she stayed on at
NTU to work as a research assistant for two years. She arrived at TAMU in 2006 to begin working on her doctoral degree in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management under the mentorship of Dr. Jianbang Gan, where she received her Ph.D. in 2009 after successfully defending her dissertation entitled, “Occupation, dispersal, and economic impact of major invasive plant species in southern US forests.”
She joined the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2010 as a close collaborator of Dr. Bill Grant and currently holds the title of Research Scientist. She also serves as an Undergraduate Research Program Advisor in the Ecological Systems Laboratory. Currently, there are fifteen undergraduate students from four departments (CVEN, ESSM, INTS, WFSC) doing research projects in the program. Five of these students have completed undergraduate theses (2015 – 2016 Undergraduate Research Scholars) while seven others are currently pursuing work on their undergraduate theses (2016 – 2017 Undergraduate Research Scholars).
Rose was awarded the 2013 Biennial Outstanding Reviewer Award by the International Society for Ecological Modelling at their meeting in France. She then served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the international journal “Ecological Modelling” from 2013 to 2015. In 2015 she was appointed as a Subject Editor for “Ecological Modelling” (theoretical and mathematical
modeling) and continues to serve in that capacity. In 2016 she accepted the invitation from Dr. Daniel Simberloff to serve as an Associate Editor for the scientific journal “Biological Invasions” published by Springer.
Rose Wang has eight years of experience developing species distribution models and spatially explicit, agent-based simulation
models with particular emphasis on the roles of dispersal and habitat selection in producing the spatial distributions of populations across landscapes. She just organized a symposium and served as Symposium Chair at the biennial meeting of The International Society for Ecological Modelling in Baltimore last May. The symposium was composed of 16 papers from 10 different countries and was focused on integrated modeling approaches of species distribution models and agent-based simulation models.
Her primary research is on developing and testing probability based theories of species distribution and dispersal and developing analytical techniques for characterizing the resulting patterns over a range of spatial and temporal scales as a means of identifying critical, pattern-forming ecological processes. Her recent research has focused on application of these techniques to topics ranging from endangered species management to management of invasive species to management of vectors of emerging diseases. In the past 7 years, she has published 28 papers in peer-reviewed journals (14 as senior author and 4 with undergraduate students) and I have had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with her on a number of these projects. Rose brings a level of enthusiasm for exploring new ideas, tireless dedication toward pursuing scientific excellence, and a sincere desire to promote inclusivity and diversity among colleagues and the students she mentors in ways that make interactions with her undeniably pleasurable.
In addition to her own professional accomplishments, at home she and her husband, TAMU-ESSM post-doctoral research associate Dr. Tomasz Koralewski, are balancing dual-academic careers and they are parents to two beautiful young children who keep them plenty busy. In closing, I would simply add that Rose is a very motivated young female scientist with a thoroughly professional attitude toward her work and a genuine concern for others. Dr. Bill Grant always describes her by stating that “she embodies a good old-fashioned American work ethic – made in Taiwan.” I wholeheartedly agree that Rose Wang is a truly valued colleague and a tremendous asset to Texas A&M University.