Tian Guo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Dr. Tian Guo is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, focusing on environmentally significant behavior and visitor use management on public lands. After graduation, Tian joined the University of Maine School of Forest Resources to study the social network of a regional sustainable energy industry.

As a social scientist at CIGLR, Dr. Guo studies individual decisions and behaviors contributing to the mitigation and adaptation to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia in the Great Lakes region. She works with other researchers, decision makers and stakeholders to identify decisions and management routines that determine HABs and hypoxia mitigation and adaptation and explore how HABs and hypoxia forecasting influences these decisions and routines. She is also interested in issues related to recreation management, invasive species, and fisheries management. Tian works closely with natural scientists to examine the dynamics of coupled nature and human systems.


Ph.D. 2016, North Carolina State University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

M.R. 2016, North Carolina State University in Statistics

M.S. 2012, University of Minnesota in Natural Resources Science and Management

M.S. 2012, Sichuan University in Tourism Management

B.S. 2009, Sichuan University in Tourism Management

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

Dr. Tian Guo’s research generally focuses on individual behaviors and decision-making related to environmental problems and natural resource management. Tian has expertise in survey design and implementation. She also does interviews and experiments to test hypotheses related to decision-making mechanism and dilemmas. Tian was trained in social psychology theories and has experience using psychology, organization, communication and sociology theories to explain and predict individual interactions in groups and communities. Tian enjoys working closely with stakeholders, decision-makers, and practitioners on research and evaluation projects.


For publications go to Dr. Tian Guo’s Google Scholar profile.