Tih-fen Ting

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Meet Tih-Fen Ting
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies



  • Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environment: University of Michigan


  • Before coming to Illinois, I had lived in Taiwan, California, Ohio and Michigan. I enjoy visiting different places and meeting different people. I love the outdoor and nature; I also love reading. My husband and I have a cat with quite a personality and a very sweet goldendoodle; we enjoy their company very much.

"Learning is a lifetime endeavor; one cannot be too old to learn."Interesting facts:

  • I am bilingual – fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
  • I wanted to become a field biologist working in the tropical rain forests when I was in college, but now I’m a professor.

Research interests:

  • Population-environment interactions, sustainability studies and reconciliation ecology.

Major project underway:

  • On campus, I am involved in a study of our green roof (on Founders Residence Hall) and restoration of the Prairie.
  • I am also studying the environmental history of Danshui River in northern Taiwan and the ecological demography of China.

Learning philosophy:

  • Learning is a lifetime endeavor; one cannot be too old to learn. Learning also requires curiosity and open-mindedness.

Why is student participation so important?

Advice to prospective students:

  • A job is important, but think about life, not just a job. We can have many jobs, but we only have one life. The college years are when you can seriously explore the meaning of life and what you want your life to be as an individual and as a member of the social group. Let the kind of life you would like to lead decide your job, not the other way around.
  • Also learn to write well. Read, read, read. You are young, and your brains still have tremendous capacity – don’t waste it!