Wei Gao, PhD.


Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Senior Research Scientist

Natural Resource Ecology Lab

Fields of Expertise

Agriculture, Atmospheric Science, Data, GIS, and Modeling

Areas of Interest

Radiative transfer of solar UV in the atmosphere and vegetation canopy, Impacts of UV radiation and other environmental stress factors on plants, Regional climate/ecosystem modeling, Remote sensing applications in ecosystems


Dr. Wei Gao is a Professor of Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Senior Research Scientist and Director of the USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University; and Director of ColoradoView, part of AmericaView, a nationwide consortium for Remote Sensing Education, Research and Geospatial Applications. He received his B.S. from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, M.S. from Mississippi State University, Ph.D. from Purdue University and had his postdoctoral training at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Gao has published more than 200 scientific papers and edited 21 books, proceedings, and journal issues. He is a Fellow of the International Optical Engineering Society. Dr. Gao received the Lifetime Distinguished International Service Award for his work at Colorado State University.