Ting Zhou is a visiting researcher for the 2023-24 academic year, with sponsorship from the China Scholarship Council. Under the guidance of Professor Alexander Pfaff, her research examines the causal mechanisms of the forest payment for ecosystem services program on forest regulating services in China.
She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental and Resources School of Zhejiang University in China. She holds a bachelor's degree in Landscape Planning and a master's degree in Ecology. In her prior research, she concentrated on assessing the causal effects of China’s forest and grassland ecological compensation programs on the changes of natural resources and human well-beings in Inner Mongolia. She is keenly interested in constructing systems models to understand the causal mechanisms of how policy interventions affect ecosystem services and human well-being.