Ming's research interest is in understanding how empirical regularities across the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems, especially their component biology and elements cycling, can be understood from the perspectives of cooperation, feedback, and geometry at the causal level. He hopes to improve our ability to project the future trajectories of terrestrial ecosystems and hopefully the entire Earth system with improved casual understanding. Ming is a member of Sigma Xi, Ecological Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union, and has published in leading journals such as Nature, Nature Ecology & Evolution, and Global Change Biology. He is currently collaborating with researchers in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University to identify new policy solutions for maximizing land carbon storage.
Ming received his bachelor’s degrees in Geoscience and Biology from Peking University in 2012 and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2018.