Hongchao is originally from China with a passion of traveling and outdoor activities. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University and is also a member of Utah State Climate Adaptation Science program. Hongchao received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, and a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri. During his master’s study, he worked on a Missouri statewide project that focuses on the impacts of climate change to Missouri state parks and historic sites. Hongchao’s thesis project focused on understanding park visitor’s perception of climate change; it also served as a pilot study to examine the methodology for the Missouri statewide climate change project. In addition to his Master’s degree, Hongchao received a GIS certificate, which enabled him to expand his skillset for conducting social science research. Hongchao is ecstatic to explore the western U.S. and do research on the impacts climate change has on outdoor recreation opportunities provided on public lands.