Ruida Li is a visiting student from the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She currently works with the Natural Capital Project at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on causal relationships between smallholder livelihood strategies and ecosystem services, and assessment on social capital and human capital. She is interested in ecological economics, regional-global sustainability, and philosophy. She received her M.S. in ecology from RCEES (2014), with an interest in impacts of human management practices on the soil-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases in Eucalyptus plantations. Her hobbies are various, like hiking, reading, cooking (vegan), and Chinese traditional culture education.