Dr. Hanqin Tian is Director of International Center for Climate and Global Change Research, Solon and Martha Dixon Professor and University Alumni Professor of Ecology in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. He did his postdoctoral study in the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole after finishing his Ph.D. from the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and Syracuse University. Prior to joining Auburn University, he was Associate Professor in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence; Staff Scientist in MBL Ecosystems Center and Research Affiliate in MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Massachusetts.
Dr. Tian is an ecosystem scientist and systems modeler worked at a broad scale and examined ecosystem processes and exchanges (energy, carbon, nitrogen and water) that occur at the interfaces of the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. He has become increasingly interested in coupled biogeochemical cycles in the Earth’s ecosystems and dynamics of coupled natural and human systems. Dr. Tian’s work has been published in prestigious journals, including NATURE and SCIENCE, and featured in various media including newspapers (e.g. Boston Global, Washington Post, New York Times), TV programs (e.g. ABC, CNN) and radio (e.g. BBC-London), and included in the Assessment Reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the United States of America.