Hanqin Tian, Ph.D.
Solon and Martha Dixon Professor
Director, International Center for Climate and Global Change Research
Leader, The Climate, Human, and Earth System Science Cluster
Contact Information: Dr. Hanqin Tian, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences 4337 SFWS Building, 602 Duncan Drive AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Auburn, AL 36849-5418, USA Phone: (334) 844-1059, Fax: (334) 844-1084,
TEACHING: Dr. Tian's teaching philosophy is to tell how to fish, not to give fish. He has been enjoying teaching in different levels of classes by devoting himself to convey and share knowledge and curiosity with students, inspire and help them to develop abilities in critical and independent thinking, equip them to pursue the grand challenges through their creative research, and prepare them for the complex world they will face after stepping off campus. Dr. Tian has advised more than 60 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other junior researchers. All his doctoral students published highly impact journal papers when they graduated from his research group. Many of his graduate, postdoctoral fellows and associates have received a number of prestigious awards as well as faculty positions. Few of them have become Department Chair or Center Director. This is a great testament of his effective teaching and mentoring. For example, five of his former Ph.D students and 26 of his former postdoctoral fellows and associates are now faculty members and have established their own successful research programs at various universities. Three of his former Ph. D students received the highly prestigious Early Career Ecologist Award from Ecological Society of America (ESA). Many of his current and former graduate students have received almost all levels of student's awards, e.g. National recognition of Outstanding Graduate Student Award from ESA, Merriwether Fellowship Award, Distinguished Dissertation Award, Top 10 Graduate Student, Outstanding International Student Award, Harry Murphy Award for graduate student, Goggans' Graduate Award, Drummond Fellowship Awards, etc. In addition, He has provided professional training through workshops and summer school for more than 1000 students and young scientists. Dr. Tian is also one of key faculty members in developing a new undergraduate degree program on Geospatial and Environmental Informatics and an interdisciplinary PhD program on Earth System Science.
SERVICE: Dr. Tian also serve as the Leader for the newly established Climate, Human and Earth System Sciences (CHESS) Cluster, which is one of 5 clusters selected and funded by Auburn University. The CHESS Cluster consists of over 40 faculty members from 5 colleges/School. He has served on multiple grant review panels, scientific and advisory committees at both national and international levels, and the Editorial Board of several prestigious scientific journals. He has served as the President of Asian Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America; Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Science Team Member of NASA Carbon Monitoring System. Serving in such capacities has allowed him to develop unique abilities for research leadership, to establish a strong research partnership and network within the USA and internationally. He has a long-term collaboration with faculty from leading institutions such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, George Tech, Woods Hole-MBL, and many other Universities. In the past decade, He have established a strong international partnership and network with leading scientists from 20 countries worldwide. He has been very active in providing scientific leadership and expertise to many national and international organizations.
Ph.D. (1996), Environmental and Forest Biology (Systems Ecology), State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and Syracuse University, New York.
M.S. (1986), Agronomy and Soil, The Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing.
B.S. (1982), Agronomy, Zhejiang University (Former Zhejiang Agricultural University), Hangzhou/Ningbo.
Director, International Center for Climate and Global Change Research, Auburn University, USA
Solon and Martha Dixon Professor (2010 - ), School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL, USA
University Alumni Professor (2007 - ), School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL, USA.
Adjunct Professor (2008 - ), Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Auburn University
Professor (6/2003 - present), School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL, USA.
Associate Professor (8/2001-5/2003), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA.
Staff Scientist I (7/1998-7/2001), Research Associate (5/1998-7/1998),Postdoctoral Research Scientist (9/1995-4/1998), The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA.
Research Affiliate (1/1998-present), MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Assistant Professor (7/1986-8/1988), China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou, China.
Research Associate (8/1982-8/1983), Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Jinyun, Zhejiang, China.
AWARD and RECOGNITION
Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) , 2016.
SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the Southeastern Conference Universities (SECU), 2016.
Harry Murphy Award for Excellence in Research, Auburn University, 2015.
Creative Research and Scholarship Award, Auburn University, 2011.
Global Change Science Prize, Ye Duzheng Global Change Science Foundation and Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2008.
National Young Scientist Award (Oversea), National Science Foundation of China, 2001
Alumni Distinguished Professorship (2007-2012), Auburn University Alumni Association
Solon and Martha Dixon Endowed Professorship (2010 - present), Auburn University
Oversea Distinguished Scholar Award, Chinese Academy of Science
Pao Yu-Kong Chaired Professor (2008-2010), Zhejiang University, China
Recognition of Contribution to National Climate Assessment by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (Google Scholar)
Nature and Science Papers
Tian, H., J. M. Melillo, D. W. Kicklighter, A. D. McGuire, J. Helfrich, B. Moore III and C. J. Vorosmarty (1998) Effect of interannual climate variability on carbon storage in Amazonian ecosystems. Nature 396: 664-667.
Tian, H.Q., J. M. Melillo, D. W. Kicklighter, A. D. McGuire, B. Moore III and C. J. Vorosmarty. 1999. Parameters for global ecosystem models. Nature 399:536
Schimel, D, J. Melillo, H. Tian, D. McGuire, D. Kicklighter, T. Kittel, N. Rosenbloom, S. Running, P. Thornton, D. Ojima, W. Parton, R. Kelly, M. Sykes, R. Neilson and B. Rizzo (2000) Contribution of increasing CO2 and climate to carbon storage by ecosystems in the United States. Science 287: 2004-2006.
Tian, H., C. Lu, P. Ciais, A.M. Michalak, J.G. Canadell, E. Saikawa, D.N. Huntzinger, K. Gurney, S. Sitch, B. Zhang, J. Yang, P. Bousquet, L. Bruhwiler, G. Chen, E. Dlugokencky, P. Friedlingstein, J. Melillo, S. Pan, B. Poulter, R. Prinn, M. Saunois, C.R. Schwalm, S.C. Wofsy (2016) The terrestrial biosphere as a net source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, Nature 531, 225-228.
Schwalm, C.R., W. R. L. Anderegg, A. M. Michalak, J. B. Fisher, F. Biondi, G. Koch, M. Litvak, K. Ogle, J. D. Shaw, A. Wolf, D. N. Huntzinger, K. Schaefer, R. Cook, Y. Wei, Y. Fang, D. Hayes, M. Huang, A. Jain & H. Tian (2017) Global patterns of drought recovery, Nature 548, 202-205.
Buermann, W., M. Forkel, M. O'Sullivan, S.S. Sitch, P. Friedlingstein, V. Haverd, A. K. Jain, E. Kato, M. Kautz, S. Lienert, D. Lombardozzi, J.E. M. S. Nabel, H. Tian, A. J. Wiltshire, D. Zhu, W. K. Smith, A. D. Richardson (2018) Widespread seasonal compensation effects of spring warming on northern plant productivity, Nature 562, 110-114.
1. Dangal SRS, H. Tian, B. Zhang, S. Pan, C. Lu, J. Yang (2017) Methane emission from global livestock sector during 1890-2014: Magnitude, trends and spatiotemporal patterns. Global Change Biology 23:4147-4161.
2. Yang, J., S Pan, S Dangal, B Zhang, S Wang, H. Tian (2017) Continental-scale quantification of post-fire vegetation greenness recovery in temperate and boreal North America, Remote Sensing of Environment, 199, 277-290.
3. Lu, C and H Tian (2017) Global nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer use for agriculture production in the past half century: shifted hot spots and nutrient imbalance, Earth System Science Data, 9 (1), 181-192.
4. Zhang, B., H.Tian, C.Lu, G. Chen, S.Pan, C. Anderson and B. Poulter (2017) Methane emissions from global wetlands: An assessment of the uncertainty associated with various wetland extent data sets, Atmospheric Environment 165, 310-321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.07.001
5. Tian, H, W. Ren, B. Tao, G. Sun, A. Chappelka, S. Pan, X. Wang, J. Liu, B. Felzer, J. Melillo, and J. Reilly (2016) Climate extremes and Ozone pollution: a growing threat to China's food security, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 2(1):e01203. doi: 10.1002/ehs2.1203 .
6. Zhang, B., H. Tian, W. Ren, B. Tao, C. Lu, J. Yang, K. Banger, and S. Pan (2016) Methane emissions from global rice fields: Magnitude, spatiotemporal patterns, and environmental controls, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30, 1246-1263.
7. Yang, Q., H. Tian, X. Li, W. Ren, B. Zhang, X. Zhang and J. Wolf (2016) Spatiotemporal patterns of livestock manure nutrient production in the conterminous United States from 1930 to 2012. Science of The Total Environment, 541, 1592-1602. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.10.044
8. Tian, H., C. Lu, J. Yang, K. Banger, D. N. Huntzinger, C. R. Schwalm, A. M. Michalak, R. Cook, P. Ciais, D. Hayes, et al. (2015) Global patterns and controls of soil organic carbon dynamics as simulated by multiple terrestrial biosphere models: Current status and future directions, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 775-792.
9. Tian, H., W. Ren, J. Yang, B.Tao, W. Cai, S. E. Lohrenz, C.S. Hopkinson, M. Liu, Q. Yang, C. Lu, B. Zhang, K. Banger, S. Pan, R. He and Z. Xue (2015) Climate extremes dominating seasonal and interannual variations in carbon export from the Mississippi River Basin, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 1333-1347.
10. Tian, H., Yang, R. G. Najjar, W. Ren, M. A. M. Friedrichs, C. S. Hopkinson, and S. Pan (2015) Anthropogenic and climatic influences on carbon fluxes from eastern North America to the Atlantic Ocean: A process-based modeling study. Journal of Geophysical Research 120, 757-772.
11. Tian, H., G. Chen, C. Lu, X. Xu, D. J. Hayes, W. Ren, S. Pan, D.N. Huntzinger, S.C. Wofsy (2015) North American terrestrial CO2 uptake largely offset by CH4 and N2O emissions: Toward a full accounting of the greenhouse gas budget. Climatic Change 129 (3): 413-426.
12. Tian H., G. Chen, C. Lu, X. Xu, W. Ren, B. Zhang, K. Banger, B. Tao, S. Pan, M. Liu, C. Zhang, L. Bruhwiler, S. Wofsy (2015) Global methane and nitrous oxide emissions from terrestrial ecosystems due to multiple environmental changes. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 1: 1-20 http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/EHS14-0015.1
13. Yang, J., H. Tian, B. Tao, W. Ren, C. Lu, S. Pan, Y. Wang, and Y. Liu (2015) Century-scale patterns and trends of global pyrogenic carbon emissions and fire influences on terrestrial carbon balance, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 1549-1566
14. Yang, J., H. Tian, B. Tao, W. Ren, S. Pan, Y. Liu and Y. Wang (2015) A growing importance of large fires in the Conterminous United States during 1984-2012, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, 2625-2640. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015JG002965
15. Ren, W., H. Tian, B. Tao, J. Yang, S. Pan, W.-J. Cai, S. E. Lohrenz, R. He, and C. S. Hopkinson (2015) Large increase in dissolved inorganic carbon flux from the Mississippi River to Gulf of Mexico due to climatic and anthropogenic changes over the 21st century. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 120, 724-736
16. Banger, K., H. Tian, B. Tao, W. Ren, S. Pan, S. Dangal, J.Yang (2015) Terrestrial net primary productivity in India during 1901-2010: Contribution from multiple environmental changes. Climatic Changes DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1448-5
17. Banger K., H. Tian, B. Tao, C. Lu, W. Ren, B. Zhang, J. Yang (2015) Magnitude and drivers for soil organic carbon stocks in India during 1901-2010. Soil Science Society of America Journal 79 (3), 864-875.
18. Banger, K., H. Tian, B. Zhang, C. Lu, W. Ren and B. Tao (2015) Biosphere-atmosphere exchange of methane in India during 1901-2010 as influenced by multiple environmental changes. Atmospheric Environment, 119, 192-200.
19. Yang, Q., H. Tian, M. A. M. Friedrichs, C. S. Hopkinson, C. Lu, and R. G. Najjar (2015) Increased nitrogen export from eastern North America to the Atlantic Ocean due to climatic and anthropogenic changes during 1901-2008, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 120, 1046-1068.
20. Tian, H., K. Banger, B. Tao, V. K Dadhwal (2014) History of land use in India during 1880-2010: Large-scale land transformation reconstructed from satellite data and historical achieves Global and Planetary Change 121, 76-88.
21. Tao, B., H. Tian, W. Ren, J. Yang, Q. Yang, R. He, W. Cai, and S. Lohrenz (2014), Increasing Mississippi river discharge throughout the 21st century influenced by changes in climate, land use, and atmospheric CO2, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 4978-4986
22. Lu, C. and H. Tian (2013) Net greenhouse gas balance in response to nitrogen enrichment: Perspectives from a coupled biogeochemical model. Global Change Biology, 19: 571-588.
23. Liu, M., H. Tian, Q. Yang, J. Yang, X. Song, S.E. Lohrenz, W. Cai (2013) Long-term trends in evapotranspiration and runoff over the drainage basins of the gulf of Mexico during 1901-2008. Water Resources Research 49, 1988-2012.
24. Zhang, C, H Tian, S Pan, G Lockaby, A Chappelka (2013) Multi-factor controls on terrestrial carbon dynamics in urbanised areas. Biogeosciences 11 (1), 7107-7124.
26. Melton, J.R., R. Wania, E. L. Hodson, B. Poulter, B. Ringeval, R. Spahni, T. Bohn, C. A. Avis, D. J. Beerling, G. Chen, A. V. Eliseev, S. N. Denisov, P. O. Hopcroft, D. P. Lettenmaier, W. J. Riley, J. S. Singarayer, Z. M. Subin, H. Tian, S. Zurcher, V. Brovkin, P. M. van Bodegom, T. Kleinen, Z. C. Yu and J. O. Kaplan. 2013. Present state of global wetland extent and wetland methane modelling: conclusions from a model inter-comparison project (WETCHIMP). Biogeosciences, 10, 753-788
27. Tian, H., C. Lu, G. Chen, B. Tao, S. Pan, SJ. Del Grosso, X. Xu, L. Bruhwiler, S.C. Wofsy, EA Kort and SA Prior (2012) Contemporary and projected biogenic fluxes of methane and nitrous oxide in terrestrial ecosystems of North America, Front Ecol Environ, 10: 528-536.
28. Tian, H., C. Lu, J. Melillo, W. Ren, Y. Huang, X. Xu, M. Liu, C. Zhang, G. Chen, S. Pan, J. Liu and J. Reilly (2012) Food benefit and climate warming potential of nitrogen fertilizer use in China. Environmental Research Letters 7 (2012) 044020 (8pp)
29. Tian, H., G. Chen, C. Zhang, M. Liu, G. Sun, A. Chappelka, W. Ren, X. Xu, C. Lu, S. Pan, H. Chen, D. Hui, S. McNulty, G. Lockaby and E. Vance (2012) Century-scale response of ecosystem carbon storage and flux to multifactorial global change in the Southern United States. Ecosystems 15:674-694.
30. Banger K., H. Tian and C. Lu (2012) Do nitrogen fertilizers stimulate or inhibit methane emissions from rice fields? Goble Change Biology 18: 3259-3267.
31. Chen, G., H. Tian, C. Zhang, M. Liu, W. Ren, W. Zhu, A. Chappelka, S. Prior and G. Lockaby (2012) Drought in the Southern United States over the 20th century: Variability and its impacts on terrestrial ecosystem productivity and carbon storage. Climatic Change 114 (2): 379-397.
32. Ren, W., H. Tian, B. Tao, Y. Huang, and S. Pan. (2012) China's crop productivity and soil carbon storage as influenced by multifactor global change. Goble Change Biology 18 (9): 2945-2957.
33. Xu, X. and H. Tian (2012) Methane exchange between marshland and the atmosphere over China during 1949-2008, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, doi:10.1029/2010GB003946.
34. Xu, X., H. Tian, M. Liu, W. Ren, G. Chen and C. Lu and C. Zhang (2012) Multiple-factor controls on terrestrial N2O flux over North America. Biogeosciences 9, 1351-1366,
35. Lu, C., H. Tian, M. Liu, W. Ren, X. Xu, G. Chen and C. Zhang (2012) Effects of nitrogen deposition on China's terrestrial carbon uptake in the context of multiple environmental changes. Ecological Applications 22:53-75.
36. Liu, M., H. Tian, C. Lu, X. Xu, G. Chen, W. Ren (2012) Effects of Multiple Environmental Stresses on Evapotranspiration and Runoff over the Eastern China. Journal of Hydrology Vol 426-427, 39-54. . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.01.009.
40. Tian, H., J. Melillo, C. Lu, D. Kicklighter, M Liu, W. Ren, X. Xu, G. Chen, C. Zhang, S. Pan, J. Liu and S. Running (2011) China's terrestrial carbon balance: Contribution of multiple global change factors. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 25: GB1007-GB1022.
42. Tian, H., X. Xu, C. Lu, M. Liu, W. Ren, G. Chen, J. Melillo and J. Liu (2011) Net exchanges of CO2, CH4, and N2O between China's terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere and their contributions to global climate warming. Journal of Geophy. Research 116 (G2).
43. Tian H.Q., C.Q. Lu, G. Chen, X. Xu, M. Liu, W. Ren, B. Tao, G. Sun, S. Pan, J. Liu (2011) Climate and land use controls over terrestrial water use efficiency in monsoon Asia. Ecohydrology, 4, 322-340.
44. Ren, W., HQ Tian, X. Xu, M. Liu, C. Lu, G. Chen, J. Melillo, J. Reilly and J. Liu (2011) Spatial and temporal patterns of CO2 and CH4 fluxes in China's croplands in response to multifactor environmental changes, Tellus B DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0889.2010.00522.x
45. Ren, W., H. Tian, B. Tao, A. Chappelka, G. Sun, C. Lu, M. Liu, G. Chen and X. Xu (2011) Impacts of ozone pollution and climate change on net primary productivity and carbon storage of China's forest ecosystems as assessed by using a process-based ecosystem model. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20 (3), 391-406
46. Liu, M. and H. Tian (2010) China's land-cover and land-use change from 1700 to 2005: estimations from high-resolution satellite data and historical archives, Global Biogeochemical Cycles 24: 285-286
47. Tian, H., X. Xu, M. Liu, W. Ren, C. Zhang, G. Chen, and C. Lu (2010) Spatial and temporal patterns of CH4 and N2O fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems of North America during 1979-2008: application of a global biogeochemistry model, Biogeosciences 7, 2673-2694.
48. Tian, H., GS Chen, C. Zhang, JM Melillo and C Hall (2010) Pattern and variation of C: N: P ratios in China's soils: A synthesis of observational data. Biogeochemistry 98:139-151.
49. Tian, HQ, G. Chen, M. Liu, C. Zhang, G. Sun, C. Lu, X. Xu, W. Ren, S. Pan and A. Chappelka (2010) Model Estimates of Ecosystem Net Primary Productivity, Evapotranspiration, and Water Use Efficiency in the Southern United States during 1895-2007. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 1311-1327.
50. Xu, X., H. Tian, C. Zhang, M. Liu, W. Ren, G. Chen, and C. Lu (2010) Attribution of spatial and temporal variations in terrestrial methane flux over North America, Biogeosciences 7, 3637-3655
51. Lu, D., HQ Tian, G. Zhou, H. Ge (2008) Regional mapping of human settlements with multisensory remotely sensed data. Remote Sensing of Environment 112:3668-3679.
52. Song, C. X. Xu, HQ Tian and Y. Wang (2009) Exchange of CH4 and N2O between atmosphere and ecosystem and ecosystem respiration in three wetlands of the Sanjiang Plain, Northeastern China. Global Change Biology. 15, 692-705.
53. Xu X, H. Tian and D. Hui. (2008) Convergence in the relationship of CO2 and N2O exchanges between soil and atmosphere within terrestrial ecosystems. Global Change Biology 14, 1651-1660.
54. Lu, C and H.Q. Tian. (2007) Spatial and temporal patterns of nitrogen deposition in China: Synthesis of observational data. Journal of Geophysical Research 112(D22S05).
55. Ren, W., H. Tian, M. Liu, C. Zhang, G. Chen, S. Pan, B. Felzer and X. Xu. (2007) Tropospheric ozone pollution and its influence on net primary productivity and carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems of China. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, D22S09.
56. Lu, A.F., H.Q. Tian, M.L. Liu, J. Liu and J.M. Melillo. (2006) Emissions of carbon from forest fires from 1950 to 2000 in China. Journal of Geophysical Research 111, D05313, doi:10.1029/2005JD006198.
57. Liu, J., M. Liu, H.Q. Tian, D. Zhuang, Z. Zhang, W. Zhang and X. Tang, X. Deng (2005) Current status and recent changes of cropland in China: an analysis based on Landsat TM data. Remote Sensing of Environment 98: 442-456.
58. Liu, J., H.Q. Tian, M. Liu, D. Zhuang, J.M. Melillo and Z. Zhang (2005) China's changing landscape during the 1990s: Large-scale land transformation estimated with satellite data. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L02405, doi:10.1029/2004GL021649.
59. Tian, H.Q., J.M. Melillo, D.W. Kicklighter, S. Pan, J. Liu, A.D. McGuire and B. Moore III. (2003) Regional carbon dynamics in monsoon Asia and its implications to the global carbon cycle. Global and Planetary Change 37:201-217.
60. Tian, H.Q., J. M. Melillo, D. W. Kicklighter, A. D. McGuire, J. Helfrich, B. Moore III and C. J. Vorosmarty. (2000) Climatic and biotic controls on annual carbon storage in Amazonian ecosystems. Global Ecology and Biogeography 9:315-336.
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