Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty

Hanqin Tian



Hanqin Tian is Schiller Institute Professor of Global Sustainability and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Tian’s research and teaching concentrate on the broad area of climate and sustainability sciences. He has been pursuing a data-driven systems approach to understanding, quantifying, and predicting drivers and effects of global-scale changes in the biosphere, climate, and human activity. He has worked across the disciplinary lines of ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, economics, earth system modeling and data science. His research has covered a wide range of topics, including studies of climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation at multiple scales from local to global. Through the integration and communication of knowledge across the physical, ecological, and human systems, Dr. Tian intends to advance scientific understanding of complex interactions among climate, ecosystems, and humans for providing science-based solutions to climate change and sustainability challenges. His research has resulted in over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers, including 30 papers published in Nature/Science/PNAS and their sister journals, with a total citations of over 35,000 times and an H-index of 91 (Google Scholar). Dr. Tian is a coordinating lead author for the International Nitrogen Assessment and a contributing author for IPCC AR6. He has served on the Steering Scientific Committee of Global Carbon Project (GCP) and Co-Chair for the international consortium of Global Nitrous Oxide Budget Assessment supported by GCP and the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI). Dr. Tian is elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2016, American Geophysical Union (AGU) in 2020, and Ecological Society of America (ESA) in 2022. He was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (Brainy Award) in 2019.

Previously, Hanqin Tian held Solon and Martha Dixon Endowed Professorship and Alumni Professorship at Auburn University. He also held several leadership roles as Director of the International Center for Climate and Global Change Research, and Leader for the interdisciplinary cluster of the Climate, Human and Earth System Science (CHESS), which consists of over 40 faculty members from five Colleges at Auburn University.

Dr. Tian holds a B.S. in Agri. Sci. from Zhejiang University, a M.S. in Agri. Sci. from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology (Systems Ecology) from State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) and Syracuse University.