Tian, Hanqin

Hanqin Tian
Professor, Auburn University
Research Collaborator, Marine Biological Laboratory




Auburn University, Alabama


Dr. Tian is an ecosystem scientist and systems modeler who investigates ecosystem processes and exchanges (energy, carbon, nitrogen and water) that occur at the interfaces of the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. His primary interest is in the understanding of coupled biogeochemical cycles in the Earth's ecosystems and dynamics of coupled natural and human systems. He works at a spectrum of spatial scales that range from plot to watershed to regional to global, and a spectrum of organisms from microbes to trees. His research fields have included studies of carbon, nitrogen and water cycles in a range of ecosystems including boreal and temperate forests in North America and East Asia, tropical forests in the Amazon Basin and Southeast Asia, savannas in Africa, grasslands in U.S. and Mongolia, and croplands in China and U.S.

Collaborating on the project Land use-Ecosystem-Climate Interactions in Monsoon Asia

Education + Credentials
Ph.D, Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and Syracuse University, New York, 1995
Doctor of Science Candidate, Forest Ecology, College of Forest Resources, Beijing Forestry University, China, 1988-1991
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, 1982

Recent Publications

Journal Article
You, Y., H. Tian, . . ., D. Kicklighter, . . ., J. Melillo, . . .  and J. Reilly (2024). Global Change Biology, 30(1) (doi: 10.1111/gcb.17109)
Conference Proceedings Paper
Tian, H., . . ., X. Gao, C.A. Schlosser, A. Sokolov and A. Gurgel (2022). American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, GC45C-07
Journal Article
You, Y., H. Tian, S. Pan, H. Shi, Z. Bian, A. Gurgel, Y. Huang, D. Kicklighter, X. Liang, C. Lu, J. Melillo, R. Miao, N. Pan, J. Reilly, W. Ren, R. Xu, J. Yang, Q. Yu and J. Zhang (2022). Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 325, 109144 (doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2022.109144)
Journal Article
Tian, H., R. Xu, ..., R. Prinn, ..., Y. Yao (2020). Nature, 586(248-256) (doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2780-0)
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
 • China Energy & Climate Project
Tian, H., W. Ren, B. Tao, G. Sun, A. Chappelka, X. Wang, S. Pan, J. Yang, J. Liu, B.S. Felzer, J.M. Melillo and J. Reilly (2016). Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 2(1): e01203 (doi:10.1002/ehs2.1203) [PDF]

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