Analyzing Earth’s “Fine Prints”: High-Resolution Geological Records Inform Near Future Climate Change
A presentation from 2022–2023 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow Hong Yang
Hong Yang is the Charles J. Smiley Chair Professor of Science and Technology and inaugural vice president for international affairs at Bryant University. His intellectual interests lie in global climate change, plant evolution, and international education. Yang’s interdisciplinary research is focused on investigations of modern and ancient organisms and their adaptations to environments and climate. This involves a range of approaches from fieldwork to laboratory experiments.
Yang is recognized for his interdisciplinary work in paleoclimate research. He uses an integrated biogeochemical, paleobiological, and modeling approach to analyze decadal-scale atmospheric CO2, temperature, and other biological and ecological records within a millennium during the middle Miocene global warming period, some 15 million years ago. He contextualizes high-resolution paleoclimate data in modeling the forcing and rate of near future global climate change and its impact. As a scientist and an educator, he addresses how scientific data and climate change education can play critical roles in mitigation and adaption of the unprecedented climate crisis.