Yang Li, Ph.D.

Yang Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.Sc., Peking University, Beijing, China
Dr. Li joined Baylor University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science in 2021. Prior to joining Baylor, she was a Postdoc Fellow at Harvard University, where she worked on MethaneSAT and MethaneAIR data analysis and science applications, with a focus on greenhouse gas flux inversion. Her other research projects at Harvard centered on using a coupled modeling framework to investigate the impacts of future changes in climate, vegetation, and land use practices on dust mobilization and wildfire activity. Dr. Li received her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, where she applied and developed a large-eddy simulation model and regional chemical transport models to interpret the vertical distribution of biogenic volatile organic compounds. At Michigan, she also did a glacial project investigating the impact of aerosol deposition on snowmelt over the Greenland Ice Sheet. Dr. Li's research interests span from local atmospheric chemistry modeling of trace gases and aerosols to global interpretation of climate and air quality co-benefits.

Dr. Li's research seeks to elucidate the chemical and physical processes of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the boundary layer under a changing climate as well as their climate consequences. The importance of this work, which entails the development and application of sophisticated atmospheric models, is in advancing our understanding of changes in climate and key air pollutants, and to generate products relevant to assessment and policy decision support. Her research interests include:

  • High-resolution modeling of urban air quality and fire smoke polluted boundary layer
  • Trace gas-aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Atmospheric chemistry-climate interactions
  • Wildfire and dust under a changing climate
  • Trends in greenhouse gas emissions and air quality co-benefits
Selected Publications

Li, Y., Mickley, L. J., and Kaplan, J. O. Response of dust emissions in southwestern North America to 21st century trends in climate, CO2 fertilization, and land use: Implications for air quality, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2020-311, in review, 2020.

Li, Y., Mickley, L. J., Liu, P., and Kaplan, J. O. Trends and spatial shifts in lightning fires and smoke concentrations in response to 21st century climate over the national forests and parks of the western United States, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 8827–8838, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-8827-2020, 2020.

Li, Y., Barth, M. C., and Steiner, A. L. Comparing turbulent mixing of atmospheric oxidants across model scales. Atmospheric Environment, 199, 88-101, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.11.004, 2019.

Li, Y. and Flanner, M. G. Investigating the impact of aerosol deposition on snow melt over the Greenland ice sheet using a large-ensemble kernel. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 16005-16018, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-16005-2018, 2018.

Li, Y., Barth, M. C., Patton, E. G., and Steiner, A. L. Impact of in-cloud aqueous processes on the chemistry and transport of biogenic volatile organic compounds. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122, 11,131-111,153, 10.1002/2017JD026688, 2017.

Li, Y., Barth, M. C., Chen, G., Patton, E. G., Kim, S. W., Wisthaler, A., Mikoviny, T., Fried, A., Clark, R., and Steiner, A. L. Large‐eddy simulation of biogenic VOC chemistry during the DISCOVER‐AQ 2011 campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121, 8083-8105, 2016.

Current Openings

We are recruiting graduate students in Fall 2021. We also have openings for postdoc fellows. If you are interested in joining our team, contact Dr. Li (Yang_Li3@baylor.edu) for potential opportunities.