Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
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Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences, admitted Autumn 2018
Masters Student in Geophysics, admitted Autumn 2021
BioHong Yang is currently a PhD student in Geological Science working with Wendy L. Mao. He joined Mao’s lab at Stanford University in 2018, after finishing his Master’s Degree at HPSTAR, Shanghai, where he was supervised by Jung-Fu Lin. His Master’s thesis focused on the experimental determination of iron isotopic fractionation behavior of lower mantle phases using the Synchrotron X-ray technique NRIXS. Before that, he was an undergraduate majoring in Geochemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China. There he performed the quality assessment of bottled drinking water and water from Lake Chao under Fang Huang’s supervision.
Hong’s research interests include the chemical (especially isotopic) evolution of the Earth and other planetary bodies; structure and sound velocities of iron-alloys at high pressure; pressure-induced electronic, magnetic, elastic and structural transitions in materials; as well as high pressure photon science. His recent research was published on Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 506, 113-122 (2019), entitled “Iron isotopic fractionation in mineral phases from Earth’s lower mantle: Did terrestrial magma ocean crystallization fractionate iron isotopes?”.
Physical Science Research Scientist
BioI am an ecosystem ecologist using data-driven approaches to study global environmental changes, including climate change, land use land cover change, and coupled natural and human (CNH) systems. My data comes from both remote sensing observation and field measurements. My current project is studying methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells and from home appliances in California.
Director, Stanford Energy Fellowships, Precourt Institute for Energy
BioAs the Educational Affairs Program Director and a Lecturer in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Audrey develops educational programs and courses that connect academic learning with real world applications. In this role, Audrey serves undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in Stanford's newest school.
She teaches the SUSTAIN 1 Know Your Planet series of courses designed to introduce undergraduates to the challenges that face our planet today and the people working on solving those problems. Audrey also developed and teaches the SUSTAIN 200 course series that supports graduate students and postdocs in developing powerful professional portfolios that include academic excellence, professional skills, and personal development.
In her role, Audrey manages the School's undergraduate peer advisors, who advocate for student needs within the School, as well as creates educational programs and social events for the undergraduate community at large. She oversees the School's academic professional program mentors, who serve as resources in professional development for graduate students and postdocs. And, she serves as the School's primary partner to the Postdoc Advisory Council, supporting the needs of postdocs across the School.
Audrey recently originated a novel Academic Professional Program, a unique certificate program designed to broaden the professional toolkit and career readiness of students and postdocs in the Doerr School of Sustainability. The program hosts a series of co-curricular educational offerings that allow undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs the chance to gain practical experiences and knowledge. These include a peer-taught Skillshare series, a faculty-led Pro-Seminar series, an alumni-focused Career Conversations series, and a variety of workshops and short courses throughout the year.
David Zhen Yin
BioDavid Zhen Yin is the program director and co-founder of Stanford Mineral-X Initiative to lead the research of sustainable critical minerals explorations for renewable energy transitions. He is also a research scientist at Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting and Co-PI of the Stanford-KoBold collaboration. He develops data-scientific approaches for prediction, uncertainty quantification, and decision-making in earth resources exploration and developments (including critical minerals, groundwater, and oil and gas).
David developed broad experience working with complex projects involving academia and industry and broad knowledge of the fields. His research delivered several key technologies transferred as in-house technologies in Chevron, Equinor, and KoBold. In addition, his research developments have been implemented on various subjects, from Antarctica bed topography modeling, critical mineral explorations in Canada/China/US, and the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico projects.
Before joining Stanford, David was a Research Associate at Edinburgh Time-Lapse Project in Scotland, leading a geophysical monitoring research project in collaboration with Equinor from 2016 to 2018. He was also a technology consultant at Equinor's Research Center in Bergen, Norway. Then, he was a Chevron CoRE Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford from 2018 to 2021.
David received his Ph.D. in Geosciences from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, in 2016. His research interests include data science for geosciences, geological uncertainty quantification, and decision-making under uncertainty. He has authored one book and tens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences.
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources, admitted Autumn 2018
Juris Doctor Student, Law
Lead Learning Consultant, Student Learning Support
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsLeehi studies greenhouse gas inventories and how countries use (or misuse) scientific knowledge in developing national carbon inventories and climate policies. She is particularly interested in the global carbon cycle, and how ecosystem and forest carbon is understood by policymakers.