A round of applause and warm congratulations to Yiyi Huang, HAS doctoral student, who has been selected as a 2018 Carson Scholar!
The Carson Program, named for legendary scientist, conservationist, and author Rachel Carson, supports graduate students who are committed to interdisciplinary research on environment and society and is designed to further their capacity to communicate their work to the public and decision makers through training in writing, media, and outreach.
Carson Scholars are financially supported by the UA Institute for the Environment (which administers and sponsors the program) with additional support from the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, Biosphere 2, the College of Science Galileo Circle, and private donations. Every fall and spring semester the College of Science Borderlands Brewing Company Science Café Series showcases Carson Scholars and their current work.
Yiyi completed her undergraduate degree at Sun Yat-sen University, China, graduating with a BS degree in atmospheric sciences. Since January 2015, she has been working on Arctic cloud, radiation, and their feedbacks on Arctic sea ice with Professor Xiquan Dong. Under the background of global climate change, Arctic sea ice has been declining rapidly in the past few decades.
Based on multiple satellite/surface observations, reanalysis, and model simulations, Yiyi's current work focuses on the investigation of relationships between springtime cloud/radiation properties and September sea ice minimum so that we can better understand the Arctic sea ice trend and variability, both in the past and in the future. Thus far, she has published two first-authored articles in high-impact academic journals on this topic.
In general, her doctoral research will improve our understanding of the Arctic cloud-radiation-sea ice feedback mechanism which will not only help us to better predict the global state of climate, but also help local communities in the Arctic regions and other international communities adapt and respond to a changing Arctic.
Congratulations, Yiyi, for this well-deserved award. We look forward to hearing your science café talks next year!