Dr. Di Tian joined the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences at Auburn University in August 16, 2016. He is also a faculty member in the Climate, Human and Earth System Sciences (CHESS) Cluster  and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Biosystems Engineering. He did a two year Post-Doctoral training with the Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University prior to Auburn. He graduated from the University of Florida with a PhD degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Hydrologic Sciences). His research expertise is in hydroclimatology, agroclimatology, environmental data analytics, modeling and predictions.


2016   Postdoc, Hydroclimatology, Princeton University, NJ, USA
2014   Ph.D., Agricultural & Biological Engineering  (Hydrologic Science), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
2010   M.S., Land Resources Management, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China
2005   B.E., Land Resources Management, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China

Professional Experience

2016 – Present Assistant Professor, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University, AL

Honors and Awards

2011 – Present Member, Gamma Sigma Delta, Agricultural Honor Society
2011 – Present Member, Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
2010 – 2014 Graduate School Alumni Award, University of Florida
2018 – 2020
Presidential Award of Interdisciplinary Research, Auburn University
Dean’s Grantsmanship Award. College of Agriculture, Auburn University
Dean’s Research Award. College of Agriculture, Auburn University
Outstanding Publication Award. College of Agriculture, Auburn University

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
American Agronomy Society
Soil Science Society of America


CSES 7600/7606, Agroclimatology, Auburn University, Every Fall

CSES 5010/6010, Analysis of Plant, Soil, and Animal Data, Auburn University, Spring 2019

Research SUMMARY

Research focuses on understanding and predicting the key components, processes, and interactions of climate, water, and biosystems using novel earth predictions and observations, data analytics and artificial intelligence methods, and process-based simulations.

Graduate students: I admit PhD and MS students through the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. If your interests align with my group, I look forward to seeing your application.  Research assistantships will be provided to qualified candidates. Outstanding candidates will also be nominated for the Presidential Graduate Research Fellowships.

Postdoc Researchers: Postdoctoral fellowships are available periodically. Candidates who have a physical science or engineering background (such as hydrology, climatology, meteorology, environmental science or engineering, biosystems engineering, computer science, or related fields), strong expertise in scientific computing (e.g. R, Python, or Matlab) and process-based and/or data-driven modeling, strong written and verbal communication skills, and strong motivations to conduct climate research for water, food and agriculture, or public health are highly encouraged to apply. Additionally, please be in touch if you are interested in applying to external post-doctoral fellowship to work together. Some potential funding sources for post-docs are the NOAA Global Change post-doc, the various NSF post-docs, the McDonnell Foundation post-doc, the NIFA post-doc, and the Schmidt Science Fellows.

Visiting scholars or students: positions are always available. Self-supported individuals will be given a prior consideration.

Undergraduate students: please contact Dr. Tian directly to check research opportunities for undergraduate students.