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 modeling, and applied data science.


2014   Ph.D., Agricultural & Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
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
2014 – 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, NJ

Honors and Awards

2011 – Present Member, Gamma Sigma Delta, Agricultural Honor Society
2011 – Present Member, Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
2010 – 2014 Graduate Alumni Award, University of Florida

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
American Agronomy Society
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society


CSES 7600, Agroclimatology (Instructor), Auburn University, Fall

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


Research SUMMARY

My current research program focuses on 1) improving hydro-climate and agro-climate modeling, monitoring, and forecasting across scales, 2) harnessing geospatial and temporal big data from emerging earth observations and predictions with artificial intelligence for planning and decision making, and 3) analyzing impacts of hydroclimate variability and change and associated hazards on agriculture, food and water security, and ecosystem and environmental health.

Graduate students: Opportunities for PhD and MS students are available periodically. If you are interested in the most up to date opportunities, please contact Dr. Tian.

Postdoc Fellows: candidates who have a strong expertise in scientific computing (e.g. R, Matlab, or Python), data analysis, applied statistics, crop modeling, and/or hydrological modeling, and are highly encouraged to apply.

Visiting scholar or student positions are always available. Self-supported individuals will be given a prior consideration.