Science and Technology

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Faculty

Yang, Hong

Hong Yang

Professor, Science and Technology
Faculty Suite J, Room 137
hyang@bryant.edu


Hong Yang arrived at Bryant in 1998 with a vision to expand Bryant’s outreach to China. Yang founded Bryant’s U.S.-China Institute, which forges partnerships between Bryant and higher learning institutions, business enterprises, and governmental offices in China. He also directs the Confucius Institute, the first China-funded institute in Southern New England dedicated to the promotion of Chinese language and culture.

“If you study business, it’s unimaginable that you do not encounter issues on China,” Yang says. “By integrating global thinking into the Bryant experience, our students are cultivating a global perspective which is a prerequisite to success.”

Yang established the university’s Environmental Studies in China program in 2006. He is also a prominent researcher whose work includes studying how fossilized conifer needles have impacted global climate change. A dedicated mentor of young scientists, Yang and Caitlin Witkowski ’11 discussed their findings at the 2010 Geological Society of America conference in Denver.

“Presenting your results and arguing your point of view are essential steps in doing research in our field,” Yang notes. “Our students also attack international challenges from a sustainable systems perspective, and develop intervention skills for dealing with environmental management problems.”

In 2012, Yang was named Bryant’s Vice President for International Affairs. Since then, he has helped secure more than $3 million in grants and contributions for the University.

Among his priorities as vice president have been the planning and coordination of Bryant University Zhuhai to build a stronger bridge for two-way educational exchange between Bryant and China. Bryant also has an agreement with the China University of Geosciences that allows Bryant students to study abroad.

Global Climate Change, Biogeochemistry, Paleobiology, Environmental Impact on Ancient Civilization

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • National Committee on United States-China Relations
  • Research grants from NASA, ACS, NSFC, as well as governmental and private foundations
  • 2009, Bryant University Research and Publication Award
  • 2006, Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2005, US-China Public Intellectual Fellowship
  • 2001, Bryant University Research and Publication Award
  • 2000, Young Investigator Award
  • 1993, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in Molecular Study of Evolution

Leng, Q., Gall, A., Newland, D., Howard, K., Yang, H., Phragmites, a troubling invader for some but important resource for others. Paper number “Sun-PM2-F-1”, Northeast Natural History Conference 2017 (the 17th NENHC), Cromwell, Connecticut, USA, 21-23 April 2017, 2017.

Leng, Q., Yang, H., A non-toxic and inexpensive histological microtechnique for biological and paleobiological research, Northeastern Geobiology Symposium 2017 Program and Abstract Book, 2017.

Leng, Q., Yang, H., The Clarkia lacustrine deposit in Idaho (Mid-Miocene) as a terrestrial lake analog for paleolakes on Mars, Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium Annual Symposium, Program and Abstracts Volume, 2017.

Leng, Q., Yang, H., The Mid-Miocene Clarkia Lake: a terrestrial lake analog for paleolakes on Mars, 2017 GSA Cordilleran Section 113th Annual Meeting, 2017.

Wang, H., Leng, Q., Liu, W., Yang, H., A rapid lake shallowing event terminated the preservation of Miocene Clarkia Fossil Konservat-Lagerstätte, Geology , 2017.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., A molecular geobiological approach to study the Miocene Clarkia lacustrine fossil Lagerstätten, Northeastern Geobiology Symposium 2017 Program and Abstract Book, 2017.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., The impact of extreme hydrological events and sea-level changes on early civilization in Asian Pacific: a molecular isotope analysis of sedimentary records, 2017 GSA Cordilleran Section 113th Annual Meeting, 2017.

Leng, Q., Yang, H., A constrained test on the effect of atmospheric CO2 partial pressure (pCO2) on carbon isotope fractionations in C3 plants from Cenozoic fossil lagerstätten, Geological Society of America (GSA) 2016 Annual Meeting, 2016.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., NASA EPSCoR-RID grant enhanced NASA-related programs at Bryant University, Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium Annual Symposium, Program and Abstracts Volume, 2016.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., The middle Miocene Clarkia lacustrine deposit revisited: a quantitative paleoenvironmental assessment, Geological Society of America (GSA) 2016 Annual Meeting, 2016.

Liu, W., Yang, H., Wang, H., Wang, Z., Leng, Q., Carbon isotope composition of long chain leaf wax n-alkanes in lake sediments: A dual indicator of paleoenvironment in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Organic Geochemistry, 2015.

Patalano, R., Wang, Z., Liu, W., Zheng, Y., Sun, G., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Hydrological changes facilitated early rice farming in the lower Yangtze River Valley in China: A molecular isotope analysis, Geology, 2015.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., From Earth to Mars: lake analog explored in the Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments at Bryant University, Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium Annual Symposium, Program and Abstracts Volume, 2015.

Yang, H., Liu, W., Leng, Q., Source of long chain n-alkanes and their stable isotope signatures in lake sediments: implications to paleoenvironment reconstruction, Geological Society of America (GSA) 2015 Annual Meeting Abstracts with Programs, 2015.

Patalano, R., Wang, Z., Yang, H., Liu, W., Zheng, Y., Sun, G., Leng, Q., Plant biomarkers as climate proxies during early rice domestication, The 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2014), 2014.

Rivas, N., Flanagan, C., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Paleoenvironmental and Paleoclimatic Reconstruction of the Middle Miocene Clarkia Fossil Site: An Update, Geological Society of America (GSA) 2014 Annual Meeting Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Rivas, N., Vickers, J. M., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Quantitative reconstruction of ancient climatic parameters for Miocene Clarkia fossil lagerstätte, 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Witkowski, C., Blais, B., Feng, L., Reid, C., Wang, H., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Decay and early diagenesis of Metasequoia leaves: Implications for three-dimensional preservation and bulk isotope signals in plant fossil lagerstätten, 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Witkowski, C., Makepeace, C., Zhou, Y., Yang, H., Leng, Q., A new pyrolysis based method to assess molecular preservation of ancient silk products, 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Yang, H., Flanagan, R., Leng, Q., Stable isotope signals from exceptionally-preserved plant fossils reveal paleo-physiological adaptations to different atmospheric conditions, 2014 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., From molecules to martian deposits: Bryant University's NASA-related research programs, 2014 Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium Annual Symposium, 2014.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., How decay and diagenesis influence isotope signals from plant fossils?, 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Blais, B., Gannon, C., Patalano, R., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Bayesian parameter estimation in a 1D model of precipitation and evaporation: comparison of Middle Miocene and modern climates using plant lipid deuterium (δD) measurements, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2013.

Gupta, N., Yang, H., Cody, G. D., Fogel, M. L., Liu, W., Sun, G., Leng, Q., Molecular preservation and bulk isotopic signals of ancient rice from the Neolithic Tianluoshan site, lower Yangtze River valley, China, Organic Geochemistry, 2013.

Patalano, R., Wang, Z., Yang, H., Liu, W., Zheng, Y., Sun, G., Leng, Q., Molecular isotopic analysis reveals details of climate changes and its impact on the early development of rice domestication in eastern China during the Neolithic period, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2013.

Witkowski, C., Feng, L., Reid, C., Wang, H., Yang, H., Leng, Q., The role of polysaccharides in preserving three-dimensional cell wall structures in plant fossil lagerstätten, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2013.

Gannon, C., Blais, B., Patalano, R., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Understanding the Middle Miocene climatic optimum: evaluation of deuterium values D related to precipitation and temperature, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2012.

Patalano, R., Wang, Z., Yang, H., Liu, W., Zheng, Y., Leng, Q., Molecular carbon and hydrogen isotope profiles from the Neolithic Tianloushan site in China: implications for climate change during rice domestication, 2012 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2012.

Wang, L., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Variations of leaf stomatal frequencies complicate the reconstruction of ancient atmospheric CO2 concentration using Metasequoia fossil leaf cuticles, Abstract # SS14-O10 (273) in the Programs and Abstracts of SS14-The evolutionary history of conifers that are now endemic to Asia at the 13th International Palynological Congress/9th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IPC XIII / IOPC IX), 2012.

Witkowski, C., Gupta, N., Yang, H., Williams, C. J., Briggs, D. E., Summons, R. E., Leng, Q., Molecular preservation of three-dimensionally preserved Cenozoic fossil conifers at high latitudes, Palaios, 2012.

Yang, H., Liu, W., Gupta, N., Leng, Q., How decay and diagenesis influence stable carbon isotope signals in plant fossils?, Abstract # SS14-O11 (588) in the Programs and Abstracts of SS14-The evolutionary history of conifers that are now endemic to Asia at the 13th International Palynological Congress/9th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IPC XIII / IOPC IX), 2012.

Noshiro, S., LePage, B. A., Momohara , A., Nishida, H., Uemura, K., Williams, C. J., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Metasequoia: The Legacy of Dr. Shigeru Miki. Kanagawa: Japanese Association of Historical Botany, Japanese Journal of Historical Botany, 2011.

Yang, H., Blais, B., Leng, Q., Stable isotope variations from cultivated Metasequoia trees in the United States: A statistical approach to assess isotope signatures as climate signals, Japanese Journal of Historical Botany, 2011.

Yang, H., Liu, W., Hren, M. T., Pagani, M., Leng, Q., Variation in n-alkane δD values from terrestrial plants at high latitude: Implications for paleoclimate reconstruction, Organic Geochemistry, 2011.

Langlois, G., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Early Paleogene Arctic terrestrial ecosystems affected by the change of polar hydrology under global warming: Implications for modern climate change at high latitudes, Science China Earth Science, 2010.

Yang, H., Wang, L., Leng, Q., Research advance on Metasequoia: Applications of new technology, Science Foundation in China, 2010.

Gupta, N., Yang, H., Briggs, D. E., Cody, G. D., Summons, R. E., Leng, Q., Diagenesis of plant biopolymers: A study of decay and macromolecular preservation of Metasequoia, Organic Geochemistry, 2009.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., A new approach to reconstruct Paleogene atmospheric hydrology at high latitudes, Science Foundation in China, 2009.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., Molecular hydrogen isotope analysis of living and fossil plants: Metasequoia as an example, Progress in Natural Science, 2009.

Yang, H., Pagani, M., Briggs, D. E., Equiza, M. A., Jagels, R., LePage, B. A., Leng, Q., Carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionations under continuous light: Implications for palaeoenvironmental interpretations at High Arctic during Paleogene Warming, Oecologia, 2009.

Yang, H., Wang, L., Li, C., Leng, Q., Discovery and evolution history of Metasequoia, Science Press, 2009.