PhD Research - Yi Yang

MS, Natural Resource Science & Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; BS, Environmental Science, Sichuan University, China  

Yi Yang's interest lies in how society can transition from a fossil fuel–based society to one that is led and dominated by renewables, and how this goal can be achieved with minimal environmental, social, and economic costs. Yi's current research focuses on evaluating the impact of shale gas on the U.S. energy sector, especially with respect to the development of such renewable technologies as wind, solar, geothermal, and bioenergy. He has also been studying the potential environmental benefits and costs of biofuels (e.g., corn ethanol and soybean biodiesel) in comparison to those associated with fossil fuels.   

Year Admitted: 2012
Research Areas: Development of renewable energies, environmental consequences of policy measures, sustainable development
Faculty Advisor: Sangwon Suh


Suh S., Yang Y. (2014) “On the uncanny capabilities of consequential LCA” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment: DOI 10.1007/s11367-014-0739-9

Heimpel G., Yang Y., Hill .J, Ragsdale D. (2013) “Environmental Consequences of Invasive Species: Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Insecticide Use and the Role of Biological Control in Reducing Emissions” PLoS ONE 8(8): e72293. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072293

Yang Y. (2013) “Life cycle freshwater ecotoxicity, human health cancer, and noncancer impacts of corn ethanol and gasoline in the US” Journal of Cleaner Production 53 149-157

Kim J., Yang .,Y Bae J., Suh S. (2013) “The importance of normalization references in interpreting life cycle assessment results” Journal of Industrial Ecology 17(3) 385-395

Yang Y., Bae J., Kim J., Suh S., (2012) “Replacing gasoline with corn ethanol results in significant environmental problem shifting” Environmental Science & Technology 46(7) 3671-3678

Yang Y., Suh S., (2011) “Environmental impacts of products in China” Environmental Science & Technology 45(9) 4102-4109

Fellowship Awards

Deckers Outdoor Corporation Fellowship,  2012-2013