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Dr. Yun Li


Photograph of Yun Li

Ph.D. Graduate, 2022
Post-Doctoral Scholar with S3 (July – November 2022)

Hometown: Beijing, China

Yun Li was born in Changsha, China, and raised in Beijing, China. She went to Peking University (China) in 2012 and received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science in 2016. She worked as an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Junfeng Liu and earned interests in applying science to solve air pollution problems. Yun joined the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Fall 2016 to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. She was co-advised by Dr. George Ban-Weiss (1981 – 2021) before joining S3 group in Fall 2021. After completion of her doctorate in May 2022, Yun is continuing as a Post-doc with the group.

Research Interests

Yun is interested in applying interdisciplinary approaches (with a focus on atmospheric chemistry modeling) to investigate the interaction between urbanization, climate change and air quality. In particular, she is interested in how urban air quality is affected by climate change mitigation/adoption strategies in metropolitan areas.

 Awards and Honors

  • 2nd Place at 1st annual Urban Climate Research Center Poster Event at Arizona State University – 2018
  • Recipient of USC Provost Fellowship – 2016
  • Third Award in Undergraduate Research Training Program at PKU – 2015


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, 2022, University of Southern California
  • MS., Environmental Engineering, 2018, University of Southern California
  • BS., Environmental Science, 2016, Peking University

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication – Google Scholar

  • Yun Li, Jiachen Zhang, David Sailor and George Ban-Weiss* (2019), Effects of urbanization on regional meteorology and air quality in Southern California, Chem. Phys., 19(7), 4439-4457.
  • Yun Li, Jing Meng, Junfeng Liu*, Yuan Xu, Dabo Guan, Wei Tao, Ye Huang, and Shu Tao (2016), Interprovincial reliance for improving air quality in China: a case study on black carbon aerosol, Sci. Technol., 50(7), 4118-4126.
  • Zhao-Cheng Zeng*, Yuan Wang, Thomas J. Pongetti, Fang-Ying Gong, Sally Newman, Yun Li, Vijay Natraj, Run-Lie Shia, Yuk L. Yung, and Stanley P. Sander (2020). Tracking the atmospheric pulse of a North American megacity from a mountaintop remote sensing observatory, Remote Sens. Environ., 248, 112000.
  • Jiachen Zhang, Yun Li, Wei Tao, Junfeng Liu, Ronnen Levinson, Arash Mohegh and George Ban-Weiss* (2019), Investigating the urban air quality effects of cool walls and cool roofs in Southern California, Sci. Technol., 53(13), 7532-7542.
  • Xiurong Hu, Yinong Sun, Junfeng Liu*, Jing Meng, Xuejun Wang, Haozhe Yang, Jiayu Xu, Songlin Xiang, Yun Li, Jianmin Ma and Shu Tao (2019), The impact of environmental protection tax on sectoral and spatial distribution of air pollution emissions in China, Res. Lett., 14(05).
  • Arash Mohegh, Ronnen Levinson, Haider Taha, Haley Gilbert, Jiachen Zhang, Yun Li, Tianbo Tang and George Ban-Weiss* (2018), Observational evidence of neighborhood scale reductions in air temperature associated with increases in roof albedo, Climate, 6(4), 98.
  • Jiachen Zhang, Arash Mohegh, Yun Li, Ronnen Levinson and George Ban-Weiss* (2018), Systematic comparison of the influence of cool wall versus cool roof adoption on urban climate in the Los Angeles basin, Sci. Technol., 52(19), 11188-11197.