History and Philosophy of Science & Complex Networks and Systems.
Dan is a PhD student in Philosophy of Science & Complex Networks and Systems. She received a Bachelor of Engineering in Thermal Science and Energy Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China and an M.S. in History of Science from Peking University.
As a practice-oriented philosopher of science in training, she is interested in the philosophical foundation of modeling climatic phenomena using networks (in contrast to mechanistic and physics-based models, e.g, General Circulation Models). Connectionists have provided a framework for modeling the brain in neuroscience; Dan is pursuing a similar endeavor in climate science. To better provide a philosophical justification for modeling climatic phenomena as networks, she also wants to "get her hands dirty" and become a network scientist working with climatologists and other scientists.
Fun fact: Dan comes from a city with a continuous history of over three thousand years (and it's not Rome). Guess which city it is!