About

Hello! I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Geophysics program at MIT, working with Dan Rothman. I use simple math to describe natural systems. Previously, I worked with Tanja Bosak, studying microbial controls on the Earth's carbon cycle. Prior to my arrival at MIT, I received a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Harvard University, where I studied acoustic anomalies with Eric Heller and soft condensed matter with Adam Abate and Dave Weitz.


Research

I am fascinated by stream networks. Their incision in landscapes can create highly ramified networks, whose dynamics can [sometimes] be described by surprisingly simple mathematics.

They're also pretty.

But I'm interested in any pretty math and complex natural systems in general, so if you find something you think I'd find interesting, let me know!

Publications

Conferences

  • IUGG CMG 2016: The Morphology of River Bifurcations [ PDF ]
  • AGU 2015: Seepage Bifurcation as a Critical Process [ PDF ]
  • AGU 2014: The Early Stages of Groundwater-fed River Bifurcation [ PDF ]
  • AGU 2013: Reconstructing the History of Stream Networks Incised by Groundwater Flow: Theory and Observation [ PDF ]
  • AGU 2012: Dynamics of Channel Branching [ PDF ]
  • AGU 2011: Ramification of Channel Networks Incised by Groundwater Flow [ PDF ]

Music

I once considered myself a classically trained violinist and pianist, but have since moved on to songwriting.

If you want to hear what I've been working on, visit my dedicated music site, at rsymusic.com, or my SoundCloud.

Groups


Contact

Robert Yi
Bldg 54-1821
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

ryi@mit.edu