Yezi Yang
 COVES Fellow Profile

Yezi Yang

  • Ph.D. candidate, Geosciences
  • Virginia Tech
  • Office of the Virginia Delegate Sally Hudson

“I learned not only to write accurately and concisely but also to write with respect, empathy, and a sliver of hope.”

Summer Responsibilities: Yezi worked as a legislative correspondent with constituents and started a research project on the demographics of the House of Delegates from 1965 to the present. Her analysis surfaced such events as the reemergence of Black delegates in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement.

Background: Yezi works with Dr. Benjamin Gill in the Biogeochemistry Lab. In her research, she utilizes geochemical proxies to understand paleoenvironmental changes and how these changes affected the evolution or extinction of life. Yezi is passionate about science communication and advocacy. She hopes to apply her research and communication skills in real-world policy advising.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Geosciences, Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Environmental Science, Christopher Newport University
  • B.S., Biology, Old Dominion