Pen-Yuan Hsing's site

my asteroid

Orbital diagram of 21633 Hsingpenyuan (1999 NW11). This is a "main-belt" asteroid located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. I am extremely honored and grateful for having a celestial body named after me. Click here for a "live" view.

With a passion in ecology, I participated in field research projects for many years. They have taken me from the peaks of mountains to the bottom of the ocean in a submarine.

They have also led me across the world. Whether it is surmounting a cliff to reach an owl's nest in South Africa; running transects in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica; directing the collection of specimen from deep-sea hydrothermal vents near Papua New Guinea; and measuring leatherback sea turtle nest temperatures in Trinidad, I am ultimately interested in doing ecological research that may inform conservation efforts.

I also love to share my excitement about science with a general audience, having designed and presented interactive chemistry demonstrations to groups ranging from kids to adults.

Originally from Taiwan, I received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Environmental Sciences and Biology from Duke University in May, 2010. In August 2013 I completed my Master's degree (M.S.) regarding the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to deep-sea coral ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. This was done under the direction of Dr. Charles Fisher at The Pennsylvania State University Department of Biology.

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curriculum vitae

I love to travel, and visually record what I see, learn, and feel. Some of them can be found here:


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