I grew up in Mudanjiang, a small city northeast of China, named after the river that flows through the city. Having spent quite some time playing along the river as a kid, I always had keen desire to see the real ocean for once. The dream finally came true when I got accepted by East China Normal University in Shanghai, where I would have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the grand view of the East China Sea, and I did. I majored chemistry in college, developed general understanding of science and gained fundamental analytical skills that guaranteed a smooth transition into the field of marine chemistry later on.
My field of interest involves ocean carbonate systems and biogeochemistry. Here at UGA Marine Sciences, I work with Dr. Patricia Yager on marine carbon cycle in the Amazon River plume (distinct layer of river water between river mouth and ocean), looking at how primary producers respond to changes in the plume carbon chemistry under the scenario of drastically increasing CO2. With the global anthropogenic CO2 increasing at an unprecedented rate, it is important to find out its impact on marine life. Moreover, the large gradient of CO2 across the entire Amazon River plume makes it a natural laboratory to study the influence of ocean acidification on coastal marine ecosystems. I am currently working on the algorithm to estimate pCO2 in the plume based on satellite observations, hoping to further understand the patterns of spatial and temporal changes in plume chemistry, and finally to answer key questions about the corresponding response of biology.
In my spare time I like to play guitar, tennis, and pool. I also started to enjoy hiking despite that I only hiked twice here. I learned to cook after coming to the States and I very much enjoy my dishes, although some of my friends might argue with that. I am not quite a traveler, but I would like to go see more of United States in the near future, as well as other beautiful places in the world.