Reviewers from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
My research largely focuses on the central questions of how populations of long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental variation and what are the implications for conservation under global change. I integrate approaches from population genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, statistical phylogeography, paleoecology, and climate niche modeling in non-model tree species of ecological and economic importance.
My broad research interests center on photosynthesis but are expanded spatially from atomic structure of photosynthetic apparatus to the remote sensing of phytoplankton photophysiology in the global ocean, temporally from picosecond fluorescence emitted from photosynthetic units to photoautotrophs' role in the long-term crucial chemical elements' cycles in the ocean. In applied research field, much of my attention has been paid on marine biotechnology and algal biotechnology.
I am an assistant research scientist with UMCES at the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program. I am interested in applying scientific principles and statistical approaches to quantify nutrient and sediment export from watersheds. Specific areas include (1) evaluation of long-term water-quality trends and uncertainties; (2) improvement of statistical methods for riverine flux estimation and trend analysis; (3) analysis of patterns of watershed constituent export and controlling factors.
My current main role is to work with scientists, professionals, and managers in the Chesapeake Bay partnership to explore natural and anthropogenic-based causes behind the current status and long-term trends in the water quality of the streams and rivers in the Bay watershed. This collaborative effort is critical to defining the success of the Chesapeake Bay and watershed restoration efforts to date and to making science-based management decisions in the foreseeable future.