Research Interests

  • Ocean Optics
  • Optical Remote Sensing of Inland and Ocean Waters
  • Radiative Transfer of Ocean
  • Inelastic Scattering
  • Vision and Camouflage of Pelagic Animals

My general interest falls in understanding how light propagates in the water, including open ocean, coastal, lake, and estuarine waters. By utilizing hydrologic optics as a tool, I am attempting to understand the biogeochemical processes (e.g. carbon cycle), phytoplankton physiology, and optical response of animals in the water column.

I have been making efforts on field measurements of optical properties of ocean and lake waters, laboratory measurements of optical and biogeochemical parameters, development of optical remote sensing algorithms to monitor water constituents, radiative transfer modeling to understand impacts of elastic and inelastic processes, and pelagic animals' vision and camouflage. My ultimate research goal is to advance the aquatic physics, chemistry, environment, and biology science through computer modeling and various optical platforms such as satellite, airborne, field, and laboratory instruments.


  • PhD student of Applied Ocean Science, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, 2011-present
  • M. S. majoring in Earth Science, Indiana University, 2009-2011
    • Thesis: A transferable bio-optical model for quantification of inland water cyanobacterial pigments
  • B. S. majoring in Geographical Information Science, Wuhan University (China), 2005-2009
    • Thesis: Modeling and monitoring 3D objects on Google SketchUp (in Chinese)