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.