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December 2016/January 2017 Newsletter

A Closer Look #167

Qianqian Liu

AWRI Welcomes New Postdoctoral Researcher

AWRI welcomes Dr. Qianqian Liu.  Dr. Liu is a new postdoc working with Prof. Bopi Biddanda at AWRI-GVSU and Dr. Eric Anderson at GLERL-NOAA as part of the CILER-GLERL postdoctoral fellowship project. In addition to analyzing the available multi-year time-series observatory data for Muskegon Lake, Dr. Liu will implement a coupled physical-biogeochemical model for Muskegon Lake to systematically investigate the ecosystem. For example, she will be studying the spatial and temporal variability of hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen), and how hydrodynamics affects eutrophication, harmful algal blooms, and hypoxia in Muskegon Lake.  This project will lead to the development of a 3-D hydrodynamic model for the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern, and will assist ecosystem-based management.

Qianqian graduated from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island with a PhD degree in Physical Oceanography in May 2015. Her PhD work was on understanding the fundamental physics of important processes in the southern New England's inner shelf by the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS), including an investigation of the seasonally varying circulation in Rhode Island Sound, and the circulation’s response to climate change and climate variability. From June 2015 to November 2016, she was a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, where she studied nutrient fluxes and biomass production cycles in San Francisco Bay by developing and implementing a coupled physical-biogeochemical (SCHISM-CoSiNE) model. As a Laker now, she hopes to utilize her expertise in physical and biogeochemical oceanography to the study of Muskegon Lake, and contribute to the much larger-scale Michigan-Huron Operational Forecast System in the Great Lakes.