As a postdoc associate in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, I collaborate with Prof. Nadine Unger to study the impact of ozone deposition on photosynthesis through stomatal closure and the consequence for climate change.
In the past, I focused on the projection of future wildfire activity over North America and its impact on air quality. I developed both regressions and a parameterization to simulate area burned in western U.S. I used output from multiple CMIP3 GCMs to drive these fire schemes and to predict area burned by midcentury. Finally, I estimated the impact of the changing fire emissions on carbonaceous aerosols with a chemistry transport model.
I also did some studies on the direct climatic effects of dust aerosol. I developed the Global transport Model of Dust (GMOD) and coupled it into a GCM to simulate global dust climatology. I further updated the radiative scheme of the GCM to consider both the shortwave and longwave radiative forcing of dust. Based on these work, I investigated the interactive climatic effects of dust aerosol at present day and the Last Glacial Maximum.
Ph.D., Meteorology, 2004-2009 - Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Thesis Title: “Simulation of dust global transport and its interaction with climate”
Advisors: Huijun Wang, Hong Liao
B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, 1999-2003 - Peking University, Beijing, China
Thesis Title: “Simulation of coupled effect of land surface processes and regional climate in semi-arid region”
Advisor: Shuhua Liu