Qianqian Liu

Past Postdoctoral Research Fellow

UNC Wilmington
Physics/Physical Oceanography
DeLoach Hall 210
601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5606

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Qianqian Liu was a postdoctoral scholar working with Dr. Eric Anderson (GLERL) and Dr. Bopi Biddanda (GVSU) as part of the CIGLR-GLERL postdoctoral fellowship project. She worked to implement a coupled bio-physical model for Muskegon Lake to study how hydrodynamics affects Eutrophication, HABS and Hypoxia over Muskegon Lake. Qianqian graduated from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island with a PhD degree in Physical Oceanography in May 2015 and worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine from June 2015 to November 2016. Her Ph.D. work was focused on understanding the fundamental physics of important processes in the southern New England’s inner shelf, and her postdoctoral work at the University of Maine was focused on nutrient and biomass cycles in San Francisco Bay by a coupled physical-biogeochemical model. Qianqian will contribute her expertise in physical and biogeochemical oceanography to study Muskegon Lake, and hopefully to the Michigan-Huron Operational Forecast System in the future.

  • Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island (2015)
  • M.S. in Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island (2011)
  • B.S. in Marine Science, Ocean University of China (2009)
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • Numerical Modeling and Data Assimilation
  • Coastal Ocean, Estuary and River Plume Dynamics
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Ecosystem under Climate Change and Anthropogenic Activities
Recent Publications: 

Liu, Q., S. Rao, F. Chai, R. Dugdale, F. Wilkerson and Y. Chao. 2018. San Francisco Bay nutrients and plankton dynamics as simulated by a coupled hydrodynamic-ecosystem model. Continental Shelf Research. (DOI:10.1016/j.csr.2018.03.008). [Altmetric Score]

Biddanda, B.A., A.D. Weinke, S.T. Kendall, L.C. Gereaux, T.M. Holcomb, M.J. Snider, D.K. Dila, S.A. Long, C. VandenBerg, K. Knapp, D.J. Koopmans, K. Thompson, J.H. Vail, M.E. Ogdahl, Q. Liu, T.H. Johengen, E.J. Anderson and S.A. Ruberg. 2018. Chronicles of Hypoxia: Timeseries buoy observations reveal annually recurring seasonal basin-wide bottom water hypoxia in Muskegon Lake Area of Concern – a Great Lakes estuary. Journal of Great Lakes Research. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2017.12.008). [Altmetric Score]

Liu, Q., E.J. Anderson, Y. Zhang, A.D. Weinke, K.L. Knapp and B.A. Biddanda. 2018. Modeling reveals the role of coastal upwelling and hydrologic inputs on biologically distinct water exchanges in a Great Lakes estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. (DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2018.05.014). [Altmetric Score]

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Recent Presentations:

Oral Presentation: A Physical-Biogeochemical Simulation of Muskegon Lake. the 60th International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Conference; Detroit, MI. 05/2017

Oral Presentation: Modelling the San Francisco Bay Ecosystem. 9th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference; Sacramento, CA. 11/2016

Oral Presentation: A Modelling Study of the nutrient and biomass cycles in San Francisco Bay. 14th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modelling; Kingston, RI. 06/2016

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