Research Associate III

Air-sea Interactions and Upper Ocean Processes; Past; Present and Future Climate; Physical Oceanography/Ocean Circulation

Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Private Sector

Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: My primary interest centers on the ocean’s role in climate, climate variability and prediction from synoptic to decadal time scales: atmosphere-ocean interaction, basin scale oceanic and atmospheric circulation, global water cycle, water mass formation as well as biological-physical interdisciplinary dynamics. I approach these questions with analysis of in situ and satellite observations, GCM simulations and idealized model experiments.

Interest in becoming a mentor: I believe teaching/mentoring is the essential, very personal side to research and more generally the conduct of science. It is also an element that I am committed to pursuing throughout my future career. The opportunity to teach and work with students is one of my primary reasons for seeking an academic path.

Among the many opportunities to grow and develop while a postdoc at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), I have been able to gain valuable insight and skills in teaching through the MIT-WHOI joint student program. Participation in teaching workshops organized through the MIT teaching and learning center has allowed me to gain experience in teaching and working with many different researchers, most of whom have vast amounts of classroom experience of their own. I have also gained the opportunity to serve as mentor to MIT-WHOI joint program doctoral students in informal settings, and developed a good appreciation for the guidance that may be necessary at times, particularly in the early stages of a career.

I am very interested in this mentoring opportunity. I hope to draw on the combination of my mentoring experience with my research activities to provide guidance needed by young oceanographers and make a positive impact on his/her career.

Languages spoken, in addition to English: Mandarin

Highest Degree Earned: Doctorate

Career Stage: Early