Estuarine and Coastal; Human Use and Impacts; Past; Present and Future Climate

Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Faculty

Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: My name is Cheng and I am a Professor in Process Sedimentology and Coastal Management here at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine an d Coastal Research (SKLEC), East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, China. I completed my PhD at the Tongji University in 1992 before moving to work on a Post-Doctoral Assistant post in Physical Geography at the East China Normal University. In 1994 I took up an Associate Professor post in Process Sedimentology at the Estuarine and Coastal Research. I hold a Personal Chair as Professor Estuarine and Coastal Process Sedimentology. I am actively researching in several areas related to estuarine, coastal sedimentology and morphodynamics, coastal management with emphasis in the marine ecosystem and fishery resources, adaptation action in response to the sea level rise in estuaries. My research focuses on the interaction between fluid flows and mobile sediment,and feedback mechanism between nature and humanity, using a process based approach that combines fieldwork, numerical and analytical modelling,system dynamics modelling. I am keen on techniques and methodological developments that enhance substantive understanding of the processes within the field of sedimentology, and then engineering and ecosystem adaptation action in response to the human intervention and climate change.

Interest in becoming a mentor: I teach on modules that align with my research, enabling me to bring cutting-edge research into the lecture theatre. I am looking forward to having a good interaction with international students.

Languages spoken, in addition to English: Chinese

Highest Degree Earned: Doctorate

Career Stage: Mid