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Yun Li

Yun Li

Postdoctoral Investigator


Office Phone: +1 508 289 2943

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 33

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


  • Ph.D. UMCES/HPL, Unversity of Maryland, College Park, 2012,  Biological and Physical Oceanography
  • B.S. Ocean University of China, 2004, Marine Science

Research Interests

Phytoplankton and ice phenology
Coastal ecosystem
Stratification dynamics
Dissolved oxygen dynamics
Estuarine circulation and secondary circulation
Biophysical interactions
Hydrodynamic-biogeochemical models

Personal Statement

My research has been focused on physical and biogeochemical responses of coastal oceans to natural and anthropogenically-induced environmental change. Particularly, I am interested in the “bottom-up effects”, which encompass the changes from physical environment (e.g., stratification, circulation, sea ice) to nutrient cycling (i.e., major and trace) to biological primary production. I actively collaborate with colleagues to link our understanding of those components to ecological problems and pave the way for studies of the complex food web. Coupled biogeochemical-physical models, complemented by analytical and observational approaches, are important tools for my studies.