After I received my bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Peking University in China in 1998, I came to the US for graduate school. I studied in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University for both my Master and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences/Climatology, advised by Prof. Alan Robock. In 2003, I started my post-doc at Princeton University, jointed affiliated with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Program of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. In 2005, I was promoted and continued working at Princeton University as a research scientist working in the land surface hydrology group led by Prof. Eric Wood. I became an assistant professor here at Michigan State University in the fall of 2009. I have been the reviewer for many journals and funding agencies, and I also service as the member of the AGU surface water committee.
My research interests are mainly in the field of hydroclimatology, a multidisciplinary field with strong links to climate science, hydrology, and water resources. I am interested in understanding how land and atmospheric interacts at various scales, and how such interaction affects the variability and predictability of the climate system. Understanding the processes that govern land-atmosphere interactions, developing the ability to predict the variation in the hydrological processes, and determining their usefulness for resource management are the fundamental science priorities of my research. The major research topics include:
1) Climate predictability at seasonal time scale, especially how land surface conditions contribute the predictability.
2) Prediction of hydrological extremes, in particular, the onset, development and recover of severe drought events in the US.
3) Urbanization and regional climate.