Ongoing Research

1. The Carbon Cycle Lab is working on a new project funded by the National Science Foundation started in May, 2017. The objective of this project is to study the effect of hydrologic condition on CO2 flux and acdifiication of subtropical estuaries. Broader involvment of both high school and undergraduate students in aquatic science education will be an important part of this work.

2. We are invstigating the role of groundwater in affecting alkalinity and pH and a south Texas estuary - Mission-Aransas Estuary. This project is funded by the Texas General Land Office.

3. An ongoing project that we started in fall 2015 is to examine acidification of semiarid south Texas estuaries that are associated with eutrophication and freshwater inflow variations. This work is funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

4. We are studying the sources of organic matter that fuels benthic water hypoxia in two south Texas estuaries. This work is funded by the Texas Sea Grant.

5. We are partnering with the both the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program on acidification monitoring in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and the Mission-Aransas Estuary, respectively.

For a recent project, we have been examining the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that occurred in 2010 on the CO2 and O2 dynamics of the northern Gulf of Mexico continental shelf waters. As a result of this study, coastal ocean acidification in the hypoxic zone and control factors gradually turned to the center of the attention. This work was funded by the Gulf Research Initiative.

Our research is sponsored by

nsfNOAATexas General Land OfficeTexas Sea GrantCBBEP

September 25-26, 2017: Hongjie attends the Ocean Carbon Hot Spots Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Climate Variability and Predicability Program in Moss Landing, CA.

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Novermber 2014 - Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
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