I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Ecohydrology, studying with Dr. Kimberly Van Meter. Before joining Penn State, I earned my BS degree at China Agricultural University (CAU), majoring in Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering and minoring in Finance. During my senior year as an undergraduate, I also received training in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Shortly after UCONN, I received an M.S. degree in Water Resources Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). I started my Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and transferred to Penn State in 2021.
As a Ph.D. student trained as a hydrologist, data scientist, and researcher, I strive to develop data-driven and process-based models, to address water quality challenges, and to provide decision-making support within the realm of water policy and management, across different spatial and temporal scales. I am interested in exploring the ways in which human activity changes the delivery of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon, silicon) to downstream water bodies, and the impacts of these changes on water quality in anthropogenic landscapes, through combining remote sensing techniques, machine learning, and hydrological modeling.