Undergraduate and Graduate Students Research Opportunities

My group invites applications for M.S. graduate program in marine science (https://uncw.edu/mms/index.html) with a focus on hydrodynamic and ecological modeling. Research in my group is focused on 1) coastal and estuarine processes study, 2) hydrodynamic and biophysical model development, and 3) harmful algal bloom (HAB) and toxicity forecasts. You will extensively practice Fortran, Linux shell script and script-based data analysis using R, MATLAB, or python, and you will learn knowledge of oceanography, applied mathematics and statistics analysis and envoriomental science. If you are interested in working with me, I encourage you to directly contact me at liuq@uncw.edu before you submit your application, and in your application you may explicitly mention me as a potential advisor. The successful candidate will be supported with research assistantship (RA) or teaching assistantship (TA).

Please directly conact me at liuq@uncw.edu if you are interested in undergraduate research opportunities.

Marine Science Summer Stipends Opportunity

The UNCW Center for Marine Science will support a program of competitive summer research awards for graduate students working on marine science-related projects but receiving degrees from other academic programs. A limited number of awards are available in the amount of approximately $2,200, which will be paid as a stipend for the month of June 2020. The funds are solely for student stipends. Travel, equipment, and other operational expenses are not covered. Please note that at this level of support, students will not be allowed to receive other sources of UNCW funding for June 2020; this will need to be verified on the application cover sheet.

The objectives of the awards are (1) to increase research productivity in marine science at UNCW, and (2) to assist UNCW graduate students working in marine science to complete their degrees in a timely fashion by supporting students so they can work full time on their research projects in the summer. Observance of the following guidelines is essential for full consideration of each proposal.

Please click here for detailed information.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars are encouraged to contact Prof. Liu for potential opportunities.

Qianqian Liu

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography

Email: liuq@uncw.edu

Phone: (910) 962-2362

Address: CMS 1039, UNCW

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, US, 2015

M.S., Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, US, 2012

B.S., Marine Science, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, 2009

Research Interests

Hydrodynamic modeling; Bio-physical processes in coastal and estuaries; Coupled physical-biological modeling; Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) prediction; Toxicity forecat; Estuary and coastal ocean circulatio   

My research interests are shaped by the increasingly common problems of eutrophication, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms (HABs) and invasive species etc. in coastal ecosystems and the increasing public and political awareness. My research focuses on developing advanced numerical models to simulate the physical and biogeochemical processes in the marine systems, to help understand how anthropogenic and natural stressors affect the coastal oceans, and how to improve their health.