Prof. Fei Chai

 Associate Professor, Oceanography

 Ecosystem Modelling, Tropical Oceanography, El Nino, and Ocean Carbon  Cycle

 Ph.D. Duke University, 1995


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Personal and Business Data:

Place of Birth: Tianjin , China

Marital Status: Married with one son

Home Address: 9 Frost Lane, Orono , ME 04473 , USA


School of Marine Sciences Telephone: (207) 581-4317

5706 Aubert  Hall Fax: (207) 581-4388

University of Maine E-mail :

Orono , ME 04469 -5706, USA

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Present Positions:

Associate Professor, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

Associate Professor, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine

Adjunct Associate Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

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Ph.D. 1995 Duke University (Ph.D. advisor: Prof. Richard T. Barber)

M. A. 1991 Princeton University ( M. A. advisor: Prof. S. George Philander)

B. S. 1984 Shandong College of Oceanology ( Ocean University of China )

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Professional Experience:

2002 - Associate Professor, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

2002 - Associate Professor, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine

10/02 - 3/03 Visiting Professor, Hydrospheric and Atmospheric Research Center , Nagoya University , Japan

1996 - 2001 Assistant Professor, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

5/99 - 8/99 Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

1994 - 1996 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, UMaine

1991 - 1994 Graduate Research Assistant, School of the Environment, Duke Univ.

1992 - 1993 Summer Intern, North Carolina Supercomputing Center

1988 - 1991 Research Assistant, AOS Program, Princeton University

1987 - 1988 Research Scientist, National Oceanic Data Center , China

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Teaching Experience:

"Introduction to Oceanography", University of Maine

"Marine System Modeling", University of Maine

"Advanced Readings in Oceanography", University of Maine

"Marine Science Seminars", University of Maine

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Scholarships and Honors:

Harvey W. Smith Fellowship in Oceanography at Duke University, 1991-94

Cray Fellow at Cray Research Inc. and North Carolina Supercomputing Center, 1992-94

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Societies and Affiliations:

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The Oceanography Society (TOS)

Chinese American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA)

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Reviewer for:

Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans

Deep Sea Research

Geophysical Research Letters

Limnology and Oceanography

Proceedings of the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem Dynamics

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

National Science Foundation

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( U.S. EPA)

DIACES Symposium Application Review Committee

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Research Interests:

•  Developing and testing physical-biological models for the Pacific Ocean and coastal seas, with focus on the upwelling regions such as the equatorial Pacific, the coast of Peru , California Coastal Upwelling, the South China Sea , the Taiwan Strait , and the Gulf of Maine ;

•  Studying the nutrient transport from the interior ocean to the surface by the ocean circulation and mixing processes, and their impacts on carbon cycle;

•  Collecting physical and biological observational data for validating model results;

•  Studying the role of iron in global productivity and carbon cycle; and Asian dust activities;

•  Using state-of-the-art supercomputing power for the large-scale and coastal ocean models;

•  Role of the ocean in determining global climate change;

•  Investigating anthropogenic inputs on global climate and coastal environment.

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Research Cruise Experience:

Participant on 9 cruises, a total of 134 days at sea.

East China Sea : 1983, 14 days

Yellow Sea : 1986, 10 days

Equatorial Pacific: 1992, 30 days

Gulf of Maine : 1994, 3 days

Arabian Sea : 1995, 32 days

Gulf of Maine : 1995, 3 days

Equatorial Pacific: 1996, 40 days

Gulf of Maine : 1996, 2 days

Pearl River Estuary: 1999, 8 days

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