Jiabi Du

Assistant Professor
Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science

Jiabi Du

E-mail: jdu@tamug.edu
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4837
Fax: +1 (409) 740.4429

Ocean and Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 352

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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

40% of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast. The coastal ocean we rely on is facing an increasing number of environmental problems that are worsened by both human activities and changing climate. I am especially interested in how the coastal ocean responds to sea-level rise, changing climate, and extreme weather events (e.g., hurricane cane, extreme precipitation). I try to advance our understanding of how physical processes are closely linked to those urgent environmental issues (e.g., coastal hypoxia, flooding, loss of oyster habitat, transport of fish larvae, and pollutant dispersion). My research typically involves analysis of long-term observations and advanced numerical modeling on supercomputers.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

The most important thing is to have some fun with scientific research. Solving problems is fun! Coding is fun! Developing models is fun! Publishing your works is fun!

I will try to equip students with skills in quantitative analysis, Python/Fortran/Shell programming, determination to find solution, and the courage to take on new challenges.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Basketball, hiking, visiting national parks, and going to the beach with my kid.


Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, 2017
M.S. Oceanography, Nanjing University, 2012
B.S. Physical Geography, Nanjing University, 2010

Courses Taught
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Computing and data display
  • J. Du, W. Zhang, Y. Li (2022). Impact of Gulf Stream Warm-core Rings on Slope Water Intrusion into the Gulf of Maine. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 52, 1797-1815
  • J. Du, K. Park, C. Jensen, T. Dellapenna, W. Zhang, Y. Shi (2021). Massive oyster kill in Galveston Bay caused by prolonged low-salinity exposure after Hurricane Harvey. Science of the Total Environment, 774, 145132.
  • J. Du, K. Park, X. Yu, Y.J. Zhang, F. Ye (2020). Massive pollutants released to Galveston Bay during Hurricane Harvey: Understanding their retention and pathway using Lagrangian numerical simulations. Science of the Total Environment, 704, 135364. 
  • J. Du, K. Park, J. Shen, Y.J. Zhang, X. Yu, F. Ye, Z. Wang, N.N. Rabalais (2019). A hydrodynamic model for Galveston Bay and the shelf in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Ocean Science, 15, 951-966.
  • J. Du, K. Park (2019). Estuarine salinity recovery from an extreme precipitation event: Hurricane Harvey in Galveston Bay. Science of the Total Environment, 670, 1049-1059.
  • J. Du, K. Park, T.M. Dellapenna, J.M. Clay (2019). Dramatic hydrodynamic and sedimentary responses in Galveston Bay and adjacent inner shelf to Hurricane Harvey. Science of the Total Environment, 653, 554-564.
  • J. Du, K. Park, J. Shen, B. Dzwonkowski, X. Yu, B. Yoon (2018). Role of baroclinic processes on flushing characteristics in a highly stratified estuarine system, Mobile Bay, Alabama. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, 4518-4537. 
  • J. Du, J. Shen, K. Park, Y.P. Wang, X. Yu (2018). Worsened physical condition due to climate change contributes to the increasing hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay. Science of the Total Environment, 630, 707-717. 
  • J. Du, J. Shen, Y.J. Zhang, F. Ye, Z. Liu, Z. Wang, Y.P. Wang, X. Yu, M. Sisson, H.V. Wang (2018). Tidal response to sea‐level rise in different types of estuaries: the importance of length, bathymetry, and geometry. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 227-235.
  • J. Du, J. Shen (2016). Water residence time in Chesapeake Bay for 1980–2012. Journal of Marine Systems, 164, 101-111.
Grants and Fellowships
  • Best student paper of 2018, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 2019
  • Institutional Postdoc Fellowship, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 2017
  • Outstanding Graduates Awards, Nanjing University, 2010
  • National Inspiration Scholarship, Nanjing University, 2007, 2008
  • Zengxianzi Scholarship, Nanjing University, 2007, 2008, 2009