Physical-Biogeochemical Ocean Observation & Modeling

Mingshun Jiang

Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor

Research Overview

Dr. Jiang is a physical oceanographer specialized in ocean coupled physical-biogeochemical-ecological modeling. His primary research focuses on understanding coastal and ocean meso-scale physical processes and their roles in controlling nutrients and carbon cycle, Fe cycle, phytoplankton blooms, and ecosystem dynamics. These processes are important to addressing many pressing issues that strongly impact coastal and ocean environments and ecosystems including eutrophication, harmful algal blooms (HABs), and climate change. The goal is to acquire information and knowledge that assist in management decisions in marine ecosystem protection, habitat restoration, and conservation efforts. His research tool is primarily numerical modeling but he has increasingly led and participated in field research using traditional and advanced technology including CTD, ADCP, benthic lander, Acrobat, Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), and Remotely-operated vehicles (ROV).

Selected Recent Projects

  • Observation and modeling of transport and dispersion of waters and pollutants from South Florida watersheds to Florida Keys, Mingshun Jiang and Laurent Cherubin, January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023, EPA, $350,000.
  • Development of a physical-biogeochemical model for predicting HABs and water quality in southwest Florida coastal waters, M. Jiang (PI), J. Beckler, and M. McFarland, HBOIF, $550,000, 7/1/2021-6/30/2024,
  • Observation and modeling of water transformation and Microcystis blooms in C-44 canal, Mingshun Jiang and Jordon Beckler, March 1, 2021-February 28, 2024, EPA, $260,646.
  • Observation and Modeling of Hg Distributions in the Indian River Lagoon for Protecting Wild Dolphin, Mingshun Jiang, Jordon Beckler, Peter McCarthy, Annie Page-Karjian, Tracy Mincer, Gabby Barbarite, Jul 1, 2020-June 30, 2024, Florida Special License Plate – Protect Wild Dolphin, $300,000.
  • Harmful Algal Blooms Innovative Technology: The Harmful Algal Blooms Assessment of Lake Okeechobee System (HALO), Florida DEP, Jordon Beckler (PI), Mingshun Jiang, Malcolm McFarland, Dennis Hanisak, Tim Moore, Adi Nayak, and Yufei Tang, July 1, 2020-January 31, 2022, $2.2M.
  • Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health, HBOIF, Amy Wright (PI), co-PIs Mingshun Jiang and 12 others, 7/1/2019-9/30/2022, ~$2.5M.
  • Precipitation, water management, and algae blooms in South Florida estuaries, NASA, PI: Chuanmin Hu, co-PIs: Mingshun Jiang (HBOI lead), Brian Lapointe, Malcolm McFarland, 4/1/2019-7/14/2024, $1.2M.
  • Exploration and characterization of fine-scale physical-biogeochemical environment over deep coral reefs on the west Florida Slope using integrated ROV-lander-sensor system, NOAA OER, Aleck Wang (PI), co-PIs: Mingshun Jiang and Sandra Brooke (FSU), 9/1/2018-8/31/2021, $469,003.
HBOI ocean fish