Physical-Biogeochemical Ocean Observation & Modeling Team

 Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D.Project Lead - Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

Ashley Brereton

Ashley Brereton, Ph.D.

Dr. Brereton is an ocean modeller interested in turbulence, plankton dynamics and the interplay between the two. Plankton live in a seemingly chaotic world where wind, waves, tides and convection act to mix up the water that surrounds them. However, plankton often form patchy structures on a wide range of scales, in spite of the turbulent mixing which is present. These little critters form the base of the oceanic food chain and they produce more than half of the planet’s breathable oxygen, which is why it is vital to understand their behavior.

Specifically, Dr. Brereton’s recent research efforts include:

1.) Mechanisms behind thin phytoplankton layers
2.) Plankton patchiness generated by Langmuir Circulations
3.) The development of a modelling technique to simulate realistic turbulence
4.) Phytoplankton spring bloom dynamics
5.) General large scale ocean model development


Joel McAuliffe

Joel McAuliffe

OPS Biological Modeler
Florida Atlantic University




chudong pan

Chudong Pan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Investigator


Ahsan Habib

Master's Student
Department of Ocean & Mechanical Engineering

Tongtong Liu

Tongtong Liu

Visiting PhD Student
Xiamen University

HBOI ocean fish