BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – An associate professor in the LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences has received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award.
Associate Professor Jun-Hong Liang received the NSF CAREER award, which is given to junior faculty members who “have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization,” according to Christine Wendling of the LSU College of the Coast & Environment.
The award will help support Liang’s research into the role ocean bubbles play in upper ocean dynamics and in air-sea gas exchange. It will also help enrich LSU’s physical oceanography curriculum and outreach activities in local communities, Wendling wrote.
The award will proivde Liang with about $472,000 to continue his research and educational activities.
“Liang anticipates that this research will produce physics-based formulas to calculate air-sea gas flux,” Wendling wrote. “These formulas can help to better constrain the budget of gases—for example, carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas in the earth system that contributes to climate change. They may also help interpret the measurement of gases for ocean biogeochemical processes more accurately.”
Liang’s research may also help scientists’ ability to predict marine environment and climatic changes, Wendling wrote.