Wei Wu, Assistant Professor in Landscape Ecology, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Wei Wu

Associate Professor in Landscape Ecology

(228) 818-8855
wei.wu@usm.edu

 

 


Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Education

Appointments

Research Interests

The foci of my current research include:

  1. Coastal land use and land cover change (including urban areas and coastal wetlands) and its impact on coastal water quality.
  2. Hydrological and biogeochemical cycles under climate change at forests and coastal wetlands.
  3. Resiliency of coastal wetlands to upland change, climate change, sea-level rise, hurricanes, and oil spills.
  4. Species distribution in forest, coastal, and marine ecosystems, including invasive species under changing climate, at multiple spatial scales.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Manuscripts in Peer Review

Teaching

Student and Post-Doc Mentoring

Honors

Grants Received

2009

Single PI. “Assessing the carbon dynamics at the Mississippi coastal forests impacted by Hurricane Katrina”. University of Southern Mississippi - Summer Faculty Research Grant for the summer of 2009, $9,900.

2009-10

Single PI. “Assessing the water use by trees at the Mississippi coastal forests impacted by Hurricane Katrina”. University of Southern Mississippi - Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award, $2,212.

2009-12

PI (W. Wu, M. Kalcic and K. Yeager). “The impact of accelerated sea level rise on tidal marshes and storm surge”. NOAA – Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Coastal Storms Program, $100,000.

2009-12 Co-PI (T. Frisbie (PI), D. Holland, K. Boyd, and W. Wu). “Evaluation of hurricane evacuation routes’ resiliency to storm damage”. NASA - Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences Program, $399,556.
2010-12

Co-PI (R. Fulford (PI), M. Peterson and H. Perry, K. Craig, R. Allee, and W. Wu). “Assessment of ecosystem services of selected coastal habitat types: Towards a model-based toolset for management planning”. NOAA – Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Northern Gulf Institute Initiative. $300,894.

2010-11

PI (W. Wu, in collaboration with F. Scatena). “Rapid request for ground-verification of the Luquillo Critical Zone”. National Science Foundation. $32,031.

2010

Co-PI (P. Biber (PI), W. Wu, and M. Peterson). “Saltmarsh habitat sampling to delineate potential oil impacts from BP Deepwater Horizon spill”. NOAA – Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Northern Gulf Institute Initiative. $65,925.

2010-12

PI (W. Wu and P. Biber). “RAPID: quantifying the potential impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on selected carbon services of salt marshes along the northern gulf coast using hierarchical bayesian modeling”. National Science Foundation – DEB – Global Systems Science. $108,874.

2010-13

Co-PI (R. Carmichael (PI), W. Burkhardt, K. Calci, W. Wu, D. Ruple, and W. Walton). “Legacy effects of land-use change and nitrogen source shifts on a benchmark system: Building capacity for collaborative research leadership at the Grand Bay Reserve”. National Estuarine Research Reserve System. $354,750.

2012-14

Co-PI (M. Bethel (PI), W. Wu and P. Biber). “Determining localized impacts of predicted sea level rise to engineered versus natural landscapes, and how risk perception may alter response strategies adopted by ecosystem-dependent communities versus resource-managers”. NOAA - Gulf of Mexico Regional Sea Grant Sea Level Rise Program. $179,999.

2002-14

Co-PI (C.T. Driscoll (PI), J.L. Campbell, K. Hayhoe, and W. Wu). “Modeling of the hydrochemical responses of high elevation watersheds to climate change and atmospheric deposition”. Environmental Protection Agency – Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program, $800,000.

2009-10

Collaborator (K. Brown (PI), and W. Wu). “The effects of rapid environmental change on terrestrial biogeochemical processes in the Virgin Islands”.  NSF EPSCoR - University of the Virgin Islands (No budget for Wu).

Presentations

Synergistic Activities