Wei Wu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Coastal Sciences

Current research in my lab:
1) Temporal change of coastal land cover/land use, including urban areas and coastal wetlands, and the drivers for change;
2) How storm surge, changing climate, and sea-level rise affect carbon and water functions of coastal wetlands and forests;
3) How water and biogeochemical cycles respond to the interaction between atmospheric deposition and changing climate;
4) Modeling species distribution in forest, coastal, and marine ecosystems.

Some appropriate research ideas for undergraduates:
1) How inundation affects salt marsh plant's primary productivity;
2) How temperature, salinity, and inundation affect salt marsh litter decomposition;
3) How salinity affects water use by trees in coastal forests;
4) Applying GIS to map high risk areas from sea-level rise.

• Biber, P. D., W. Wu, M. S. Peterson, Z. Liu, and L. Pham, in press. Oil contamination in Mississippi saltmarsh habitats and the impacts to Spartina alterniflora photosynthesis. In B. Alford, M.S. Peterson and C. Green (eds). Impacts of Oil Spill Disasters on Marine Habitats and Fisheries in North America Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
• Hallock Jr., J.L., W. Wu, C.A.S. Hall, and M. Jefferson, 2014. Forecast the limits to the availability and diversity of global convention oil supply: validation. Energy 64, 130-153.
• Fulford, R.S., M.S. Peterson, W. Wu, and P.O, Grammer, 2014. An ecological model of the habitat mosaic in estuarine nursery areas: Part II – Projecting effects of sea level rise on fish production. Ecological Modelling 273, 96-108.
• Wu, W., J. Clark, and J. Vose, 2014. Response of streamflow to climate change in the southern Appalachian Mountains using Bayesian inference. Hydrological Processes 28(4), 1616-1625, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9677. Article first published online on Feb. 4 2013.
• Lash-Marshall, W., C.A.S. Hall, and W. Wu, 2013. Using gradient analysis to simulate the spatial structure and function of the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Ecological Bulletins 54 - Ecological Gradient Analyses in a Tropical Ecosystem (Edited by: González, G., R. Waide, and M. Willig), 223-232, published by Oikos editorial Office.
• Wu, W., and L. Zhang, 2013. Comparison of spatial and non-spatial logistic regression models for modeling the occurrence of cloud cover in north-eastern Puerto Rico. Applied Geography 37, 52-62. (peer-reviewed)
• Wu, W., J. Clark, and J. Vose, 2012. Response of streamflow to climate change in the southern Appalachian Mountains using Bayesian inference. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9677.
• Wu, W., P. D. Biber, M. S. Peterson, and C. Gong, 2012. Modeling photosynthesis of Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass) impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using Bayesian inference. Environmental Research Letters 7, 045302.
• Liu, Z., J. Liu, Q. Zhu, and W. Wu, 2012. The weathering of oil after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: insights from the chemical composition of the oil from the sea surface, salt marshes and sediments. Environmental Research Letters, 035302, 10.1088/1748-9326/7/3/035302.
• Lowe, M.R., W. Wu, M.S. Peterson, N.J. Brown-Peterson, W.T. Slack, and P.J. Schofield, 2012. Survival, growth and reproduction of non-native Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) II. Mapping its fundamental niche in the northern Gulf of Mexico. PLoS One 7(7), e41580. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041580.
• Wu, W., J. Clark, and J. Vose, 2012. Application of a full hierarchical Bayesian model in assessing streamflow response to a climate change scenario at the Coweeta Basin, NC, USA”. Journal of Resources and Ecology 3(2), 118-128.
• McKinney, J.A., E.R. Hoffmayer, W. Wu, R. Fulford, and J. Hendon, 2012. Feeding habitat of the whale shark Rhincodon typus in the northern Gulf of Mexico determined using Species distribution modelling. Marine Ecology Progress Series 458, 199-211. Doi: 10.3354/meps09777.
• Wu, W., J. S. Clark, and J. M. Vose, 2010. Assimilating multi-source uncertainties of a parsimonious conceptual hydrological model using hierarchical Bayesian modeling. Journal of Hydrology 394, 436-446.
• Wu, W., and C.T. Driscoll, 2010. Impact of climate change on three-dimensional dynamic critical load functions. Environmental Science & Technology 44, 720-726.
• Wu, W., and C. T. Driscoll, 2009. Application of the PnET-BGC – an integrated biogeochemical model – to assess the surface water ANC recovery in the Adirondack region of New York under three multi-pollutant proposals. Journal of Hydrology 378, 299-312.
• K.A. Brown, S. Spector, and W. Wu, 2008. Multi-scale analysis to species introductions: combining landscape and demographic models to improve management decisions about non-native species. Journal of Applied Ecology 45, 1639-1648. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01550.x.
• Wu, W., C.A.S. Hall, and F. Scatena, 2007. Modeling the impact of recent land cover changes on the stream flows in North-Eastern Puerto Rico. Hydrological Processes 21, 2944-2956. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6515.
• Wu, W., C.A.S. Hall, F.N. Scatena, and L. Quackenbush, 2006. Spatial modeling of evapotranspiration in the Luquillo Experimental Forest of Puerto Rico using remote sensed data. Journal of Hydrology 328, 733-752.
• Wu, W., C.A.S. Hall, and L. Zhang, 2006. Predicting the spatial and temporal probability of orographic cloud cover in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico using generalized linear (mixed) models. Ecological Modelling 192 (3-4), 473-498.
• Hallock Jr., J. L., P.J. Tharakan, C.A.S. Hall, M. Jefferson, and W. Wu, 2004. Forecasting the availability and diversity of global oil supply. Energy 29(11), 1673-1696.
• Wang, H., C.A.S. Hall, F.N. Scatena, N. Fetcher, and W. Wu, 2003. Modeling the spatial and temporal variability in climate and primary productivity across the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico. Forest Ecology and Management 179, 69-94.
• B. Tao, C. Hu, and W. Wu, 2001. Studies on pathogenetic biology of vibriosis occurring in Penaeus monodon. Journal of Tropical Oceanography 20(2), 80-87 (in Chinese, English abstract)