Wei Wu

Previous Students and Post Doc

Jennifer Frey

Jennifer Frey

Graduated: Fall 2011.
Thesis: Sub-pixel classification of historical and current marsh habitat on the eastern Mississippi gulf coast using remotely sensed images


Jennifer Frey

My current research includes quantifying the photosynthetic impacts on smooth cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora, for the salt water marshes on the Mississippi Coast affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and distinguishing the various marsh communities from open water and tree-covered upland community types through the use of remotely sensed data and spatial modeling.  My thesis will look at the freshwater marsh loss while working concurrently on this ongoing salt marsh study.  My research also includes assisting on a study involving the night time water use of Southern pine trees in coastal Mississippi forests to provide a baseline of sap flow data to help enhance our understanding of the changes of water uptake during forest recovery and facilitate in the prediction of the changes in evapotranspiration. I have also assisted on a parallel sap flow study in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico in the summer of 2010.


Lina Fu

Lina Fu, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory


Research Interests

  • Soil Biogeochemistry: Soil Carbon Cycle/ Dynamics i.e. soil Lina Fu, Gulf Coast Research Laboratoryrespiration, soil microbial biomass carbon, particularly carbon variations in riparian areas; Impacts of global climate change on carbon cycling;
  • Wetland Ecology: wetland conservation, restoration and management; currently working on monitoring photosynthesis rates at the oil spill impacted salt marshes.



Chongfeng Gong


Chongfeng Gong, post-doctoral student at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Research interests: I earned my Ph.D. of Landscape Ecology at Sun Yat-sen University (China) in Dec. 2010. Since Jun. 2011, I have worked as a postdoc at GCRL, USM with Dr. Wei Wu. I am working on 1) modeling the historical urban change using sub-pixel remote sensing algorithm; 2) modeling the effects of BP oil spill on the coastal marsh (Spartina Alterniflora) along the Gulf of Mexico; 3) modeling the impacts of sea level rise on the coastal marsh.