Xiao Liu (刘潇)             

Faculty advisors: Dr. Naomi M. Levine , Dr. Burton H. Jones

Email: liu284@usc.edu; Office: AHF M229, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA, 90089 


Ph.D. Ocean Sciences, The University of Southern California, CA, USA (2016, expected)

M.S.  Biological Oceanography, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, VA, USA (2011)

B.S.  Marine Biology, The Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China (2008) 

Research Interests

My research involves addressing the impacts of predicted climate changes on planktonic ecosystems and carbon export in the ocean using both satellite remote sensing and numerical ecosystem modeling approaches. I am particularly interested in understanding the climate-physical-ecosystem interactions at the meso- and submesoscale.   Read More... 

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

•  Liu, X., Smith Jr., W.O., Tang, K.W., Doan, N.H., Nguyen, N.L., 2015. Theoretical size controls of the giant Phaeocystis globosa colonies. Ocean Science Journal 50, 283-289. [PDF]

•  Smith, W.O., Liu, X., Tang, K.W., Doan, N.H., Nguyen, N.L., DeLizo, L.M., Wang, X.D., 2012. Giantism and its role in the harmful algal bloom species Phaeocystis globosa. Deep-Sea Research II 101, 95-106. [PDF]

•  Liu, X., Smith Jr., W.O., 2012. Physiochemical controls on phytoplankton distribution in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Journal of Marine Systems, 94. 135-144. [PDF]

•  Smith, W.O., Asper, V.L., Tozzi, S., Liu, X., Stammerjohn, S.E., 2011. Surface layer variability in the Ross Sea, Antarctica as assessed by continuous fluorescence measurements. Progress in Oceanography, 88, 28-45. [PDF]


  2014-16 NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship (NESSF)

  2013-14 Awards for Outstanding Teaching (3 times; BISC120L, BISC220L), Univ. of Southern California

  2012 Wrigley Summer Fellowship, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

  2011-12 College Merit Graduate Fellowship, Univ. of Southern California


•  Glider operations (Webb Slocum and SeaGlider); Ocean optical instrumentation; Ocean color image analysis; Ecosystem modeling; Phytoplankton culturing; Pigment analysis; Microscopy.

•  Matlab, IDL, R, C++, Linux commands.


  • Xiao Liu
  • University of Southern California
  • 3616 Trousdale Parkway, AHF B30
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089