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Office address: 3616 Trousdale Parkway AHF M229, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Phone: 213-740-3675; E-mail: liu284@usc.edu;



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



2014-present Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Biological Sciences, USC, USA

2012-2014 Teaching Assistant (BISC120L, 220L: General Biology), Dept. of Biological Sciences, USC, USA

2008-2011 Graduate Research Assistant, VIMS, College of William and Mary, USA

2006-2008 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Marine Ecology and Environment Laboratory, First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China



Yi-Fei Sun, Univ. of Southern California



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

2014 Spring, Award for Outstanding Teaching (BISC220L), Dept. Biological Sciences, Univ. of Southern California

2013 Fall, Award for Outstanding Teaching (BISC120L), Dept. Biological Sciences, Univ. of Southern California

2013 Spring, Award for Outstanding Teaching (BISC220L), Dept. Biological Sciences, Univ. of Southern California

2012 Wrigley Summer Fellowship, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

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

2004-07 Awards for Outstanding Academic Performance, Ocean Univ. of China



Liu, X., Jones, B.H., Kiefer, D.A., Hoteit, I., Zhan, P., Zarokanellos, N., Kartadikaria, A.R., Teng, Y., and Levine, N.M. Assessing the impact of eddies on chlorophyll distributions and primary production in the Red Sea using a predictive bio-optical phytoplankton model (in prep.).

Teel, E.N., Liu, X., Seeger, B.N, Ragan, M.A., Jones, B.H., and Levine, N.M. Using in-situ glider data to improve the interpretation of time-series data in the San Pedro Channel (in prep.).

Liu, X. and Levine, N.M. Submesoscale frontal dynamics enhances phytoplankton chlorophyll in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (under review).



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.

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.

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

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.


Liu, X., Smith, W.O., Doan, N.H., Nguyen, N.L., Tang, K.W.  Summer hydrography, nutrient stoichiometry, and phytoplankton distributions off southeast Viet Nam. Proceedings of International Conference on “Bien Dong 2012”, 2013.

Liu, X., 2011. Physiological, ecological and bio-optical characteristics of Phaeocystis globosa in coastal waters of south central Vietnam. M.S. thesis, College of William and Mary.

Liu, X., Hao, Y.J., Wang Z.L., 2008. The effects of nutrients limitation and initial inoculating cell densities on the interspecific competition between Prorocentrum and Alexandrium tamatense. Advances in Marine Science. 2008 No.1 (Chinese Core Journal)

Dai, F.F., Liu X., Sun P., 2007. The effect of phytoplankton diversity on biomass and specific growth rate. Advances in Marine Science. 2007 No.3 (Chinese Core Journal)


Liu, X., and Levine, N.M. Submesoscale frontal heterogeneity enhances phytoplankton chlorophyll in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. 2015 OCB Summer Workshop, Woods Hole, MA, USA

Liu, X., Jones, B.H., Kiefer, D.A., Zarokanellos, N., Teng, Y. Assessing the effect of eddy dynamics on phytoplankton productivity in the north central Red Sea: a modeling approach. 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI, USA

Smith, W.O., Liu, X., Doan, N.H., Tang, K.W., Nguyen, N.L. Giantism in the harmful algal species Phaeocystis globosa. 15th International Conference on Harmful Algae, 2012. Changwon Gyeongnam, Korea.

Liu, X. Physical-ecological interactions off Santa Catalina Island: an optical approach. 2012 Wrigley Summer Fellows Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Liu, X., Penta, S., Chavez, F., Panduan, J., Ryan, J., Pereira, A., Smith, R., Caron, D., Jones, B. Bio-optical Discrimination of Phytoplankton Functional Groups in Monterey Bay, CA Using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. 2012 Ocean Science Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Smith, W.O., Tozzi S., Liu, X., Asper, V.L. Continuous chlorophyll fluorescence measurements in the Ross Sea, Antarctica: scales of variability. 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.



Remote Sensing of Environment



2011 SEAFARERS, The Ross Sea, Antarctica, 29 days. Vessel: Nathaniel B. Palmer

2009/10 Southeast Vietnamese Sea, Vietnam, 6 days. In collaboration with National Institute of Oceangraphy, Nha Trang, Vietnam



American Geophysical Union (since 2010)

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (since 2010)


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