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He got PhD degree in marine geology from Chinese Academy of Sciences and studied as a visiting scholar at Godwin Laboratory, University of Cambridge during 1999-2000. He served as a member of the Science Steering and Evaluation Panel (SSEP) for Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and a member of Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research of China. His research interests are focused on marine geology and paleoceanography. He has conducted more than 30 national marine scientific research projects funded. He was the winner of Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Special Award of Ocean Engineering Science and Technology Award and Marine Science and Technology Book Award.
Mainly engaged in the research on the marine biodiversity and functions, and the mechanism and prevention & control of ecological disasters; takes charge of numerous national science and technology projects, as well as international cooperation projects; serves as Chairman of the Marine Biotechnology Special Committee, Chinese Society of Oceanography ; wins the Special Prize of the Marine Science and Technology Award.
Mainly engaged in ocean tides and tidal currents, circulation in the West Pacific and China Adjacent Seas. In the recent years, he focused on the Pacific to Indian Ocean water exchange and its South China Sea branch. His research group set up the collaborative studies on the South China Sea – Indonesian Seas Transport/ water exchange (SITE) and the Transport, Internal waves and Mixing in the Indonesian Throughflow region (TIMIT), together with American and Indonesian oceanographers. He is the executive director of the Chinese Society for Oceanography and the deputy editor-in-chief of Acta Oceanologica Sinica, and serves as deputy secretary-general of the Committee for Ocean Tides and Sea Level.