CV

Zhan Su

Education and Appointments


2019 -                             Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT

2016 - 2019                    Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA & Caltech

                                       supported partly by NASA NPP Postdoctoral Fellowship,             


2010 - 2016                    Ph.D. in Ocean Physics

                                       California Institute of Technology

                                       Advisor: Andrew Ingersoll, Andrew Thompson


                                       (Focus: Quantitative Analysis on Stochastic Turbulence Systems)


    

2006 - 2010                    B.S. in Space Physics

                                       (ranked top 2 among 110 by GPA in the department)

                                       University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)



Awards and Honors

2018 Yuxiang Young Scholar Award, by Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association,      

        “recognize outstanding Chinese or Chinese-American young scholars in oceanic/atmospheric sciences”

2017 Caltech/NASA JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award

2016 NASA NPP Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad

2016 Invited participant, Physical Oceanography Dissertation Symposium (PODS IX)

2014 Outstanding Service, Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association-SCC

2010 National Undergraduate Innovation Fellowship, Ministry of Education of China

2009 The First Prize of Outstanding Academic Scholarship, USTC

2009 Excellent Undergraduate Research Prize, USTC

2008 China National Scholarship, the Highest Honor for Student Academic Excellence in China

2007 Jiuzhang Zhao Fellowship, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2006 Outstanding Student of Fujian Province, China

2005 The First Prize of the 22nd National Physics Olympiad in Fujian Province, China



Publications

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Teaching Experience

2017 Guest Lecturer for “Wave-Turbulence Interactions in the Ocean” (Ge 196), Caltech graduate course,

         Instructor: Patrice Klein

2016 Guest Lecturer for “Ocean Turbulence from Space” (Ge 196), Caltech graduate course,

         Instructor: Patrice Klein

2016 Discussion leader for “Topics in Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics” (ESE 135), Caltech course,

         Instructor: Simona Bordoni

2014 Teaching Assistant for “Physical Oceanography” (ESE 131), Caltech graduate course,

         Instructor: Andrew Thompson

2013 Teaching Assistant for “Introduction to the Solar System” (Ge 103), Caltech graduate course,

         Instructor: Andrew Ingersoll



Funded & Pending Proposals

• Sep 2016-   NASA NPP Fellowship. About $70,000 per year for two years.



Professional Service

Reviewer for the NSF proposals, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Climate, Nature Communications, Ocean Modelling, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Ocean Dynamics, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, Deep-Sea Research Part I, Oceanography, Progress in Oceanography, Ocean Science, Continental Shelf Research

Co-organizer for Caltech Kliegel Lectures/seminars (2013-2014)

Ocean Science Program Coordinator and Executive Committee Member of the Chinese-American Ocean and Atmospheric Association, South California Chapter (2012-2013)



Invited Seminars and Conference Presentations

[32] Ocean small eddies as a key component of the global heat budget. Department Seminar in the Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, 2019

[31] Ocean small-scale eddies as a key component of the Earth’s climate. Department Seminar of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, 2018

[30] Explaining the trend of Antarctic sea-ice over the past three decades. Talk at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, 2018

[29] Ocean submesoscales as a key component of the global heat budget. Talk at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, 2018

[28] Rapid overturning of the glacial ocean and the sea water equation of state. (presented by coauthor Andy Ingersoll) Distinguished Lecturer Series in the University of Toronto, 2018

[27] Ocean small-scale turbulence as a key component of the Earth’s climate. Department Seminar of Ocean Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2018

[26] Explaining the trend of Antarctic sea-ice in past three decades. Presentation at the annual Postdoc Research Day (best presentation in the Earth Science Category), Caltech/JPL, 2017

[25] Available Potential Energy for Ocean Convection, Abrupt Climate Change, Mesoscale Eddies, and Submesoscale Eddies. Seminar in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) program, Woods Hole, 2017

[24] Ocean Submesoscales as a Key Component of the Global Heat Budget. Physical Oceanography Department Seminar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2017

[23] Impact of Submesoscale Structures on Global Climate. Seminar at Princeton University/GFDL, Princeton, 2017

[22] Impact of Submesoscale Structures on Global Climate. Talk at the 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (AOFD), Portland, 2017

[21] Impact of Submesoscale Structures on Global Climate. Department Seminar for Physical Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, 2017

[20] Impact of Submesoscale Structures on Global Climate. Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) Department Seminar, Caltech, 2017

[19] Towards understanding the decadal trend of Antarctic Sea Ice, Talk in the Cryosphere mini-workshop of Caltech & JPL, Caltech, 2017

[18] High-Latitude Ocean Convection and Gyre Dynamics. Talk at Physical Oceanography Dissertation Symposium (PODS IX), Hawaii, 2016

[17] Seasonality and intermittency of the ocean dynamics at scales smaller than 100 km in the world ocean: A scientific challenge for SWOT. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2016

[16] Abrupt Ocean Overturning in the Last Deglaciation. Talk at Kliegel Lectures in Planetary Science, Caltech, 2015

[15] The Export Variability of Weddell Gyre. Talk at the 20th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (AOFD), Minneapolis, 2015

[14] The Simulation of the Release of Ocean Convective Available Potential Energy. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, 2014

[13] Thermobaric Instability: The Ocean’s Role in the Last Deglaciation. (presented by coauthor Andy Ingersoll) Seminar in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) program, Woods Hole, 2014

[12] A Mechanism for two-step Deglaciation: The Bolling-Allerod and the Younger Dryas. (presented by coauthor Andy Ingersoll) Seminar at Johns Hopkins University, 2014

[11] The Powering Mechanism for Ocean Deep Convection and large-scale ocean Circulations. Department Seminar at JPL, 2013

[10] Convective Available Potential Energy of the World Ocean. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2012

[9] The Available Potential Energy and the Ocean Convective Available Potential Energy. Talk at Kliegel Lectures in Planetary Science, Caltech, 2012

[8] Ocean Abrupt Deep Convection and the Dynamics. Talk at Southern Ocean Forum, Caltech, 2012

[7] The Energetics for Mesoscale Eddies and Polar Convection in the Ocean. Seminar at PKU, Beijing, 2012

[6] The Minimum Potential Energy State in the Ocean. Seminar at USTC, Hefei, 2012

[5] Improving the Mathematical Model for the Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Methane. Seminar at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Beijing, 2012

[4] Space-borne Measurements of Atmospheric Methane by Reflected sunlight. Seminar at UCLA, Dept. of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, organized by COAA-SCC, 2011

[3] Space-borne measurements of atmospheric CH4 by high-resolution near infrared spectrometry of reflected sunlight. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 2011

[2] Improving the Mathematical Model for Retrieving Atmospheric Methane. Talk at USTC, Hefei, 2011

[1] A New Physical Model for Finite-frequency Tomography. Talk at USTC, Hefei, 2010