My research is focused on determining the fate of hydrocarbons released from the seafloor in deep and shallow water environments by comparing the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and a natural seeps field, Coal Oil Point (COP), California. Various approaches (DO anomaly, methane stable isotopic ratios and concentrations) are used to investigate a fundamental hypothesis that the ocean’s contribution to the atmospheric methane budget greatly depends on seafloor depth.
- 2014-Present, Associate Scientist, Sanya Institute of Deep-sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sanya, China
- 2009-2014, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Dept of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
- 2008-2009, Masters Student, Marine Chemistry, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China (Privileged to enter the graduate program at OUC - exempt from entrance examination in August 2008)
- 2004-2008, B.S. in Chemistry (Direction of Marine Chemistry), Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China (Admitted to ‘National Bases for Cultivation of Talents in Sciences’ in August 2005)
- Du, M., S. Yvon-Lewis, F. Garcia-Tigreros, D.L. Valentine, S. Mendes, J.D. Kessler. (2014) “High resolution measurements of methane and carbon dioxide concentrations and air-sea fluxes reveal the influence of methane seepage on greenhouse gas dynamics in a massive natural seep field near Coal Oil Point, California.” Environmental Science & Technology. doi: 10.1021/es5017813.
- Du, M. and J.D. Kessler (2012) Assessment of the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Bulk Hydrocarbon Respiration Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Environmental Science & Technology, 46, 10499-10507, doi: 10.1021/es301363k.
- Kessler, J.D., D.L. Valentine, M.C. Redmond, M. Du (2011) Response to Comment on "A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico". Science, 332, doi:10.1126/science.1203428.
- Kessler, J.D., D.L. Valentine, M.C. Redmond, M. Du, E.W. Chan, S.D. Mendes, E.W. Quiroz, C.J. Villanueva, S.S. Shusta, L.M. Werra, S.A. Yvon-Lewis, T.C. Weber (2011). "A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico." Science, 331, 312-315, doi:10.1126/science.1199697.
- Valentine, D.L., J.D. Kessler, M.C. Redmond, S.D. Mendes, M.B. Heintz, C. Farwell, L. Hu, F.S. Kinnaman, S.A. Yvon-Lewis, M. Du, E.W. Chan, F. Garcia-Tigreros, C.J. Villanueva (2010). "Propane respiration jump-starts microbial response to a deep oil spill." Science, 330, 208-211, doi:10.1126/science.1196830.
- 2014, January, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, Mobile, Alabama, “High resolution measurements of methane concentrations and air-sea fluxes reveal the influence of methane seepage on greenhouse gas dynamics in a massive natural seep field near Coal Oil Point, California” (Poster)
- 2011, December, Symposium on Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change, Washington DC, “Using Dissolved Oxygen Anomalies to Assess the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Hydrocarbon Respiration in Response to the Oil Spill Event” (Poster)
- 2011, October, DWH Oil Spill Principal Investigator 1-Year Updated Workshop, St. Petersburg FL, “Using Dissolved Oxygen Anomalies to Assess the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Hydrocarbon Respiration in Response to the Oil Spill Event” (Poster)
- 2013, 2014 Introduction to Oceanography lab (OCNG 252)
AWARDS AND HONORS
- 2009 to 2013, Study Abroad Scholarship, China Scholarship Council
SHIPBOARD & FIELD EXPERIENCE
- 2014, July 7-14, R/V Endeavor, North Atlantic Bight, USA
- 2012, August 7-14, R/V Cape Hatteras, Gulf of Mexico, USA
- 2011, August, R/V Atlantis, Expedition to the California Coast, USA
- 2010, June 11-20, 2010, R/V Cape Hatteras, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, USA
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Order Number: 2