Nicole X. Cai

Ph.D. Student

Email: [[v|ncai]]
Phone: (804) 684-7477
Office: Davis Hall 207B
Department: Physical Sciences / Center for Coastal Resources Management
Advisor: {{https://www.vims.edu/about/directory/faculty/zhang_yj.php, Dr. Y. Joseph Zhang}}
Co-advisor: {{https://www.vims.edu/people/shen_j/index.php, Dr. Jian Shen}}

Education
  • M.S., Marine Science, William & Mary, 2018
  • B.S., Oceanography, Nanjing University, China, 2015
Research Interests

I'm currently studying the impacts of vegetation, including submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and tidal marshes, on water quality at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Other aspects of my work focus on model developments. I am building a new comprehensive water quality model using high-resolution unstructured grids, and developing a coupled vegetation model linked to the water quality model. The dissertation research is funded by California Department of Water Resources for the management implications on SAV controlling targets in the Bay-Delta system. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Cai, X., Zhang, Y.J., Shen, J., Wang, H., Wang, Z., Qin, Q. and Ye, F., 2020. A Numerical Study of Hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay Using an Unstructured Grid Model: Validation and Sensitivity to Bathymetry Representation. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Associationhttps://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12887
  • Cai, X., Shen, J., Zhang, Y., J., Qin, Q., Wang, Z. and Wang H., Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Hypoxia and Phytoplankton Production in Chesapeake Bay: Model Prediction and Assessment. Journal of American Water Resources Associationhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1752-1688.12921
Research Experience
  • Apr. 2020 to Present:
    • Impacts of Sea-level Rise on the tidal marsh ecosystem 
    • Role of tidal marshes on the nutrient dynamics in the York River
    • Development of multi-vegetation model for Chesapeake Bay
  • Aug. 2018 to Mar. 2020:
    • Impacts of Sea-level Rise on water quality in Chesapeake Bay
    • Development of water quality model using unstructured grids in Chesapeake Bay
  • Feb. 2017 to July 2018:
    • Impacts of SAV removal on water quality in Cache Slough Complex
    • Development of SAV model in Bay-Delta
  • Feb. 2016 to Jan. 2017: 
    • Role of stimulated pH on the algal bloom in Back River, upper Chesapeake Bay