Bright received a B.S. in Marine Science from Nanjing University, China, as well as an M.S. in Marine Geology. He is broadly interested in tidal dynamics, coastal sediment transport, and estuarine and coastal morphodynamics, with a focus on human disturbance (reclamation, sluice gate operation, harbor construction, etc) to the coastal system. He used a combination of observed data analysis and numerical modeling to tackle these problems. For his PhD, Bright will work in the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER and focus on sediment dynamics in salt marshes.
Accumulation and Output of Heavy Metals in Spartina Alterniflora in a Salt Marsh. Lian, C.H.E.N., Jianhua, G.A.O., Qingguang, Z.H.U., Yaping, W.A.N.G. and Yang, Y.A.N.G., 2017. Pedosphere. Modeling morphological change in anthropogenically controlled estuaries. Zhu, Q., Wang, Y.P., Gao, S., Zhang, J., Li, M., Yang, Y. and Gao, J., 2017. Anthropocene, 17, pp.70-83. Effects of intertidal reclamation on tides and potential environmental risks: a numerical study for the southern Yellow Sea. Zhu, Q., Wang, Y.P., Ni, W., Gao, J., Li, M., Yang, L., Gong, X. and Gao, S., 2016. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75(23), p.1472. Simulation of sedimentary dynamics in a small-scale estuary: the role of human activities. He, X., Wang, Y.P., Zhu, Q., Zhang, Y., Zhang, D., Zhang, J., Yang, Y. and Gao, J., 2015. Environmental Earth Sciences, 74(1), pp.869-878.