My research group broadly aims to understand the role of natural and built infrastructure in the cycling of pollutants and protecting our water resources as nature-based solutions. Specifically, our current work explores the interactions between hydrologic processes and biogeochemical cycles across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces (such as wetlands, the vadose zone, and the hyporheic zone) from site to watershed to continental scales using a combination of data synthesis, process-based models, geospatial analysis, and machine/deep learning.
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.
Geomorphology is the study of how planetary landscapes change through time in response to physical, chemical, and biological processes. Researchers in the department study landscapes over a wide range of scales, from particle-scale sediment transport to the global evolution of planetary surfaces, utilizing a variety of methods including computational modeling, field studies, and experimental work.