Dr. Meng Xia

Professor, Department of Natural Sciences
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

Phone: (410) 621-3551 | Email: mxia@umes.edu  | Fax: (410) 651-7739

Curriculum Vitae

Research Investigator, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environments, Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research,  2008-2011
Water Resource Scientist, Dynamics Solution LLC, Knoxville, TN, 2007-2008


North Carolina State University (2007)
Ph.D., Physical Oceanography

First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, China (2002)
M.S., Physical Oceanography 

Ocean University of Qingdao (1999)
B.S., Physical Oceanography

Research Interests

  1.  River Plume and Estuary Dynamics
  2. Ecological, Biogeochemistry and Larval Transport Process, TMDL modeling
  3. Nearshore Wave-Current Dynamics and Sediment Transport Process
  4. River Watershed modeling

Selected Publications

  1. Fitzenreiter, K. *, Mao, M. *, & Xia, M. (2022) Characteristics of surface currents in a shallow lagoonal system revealed by drifter observations, Estuaries and Coasts (accepted)
  2. Arora-Williams, K., Holder, C., Secor, M., Ellis, H., Xia, M., Gnanadesikan, A., Preheim, S. (2022) Sulfide oxidizers are abundant and persistent water column populations responsive to hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay, Environmental Microbiology (In press)
  3. Kang, X. *, & Xia, M. (2022). “Stratification variability in a lagoon system in response to a passing storm” Limnology and Oceanography, 67, 511-521.
  4. Allen, T., Behr, J., Bukvic, A., Calder, R., Caruson, K., Connor, C., D’Elia, C., Dismukes, D., Ersing, R., Franklin, R., Goldstein, J., Hemmerling, S., Irish, J., Goodall, J., Lazarus, S., Loftis, D., Luther, M., McCallister, S., McGlathery, K., Mitchell, M., Moore, W., Nichols, C., Nunez, K., Reidenbach, M., Shortridge, J., Weisberg, R., Weiss, R., Wright, D., Xia, M., Xu, K., Young, D., Zarillo, G., Zinnert, J., (2021) Anticipating and Adapting to the Future Impacts of Climate Change on the Health, Security and Welfare of Low Elevation Coastal Zone (LECZ) Communities in Southeastern USA, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering9(11), 1196
  5. Niu, Q. *, Xia, M. (2021) “The behavior and wind-driven dispersions of two dynamically distinctive limnetic river plumes in a semi-enclosed basin,” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences. 258(C9):107408 DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107408
  6. Sahoo, B., Mao, M., & Xia, M. (2021). “Projected climatological circulation in Lake Michigan under RCP scenarios” Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JC016651
  7. Mao, M. *, & Xia, M. (2020). “Particle dynamics in the nearshore of Lake Michigan revealed by an observation-modeling system,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JC015765
  8. Sun, L., Liang, X, Xia, M. (2020). “Developing the Coupled CWRF-FVCOM Modeling System to Understand and Predict Atmosphere-Watershed Interactions over the Great Lakes Region,” Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems https://doi.org/10.1029/2020MS002319
  9. Mao, M. *, & Xia, M. (2020). “Monthly and episodic dynamics of summer circulation in Lake Michigan,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
  10.  Xia, M., Mao, M.*, Niu, Q.* (2020). “Implementation and comparison of the recent three-dimensional radiation stress theory and vortex force formulism in an unstructured-grid coastal model,” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, 189, 1-16.

10.  Xia, M., Mao, M.*, Niu, Q.* (2020). “Implementation and comparison of the recent three-dimensional radiation stress theory and vortex force formulism in an unstructured-grid coastal model,” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, 189, 1-16.


Dr. Meng Xia received his Ph.D from North Carolina State University in 2007 and his M.S. degree from First Institute of Oceanography in China in 2002. Before coming to UMES, he served as Research Investigator in the Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research at University of Michigan.

The addition of Dr. Meng Xia, who joined UMES in 2011, greatly strengthens the marine science expertise within the Department of Natural Sciences. A physical oceanographer by training. His research interests focus on estuarine and coastal dynamics, specifically river plume and estuary dynamics, larval transport processes, TMDL modeling, watershed modeling, wave current dynamics and sediment transport processes. 

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