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Chunlei Fan, Ph.D

Department of Natural Resources
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901, U.S.A
Phone: (302)857-6479; E-mail: cfan@desu.edu


Ph.D in Biological Oceanography, March 2002.
Graduate Program in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science.
University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, USA

Master of Science in Computer Science, March 2001
University of Maryland at Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA

Master of Science in Oceanography, June 1994.
Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing, P.R.China

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, June 1991.
Shandong University, Jinan, P.R.China

Professional Experiences

Research Associate
US Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC), NOAA - May 2002 to current

  • Participating the project of “Regional Studies in Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Habitats for Decision Making”. Doing the research study on how the land-use change and other human activities could affect the estuary and coastal waters.

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Natural Resources, Delaware State University, Dover - May 2002 to current

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate level of GIS and marine sciences courses at the Department of Natural Resources of Delaware State University.
  • Supervising the research activities for two graduate students and two undergraduate students.

Research Assistant
September 1995 to March 2002
Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, Maryland -

  • Participated the US ECOHAB project, and conducted various experiments to characterize the nitrogen and carbon uptake kinetics for several bloom-forming dinoflagellate species in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland; and Neuse River estuarine, North Carolina. Explored the relationship between the outbreak of harmful dinoflagellate blooms and increasing Eutrophication caused by human activity in estuarine and coastal waters.
  • Doing experimental and modeling studies to evaluate the roles of nutrients in the bloom dynamics of marine phytoplankton in the MEERC (Multiscale Environmental Ecosystem Research Center), which is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research center to make prediction of environmental changes by extrapolating results from controlled laboratory experiments to natural ecosystems with known accuracy and precision.

Research Assistant
September 1991- July 1995
Center of Marine Ecology, Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  • Participated the Chinese 11th Antarctic Research Team and involved in the project: Preliminary study of the primary production in the Southern Ocean.
  • Participated the project the study of ocean carbon flux in the continental margin of the East China Sea, which was a Chinese Joint Global Ocean Flux Study.


  • Center For School Change: Excellence in Teaching and Professional Development award. (2004). Delaware State University.
  • Horn Point Laboratory Fellowship (1996 to 2000)
    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, Maryland
  • Horn Point Laboratory student grant (1996-1998)
    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, Maryland

Professional Affiliation

  • Member, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Scientific Projects (past, current, and pending):

  • Regional studies in sustainable management of coastal and marine habitats for decision making
    • Major participant
    • 01/10/2001-30/09/2004
    • Supported by NOAA (#NA17AE1624), budget: $746,049
  • Service-based field experience in resource management at Trap Pond State Park
    • Co-PI
    • 01/08/2004-7/31/2006
    • Supported by USDA (00-38820-9518), budget: $179,237
  • Coupling hyperspectral remote sensing with field spectrometer to monitor landscape-scale eutrophication in St. Jones River watershed, Delaware
    • PI
    • 10/01/2004-09/30/2006
    • Pending, budget: $201,158
  • Variations in the Water Quality of the St. Jones River, Delaware with Respect to Historic Land Use Changes in the Watershed
    • PI
    • 10/01/2004-09/30/2006
    • Pending, USDA, budget: $108,957