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- Ph.D. School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, 2012
- M.S. Environmental Science Center, Xiamen University, China, 2004
- B.S. Department of Oceanography, Xiamen University, China, 2001
- 2015-present: Biologist, NOAA Fisheries/Integrated Statistics Inc.
- 2013-2015: NRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Yuan uses DNA-based molecular techniques to study community structure, biodiversity, and the interactions between aquatic organisms and their living environment. In a project that explores the effects of ocean acidification on natural assemblages of marine microorganisms, Yuan used the Next Generation Sequencing technology to profile both eukaryotic and prokaryotic planktonic microbial communities under different CO2 regimes. Using high throughput sequencing on a mitochondrial rDNA gene, Yuan is currently investigating the finfish communities associated with different oyster farming techniques. This work will provide the much-needed scientific evidence to evaluate the commonly believed but not scientifically tested contention that aquaculture gears provide ecological benefits to fisheries.