Xiaodong is a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography working with both Dr. Giddings and Dr. Falk Feddersen. He received a Masters degree in Marine Science at the Nanjing University in China and a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. His research investigates the physical processes responsible for cross-shore exchange. He focuses on wind-driven circulation, submesoscale processes and baroclinic instability. Currently, he is building regional ocean models and studying pollution transport in the San Diego region as part of the CSIDE project.