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Qian Li is a postdoctoral associate. Her research has been focused on the Southern Ocean mesoscale eddy-mean flow interaction, Antarctic Circumpolar Current dynamics and mixed layer dynamics. Her research combines a range of observational data from satellites and profiling floats in the context of ocean reanalyses, ocean state estimations and high-resolution numerical models. Her present research aims to investigate the future Southern Ocean climate change, particularly under the impact of Antarctic glacier melt.

Qian received her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in 2018. Before arriving at MIT, Qian was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.