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Student Profile: Xiaojing “Ruby” Fu

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CEE graduate student Ruby Fu says that, growing up, she was a witness to “a montage of environmental changes” in her native China. Environmental challenges always on her mind, Fu now works under advisor Professor Ruben Juanes developing a mathematical model to study methane bubble plumes that are escaping from the seafloor – a phenomenon that is proven to be a significant contributor to climate change. “How much methane is being released into the ocean? What happens to these bubbles once they enter the water? Do they make it into the atmosphere?” Fu said. “These are the kinds of big-picture questions we are encouraged to answer in Course 1.” Fu’s research will help develop a more accurate atmospheric methane budget and predict climate change trends. Read the profile here.