Qian Zhang has joined UMCES as a monitoring data analyst at the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Office. Within the CBP's Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting (STAR) team, his main role is to work with colleagues to develop statistical methods of data analysis that uses the extensive data available through the CBP partnership to better understand factors that drive water-quality patterns. Qian obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), in addition to two master degrees from JHU (one in environmental engineering and the other in statistics). Under the advisement of Professor Bill Ball (JHU/CRC), Qian's doctoral research focuses on quantifying nutrient and sediment export from the major tributaries of Chesapeake Bay through statistical analysis and synthesis of river water-quality monitoring data sets. In general, he is interested in computationally-intensive modeling and synthesis of large-scale data sets for watersheds and estuaries, including but not limited to: (1) statistical analysis of water-quality monitoring data of various systems, (2) improvement of statistical methods for quantification of riverine fluxes, trends, and uncertainties, and (3) exploration of linkages between riverine fluxes and trends to watershed changes (e.g., land use, input sources) and to estuarine processes (e.g., oxygen, water clarity). He is both thrilled and thankful to to stay in the Chesapeake community and to continue contributing his skills toward Chesapeake Bay management and protection.