Xiaoyong Chen

  Full Professor
  708-534-4557 ext. 4557
  Office Location: F 1308
  College: CAS
  Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences


I received my BSc in Forest Science and MSc in Forest Ecology from the Central South Forestry University (now Central South University of Forestry and Technology) in China. When I was there I investigated forest biomass productivity and nitrogen cycling in Chinese fir forest ecosystems. I received my PhD from the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) in Australia. My PhD work, advised by Drs. Derek Eamus and Lindsay Hutley, focused on carbon cycling in Australian savannas: spatial-temporal distribution, wet-dry seasonal variation, annual input-output budget, NPP-NEP calculation and sink-source convention. This study has been widely recognized as a pioneer work in Australia and makes breakthrough contribution to the carbon-issue research. I completed a postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto for modeling hydrological processes using remote senses in regional scales and another postdoctoral work at the University of British Columbia examining biogeochemistry cycling of lager woody debris in watershed scales. Before joining the GSU in 2006, I have spent over ten years working as an Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor at the Departments of Forestry, Central South Forestry University in China (1985-1996).

Teaching has been a very valuable component of my career. Particularly, I like the teaching environment in GSU: small-size class, easily communication with each student, recently-updated lab facilities, an easy-accessing field station and friendly academic community. The courses I have been teaching include "Plant Physiology", "Undergraduate Research" and "Biological Science Foundations" at undergraduate level and "Environmental Hydrology", "Ecosystem Ecology" and "Plant Microenvironment" at graduate level.

As a plant eco-physiologist, I studies how natural disturbance and human management affect biological and ecological processes of terrestrial ecosystems. I am particularly interested in forest ecosystems, which play a critical function role in climate change and ecosystem service. My research scales from individual to ecosystem level, and combines tools in forest ecology, plant physiology, forest hydrology, biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology to improve our better understanding of structure, function, productivity and dynamics of plant ecosystems.

I have won several innovation awards, including the First-Class Award of the Scientific and Technological Advancement from the Ministry of Forestry of China in 1991, the Third-Class Award of the Scientific and Technological Advancement of China in 1993, State Council Special Allowance of China in 1994, and Who's Who in America in 2009. I have published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles. I serve as a reviewer for over twenty national and international grants and peer-reviewed scientific journals.


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