Xiaoyong Chen

  Full Professor
  708-534-4557 ext. 4557
  College: CAS

Environmental Biology - Master of Science
Biology - Bachelor of Science
Division of Science Mathematics and Technology
Division of Science, Mathematics and Technology


Dr. Xiaoyong Chen

Full Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484
Office: F1308
Tel: (708) 534 – 4557
Fax: (708) 534 – 1641
E-mail: xchen@govst.edu

I joined in GSU community as a turned-track faculty in 2006. Since then, I have been teaching several courses in Biology and Environmental Biology programs at GSU. These courses include "Plant Physiology”, “Undergraduate Research” “General Biology”, “Biology Science Foundations” and “Environmental Hydrology” at undergraduates’ level and “Environmental Hydrology”, “Ecosystem Ecology” and “Plant Microenvironment” at graduates’ level. I like the friendly academic environment here.

I received my PhD in Plant Ecophysiology from Charles Darwin University in Australia. My research interests are to investigate the mechanisms regulating and controlling tree growth, biomass production, nutrient cycle and hydrological process of plant ecosystems. I have been studying and working at various plant/forest ecosystems in different climate zones. Currently, my research focuses on belowground process, including soil carbon fractions, fine roots growth and turnover under land use changes.

I have been involved in many service activities at different levels. I was a member of Academic Program Review Committee, Educational Policies Committee, Comprehensive Quality Improvement and Accreditation Committee and Faculty Senate.  I was selected to the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Midwest Chapter of Society for Ecological Restoration. I serve as Member of Editorial Board in of PEDOSPHERE. In addition I provide service as a reviewer for over twenty national and international grants and peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications (*Corresponding author)
•       Liu, Y., Lei, P., Xiang, W, Yan, W. And Chen, X. 2017. Accumulation of soil organic C and N in planted forests fostered by tree species mixture. Biogeosciences, 14: 3937-3945.
•       He, B., Guo, T., Huang, H., Xi, W. And *Chen, X. 2017. Physiological respopnses of Scaevola aemula seedlings under high temperature stress. South African Journal of Botany, 112: 203-209.
•       Wang, Z., Yan, W., Liu, S.G., Gao, C. and Chen, X. 2017. Spatial-temporal characteristics of three main land-use types in China based on MODIS data. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 37: 3295-3301.
•       Wang, J., Li, J., Chen, X., Yan, W., Liang, X. and Zhang F. 2017. Response of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon pyrene on root exudates and root activity of Magnolia liliiflora. Journal of Central South University of Forestry and Technology, 37: 50-56.
•       Chen, X. And D’Arcy, K. 2016. Impacts of plant community changes on soil carbon contents in Northeastern Illinois. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 47: 1644-1649.
•       Li, T., He. B., Zhang. Y., Tian. J., He. X., Yao. Y. and *Chen. X. 2016. Fractal analysis of soil physical and chemical properties in five tree-cropping systems in southwestern China. Agroforestry Systems, 90:457-468.
•       Wang, J., *Chen, X., Yan, W., Hao, B., Zhang, L., Ren, X. and Liu, Z. 2016. Chemical components of root exudates from four urban greening tree species. Journal of Northwest A&F University, 44: 107-113.
•       Cao, J., Yan, W., Xiang, W., *Chen, X., Liang, X. and Deng, P. 2016. Characteristics of soil organic phosphorus in different aged stands of Chinese fir plantations. Chinese Journal of Soil Science, 47: 681-687.
•       Yan, W., Deng, X., *Chen, X., Tian, D., Xiang, W. and Peng, Y. 2015. Long-term variations of rainfall interception in different growth stages of Chinese fir plantations. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 60 (11-12): 2178-2188.
•       Cao, J., Yan, W., Xiang, W., *Chen, X. and Lei, P. 2015. Stoichiometry Characterization of Soil C, N and P of Chinese Fir Plantations at Three Different Ages in Huitong, Hunan Province, China. Scientis Silvae Sinicae 51:1-8.
•       Li, B., Fang, X., Li, Y., Xiang, W., Tian, D., Chen, X., Yan, W. and Deng, D. 2015. Dynamic properties of soil organic carbon in Hunan’s Forests. Acta Ecologica Sinica 35:4265-4278.