Xiao-Jun Allen LiuGraduate Student

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Soil microbial ecology, Biogeochemistry, Global climate change xj.allen.liu@gmail.com
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Liu’s main research interests include soil microbial ecology, biogeochemistry (carbon and nitrogen cycling) and global climate change. Currently he is working on soil microbial diversity and it affect C cycling in response to substrate (sugar, plant litter or other organic materials) inputs. Also he is looking at what types of genes are encoding C degrading enzymes and controlling soil organic matter decomposition.

Liu’s career goal is to grow and become a professor or researcher through graduate school training, designing and conducting of creative work in the field of environmental biology, and help create knowledge that fight against climate change and preserve our environment.

Current Project

Biological and mineralogical controls over soil carbon cycling across multiple ecosystems: a focus on the priming effect

Selected Publications

Liu, X.-J. A., Fike, J. H., Galbraith, J. M., Fike, W. B., Parrish, D. J., Evanylo, G. K. and Strahm, B. D. (2013). Effects of harvest frequency and biosolids application on switchgrass yield, feedstock quality, and theoretical ethanol yield (PDF). GCB Bioenergy. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12124

Zhou J.B., Chen J.Z., Liu X.J., Zhai B.N., Powlson D.S. (2010). Nitrate accumulation in soil profiles under seasonally open ’sunlight greenhouses’ in northwest China and potential for leaching loss during summer fallow (PDF). Soil Use and Management. 26: 332-339