Fall, 2020

Principal Investigator

Dr. Chaoqun (Crystal) Lu

Chaoqun is an assistant professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology at ISU. She is a quantitative ecosystem ecologist, with a research focus on understanding and quantifying the complex ecosystem processes in response to climate change, land use and cover change, and human management across scales. Her primary area of interest includes estimation of terrestrial carbon sequestration, land-to-atmosphere greenhouse gas emissions, and land-to-aquatic nutrient movements by using land surface models, and data-model assimilation approach. Prior to joining ISU, she was a Research Fellow at Auburn University. She received her PhD degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and got postdoctoral training at Auburn University.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Jien Zhang

Jien is a postdoc research associate at Iowa State University. He received his PhD in Environmental Science at Lehigh University in 2017. Before joining ISU, Jien was a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Wisconsin, Madison. His current projects employ climate data, process-based ecosystem modeling, and statistical approaches to identify and understand the linkages between climate, hydrology, ecosystems, disturbance, and mitigation policy.

PhD student, Environmental Sciences

Peiyu Cao

Peiyu is a PhD student at ISU. His research interest includes understanding and modeling nitrogen flows in the land-atmosphere-aquatic interface across scales.

PhD student, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Avani Khadilkar

Avani is a Bioinformatician interested in tackling large scale ecological issues. Currently, her work is focused on understanding the differences in resource use efficiency between exotic- and native-species-dominated grassland ecosystems.

Bo Yi

Bo is a PhD student at ISU. His research work seeks to represent the lignin decomposition and carbon cycling by improving and applying a mechanistic ecosystem model.

Master student, Environmental Sciences

Geunhu Kim

Geunhu got his bachelor degree in Environmental Science at ISU. His research work will track and quantify nutrient use efficiency in intensively managed agro-ecosystems.

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Undergraduate researcher

Luke Sloterdyk

Luke is an undergraduate student in Global Resource Systems and Environmental Science.  His research is focused on how climate change will impact future crop yields, water quality, and energy flows in environmental systems.


Lab Alumni

Zhen Yu, Postdoctoral researcher (2016-2019), now a professor at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China

Alina Lu, Undergraduate Researcher (2017-2018), now a DMD student at Penn Dental Medicine

Rotation Students

Henri Chung, BCB rotation student, Fall 2019

Zerui Zhang, BCB rotation student, Fall 2017

Avani Khadilkar, BCB rotation student, Summer 2017