Dr. Chaoqun (Crystal) Lu
Chaoqun is an associate 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 process-based land surface models, and data-driven AI-empowered prediction tools.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Linchao is a Postdoctoral Researcher at ISU. He earned his Doctorate in Land Resources and Spatial Information Technology from Northwest Agricultural & Forestry University, China. His research focuses on assessing and predicting crop growth and yield, in the context of climate change and extreme events, utilizing process-based modeling and machine learning approaches.
PhD Candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Bo is a Ph.D. student in the program of EEB at ISU. He received his Master's degree in soil science from Zhejiang University, China. His current research work seeks to represent lignin decomposition and belowground carbon cycling in models. His projects integrate a large volume of lab incubation and field measurement data from NEON soil samples and long-term observation sites to improve a mechanistic ecosystem model.
PhD student, Environmental Sciences
Shuchao is a Ph.D. student in the program of Environmental Science at ISU. He received his Master’s degree in surveying and mapping from Central South University, China. His research interests include quantifying the impacts of land use and cover change, such as cropland expansion and CRP land enrollment, on the terrestrial carbon cycling and predicting the carbon sequestration potentials under conservation practices.
Qinsi is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She received her Master’s degree in hydraulic engineering from China Agricultural University. Her current research endeavors focus on evaluating the sustainability of agricultural management practices by employing crop and soil models, conducting meta-analyses, and utilizing machine-learning techniques to support decision-making.