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Chengyuan Xu

Research Fellow - Horticultural Farming Sys
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Institute for Future Farming Systems
(07) 4150 7173
About Me

Dr. Chengyuan (Stephen) Xu is a Plant Ecologist with broad research interest. He started his academic career as a plant ecophysiologist. In 2006, he received PhD from the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University of New York City in USA and moved to Brisbane in 2006 to take up a postdoctoral research fellow position at CSIRO. He then worked at the University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University as a lecturer and senior research fellow.

Dr. Xu's research focused on plant ecophysiology and then extended my research to multiple topics in the broad area of plant biology, including invasive plants, organicsoil amendment and plant-soil interaction. During my career track, I combine field and laboratory experiment techniques, as well as physiological models to address scientific questions in three areas closely relevant to horticultural farming systems:

1. Physiological responses of plants to climatic factors and resource availability;
2. Organic soil amendment to improve soil fertility and crop production, focusing on plant-soil interactions;
3. Understanding physiological traits and adaptation of invasive weeds to improve their management and control.

General
Universities Studied At

2006 Ph.D. Columbia University, New York, Earth and Environmental Science

Area: Plant Ecophysiology (Advisor: Dr. Kevin Griffin)

2003 M.A. Columbia University, New York, Earth and Environmental Science

Area: Isotope Ecology (Advisor: Dr. Guanghui Lin and Dr. Kevin Griffin)

2001 B.S. Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China, Biology

Previous teaching

Semester 2, 2011, Climate and Sustainability (CLI8205, University of Southern Queensland), Examiner
Semester 2, 2011, Adaptation to Climate Change (CLI3302, University of Southern Queensland), Examiner
Semester 1, 2011, Environmental Studies (REN1201, University of Southern Queensland), Co-instructor
Semester 1, 2011, Weather and Climate (CLI1110, University of Southern Queensland), Co-instructor
Semester 1, 2011, Ecology for Sustainability (REN2200, University of Southern Queensland), Co-instructor and moderator
Semester 1, 2011, Climate and Environmental Risk Assessment (CLI3301, University of Southern Queensland), Examiner
Semester 1, 2010, Environmental Studies (REN1201, University of Southern Queensland), Co-instructor
Semester 1, 2010, Weather and Climate (CLI1110, University of Southern Queensland), Co-instructor

Professional Experience

2012-2014 Collaborative Research Network Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University
Research Project: Biochar soil amendment to improve crop productivity

2009-2011 Lecturer of Sustainability Science, Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

2006-2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CSIRO
Research Project: Biology and ecology of invasive lippia (Phyla canescens) in Australia (supervisor: Rieks van Klinken)

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Ecology
  • Horticultural Production
  • Plant Biology

At the level of Principal Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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