Yan Liu


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My PhD focuses on the interactions between plant traits (especially root traits) and soil properties key to soil health, and their responses to perturbations and drought. Specifically, my research aims to 1) understand how root traits of a wide range of grassland plant species with different growth strategies respond to common management perturbations (defoliation and fertilisation) and drought severity; 2) explore how these responses influence soil aggregate stability, nutrients retention, and microbial community; (3) identify the patterns and thresholds of these responses under different levels of drought stress

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1 Sept 20151 Jul 2018

Award Date: 24 Jun 2018

Areas of expertise

  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Soil Science
  • soil-plant interaction
  • soil structure
  • climate change
  • root traits


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