Xiao-Jun (Allen) Liu
B.S. in Agronomy, Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang,
M.S. in Soil Science, Northwest A&F University,
Yangling, China (2008)
M.S. in Crop and Soil
Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (2012)
Xiaojun’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.
Other Achievements, Honors, Awards
He won the1st Place for presentation at the Graduate Student Research
Symposium at Virginia Tech in 2012, and two graduate travel funds for attending
the ―ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings.
Member of professional societies: Ecological Society of America (since
2013) and Soil Science Society of America (since 2010).
Big-picture Career Goal
Develop abilities of independent thinking, through. My 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.
Xiaojun likes playing pingpong, badmington and basketball, dance, and
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
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
Biological and mineralogical controls over soil carbon cycling across
multiple ecosystems: a focus on the priming effect