On the way to grassland
Grassland Ecology, Mycorrhizal Ecology, Ecosystem Stability, Biodiversity–Ecosystem Function relationship
This is a personal research website of Dr. Gaowen Yang (@Gaowen_Yang).
My major research goal is to understand basic ecological concepts for grassland sustainability.
I am particularly interested in how the biodiversity of single and multiple trophic levels influences ecosystem functions and their stability using greenhouse and field experiments. A comprehensive understanding of biodiversity-ecosystem functions relationships can contribute to grassland conservation and sustainable management.
Soil biota, comprising an enormous number of consumers and decomposers, represent one of the largest reservoirs of biodiversity on Earth. My work is especially focused on how key soil biotic component (eg. arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, rhizobia, pathogens), the composition and diversity of soil biotic communities, and their interaction with plant diversity, affect the stability of multiple ecosystem functions (e.g. plant biomass production, the maintenance of plant diversity, soil carbon storage, decomposition, aggregate formation and nutrient provision) when faced with evironmental change.