Che-Jen (Jerry) Hsiao

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota

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Current Research Interests

Dr. Hsiao’s research experiences lies in the realm of soil-plant-microbe interactions and nutrient cycling processes in grasslands and agricultural ecosystems.  His current research investigates methods of reducing N2O emissions through tannins in agricultural system. His past postdoctoral research is aimed at understanding the impacts of long-term woody plant encroachment, herbivory, fire, and their interactions on the biogeochemistry of soil C, N, P, and S in juniper-oak savannas in the southern Great Plains. Results from his studies will increase our ability to forecast changes in ecosystem function following land cover and land use changes.

Background

During his Ph.D. program, Dr. Hsiao’s research focused on soil health, i.e., the interaction between management practices and pedogenesis on soil microbial structure and function in the soil profile. That research spanned the disciplines of soil biology, chemistry, and pedogenesis. His results advanced our understanding of (i) microbial properties in claypan and post-settlement alluvium soils, (ii) the responses of soil microbe to corn/winter wheat/soybean rotation in conventional tillage and no-till cropping systems, and (iii) the vertical changes of soil microbial properties in response to 28 years of tillage and fertilization management practices.

Education

Ph.D. Agronomy, Kansas State University, 2018
M.S.  Microbiology & Biochemistry, National Taiwan University, 2008
B.S.  Biotechnology, National Taiwan University, 2006