Fenghui Yuan

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota

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Current Research Interests

My research focuses on the responses and feedbacks of biogeochemical cycles (CO2, H2O and CH4) in vegetation ecosystems (e.g., forests, peatlands) to global environmental changes. I am working with land surface models to explore the interactions among climate change, biogeochemical processes, and physical properties and to understand their control mechanisms. Integrated data analyses of flux towers, field inventory, lab measurements and remote sensing are also involved in my research.

Professional Services


Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (Associate Editor)

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Guest Editor)


For 20+ journals, such as Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Geoscientific Model Development, Science of the Total Environment, PLOS One, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, etc.

Recent presentations and posters

  1. F. Yuan, D. Ricciuto, X. Xu, D. Roman, J. Wood, E. Lilleskov, H. Cadillo-Quiroz, R. Kolka, L. Fachin, T. Griffis. Improving the E3SM Land Model Simulations of Carbon Fluxes for an Amazonian Palm Swamp Peatland.  AGU Fall Meeting 2021. Poster.
  2. F. Yuan, T. Griffis, D. Roman, J. Wood, A. Lafuente, E. Lilleskov, H. Cadillo-Quiroz, R. Kolka, J.Rengifo, L. Fachin, R. Chimner, C. Wayson, K. Hergoualc’h, D. Ricciuto. Biophysical Processes and Feedback Mechanisms Controlling the Methane Budget of an Amazonian Peatland. DOE ESS PI Meeting 2021. Presentation.
  3. F. Yuan, D. Ricciuto, X. Xu, D. Roman, J. Wood, E. Lilleskov, L. Fachin, R. Kolka, T. Griffis. Modeling Methane Emissions in an Amazonian Palm Swamp Peatland with the E3SM Land Model. AGU Fall Meeting 2020. Poster.
  4. F. Yuan, D. Ricciuto, X. Shi, F. Yuan, P. Hanson, P. Thornton, X. Xu. Warming and elevated CO2 stimulate CH4 emission with different mechanisms in a temperate peatland. ESA Annual Meeting 2019. Poster.

Recent Publications

  1. Fenghui Yuan, Yihui Wang, Daniel M. Ricciuto, Xiaoying Shi, Fengming Yuan, Thomas Brehme, Scott Bridgham, Jason  Keller, Jeffrey Warren, Natalie Griffiths, Stephen Sebestyen, Paul J. Hanson, Peter E. Thornton, Xiaofeng Xu*, Hydrological feedbacks on peatland CH4 emission under warming and elevated CO2: a modeling study, 2021, Journal of Hydrology. 603,127137. 
  2. Fenghui Yuan, Yihui Wang, Daniel M. Ricciuto, Xiaoying Shi, Fengming Yuan, Paul J. Hanson, Peter E. Thornton, Xiaofeng Xu*, An Integrative Model for Soil Biogeochemistry and Methane Processes: II. Warming and Elevated CO2 Effects on Peatland CH4 Emission, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. 2021, 126, e2020JG005963. 
  3. Fenghui Yuan; Jianzhao Liu; Yunjiang Zuo; Ziyu Guo; Nannan Wang; Changchun Song; Zongming Wang; Li Sun; Yuedong Guo; Yanyu Song; Dehua Mao; Feifan Xu; Xiaofeng Xu*; Rising vegetation activity dominates growing water use efficiency in the Asian permafrost region from 1900 to 2100, Science of The Total Environment 2020, 736, 139587. 
  4. Fenghui Yuan; Jiabing Wu; Anzhi Wang; Dexin Guan*; Yushu Zhang; Kavita Irene Rajah-Boyer; Xiaofeng Xu; A semiempirical model for horizontal distribution of surface wind speed leeward windbreaks, Agroforestry Systems, 2020, 94: 499-516.