Haiyan Chu
Telephone: 86-25-86881356
Address: 71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, China
Postcode: 210008

Research Areas

Soil microbial ecology; Soil biogeochemistry


He got a Bachelor degree and a Master degree from Anhui Agriculture University in 1994 and Huazhong Agriculture University in 1997, respectively. In 2000 he got a Ph.D in soil microbiology from the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Work Experience
After his Ph.D, Haiyan Chu has been in Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences and National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences in Japan for 4 years, then he has been Queen’s University, Canada for 3 and half years. In August 2010, he went back to the Institute of Soil Science under the Hundred Talent Program of the CAS.
Teaching Experience
Soil microbial diversity and function for graduate students


Prof. Chu has published more than 80 papers, and 28 of them are in international journals. He joined the editions of three books.

Main recent publications:
1. Chu H, Neufeld JD, Walker VK, Grogan P. The influence of vegetation type on soil bacterial, archaeal and fungal community structures in a low arctic tundra landscape. Soil Science Society of America Journal,2011 (in Press).
2. Chu H, Fierer N, Lauber C, Caporaso JG, Knight R, Grogan P. Soil bacterial diversity in the Arctic is not fundamentally different from that found in other biomes. Environmental Microbiology, 2010, 12: 2998-3006.
3. Chu H, Grogan P. Soil microbial biomass, nutrient availability and nitrogen mineralization potential among vegetation types across an arctic tundra landscape. Plant and Soil,2010, 329:411-420.
4. Chu H, Morimoto S, Fujii T, Yagi K, Nishimura S. Soil ammonia-oxidizing bacterial communities in paddy rice fields as affected by upland conversion history. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2009, 76: 2026-2031.
5. Chu H, Fujii T, Morimoto S, Lin X, Yagi K. Population size and specific nitrification potential of soil ammonia-oxidizing bacteria under long-term fertilizer management. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2008, 40: 1960-1963.
6. Chu H, Fujii T, Morimoto S, Lin X, Yagi K, Hu J, Zhang J. Community structure of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria under long-term application of mineral fertilizer and organic manure in a sandy loam soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2007, 73: 485-491.
7. Chu H, Lin X, Fujii T, Morimoto S, Yagi K, Hu J, Zhang J. Soil microbial biomass, dehydrogenase activity, bacterial community structure in response to long-term fertilizer management. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2007, 39: 2971-2976.
8. Chu H, Hosen Y, Yagi K. NO, N2O, CH4 and CO2 fluxes in winter barley field of Japanese Andisol as affected by N fertilizer management. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2007, 39: 330-339.
9. Chu H, Zhu J, Lin X, Yin R, Xie Z, Cao Z, Fujii T. Short-term decomposition of 14C glucose in a Fluvo-aquic soil as affected by lanthanum amendment. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 2007, 43: 811-814.

Research Interests

Prof. Chu’s research interests are soil microbiology and biogeochemistry. He mainly focuses on microbial community composition and functioning in agricultural soils as well as in cold terrestrial ecosystems like Tibetan plateau, Arctic and alpine tundra, and the responses and feedbacks of microbial communities to climate change.


He has developed close collaborations with scientists in Canada, Japan and USA, and institutions in China.


3 Master students and 2 Ph.D students