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CHU Haiyan
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Soil Science
Mailing Address:
No.71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, China


1. Education Background

BS. 1990.9-1994.7: Anhui Agriculture University

MSc. 1994.8-1997.7: Huazhong Agriculture University

PhD. 1997.8-2000.8: Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)


2. Professional Experience

2000.8-2002.4: Assistant Professor, Institute of Soil Science, CAS

2001.6-2001.12: Visiting Researcher, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Japan

2002.5-2004.9: Associate Professor, Institute of Soil Science, CAS

2002.10-2003.9: Visiting Researcher, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Japan

2004.10-2007.2: Postdoctoral Researcher, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan

2007.4-2010.8:Research Associate, Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Since 2010.8: Professor, Institute of Soil Science, CAS


3. Work achievements

Dr. Chu has published more than 118 papers in international journals including 75 papers as first or corresponding author. He serves an editorial board member in 5 international journals including Environmental Microbiology and mSystems, and a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Soil Ecology Letters. He was named as a “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2019.


4. Scientific discoveries

Dr. Chu’s research interests are soil microbial ecology, microbial biogeography and metagenomics. He has widely investigated microbial large-scale spatial distributions in various ecosystems, and identified the relative importance of contemporary environmental conditions and historical factors structuring microbial distribution. He has made microbial distribution maps and predicted the dynamic changes of microbial communities under climate change and artificial disturbance. He has elucidated the associations between microbial communities, nitrogen fixation and crop production.


Soil microbial ecology,microbial biogeography,metagenomics


1. Chu H*, Gao GF, Ma Y, Fan K, Delgado-Baquerizo M. Soil microbial biogeography in a changing world: Recent advances and future perspectives. mSystems, 2020, 5: e00803-19.

2. Fan K, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Guo X, Wang D, Wu Y, Zhu M, Yu W, Yao H, Zhu YG, Chu H*. Suppressed N fixation and diazotrophs after four decades of fertilization. Microbiome, 2019, 7:143.

3. Yang T, Tedersoo L, Soltis PS, Soltis DE, Gilbert JA, Sun M, Shi Y, Wang H, Li Y, Zhang J, Chen Z, Lin H, Zhao Y, Fu C, Chu H*. Phylogenetic imprint of woody plants on the soil mycobiome in natural mountain forests of eastern China. The ISME Journal, 2019, 13:686–697.

4. Shi Y, Li Y, Xiang X, Sun R, Yang T, He D, Zhang K, Ni Y, Zhu Y, Adams JM, Chu H*. Spatial scale affects the relative role of stochasticity versus determinism in soil bacterial communities in wheat fields across the North China Plain. Microbiome, 2018, 6:27.

5. Yang T, Adams JM, Shi Y, He J, Jing X, Chen L, Tedersoo L, Chu H*. Soil fungal diversity in natural grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau: associations with plant diversity and productivity. New Phytologist, 2017, 215: 756–765.

6. Zeng J, Liu X, Song L, Lin X, Zhang H, Shen C, Chu H*. Nitrogen fertilization directly affects soil bacterial diversity and indirectly affects bacterial community composition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2016, 92:41-49.

7. Sun R, Zhang X, Guo X, Wang D, Chu H*. Bacterial diversity in soils subjected to long-term chemical fertilization can be more stably maintained with the addition of livestock manure than wheat straw. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2015, 88: 9-18.

8. Shen C, Liang W, Yu S, Lin X, Zhang H, Wu X, Xie G, Chain P, Grogan P, Chu H*. Contrasting elevational diversity patterns between eukaryotic soil microbes and plants. Ecology, 2014, 95: 3190-3202.

9. Shen C, Xiong J, Zhang H, Feng Y, Lin X, Li X, Liang W, Chu H*. Soil pH drives the spatial distribution of bacterial communities along elevation on Changbai Mountain. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2013, 57: 204-211.

10. 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.

Community service:

Co Edior in Chief, Soil Ecology Letters;Editorial member of Environmental Microbiology,mSystems,FEMS Microbiology Ecology,Scientific Reports

Commitment to research the situation:

1. National Natural Science Foundation of China:Distribution and function of methanotrophs in typical wetlands on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

2. National Natural Science Foundation of China:The effects of long-term different fertilization managements on wheat rhizosphere and endophytic microbial communities

3. Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences:Soil microbial distribution and succession in typical agricultural soils.

4. National Program on Key Basic Research Project: Biological mechanisms of soil organic carbon formation and transformation