Ms Xiaoqing Li

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Xiaoqing started her PhD study at the School of Environment, University of Auckland, in 2014. From 2007-2014 she has been working at Qinghai University in China as a research assistant working on alpine grassland degradation in the Tibetan plateau. She also taught courses in environmental science. Xiaoqing received both Bachelor and Master's degree in Ecology from the School of Life Science, Lanzhou University, China.

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Xiaoqing's PhD research investigates soil carbon cycling in tussock grasslands and pine plantations. The study includes quantifying soil carbon loss through soil respiration and determining its driving factors along elevation and aspect gradients; using n-alkanes to trace organic matter input, determining the carbon content in different soil aggregates and density fractions and estimating the amount of carbon occluded in phytoliths.