Chaoqun (Crystal) Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, USA. Her research addresses how natural and human disturbances have affected critical ecological processes and functions, such as agricultural food production, greenhouse gas fluxes, coupled hydro-biogeochemical cycling, and nutrient movement from land to water bodies. Her work uses a systems approach, ecosystem modeling, and data-model assimilation to examine and quantify the complex ecosystem processes in response to climate changes and extremes, land use and cover change, and human management practices across scales. Lu has published more than 80 peer-reviewed research articles in top-tier journals such as Nature, Global Change Biology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and so on. She received the NSF CAREER Award in 2019 and the Early Career Ecologist Award from the Asian Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America (ESA) in 2013. She is leading multiple research projects funded by state and federal agencies.
Research Area: Global biogeochemistry, Carbon and nitrogen cycling, Eco-hydrology, water quality modeling, Ecological Modeling, Greenhouse gas fluxes