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Clemson University
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Rongzhong Ye

Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Soil Health
Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, PeeDee Research and Education Center

Office: Pee Dee Research & Education Center
Phone: 843-519-0494



Educational Background

Ph.D. Soil & Water Sciences
University of Florida 2010

M.S. Marine & Environmental Biology
Nicholls State University 2006

B.S. Biology Education
Fujian Normal University 2000

Research Interests

My professional background has focused on the biogeochemistry of carbon and nutrients to better understand soil processes that drive ecosystem function and influence environmental quality, with most attention given to soil biogeochemistry of agronomic ecosystems. I am interested in understanding soil biological, chemical, and physical processes that affect microbial community, soil health and crop production. The ultimate goal is to better understand the ecology of soil and hence to improve the management and sustainability.

Lab Members

1. Binaya Parajuli, Ph.D., 2020-present
2. Swabir Musah, M.S., 2021 - present
3. Pratima Poudel, Ph.D., 2021 - present
4. Zhine Wang, Ph.D., 2021 - present
5. Frank Oliver, Ph.D., 2022 - present
6. Luvina Madrid, Ph.D., 2022 - present
7. Than Dam, Postdoc, 2023 - present
8. Allen Dewitt, Technician, 2020 - present
9. Nathaniel Burks, Technician, 2023 - present
10. Pierce Curtis, Technician, 2023 - present
11. Charles Williamson, M.S., 2020 - 2022
12. Pratima Poudel, M.S., 2019-2021
13. Binaya Parajuli, M.S., 2018-2020


Poudel, P., Parajuli, B., Park, D. Ye, R. 2023. Cover crop residues decomposition and nutrient releases in a sandy Ultisols of U.S. Coastal Plain: impacts of termination timing. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Ana. DOI:10.1080/00103624.2023.2223612

Parajuli, B., Szogi, A., Ye, R. 2022. Mineral N suppressed priming effect while increasing microbial C use efficiency and N2O production in sandy soils under long-term conservation management. Biol. Fertil. Soils. (DOI:10.1007/s00374-022-01665-6).

Doane, T., Ye, R., 2022. Photochemical soil methane emission. ACS Earth and Space Chem. 6(7), 1742-1749.

Ji, C., Ye, R., Yin, Y., Sun, X., Ma, H., Gao, R., 2022. Reductive soil disinfestation with biochar amendment modified microbial community composition in soils under plastic greenhouse vegetable production. Soil Tillage Res. 218, 105323.

Wei, L., Ge, T., Zhu, Z., Ye, R., Peñuelas, J., Li, Y., Lynn, T.M., Jones, D.L., Wu, J., Kuzyakov, Y., 2022. Paddy soils have a much higher microbial biomass content than upland soils: A review of the origin, mechanisms, and drivers. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 326, 107798.

Ye, R., Horwath, W.R., 2022. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Wetland Rice Systems: Biogeochemical Processes and Management, in: Yang, Y., Keiluweit, M., Senesi, N., Xing, B. (Eds.), Multi-Scale Biogeochemical Processes in Soil Ecosystems: Critical Reactions and Resilience to Climate Changes. Wiley, pp. 143–157.

Wu, Q., Ye, R., Bridgham, S.D., Jin, Q., 2021. Limitations of the Q10 Coefficient for Quantifying Temperature Sensitivity of Anaerobic Organic Matter Decomposition: A Modeling Based Assessment. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosciences 126, e2021JG006264.

Liu, Y., Luo, M., Chen, J., Ye, R., Tan, J., Zhai, Z., Yang, Y., Huang, J., 2021. Root iron plaque abundance as an indicator of carbon decomposition rates in a tidal freshwater wetland in response to salinity and flooding. Soil Biol. Biochem. 162, 108403.


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