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08/2013

Welcome the arrival of new group member-Kudzai Kaseke (Farai). Farai is a PhD student starting this fall. He is from Zimbabwe. He got his Master degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and his BS degree from the University of Zimbabwe.



07/2013

Lixin co-authored a new publication in Plant and Soil. In this study, we pioneered in studying the interactive effects of wind erosion and sand burial on sand dune vegetation and showed how sand burial compensates for the negative effects of erosion on plants in arid sand dune ecosystems.


07/2013

Lixin was awarded a research agreement entitled “Precipitation and fog stable isotope analyses in Namibia” through IAEA, collaborating with Bill Gilhooly. The the holders of the research agreements are invited to participate in the research coordination meetings (RCM) funded through IAEA (four meetings were planned for this program).


07/2013

Lixin co-authored a new publication in Ecological Engineering. Sand-binding vegetation is effective in stabilizing sand dunes and reducing soil erosion. In this study, using dual isotope techniques (13C and 15N), we found that sand-binding plants have developed into a relatively stable stage after ~20 years of plantation, but short-term rainfall variability could have severe impact on the vegetation functions.  .


06/2013

Lixin has a new publication entitled “Ecological Processes: Decomposition and Mineralization”. This is a collaborative book chapter that Lixin co-wrote with Paolo D’Odorico from the University of Virginia. This chapter will appear in “Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences” by Elsevier.


06/2013

Led by the department chair Kevin Mandernack, the delegates (Lin Li, Pierre-André Jacinthe and Lixin) of IUPUI Earth Sciences Department visited Chinese University of Geosciences, the Institute of Geology and Geophysics and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.


06/2013

As part of the research collaboration visit with Pierre-André Jacinthe, Lixin was invited to present his research entitled “Soil, Water and vegetation in drylands-the effects of environmental changes” in the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


05/2013

Lixin was invited to present his research entitled “Evapotranspiration partition in water-limited environments” in the Department of Hydraulic Engineering at Tsinghua University.


05/2013

Lixin has a new publication entitled “Ecohydrology: plant water use”. This is a collaborative book chapter that Lixin co-wrote with Matt McCabe from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. This chapter will appear in “Handbook of Engineering Hydrology” by Taylor & Francis.



05/2013

Lixin co-authored a new publication in Geomorphology. In this study, we used geostatistical methods to investigate the effects of ploughing and grazing on the soil infiltration patterns.


04/2013

Lixin has a new publication in Landscape Ecology. This study provides a first landscape-level investigation on soil 15N dynamics in African savanna ecosystems.


04/2013

Lixin co-authored a new publication in Geoderma. In this paper, geostatistical tools were used to investigate the effects of ploughing and grazing on the spatial patterning of surface soils properties.


04/2013

Lixin attended EGU meeting in Vienna, which was partially supported by Indiana University Overseas Conference Grant. Lixin gave an oral presentation entitled “Isotope-based evapotranspiration partition in semi-arid environments” and also co-author a poster entitled “Analysis of the distribution of the isotopic composition of evapotranspiration flux in a semi-arid savanna” with colleagues from Princeton University. Vienna is a lovely city to visit in April.



03/2013

Lixin was invited to attend a workshop on NSF teaching proposal writing in Tampa, which was organized by Profs. Jeffrey Ryan and Jill Singer. It was a productive workshop for all and we all enjoy the nice weather in March of South Florida.


02/2013

Lixin co-authored a new publication in Ecosphere. In this paper, we used the Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) model to explain the isotopic variations in tropic rainfall of East Africa. This new method shows a significant improvement compared with previous predications..


01/2013

Lixin has a new publication in Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta. This study is a collaborative project between multiple institutions (e.g., Princeton University, University of Oklahoma, University of New South Wales and IUPUI). Utilizing a long-term grassland warming experiment and stable isotope techniques, we tested the evapotranspiration partition trends under warming scenario.



12/2012

Lixin has a new publication in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), the publication of this editorial concludes the special issue entitled “Water, climate, and vegetation: ecohydrology in a changing world” in HESS. Lixin and other co-editors have been working on this special issue for one and half years. All the publications in the special issue are available online.


09/2012

Lixin’s publication was featured on the cover page, check Publication page for details.



09/2012

Lixin was appointed as consulting Editor of Journal of Arid Environments. 


05/2012

Lixin was invited to participate in an agriculture sustainability workshop organized by Princeton University and Beijing Normal University.