Yushu Xia Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Xia Yushu
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Dr. Yushu Xia uses data and modeling tools to explore the association between soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics to help inform agricultural management. Dr. Xia works in Woodwell’s carbon program, creating a web app to improve soil carbon accounting on rangelands. She is developing high-resolution soil moisture and plant productivity maps that will help refine the modeling of rangeland carbon. She is also using site-based measurements and remote sensing estimates to improve model calibration.

Yushu Xia in agricultural field

photo by Yushu Xia

Dr. Xia has always been enthusiastic about researching soil health, motivated by the need for more precise information to improve management of soil carbon. Her Ph.D. work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used remote sensing imagery, field data, and modeling methods to estimate soil carbon stocks and nitrous oxide emissions across the United States. She hopes her work will contribute to soil conservation and climate mitigation efforts, while helping answer questions around how soil can help combat climate change and maintain food security and environmental quality.

Dr. Xia grew up in Nanjing, China. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing the piano.

Selected Publications

Estimating Cover Crop Biomass Nitrogen Credits with Sentinel-2 Imagery and Sites Covariates

Xia, Y., Guan, K., Copenhaver, M., and M. Wander (2020). Agronomy Journal.


Developing Near- and Mid-infrared Spectroscopy Analysis Methods for Rapid Assessment of Soil Quality in Illinois

Xia, Y., Ugarte, C., Guan, K., Pentrak, M., and M. Wander (2018). Soil Science Society of America Journal.