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These images show several typical ecosystems that appeal to my group, such as native salt marshes in Yangtze estuaries of the China. These marshes are dominated by an annual Scirpus and exotic species Spartina, which are self-organized into spatially regular patterning, forming a unique salt marsh ecosystem. These marshes are also homes for abundant animal species, such as the marsh crab and the benthic species, a conservation icon for coastal salt marshes in China.
Fairy Circle Tidal Creeks Clumped Spartina
These images show several typical micro-scale systems that appeal to my group to explore, such as collective motion of algal cells and their spatial patterning. These algal cells display self-organized behavior forming a regular patterning. Algal strains courtesy of Prof. Wim Vyverman at Ghent University.
THEORETICAL OUTLINE HIGHLIGHTS
Here typical pictures shows the theoeritical scopes from biological interactions to phyisical principles, such as self-organization Turing theory and phase separation theory, which are focused in my group in recent years. The spatial scales range from micrometer scales of algal cells to ecosystems level of saltmarshes and algal blooms at kilometer scale. Kolmogorov microscales are the smallest scales in turbulent flow. At the Kolmogorov scale, viscosity dominates and the turbulent kinetic energy is dissipated into heat. Batchelor scale describes the smallest length scales of fluctuations in scalar concentration that can exist before being dominated by molecular diffusion.
Quan-Xing Liu was born on 13 October 1983 in the Shaan'xi province of China. In 2002 he started to study chemistry at North University of China and obtained a Bachelor in Science degree in 2006. During his studies, he began to study disease mathematical models in the group of Prof. Dr. Zhen Jin. After that he obtained a Master degree in Control Engineering (with Mathematics Prof. Zhen Jin) from North University of China. He published more than 20 papers in international journals during this period, and obtained the fifth China Youth Science and Technology Innovation Award in 2008. In 2009, he continued his academic career by moving from China to the Netherlands, and from the field of disease mathematical models to a new and challenging field: Marine Ecology. He performed a PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Johan van de Koppel at Department of Spatial Ecology, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Yerseke), working on the mechanisms and functioning of spatial self-organized patterns in ecosystems. His works help us understand the ecosystem functioning of spatial self-organization patterns from animal behavior processes to ecological demographic processes. From March 2013 to Dec. 2014, he is a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Aquatic Microbiology-IBED of University of Amsterdam in Prof. Dr. Jef Huisman's group, where he worked on biodiversity of the coastal phytoplankton caused by large-scale turbulences. From Jan. 2015, he moves to the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research at East China Normal University. Now, he is working at School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences of East China Normal University.
School of Ecological and Environmental Science, East China Normal University, Dongchuan Rd. 500, 200241 Shanghai, P.R. China
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