Ms RONG QU

Ms RONG QU
PhD Student

Research PG

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Ms RONG QU
Ms RONG QU

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen 1.17 Cruishank Building
St Marchar Drive
Aberdeen
AB24 3UU

Biography

I am current a PhD student supervised by Professor Paul Hallett and Professor Jo Smith. I studied Environmental Engineering as an undergraduate in Suzhou University of Science and Technology (China) in 2010. I got the master degree of Environmental Engineering in Imperial College London (England) in 2011. Then I went back to China and worked as a process engineer in Veolia Water for two years before moving to Aberdeen in 2014. I got my second master degree majoring in Environmental Science in University of Aberdeen in 2015, funded by a studentship from Swire Educational Trust before being a PhD student in the same university.

Research

Research Overview

Carbon cycling and the change of soil physical properties on the eroded soil.

Current Research

Soil provides the largest terrestrial reserve of carbon on earth, forming an extremely important component of global greenhouse gas emissions.  There are contradictory assertions about whether an eroding hillslope can be considered as net carbon source or carbon sink, due to the opposing effects of soil loss and exposure of previously physically protected subsoil on the eroding slope versus the deposition of topsoil with abundant carbon to depth as the slope base. The research focus not only on the big scale but also on the small scale by using X-ray CT to quantify the underlying mechanism of carbon sequestration on the eroded hilly slopes.

Research Funding and Grants

Elphinstone PhD Scholarship