Dr. Jingyao Sun

As an ecologist, my specialization lies in the study of biological soil crusts (biocrusts) within arid ecosystems. Affiliated with the Shapotou Desert Research and Experiment Station, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, my research canters on the intricate relationships between biocrusts, soil characteristics, and vegetation, with a particular emphasis on complex system dynamics of biocrust and the its emergent effects on ecosystem functions. My work involves extensive field evaluations and the application of sophisticated statistical techniques, including structural equation modelling (SEM), cellular automaton (CA), Bayesian model to delve into the influences of biocrusts on drylands. Through my research, I aim to contribute to ecological restoration efforts and the sustainable management of dryland ecosystems, advocating for the inclusion of biocrusts in broader environmental models to enhance our understanding and stewardship of these vital ecosystems.