Haiyang Zhang is a research fellow at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. His research topics are plant-microbes interaction and how these interactions response and drive carbon and nutrients cycle. Specifically, he mainly focuses on how plant communicates with mycorrhizal fungi (arbuscular mycorrhizal and ectomycorrhizal fungi) and nitrogen-fixing organisms, and how these plant-symbiotic associations affect plant carbon allocation (growth and storage), competition and co-existence under variable environments.
Haiyang worked at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Jena, Germany) and investigated the mechanisms that how plant carbohydrates control AMF-mediated N transfer. Haiyang joined HIE as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in October 2017. He is currently working on “Pastures and Climate Extreme (PACE)” project and aims to examine how the predicted climate scenarios (i.e. rainfall and temperature extremes) affect plant symbiotic associations.
PhD in Ecology, 2015
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Investigate the mechanisms that how plant carbohydrates control arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi-mediated nitrogen transfer.
The goal of this project is examine the nutrients cycling and plant-plant interaction in response to a leguminous (fix nitrogen (N) from the atmosphere) shrub encroachment.
In a new project funded by Meat and Livestock Australia’s MLA Donor Company, Western Sydney University is investing in the construction of new pasture research infrastructure to gain insights into the outcomes and performance of grass and legume pasture systems as Australia’s climate becomes warmer, with more variable rainfall and operating environments become less certain. Within the PAstures and Climate Extreme (PACE) research program, researchers will be testing combinations of plant species, rainfall additions or exclusions (drought), warming from infra-red heat lamps and the performance of pasture systems under future predicted climate scenarios.