Si Gao

Si Gao

PhD candidate, Forest & Conservation Science

Office Hours:

NRSM 385: Thur 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Master of Science, Environmental & Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, 2014 - 2016

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing, 2010 - 2014

Research Interests

Soil nitrogen and phosphorus cycling following biochar application in agricultural ecosystem

Influence of agroforestry practices on ecosystem function

Functions of pyrogenic carbon in terrestrial ecosystems

Field of Study

Soil biogeochemistry, soil microbial ecology, terrestrial ecosystem ecology.

Selected Publications

Gao, S. & T.H. DeLuca. 2018.  Wood biochar impacts soil phosphorus dynamics and microbial communities in organically-managed croplands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 126: 144-150. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.09.002 

Gao, S., K. Hoffman-Krull & T.H. DeLuca. 2017.  Soil biochemical properties and crop productivity following application of locally produced wood biochar at organic farms on Waldron Island, WA.  Biogeochemistry 136: 31-46.  doi: 10.1007/s10533-017-0379-9

Gao, S., K. Hoffman-Krull, A.L. Bidwell & T.H. DeLuca. 2016.  Locally produced wood biochar increases nutrient retention and availability in agricultural soils of the San Juan Islands, USA.  Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 233: 43-54. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.08.028