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Haichao Li

Haichao Li


Haichao Li is a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils, Department of Soil and Environment. Currently, he is working on a project about stability of biochar in soils. His interests also revolve around the interactions between soil texture, soil water content and soil organic carbon dynamics, animal waste management, X-ray CT techniques, and isotopes in biogeochemistry. Before joining SLU, he obtained his PhD degree in Environmental Sciences and Technology at Ghent University, Belgium.


  • 2022-present, postdoc researcher at the research group of Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils, Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden.
  • 2017-2022, PhD of Bioscience Engineering: Environmental Sciences and Technology, Department of Environment, Ghent University, Belgium
  • 2014-2017, Master of Engineering, Environmental Science, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A & F University, China


Supervision of MSc thesis students

  •  2023-2024, Kifilo Oumar, Stability of sludge biochar in soil, SLU.
  • 2020-2021, Ugochukwu Victor Ezeakunne, Field assessment of the indirect control of soil texture on organic matter decomposition through soil moisture, UGent. 
  •  2018-2019, Julius Hagan, Indirect control of texture on soil microbial activity through mediation of moisture, UGent. 

Selected publications

  • Azzi, E. S., Li, H., Cederlund, H., Karltun, E., Sundberg, C., 2024. Modelling biochar long-term carbon storage in soil with harmonized analysis of decomposition data. Geoderma, 441, 116761.
  • Li, H., Françoys, A., Wang, X., Zhang, S., Mendoza, O., De Neve, S., ... & Sleutel, S., 2023. Field-scale assessment of direct and indirect effects of soil texture on organic matter mineralization during a dry summer. Science of The Total Environment, 899, 165749.
  • Li, H., Van den Bulcke, J., Kibleur P., Mendoza, O., De Neve, S., Sleutel, S., 2022. Soil textural control on moisture distribution at the microscale and its effect on particulate organic matter mineralization. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 172, 108777.
  •  Li, H., Van den Bulcke, J., Mendoza O., Deroo H., Haesaert G., Dewitte K.,  De Neve, S., & Sleutel, S., 2022 Soil texture controls added organic matter mineralization by regulating soil moisture—evidence from a field experiment in a maritime climate. Geoderma, 410, 115690.
  • Yin, Y., Yang, C., Li, M., Zheng, Y., Ge, C., Gu, J., Li, H., Duan M., Wang X.  & Chen, R., 2021. Research progress and prospects for using biochar to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions during composting: A review. Science of The Total Environment, 149294.
  • Li, H., Van den Bulcke, J., Wang, X., Gebremikael, M. T., Hagan, J., De Neve, S., & Sleutel, S., 2020. Soil texture strongly controls exogenous organic matter mineralization indirectly via moisture upon progressive drying—Evidence from incubation experiments. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 151, 108051.
  • Li, H., Duan M., Gu J., Zhang Y., Qian X., Zhang R., Ma J., Wang X., 2017. Effects of bamboo charcoal on antibiotic resistance genes during chicken manure composting. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 140: 1-6.
  • Duan M., Li H., Gu J., Tuo X., Sun W., Qian X., Wang X., 2017. Effects of biochar on reducing the abundance of oxytetracycline, antibiotic resistance genes, and human pathogenic bacteria in soil and lettuce. Environmental Pollution, 224: 787-795. 


Postdoctor at the Department of Soil and Environment; Biogeochemistry of Forest Soils
Telephone: +4618673454, +46761441664
Postal address:
Box 7014
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala