Dr. Dafeng Hui

Associate Professor

Hui   Department of Biological Sciences
   College of Life & Physical Sciences

   Contact Information:
   Office Location: 320 Harned Hall 
   Telephone: 615-963-5777 
   FAX: 615-963-5786
   Email: dhui@tnstate.edu
   Faculty Website:  http://www.tnstate.edu/faculty/dhui





M.Sc (Ag). – Yangzhou University, China
Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Research Areas: Plant ecology, Ecosystem ecology, Global change ecology, Environmental sciences, etc.

Refereed journal Articles: 100
Books/Bulletins: 3

Most Significant Publications (last 5 years)


Deng, Q. Q. Zhang, X. Han, G. Chu, Q. Zhang*, D. Hui*. 2018. Changing rainfall frequency rather than drought rapidly alters annual soil respiration in a tropical forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 121: 8-15.

Hui, D ., C-L Yu, Q. Deng, EK Dzantor, S. Zhou, S. Dennis, R. Sauve, T. Johnson, P. Fay, W. Shen, Y. Luo. 2018. Effects of precipitation changes on switchgrass photosynthesis, growth, and biomass: a mesocosm. PLoSOne 13(2):e0192555.

Wang, J. Z. Sun, D. Hui, L. Yang, F. Wang, N. Liu, H. Ren. 2018. Responses of seedling performance to altered seasonal precipitation in a secondary tropical forest, southern China. Forest Ecology and Management 410: 27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.12.035.

Du, Y., H. Han, Y. Wang, M. Zhong, D. Hui, S. Niu, S. Wan. 2018. Plant functional groups regulate soil respiration responses to nitrogen addition and mowing over a decade. Functional Ecology Doi:10.111/1365-2435.13045.

Li, J., C. Guo, S. Jian, Q. Deng, C. Yu, D. Dzantor, D. Hui. 2018. Nitrogen fertilization elevated spatial heterogeneity of soil microbial biomass carbon and nitrogen in switchgrass and gamagrass croplands. Scientific Reports  8:1734

Zhou, W, W. Shen, Y. Li, D. Hui. 2017. Interactive effects of temperature and moisture on composition of the soil microbial community. European Journal of Soil Science doi:10.1111/ejss.12488.

Ru, J. Y. Zhou, D. Hui, M. Zheng, S. Wan. 2017. Shifts of precipitation peaks in growing seasons decrease soil respiration in a semidarid grassland. Global Change Biology doi:10.1111/gcb.12941.

Han, H., Y. Du, D. Hui, L, Jiang, M. Xing, S. Wan. 2017. Long-term antagonistic effects of increased precipitation and nitrogen addition on soil respiration in a semiarid steppe. Ecology and Evolution doi:10.1002/ece3.3536.

Deng, Q, D. Hui*, S. Dennis, K.C. Reddy. 2017. Responses of terrestrial ecosystem phosphorus cycling to nitrogen additions: a meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Biogeography  26:713-728. doi:10.111/geb.12576.

Luo, R., D. Hui, N. Miao, C. Liang, N. Wells. 2017. Global relationship of fire occurrence and fire intensity: a test of intermediate fire occurrence-intensity hypothesis. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 122:1123-1136.Doi: 10.1002/2016JG003722. 

Deng, Q, S. Aras, C.-L. Yu, E. K. Dzantor, P. A. Fay, Y. Luo, W. Shen, D. Hui*. 2017. Effects of precipitation changes on aboveground net prima­ry production and soil respiration in a switchgrass field. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment  248:29-37.

Yu, C-L, D. Hui*, Q. Deng, E.K. Dzantor, P.A. Fay, W. Shen, Y. Luo. 2017. Responses of switchgrass soil respiration and its components to precipitation gradient in a mesocosm study. Plant and Soil Doi: 10.1007/s11104-017-3370-2.

Deng, Q, D. Hui*, G. Chu, X. Han, Q. Zhang*. 2017. Rain-induced changes in soil CO2 flux and microbial community composition in a tropical forest of China. Scientific Reports 7(1): 10.1028/s41598-017-06345-2.

Zhou, W, J. He, D. Hui, W. Shen. 2017. Quantifying the short-term dynamics of soil organic carbon decomposition using a power function model. Ecological Processes  6:10 DOI:10.1186/s13717-017-0077-5.

Deng, Q, D. McMahon, Y. Xiang, CL Yu, R. Jackson*, and D. Hui*. 2017. A global meta-analysis of soil phosphorus dynamics after afforestation. New Phytologist  213: 181-192. doi:10.1111/nph.14119.

Miao, Y, H. Han, Q. Zhang, Y. Du, L. Jiang, D. Hui, S. Wan. 2017. Nonlinear responses of soil respiration to precipitation changes in a semiarid temperate steppe. Scientific Reports DOI:10.1038/srep45782.

Jiang, Y, X. Ding, D. Zhang, Q. Deng, C-L Yu, S. Zhou, D. Hui*. 2017. Soil salinity increases the tolerance of excessive sulfur fumigation stress in tomato plants. Environmental and Experimental Botany 133: 70-77.

Li, G., H. Han, Y. Du, D. Hui, Y. Xia, S. Niu, X. Li and S. Wan.2017. Effects of warming and increased precipitation on net ecosystem productivity: a long-term manipulative experiment in a semiarid grassland.  Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 232: 359-366.

Nwosisi, S., D. Nandwani, D. Hui, R. Ravi. 2017. Sensory evaluation of organic sweetpotato cultivars. International Journal of Vegetable Science  10.1080/19315260.2017.1346029 .

Deng, Q, D. Hui*, J. Wang, C. L. Yu, C. Li, K.C. Reddy, and S. Dennis. 2016. Assessing the impacts of tillage and fertilization management on nitrous oxide emissions in a cornfield using the DNDC model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences DOI: 10.1002/ 2015JG003239.

Yu, C-L, D. Hui*, Q. Deng, J. Wang, KC Reddy, S. Dennis. 2016. Responses of corn physiology and yield to six agricultural practices over three years in middle Tennessee. Scientific Reports  DOI:10.1038/srep27504. 

Shen, W, G.D. Jenerette, D. Hui, S.L. Scott. 2016. Precipitation legacy effects on dryland ecosystem carbon fluxes: direction, magnitude, and biogeochemical carryovers. Biogeosciences 13: 425-439.

Jian, S, J. Li, J. Chen, G. Wang, MA Mayes, K.E. Dzantor, D. Hui, Y. Luo. 2016. Soil extracellular enzyme activities, soil carbon and nitrogen storage under nitrogen fertilization: a meta-analysis.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 101: 32-43.

Zhao, C., Y. Miao, C. Yu, L. Zhu, F. Wang, L. Jiang, D. Hui, S. Wan. 2016. Soil microbial community composition and respiration along an experimental precipitation gradient in a semiarid steppe.Scientific Reports6:24317 Doi:10.1038/srep24317.

Wu, J, G. Liang, D. Hui, Q. Deng, X. Xiong, Q. Qiu, J. Liu, G. Chu, G. Zhou, D. Zhang. 2016. Prolonged acid rain facilitates soil organic carbon accumulation in a mature forest in Southern China. Science of the Total Environment 544: 94-102.

Ding, X, Y. Jiang, L. He, Q. Zhou, J. Yu, D. Hui*, D. Huang*. 2016. Exogenous glutathione improves high root-zone temperature tolerance by modulating photosynthesis, antioxidant and osmolytes systems in cucumber seedlings. Scientific Reports 6: doi:10.1038/srep35424.

Deng, Q, X. Cheng, D. Hui, Q. Zhang, M. Li, Q. Zhang. 2016. Soil microbial community and its interaction with soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics following afforestation in central China. Science of the Total Environment541:230-237.

Liang, G., D. Hui, X. Wu, J. Wu#, J. Liu, G. Zhou, D. Zhang. 2016. Effects of simulated acid rain on soil respiration and its components in a subtropical mixed conifer and broadleaf forest in Southern China. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.DOI: 10.1039/C5EM00424A.

Ding, X, Y. Jiang, T. Hao, H. Jin, H. Zhang, L He, Q. Zhou, D. Huang*, D. Hui*, J. Yu*. 2016. Effects of heat shock on photosynthetic properties, antioxidant enzyme activity, and downy mildrew of cucumber. PLoS One11(4): doi:10.1371/journal.ponoe.0152429.

Zhou, S., I. Okekeogbu, S. Sangireddy, Z. Ye, H. Li, S. Bhatti, D. Hui, D. McDonald, Y. Yang, S. Giri, K. Howe, T. Fish, T.W. Thannhauser. 2016. Proteome modification in tomato plants upon long-term aluminum treatment. Journal of Proteome ResearchDOI:10.1021/acs.jproteome.6b00128.

Ye, Z., S.R. Sangireddy, I. Okekeogbu, S. Zhou, C.L. Yu, D. Hui, K. J. Howe, T. Fish, T. W. Thannhauser. 2016. Drought-induced leaf proteome changes in switchgrass seedlings. International J of Molecular Sciences 17(8): 1250. DOI: 10.3390/ijms17081251. 

Wu, Y., D. Hui, NAM Eskin, W Cui. 2016. Water soluable yellow mustard mucilage: A novel ingredient with potent antioxidant properties.  Journal of Biological Macromolecules 91: 710-715.

Parikh, LP, MT Mmbaga, S Kodati, MW Blair, D. Hui, GM Meru. 2016. Broad-sense heritability and genetic gain for powdery mildew resistance in multiple pseudo-F2 populations of flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida L.). Scientia Horticulture 213: doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2016.09.038.

Deng, Q, D. Hui*, Y. Luo, J. Elser, Y.-P. Wang, I. Loldaze, Q. Zhang, S. Dennis. 2015. Down-regulation of tissue N:P ratios in terrestrial plants by elevated CO2. Ecology96: 3354-3363.

Xia J, Niu S, Ciais P, Janssens I, Chen J, Ammann C, Arain A, Blanken PD, Cescatti A, Bonal D, Buchmann N, Curtis PS, Chen S, Dong J, Flanagan LB, Frankenberg C, Georgiadis T, Gough CM, Hui D, Kiely G, Li J, Lund M, Magliulo V, Marcolla B, Merbold L, Montagnani L, Moors E, Olesen JE, Piao S, Raschi A, Roupsard O, Suyker AE, Urbaniak M, Vaccari FP, Varlagin A, Vesala T, Wilkinson M, Weng E, Wohlfahrt G, Yan L, Luo Y. 2015. Joint control of terrestrial gross primary productivity by plant phenology and physiology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (9), 2788-2793.

Hui,D., M.A. Mayes, G. Wang. 2013. Kinetic parameters of phosphatase: a quantitative synthesis.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 65: 105-113.

Biol 5190 Ecology
Biol 6110 Individual Studies
Biol 4120 Principles of Ecology 
Biol 3110 Biometrics
Biol 4100 Special Topics in Ecology and Environmental Sciences


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