Research Projects

  • TIP: Academic Enhancement of Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences Programs at Tennessee State University. 9/1/2016-8/31/2020. $370,953. National Science Foundation (NSF) HBCU-UP Program (PI, D. Hui, Co-PIs: T. Byl, E. Dzantor, P. Ganter). 
  • EiR: Mechanistic Prediction of Soil Microbial Response to Temperature Change. 6/1/2019-5/31/2022. $999,429.  National Science Foundation (NSF)  HBCU-EiR program (PI: J. Li, Co-PIs: J. de koff, D. Hui, S. Allison). 
  • IUSE: TSU Wetland Observatory -- Reforming Lab Instruction and Strengthening Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students in Biological and Environmental Sciences. 9/1/2015-8/31/2018. $167,320. National Science Foundation (NSF) DUE Program (PI: D. Hui, Co-PIs: T. Byl, B. Sutton). 
  • Internannual variability and asymmetric responses of switchgrass biomass production and soil respiration to precipitation changes. 10/1/2018-9/30/2021. $21,000. USDA Evans-Allen program (PI: D. Hui).
  • Effects of global warming and drought on switchgrass biomass and greenhouse gas emission. 9/1/2013-8/31/2017. $299.873. US Department of Agriculture (USDA) CBG Program (PI: D. Hui, co-PIs:  S. Dennis, E.K. Dzantor, T. Johnson, S. Zhou).
  • Effects of biochar on switchgrass productivity and greenhouse gas emission. 10/1/2015-9/30/2018. $21,000. USDA Evans-Allen program (PI: D. Hui).
  • Impacts of climate extremes on terrestrial carbon exchange. 7/1/2015-6/30/2016, $10,000, TSU Mini-grant (PI, D. Hui).
  • Effects of natural warming on soil carbon dynamics and emission using a whole ecosystem shift experimental facility. 1/1/2015-12/20/2017. RMB 200,000, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Collaborative Program for Scholars in Hong Kong, Macao and Overseas (PI, D.Hui, Co-PI, D. Zhang, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences).
  • Effects of amounts and seasonal patterns of precipitation on soil ecological processes in subtropical broadleaf forests, 2011-2016, RMB 3,000,000. NSFC Key Research Program (PI: W. Shen, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Co-PIs: D. Hui and others) 
  • Identification and modulation of functional protein association networks for drought tolerance in switchgrass. 9/1/2012-8/31/2015, $499,995. USDA CBG Program (PI: S. Zhou, Co-PIs, J. de off, D. Hui, G. Smith, F. Chen).
  • Experimental and modeling study of switchgrass productivity and greenhouse gas emissions under climate change and nitrogen application. 10/01/2012-9/30/2015. $21,000. USDA Evans-Allen Program (PI: D. Hui). 
  • Improving Nitrogen and Water Use Efficiency to Reduce Greenhouse Gases Emission in Corn Croplands. 10/1/2011-9/30/2014. $299,930. USDA CBG program (PI: Sam O. Dennis, Co-PIs: Dafeng Hui, and Chandra Reddy. Former PI: Junming Wang.).
  • Dveloping and Evaluating Sustainable Production of Eastern Gamagrass as Complementary Bioenergy Feedstock to Switchgrass. 2010-2013. $424,820. USDA CBG Program (PI: E. Dzantor, Co-PIs: D. Tyler, F. Tegegne, and D. Hui).
  • URM: Enhancing Minority Undergraduate Student Research Experiences in Ecology and Environmental Science. 2009-2014. $614,520. National Science Foundation (PI: D. Hui)
  • MRI: Acquisition of a Photosynthesis and Respiration System for Research and Education at Tennessee State University. 2009-2012, $66,780, National Science Foundation (PI: D. Hui; Co-PIs: Emmanuel Dzantor, Elbert Myles).
  • Response of soil respiration in subtropical Chinese forests to precipitation changes. 2008-2011. RMB 300,000. NSFC (PI, D. Zhang, co-PIs. D Hui and others).
  • Li-Cor Environmental Education Fund (LEEF) Grant. 2009. $40,000, Li-Cor Biosciences.
  • TSU Faculty Research Award. 2008, $12,000. TSU (PI, D. Hui).
  • Data-Model Fusion at AmeriFlux Sites: Towards Predictive Understanding of Seasonal and Interannual Variability in Net Ecosystem Exchange. 2005-2008, $260,000, National Science Foundation (PI, Y. Luo, University of Oklahoma. Co-PI: D. Hui).
  • Interannual Variability in Net Ecosystem Exchange in Colorado Subalpine Forest:  Partitioning into Causes between Climatic Variability and Functional Changes. 2003-2004, $106,000. DOE National Institute For Global Environmental Change (PI: Y. Luo, co-PI: D. Hui).

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