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Lin Yu

email: lyu(at)

professional background | my work at BGI | Research interests | Publications

Professional background

  • 2017.2 – now : PostDoc, Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling group, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.
  • 2012.1 – 2016.12: Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Lund University, Sweden.
  • 2009.8 – 2011.10: M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.
  • 2003.8 – 2007.7 : B.Eng. in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, China.

My work at BGI

  • Development of the microbially explicit soil organic carbon model, Jena Soil Model (JSM, Yu et al. 2020), to account for the effects of carbon-nutrient intereactions, explicit microbial processes, and organo-mineral association on SOM formation and turnover.
  • Contribution to the development of the QUINCY model (Thum et al. 2019), mainly in the phosphorus cycle and soil biogeochemical processes
    • evaluation of JSM and QUINCY model at a range of beech forest sites along a P availability gradient
  • Improvement of soil phosphorus cycling processes in QUINCY
  • Projects involved: SPP1685, QUINCY

Research Interests:

  • terrestrial phosphorus cycle
  • soil phosphorus processes
  • interaction between carbon cycle and nutrient cycles, e.g. the phosphorus cycle


  • Yu L, Ahrens B, Wutzler T, Schrumpf M & Zaehle S 2020: Jena Soil Model (JSM v1.0; revision 1934): a microbial soil organic carbon model integrated with nitrogen and phosphorus processes. Geosci. Model Dev. 13, 783-803.
  • Caldararu S, Thum T, Yu L & Zaehle S 2020: Whole-plant optimality predicts changes in leaf nitrogen under variable CO2 and nutrient availability. New Phytologist 225, 2331-2346.
  • Thum T, Caldararu S, Engel J et al. 2019: A new model of the coupled carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles in the terrestrial biosphere (QUINCY v1.0; revision 1996). Geosci. Model Dev. 12, 4781-4802.
  • Yu L, Zanchi G, Akselsson C, Wallander H & Belyazid S 2018: Modeling the forest phosphorus nutrition in a southwestern Swedish forest site. Ecological Modelling 369, 88-100.
  • Yu, L., Belyazid, S., Akselsson, C., Van der Heijden, G., Zanchi, G. (2016). Storm disturbances in a Swedish forest—a case study comparing monitoring and modelling. Ecological Modelling, 320, pp.102–113. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.09.025
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