Xue Feng

Xue Feng

Xue Feng

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Civil Engineering Building
Room 150
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • Ph.D., 2015, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University
  • BS, 2010, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Professional Background

  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California (2015-2017)
Research Interests

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My research aims to discover new ways that water shapes ecosystem response to climate change and use this knowledge to advance Earth system modeling and climate predictions. Many ecosystems around the world are increasingly affected by climate change. The lifeforms within those ecosystems take up, store, and use carbon for growth and maintenance (e.g., plants that photosynthesize, or microbes that decompose soil carbon). Importantly, their metabolism and function are controlled by water. As a result, the hydrological processes that make water accessible to these lifeforms will not only control ecosystem responses, but also their contributions to climate change, by regulating how much carbon is released back into the atmosphere as greenhouse gasses. I use a range of quantitative methods, including stochastic processes and information theory, to analyze the variability in the climate system and model the nonlinear dynamics within the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.

Selected Publications

Feng, X., M. J. Deventer, R. Lonchar, G. H. C. Ng, S. D. Sebestyen, D. T. Roman, T. J. Griffis, D. B. Millet, and R. K. Kolka.(2020) "Climate sensitivity of peatland methane emissions mediated by seasonal hydrologic dynamics." Geophysical Research Letters: e2020GL088875.

Feng, X., Ackerly, D. D., Dawson, T. E., Manzoni, S., Skelton, R. P., Vico, G., & Thompson, S. E. (2018). The ecohydrological context of drought and classification of plant responses. Ecology letters21(11), 1723-1736.

Porporato, A., Feng, X., Manzoni, S., Mau, Y., Parolari, A. and G. Vico (2015). Ecohydrological modeling in agroecosystems: Examples and challenges. Water Resources Research, 51(7), 5081-5099. doi:10.1002/2015WR017289.

Feng, X., A. Porporato, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe (2015). Stochastic soil water balance under seasonal climates. Proceedings of the Royal Society A. doi:10.1098/rspa.2014.0623.

Feng, X., Porporato, A., and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe (2013). Changes in rainfall seasonality in the tropics. Nature Climate Change, 3, 811-815. doi:10.1038/nclimate1907.