I am Chao Song. I am a Ph.D. student at Odum School of Ecology with Ford Ballantyne and a Master student in the Department of Statistics with Daniel Hall at the University of Georgia. Previously, I got a Master degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with Ford Ballantyne at the University of Kansas. I obtained my Bachelor degree in Ecology with Jin-sheng He and a double Bachelor degree in Economics from Peking University, China.
My research focuses on ecosystem ecology. I am particularly interested in carbon cycles in various ecosystems. I have studied carbon cycles in grasslands, soils, lakes, and streams. I also have a keen interest in statistics and its application to ecological problems. I employ both theoretical and experimental approaches in my research. You can find my CV here and a list of publications in my Google Scholar profile.
I have always wanted to start a blog to record my thoughts on research ideas, skills, and academic career. On the one hand, I have read many ecology, statistics, or general research themed blogs. The knowledge, ideas, and skills shared in these blogs are often extremely useful, but hard to learn in graduate school. I want to contribute to the community by sharing my own ideas. On the other hand, as a non-native speaker, I want to use the blog as a motivation to improve my writing skills. After all, the best way to improve writing is writing itself.
I envision this blog as a mixture of skills sharing, interesting aspects of academic life, and research ideas.