I am Chao Song. I am a PhD student at Odum School of Ecology with Ford Ballantyne and a Master student in the Department of Statistics with Dan 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.

I study 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 interests in statistics. I try to employ both theoretical and experimental approaches in my research.

I have always wanted to start a blog to record my thoughts in research ideas, skills and thoughts about school and career. On 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.