Chuangcheng Fu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research focuses on blue carbon (mangrove, saltmarsh, and seagrass) stock, stability, and process over different spatial and temporal scales, as well as carbon interactions with minerals and metals. I am proficient in soil and sediment biogeochemistry, soil geography, and geographic information system (GIS).  

I have lots of fieldwork experiences on blue carbon habitats and coastal ecosystems such as tidal flats, aquaculture ponds, river deltas, etc., as well as terrestrial ecosystems such as forests and agricultural lands. I mainly conducted fieldwork on blue carbon soil investigation and sampling across the entire coastal line of China. I was granted by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Postdoctoral Science Foundation (PSF) of China, and the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Jiangsu Province for my work on blue carbon preservation and stability.

Selected Publications

  • Stocks and losses of soil organic carbon from Chinese vegetated coastal habitats. C. Fu, Y. Li, L. Zeng, H. Zhang, C. Tu, Q. Zhou, K. Xiong, J. Wu, C.M. Duarte, P. Christie, Y. Luo. Global Change Biology, 27, 202-214, (2021)
  • Black carbon contributes substantially to allochthonous carbon storage in deltaic vegetated coastal habitats. Y. Li#, C. Fu#, L. Zeng, Q. Zhou, H. Zhang, C. Tu, L. Li, Y. Luo. Environmental Science & Technology, 55, 6495-6504 (2021) (#Equal contributor)
  • Soil accumulation and chemical fractions of Cu in a large and long-term coastal apple orchard, North China. C. Fu, C. Tu, H. Zhang, Y. Li, L. Li, Q. Zhou, K.G. Scheckel, Y. Luo. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 20, 3712-3721 (2020)
  • Spatial interpolation of orchard soil pH using soil type and planting duration as auxiliary information. C. Fu, H. Zhang, C. Tu, L. Li, X. Liu, Y. Luo. Pedosphere, 30, 628-637 (2020)
  • Geostatistical interpolation of available copper in orchard soil as influenced by planting duration. C. Fu, H. Zhang, C. Tu, L. Li, Y. Luo.  Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25, 52-63 (2018)


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Yantai, China, 2019. Advisor: Prof. Yongming Luo
  • M.Sc., Soil Science, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, 2014. Advisor: Prof. Jianjun Pan
  • B.Sc., Agricultural Resources and Environment, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an, China, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2022 - Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, with: Prof. Carlos M. Duarte.
  • 2019 - 2021: Postdoctoral fellow, CAS Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China, with: Prof. Yongming Luo.


  • 2014: Outstanding Graduate student of Nanjing Agricultural University

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science & Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Blue carbon Soil and sediment biogeochemistry Climate Change