Dr Fang You

Advance QLD Research Fellowship

Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
Sustainable Minerals Institute
+61 7 334 64502


I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Technology and Engineering (Direction of geological information system and remote sensing technology, Beijing Normal University), Master in ecology (Direction of industry life cycle metabolism assessment, Chinese Academy of Sciences), PhD in Environmental Microbiology and Engineering (The University of Queensland).

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Ecological Engineering of Mine Wastes (soil-plant systems), within Environment Centres (CMLR), Sustainable minerals institute (SMI), in The University of Queensland. My research interest is to investigate the biogenic factors (e.g., extremophiles, bacteria, fungi) in organic matter transformation and bioweathering/bioleaching processes in technosols and rhizosphere. My expertise include advanced microspectroscopic and "Omic" based approaches. I have intensive experience to apply the technologies such as scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), metagenomes and proteomics with bench skills and large dataset manipulation and mining skills to give new insights into the fundamental study about geo-microbial ecology and the geo-rhizosphere biology during transition from mining wastes towards technosols, and upon which to develop novel biotechnology and methodology to prime sustainable rehabilitation of mining wastes.

My research has been closely in collaboration with industrial partners (e.g., Rio Tinto, Energy Resource Australia, Rodinia Resources Pty Ltd) to deliver innovative technologies and improve economic and ecological sustainability of resource industries in Australia and overseas.


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Book Chapter

  • Huang, Longbin and You, Fang (2018). Rehabilitation of biological characteristics in mine tailings. Spoil to soil: mine site rehabilitation and revegetation. (pp. 75-94) edited by N.S. Bolan, M.B. Kirkham and Y.S. Ok. Boca Raton, FL United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781351247337-5

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