Guang-You Hao

Guangyou Hao

Guang-You Hao

Putnam Research Fellow

1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Fax: 617.384.6596

Education and working experience

PhD (2003-2010) Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
PhD (2005-2010) University of Miami, USA
Post-doc Fellow (2010-2012) Sustainability Science Program, Harvard University

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in mechanisms underlying the environmental adaptation of plants with respect to efficiencies in resource utilization and stress tolerance. My research focuses on efficiency and safety of vascular transport and the functional coordination between plant water relations and carbon economy. One of my approaches to address these questions is to conduct ecophysiological comparative studies on species with contrasting growth forms. I am also interested in incorporating phylogenetic analyses to probe the evolution of plant functional traits.


  • Guang-You Hao, James K. Wheeler, N. Michele Holbrook, and Guillermo Goldstein. Investigating xylem embolism formation, refilling and water storage in tree trunks using frequency domain reflectometry. Journal of Experimental Botany. 2013. 64:2321-2332.
  • Guang-You Hao, Mary E. Lucero, Stewart C. Sanderson, Elizabeth H. Zacharias, and N. Michele Holbrook. 2012. Polyploidy enhances the occupation of heterogeneous environments through hydraulic related trade-offs in Atriplex canescens (Chenopodiaceae). New Phytologist. doi: 10.1111/nph.12051.
  • Guang-You Hao, Ai-Ying Wang, Lawren Sack, Guillermo Goldstein, and Kun-Fang Cao. 2012. Is hemiepiphytism an adaptation to high irradiance? Testing seedling responses to light levels and drought in hemiepiphytic and non-hemiepiphytic Ficus. Physiologia Plantarum. Doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.2012.01694.x.
  • Ze-Xin Fan, Shi-Bao Zhang, Guang-You Hao, and Kun-Fang Cao. 2012. Evolutionary correlations among xylem hydraulic traits, growth and adult stature in 43 tropical tree species from Southwestern China. Journal of Ecology. 100: 732-741.
  • Guang-You Hao, Guillermo Goldstein, Lawren Sack, N. Michele Holbrook, Zhi-Hui Liu, Ai-Ying Wang, Zhi-Hui Su, Rhett D. Harrison, and Kun-Fang Cao. 2011. Ecology of hemi- epiphytism in fig species is based on evolutionary coordination of hydraulics and carbon economy. Ecology. 92:2117-2130.
  • Guang-You Hao, Ai-Ying Wang, Zhi-Hui Liu, Augusto C. Franco, Guillermo Goldstein, and Kun-Fang Cao. 2011. Differentiation of photochemistry between hemiepiphytic and non- hemiepiphytic Ficus species with contrasting xylem hydraulic conductivity. Tree Physiology. 31:626-636.
  • Guang-You Hao, Lawren Sack, Ai-Ying Wang, Kun-Fang Cao, and Guillermo Goldstein. 2010. Differentiation of leaf water flux and drought tolerance traits in hemiepiphytic and non-hemiepiphytic Ficus tree species. Functional Ecology. 24:731-740.
  • Jiao-Lin Zhang, L. Poorter, Guang-You Hao, and Kun-Fang Cao. 2010. Photosynthetic thermotolerance of woody savanna species in China is correlated with leaf life span. Annals of Botany. 110 (5): 1027-1033.
  • Guang-You Hao, Tim J. Jones, Corene Luton, Yong-Jiang Zhang, Eric Manzane, Fabian G. Scholz, Sandra J. Bucci, Kun-Fang Cao, and Guillermo Goldstein. 2009. Hydraulic redistribution in dwarf Rhizophora mangle trees driven by interstitial soil water salinity gradients: impacts on hydraulic architecture and gas exchange. Tree Physiology. 29:697-705.
  • Yong-Jiang Zhang, Frederick C. Meinzer, Guang-You Hao, Fabian G. Scholz, Sandra J. Bucci, Frederico S. C. Takahashi, Randol Villalobos-Vega, Juan P. Giraldo, Kun- Fang Cao, William A. Hoffmann, and Guillermo Goldstein. 2009. Size-dependent mortality in a Neotropical savanna tree: the role of height-related adjustments in hydraulic architecture and carbon allocation. Plant, Cell and Environment.32:1456-1466.
  • Guang-You Hao, William A. Hoffmann, Fabian G Scholz, Sandra J. Bucci, Frederick C. Meinzer, Augusto C. Franco, Kun-Fang Cao, and Guillermo Goldstein. 2008. Stem and leaf hydraulics of congeneric tree species from adjacent tropical savanna and forest ecosystems. Oecologia. 155:405–415.
  • Sandra J. Bucci, Fabian G. Scholz, Guillermo Goldstein, Frederick C. Meinzer, Augusto, C. Franco, Yongjiang Zhang, and Guang-You Hao. 2008. Water relations and hydraulic architecture in Cerrado trees: adjustments to seasonal changes in water availability and evaporative demand. Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology. 20(3):233-245.