Yunru (Chloe) Lai

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Southern Queensland

Dr. Yunru (Chloe) Lai is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Her research aims to improve the representation of soil constraints in agricultural systems models, and the integration of scientific advances in plant-soil-climate-management interaction to enable informed decision-making. She is particularly interested in quantifying the effects of soil constraints on crop production at different spatial and temporal scales through the use of statistical, machine-learning and mechanistic approaches to facilitate the development of soil improvement strategies that are practical, economic and system-integrated. Her research often requires her to work and collaborate across various disciplines including remote and proximal sensing, geostatistics, pedometrics, soil physics and chemistry and crop ecophysiology which she finds immensely stimulating.


  • Pedometrics
  • Geostatistics
  • Plant-soil-climate-management interactions
  • Soil constraints
  • Agricultural systems modelling


  • PhD in Agricultural Science, 2021

    The University of Queensland, Australia

  • Bachelor of Environmental Management, Sustainable Development Major, First Class Honours, 2014

    The University of Queensland, Australia