Yaling Qian, PhD.


Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Fields of Expertise

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Water Quality and Treatment

Areas of Interest

Turfgrass physiology, ecology, and management, Water relations of plants and soils


Dr. Yaling Qian is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Yaling is originally from Zhejiang, China, where she started her career in teaching and research in plant sciences. She credits her mother and grandmother for supporting and encouraging her to pursue a professional career. Dr. Qian received her B.S. (Biology), and M.S. (Botany) in China, and her Ph.D. (Horticultural Science) from Kansas State University in 1996. She worked as an assistant research scientist at Texas A&M Research Center in Dallas from 1996 to 1997 and began her career as a faculty member in 1998 at Colorado State University. Yaling developed and teaches courses in Turfgrass Science and Soil-Plant-Water Relations. Turfgrass Science is the capstone course for senior level students with their study concentration in turfgrass management. Soil-Plant-Water Relations/Water Stress Physiology is a graduate-level course for students who are interested in studying water in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and studying plant responses to drought, flood, and salinity stresses.