Mingyu Jiang

Department of Landscape Architecture

PhD Student


Ecological landscape especially planting design, greatly inspired me as a key aspect in landscape architecture whilst I was working in practice. I was then attracted by Professor James Hitchmough’s research approaches and attitudes towards the field as well as the achievement for this type of studies from the Department of Landscape.

My experience from my professional application and my supervisor has been invaluable in laying the foundation for my research. Having my special interests in both Inner Mongolia grassland habitats and plant species competition, I started to focus on the competition process between grassland species.

Considering the issue that grass dominance is now a universal problem in semi-nature and designed meadow communities leading to lower social acceptance and biodiversity value, maximising forbs diversity and productivity has drawn the attentions from both landscape architects and ecologists. However, less is known about the grass roles or the impacts for the competition with forbs.

Another interesting link between UK native and Inner Mongolia meadow communities is that there are many species in common as shared species. Accordingly, my research is looking at both; first, identifying the thresholds of grass biomass for forb survival in designed meadow, and second, the grass competitive ability to both ‘native’ and ‘non-native’ forb species.

The Department of Landscape is an enjoyable place to work with a supportive and diverse atmosphere. There are many opportunities to gain different perspective from colleagues with different research background and depth from senior expertise in your research area.

  • 2010-2014, BA in Landscape Architecture with Planning, the University of Sheffield
  • 2014-2015, Assistant Landscape Architect, Ares Landscape Architects Ltd
  • 2015-2016, MLA in Landscape Architecture, the University of Sheffield
Research interests

Thesis Title: What are the grass biomass thresholds for forb (native to the UK and Inner Mongolia, and Inner Mongolia only) survival in designed meadows?

Date started PhD and proposed submission date: September 2016 – February 2020

Other interests:

  • Ecological Landscape,
  • Ecological Horticulture,
  • Naturalistic Planting Design and Meadow/ Grassland Communities
Research group

Supervisor: Professor James Hitchmough