Lingli Liu 


State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, 

Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Research Areas

Dr. Lingli Liu is a professor and a principle investigator at the State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBCAS).  Dr. Liu’s research interests focus on understanding how individual and multiple global change drivers such as air pollution and climate change affect the interactions between plant, soil, and microbial processes. She received the National Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholar in 2015. Dr. Liu also serves as an associate chief editor for Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, and editor for Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology and Journal of Plant Ecology.


  • 2007  Ph.D. in Forestry, North Carolina State University, USA

  • 2002   M.S. in Ecology, Peking University, China                 

  • 1999   B.S. in Environmental Science, Nanjing University, China,


Work Experience

​2011-present   Professor,  Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2007-2011  ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Teaching Experience

Global change ecology (2015- 2018 fall semester)


Lab members are underlined 


Wang X, Wang CZ, Wu J,Miao GF, Chen M, Chen SL, Wang SH, Guo ZF, Wang ZH, Wang B, Li J, Zhao YJ, Wu XL, Zhao CF, Lin WL, Zhang YG, Liu LL*. 2021. Intermediate Aerosol Loading Enhances Photosynthetic Activity of Croplands. Geophysical Research Letters, e2020GL091893

Wang B, Wang ZH, Wang CZ, Wang X, Li J, Jia Z, Li P, Wu J, Chen M, Liu LL*. 2021. Field evidence reveals conservative water use of poplar saplings under high aerosol conditions. Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13633

Deng MF, Li P, Wang ZH, Guo LL, Wu YT, Huang JS, Wang XH, Liu LL*. 2021. Drought and salinization stress induced by stand development alters mineral element cycling in a larch plantation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, e2020JG005906

Wang X, Wang B, Wang CZ, Li J, Jia Z, Yang S, Li P, Wu YT, Pan SN, Liu LL*. 2021. Canopy processing of N deposition increases short-term leaf N uptake and photosynthesis, but not long-term N retention for aspen seedlings. New Phytologist, 229 (5), 2601-2610.

Jia Z, Li P, Wu Y, Yang S, Wang C, Wang B, Yang L, Wang X, Li J, Peng ZY, Guo LL, Liu WX, Liu LL*. 2021. Deepened snow cover alters biotic and abiotic controls on nitrogen loss during non-growing season in temperate grasslands. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 57, 165–177

Wu S, Wang J, Yan Z, Song G, Chen Y, Ma Q, Deng M, Wu Y, Zhao Y, Guo Z…Liu LL, Wu J: 2021, Monitoring tree-crown scale autumn leaf phenology in a temperate forest with an integration of PlanetScope and drone remote sensing observations. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 171:36-48.

Trogisch S, Liu X, Rutten G, Xue K, Bauhus J, Brose U, Bu W, Cesarz S, Chesters D, Connolly J…Liu LL…. H Bruelheide: 2021.The significance of tree-tree interactions for forest ecosystem functioning. Basic and Applied Ecology.


Huang JS, Liu WX, Deng MF, Wang X, Wang ZH, Yang L, Liu LL*. 2020. Allocation and turnover of rhizodeposited carbon in different soil microbial groups. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 150, 107973.

Liu WX, Jiang L, Yang S, Wang Z, Tian R, Peng ZY, Chen YL, Zhang XX, Kuang JL, Ling N, Wang SP, Liu LL*. (2020). Critical transition of soil bacterial diversity andcomposition triggered by nitrogen enrichment, Ecology, 101(8), e03053.

Li P, Sayer EJ, Jia ZLiu WXWu YTYang SWang CZYang L, Chen DM, Bai YF, Liu LL*. (2020). Deepened winter snow cover enhances net ecosystem exchange and stabilizes plant community composition and productivity in a temperate grassland. Global Change Biology, 26 (5), 3015-3027

Wang ZHWang CZWang BWang XLi J, Wu J, Liu LL*. (2020). Interactive effects of air pollutants and atmospheric moisture stress on aspen growth and photosynthesis along an urban-rural gradient. Environmental Pollution, 260, 114076.

Wang JLiu WXLi PJia ZDeng MFYang SLiu LL*. (2020). Long-term deepened snow cover alters litter layer turnover rate in temperate steppes. Functional Ecology. 34 (5), 1113-1122

Liu WX, Tian R, Peng ZYYang S, Liu XX, Yang YS, Zhang WH and Liu LL*. (2020). Nonlinear responses of the Vmax and Km of hydrolytic and polyphenol oxidative enzymes to nitrogen enrichment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 141, 107656.

Chen G, Ma S, Tian D, Xiao W, Jiang L, Xing A, Zou A, Zhou L, Shen H, Zheng C Liu LL….Fang JY: Patterns and determinants of soil microbial residues from tropical to boreal forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 2020, 151:108059.

Zhao G, Liang C, Feng X, Liu LL, Zhu J, Chen N, Chen Y, Wang L, Zhang Y: Elevated CO2 decreases soil carbon stability in Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Research Letters 2020, 15(11):114002.

Su Y, Hu T, Wang Y, Li Y, Dai J, Liu H, Jin S, Ma Q, Wu J, Liu LL, Fang JY, Guo QH: Large‐Scale Geographical Variations and Climatic Controls on Crown Architecture Traits. 2020, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 125(2):e2019JG005306.



Liu LL*. 2019. Upward trend of nitrogen deposition curbed by the dual force of environmental regulation and social-economic structural change in China. Science Bulletin. 64(18),1300-1302

Yang SLiu WXQiao CLWang JDeng MFZhang BBLiu LL*. The decline in plant biodiversity slows down soil carbon turnover under increasing nitrogen deposition in a temperate steppe. Functional Ecology. 2019

Piao SL, Liu Q, Chen AP, Janssens IA, Fu YS, Dai JF, Liu LL, Lian X, Shen MG, Zhu XL. Plant phenology and global climate change: current progresses and challenges. Global change biology. 2019; 25:1922-1940.

Huang JSLiu LL, Qi KB, Yang TH, Yang B, Bao WK, Pang XY. Differential mechanisms drive changes in soil C pools under N and P enrichment in a subalpine spruce plantation. Geoderma. 2019; 340:213-23.

Song J, Wan S, Piao S, Knapp AK, Classen AT, Vicca S, Ciais P, Hovenden MJ, Leuzinger S, Beier CLiu LL…. M Zheng: 2019, A meta-analysis of 1,119 manipulative experiments on terrestrial carbon-cycling responses to global change. Nature ecology & evolution, 3(9):1309-1320.

Piao S, Liu Q, Chen A, Janssens IA, Fu Y, Dai J, Liu LL, Lian X, Shen M, Zhu X: 2019, Plant phenology and global climate change: Current progresses and challenges. Global change biology  25(6):1922-1940.

Huang J, Liu L, Qi K, Yang T, Yang B, Bao W, Pang X: Differential mechanisms drive changes in soil C pools under N and P enrichment in a subalpine spruce plantation. Geoderma 2019, 340:213-223.

Song H, Zhang K, Piao S, Liu LL, Wang Y-P, Chen Y, Yang Z, Zhu L, Wan S: 2019, Soil organic carbon and nutrient losses resulted from spring dust emissions in Northern China. Atmospheric Environment 213:585-596.


Deng MFLiu LL*, Jiang L, Liu WXWang X, Li SP, Yang SWang B. Ecosystem scale tradeoff in nitrogen acquisition pathwaysNature Ecology and Evolution2 (11), 1724.

Wang X, Wu J, Chen M, Xu XT, Wang ZHWang BWang CZ, Piao SL, Lin WL, Miao GF, Deng MF, Qiao CLWang J, Xu SLiu LL*. Field evidences for the positive effects of aerosols on tree growth. Global change biology. 2018.

Li PLiu LL*Wang JWang ZHWang X, Bai YF, Chen SP. Wind Erosion Enhanced by Land Use Changes Significantly Reduces Ecosystem Carbon Storage and Carbon Sequestration Potentials in Semi‐Arid Grasslands. Land Degradation & Development. 2018, 29 (10), 3469-3478.

Liu WX, Allison SD, Li P, Wang J, Chen D, Wang ZHYang SDiao LWWang BLiu LL*. The effects of increased snow depth on plant and microbial biomass and community composition along a precipitation gradient in temperate steppes. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2018;124:134-41.

Liu WXQiao CL,Yang S, Bai WM, Liu LL*Microbial carbon use efficiency and priming effect regulate soil carbon storage under nitrogen deposition by slowing soil organic matter decomposition. Geoderma. 2018332, 37-44.

Xu SLi P, Sayer EJ, Zhang BBWang JQiao CLPeng ZYDiao LWChi YGLiu WXLiu LL*. Initial Soil Organic Matter Content Influences the Storage and Turnover of Litter, Root and Soil Carbon in Grasslands. Ecosystems. 2018:1-13.

Liu HY, Mi ZR, Lin L, Wang YH, Zhang ZH, Zhang FW, Wang H, Liu LL, Zhu B, Cao GM, Zhao XQ, Sanders NJ, Classen AT, Reich PB, He JS. Shifting plant species composition in response to climate change stabilizes grassland primary production. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018:201700299.

Fang JY, Yu GR, Liu LL, Hu SJ, Chapin FS. Climate change, human impacts, and carbon sequestration in China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018;115(16):4015-20.

Hong SB, Piao SL, Chen AP, Liu YW, Liu LL, Peng SS, . Afforestation neutralizes soil pH. Nature communications. 2018;9(1):520.



Wang JLiu LL*, Wang XYang SZhang BBLi PQiao CLDeng MFLiu WX. High nighttime humidity and sissolved orgnic carbon content support rapid decomposition of standing litter in a semi-arid landscape. Functional Ecology 2017, DOI:  10.1111 / 1365 - 2435.12843

Wang JYang S, Zhang BB, Liu WXDeng MFChen SPLiu LL*. 2017. Temporal dynamics of ultraviolet radiation impacts on litter decomposition in a semi-arid ecosystem. Plant and Soil, 419, 71-81.



Deng MFLiu LL*, Sun ZZ, Piao SL, Ma YC, Chen YWWang JQiao CLWang XLi P. Increased phosphate uptake but not resorption alleviates phosphorus deficiency induced by nitrogen deposition in temperate Larix. principis-rupprechtii forests. New Phytologist. 2016, 212 (4), 1019-1029

Greaver TL, Clark CM, Compton JE, Vallano D, Talhelm AF, Weaver CP, Band LE, Baron JS, Davidson EA, Tague CL, Felker-Quinn E, Lynch JA, Herrick JD, Liu LL, Goodale CL, Novak KJ, Haeuber RA. Key ecological responses to nitrogen are altered by climate change. 2016. Nature Climate Change 6(9), 836-843

Niu SL, Classen AT, Dukes JS, Kardol P, Liu LL, Luo YQ, Rustad L, Sun J, Tang JW, Templer PH, Thomas RQ, Tian DS, Vicca S, Wang YP, Xia JY, Zaehle S. Global patterns and substrate-based mechanisms of the terrestrial nitrogen cycle. 2016. Ecology letters 19(6), 697

Liu WX, Allison SD, Xia JY, Liu LL, Wan SQ. Precipitation regime drives warming responses of microbial biomass and activity in temperate steppe soils. 2016. Biology and Fertility of Soils 52 (4), 469-477

Sun ZZ, Liu LL*, Peng SS, Peñuelas J, Zeng H, Piao SL*. Age-related modulation of the nitrogen resorption efficiency response to growth requirements and soil nitrogen availability in a temperate pine plantation. Ecosystems. 2016. 19: 698–709

Liu LL*Wang X, Lajeunesse MJ, Miao GF, Piao SL, Wan SQ, Wu YX, Wang ZHYang SLi PDeng MF. A crossbiome synthesis of soil respiration and its determinants under simulated precipitation changes. Global change biology. 2016. 22, 1394–1405.

Hu XK, Liu LL, Zhu B, Du EZ, Hu XY, Li P, Zhou Z, Ji CJ, Shen HH and Fang JY. 2016. Asynchronous responses of soil carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide emissions and net nitrogen mineralization to enhanced fine root input. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 92, 67-78.



Wang JLiu LL*Wang XChen Y. The interaction between abiotic photodegradation and microbial decomposition under ultraviolet radiation. 2015. Global Change Biology. 21, 2095-2104.

Qiao CLLiu LL*, Hu SJ, Compoton JE, Greaver TL, Li QL, 2015. How inhibiting nitrification affects nitrogen cycle and reduces environmental impacts of anthropogenic nitrogen input. Global Change Biology, 21, 1249-1257



Wang XLiu LL*, Piao SL, Janssens IA, Tang JW, Liu WXChi YGWang JXu S. 2014. Soil respiration under climate warming: differential response of heterotrophic and autotrophic respiration. Global Change Biology. 2014; 20, 3229–3237

Piao SL, Nan H, Huntingford C, Ciais P, Friedlingstein P, Sitch S, Peng SS, Ahlstrom A, Canadell JG, Cong N, Levis S, Levy PE, Liu LL, Lomas MR, Mao JF, Myneni RB, Peylin P, Poulter B, Shi X, Yin G, Viovy N, Wang T, Wang XH, Zaehle S, Zeng N, Zeng Z & Chen AP. 2014. Evidence for a weakening relationship between interannual temperature variability and northern vegetation activity. Nature Communications, 5.

Sun ZZ, Liu LL, Ma YC, Yin GD, Zhao C, Zhang Y and Piao SL. The effect of nitrogen addition on soil respiration from a nitrogen-limited forest soil. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 2014; 197:103–110

Zou LY, Zhou XH, Zhang BC, Lu M, Luo YQ, Liu LL and Li B. 2014. Different reponses of soil respiration and its components to nitrogen addition among biomes: a meta-analysis. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12490



Xu SLiu LL* and Sayer E. 2013. Variability of aboveground litter input alters soil physicochemical and biological processes: A meta-analysis of litterfall -manipulation experiments. Biogeoscience. 10, 7423-7433.

Liu WX, Jiang L, Hu SJ, Li LH, Liu LL and Wan SQ. 2014. Decoupling of soil microbes and plants with increasing anthropogenic nitrogen inputs in a temperate steppe. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 72, 116-122

King JS, Liu LL, Aspinwall M. Forest ecosystem response to interacting elevated atmospheric CO2 and tropospheric O3: a synthesis of experimental evidence. 2013. In Matyssek et al. (Eds). Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges: Knowledge, Understanding and Perspectives from Forest Research

Liang JY, Xia JY, Liu LL, Wan SQ. 2013. Global patterns of the responses of leaf-level photosynthesis and respiration in terrestrial plants to experimental warming. Journal of Plant Ecology. 6: 437-447


Before 2013

Pinder RW, Davidson EA, Goodale CL, Greaver TL, Herrick JD, Liu LL2012. Climate Change Impacts of US Reactive Nitrogen. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.109 no. 20 7671-7675

33. Greaver TL, Sullivan TJ, Herrick JD, Barber M, Baron JS, Cosby BJ, Deerhake M; Dennis R,  Dubois JJD, Goodale C, Herlihy AT, Lawrence GB, Liu LL, Lynch J, Novak K. 2012. A synthesis of the ecological effects of air pollution from nitrogen and sulfur in the United StatesFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10: 365-372

Pardo, LH, ME Fenn, CL Goodale, LH Geiser, CT Driscoll, EB Allen, JS Baron, R Bobbink, WD Bowman, CM Clark, BA Emmett, FS Gilliam, TL Greaver, SJ Hall, EA Lilleskov, Liu LL, JA Lynch, KJ Nadelhoffer, SS Perakis, MJ Robbin-Abbott, JL Stoddard, KC Weathers, and RL Dennis. 2011. Effects of nitrogen deposition and empirical nitrogen critical loads for ecoregions of the United States. Ecological Applications. 21: 3049-3082.

Liu LL* and Greaver TL*. 2010. A global perspective of below-ground carbon cycle under nitrogen enrichment. Ecology Letters 13: 819-828

Liu LL* and Greaver TL*. 2009. A review of nitrogen enrichment effects on three biogenic GHGs: the CO2 sink may be largely offset by stimulated N2O and CH4 emission. Ecology Letters 12: 1103-1117

Liu LL*, King JS, Booker FL, Giardina CP, Allen LH and Hu SJ. 2009. Enhanced litter input rather than changes in litter chemistry drive soil carbon and nitrogen cycles under elevated CO2: a microcosm study. Global Change Biology15:441-453

Liu LL*, King JS, Giardina CP and Booker FL. 2009. The influence of chemistry, production and community composition on leaf litter decomposition under elevated atmospheric CO2 and tropospheric O3 in a northern hardwood ecosystem. Ecosystems12: 401–416

Liu LL*, King JS and Giardina CP. 2007. Effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and tropospheric O3 on nutrient dynamics: decomposition of leaf litter in trembling aspen and paper birch communities. Plant and Soil 299: 65-82.

Liu, LL*, King JS and Giardina CP. 2005. Effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and tropospheric O3 on leaf litter production and chemistry in trembling aspen and paper birch communities. Tree Physiology 15:1511-1522.

Hu M, Liu LL, Ma QJ, Zhu T. and Dai MH. 2005. Spatial-temporal distribution of dimethylsulfide in the subtropical Pearl River estuary and adjacent water. Estuarine. Coastal and Shelf Science 25: 1996-2007.

Ma QJ, Hu M, Zhu T, Liu LL and Dai MH. 2005. Seawater, atmospheric dimethylsulfide and aerosol ions in Pearl River Estuary and the adjacent northern South China Sea. Journal of Sea Research. 53: 131-145.







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