Prof. Dr. Zhi-Ping Wang,

State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Telephone: 010-62836635
Address: Nanxincun 20, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, China
Postcode: 100093

Research Areas

Global Change Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry


Ph.D. 1999.7-2002.6. Institute of Environmental Sciences, Beijing  Normal University. Beijing, China. Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences), 2002. 

M.S.  1988.9-1991.7. Shijiazhuang Institute of Agricultural Modernization, The Chinese  Academy of Sciences. Hebei Province, China. M.S.  (Ecology), 1991.

B.S.    1984.9-1988.7. Wannan Agricultural College. Anhui Province, China. B.S. (Agronomy), 1988. 


Professor. 2009.10-present. Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing, China.

Associate Professor. 2004.7-2009.9. Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing, China.

Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2002.7-2004.6. Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing, China.  

Research Associate and Assistant Professor. 1991.7-1999.6. Shijiazhuang Institute of Agricultural Modernization, The Chinese  Academy of Sciences. Hebei Province, China.

Visiting Professor. 2012.4-2014.4. University of Alberta, Canada

Visiting Scholar. 2008.12-2009.11. Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany 

Visiting Scholar. 2006.9-2007.12. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University, SC,  USA

Research Fellowship. 2000.3-2001.3. Biology Department, The University of York, UK.


Gu Q., Chang S., Wang Z.P.*, Feng J.C., Chen Q.S., Han X.G.  2016. Microbial versus non-microbial methane releases from fresh soils at different temperatures. Geoderma 284, 178184.  

Wang Z.P.*, Gu Q., Deng F.D., Huang J.H., Megonigal J.P., Yu Q., Lü X.T., Li L.H., Chang S., Zhang Y.H., Feng J.C., Han X.G. *. 2016. Methane emissions from the trunks of living trees on upland soils. New Phytologist 211: 429–439.

Wang Z.P., Chang S. X.*, Chen H., Han X. G.*. 2013. Widespread non-microbial methane production by organic compounds and the impact of environmental stresses. Earth-Science Reviews 127, 193–202.  

Wang Z.P.*, Han X. G., Chang S. X., Wang B., Yu Q., Hou L. Y., Li L. H. 2013. Soil organic and inorganic carbon contents under various land uses across a transect of continental steppes in Inner Mongolia. Catena 109, 110117.    

Hou L.Y., Wang Z.P.*, Wang J.M., Wang B., Zhou S.B., Li L.H. 2012. Growing season in situ uptake of atmospheric methane by desert soils in a semiarid region of northern China. Geoderma 189-190, 415422.

Wang Z.P.*, Xie Z.Q., Zhang B.C., Hou L.Y., Zhou Y.H., Li L.H., Han X.G. 2011. Aerobic and anaerobic nonmicrobial methane emissions from plant material. Environmental Science & Technology 45, 9531–9537.

Wang Z.P.*, Keppler F., Greule M., Hamilton J.T.G. 2011. Non-microbial methane emissions from fresh leaves: Effects of physical wounding and anoxia. Atmospheric Environment 45, 4915–4921.

Wang Z.P., Song Y., Gulledge J., Yu Q., Liu H.S., Han X.G.* 2009. China’s grazed temperate grasslands are a net source of atmospheric methane. Atmospheric Environment 43, 2148–2153. 

Wang Z.P.*, Gulledge J., Zheng J.Q., Liu W., Li L.H., Han X.G. 2009. Physical injury stimulates aerobic methane emissions from terrestrial plants. Biogeosciences 6, 615621.

Wang Z.P.*, Han X.G., Wang G.G., Song Y., Gulledge J. 2008. Aerobic Methane Emission from Plants in the Inner Mongolia Steppe. Environmental Science & Technology 42, 6268.

Wang Z.P.*, Han X.G., Li L.H. 2008. Effects of grassland conversion to croplands on soil organic carbon in the temperate Inner Mongolia. Journal of Environmental Management 86, 529534.

Wang Z.P., Li L.H.*, Han X.G., Li Z.Q., Chen Q.S. 2007. Dynamics and allocation of recently photo-assimilated carbon in an Inner Mongolia temperate steppe. Environmental and Experimental Botany 59, 110.

Wang Z.P.*, Han X.G., Li L. H. 2006. Methane emission patches in riparian marshes of the Inner Mongolia. Atmospheric Environment 40, 55285532.

Wang Z.P.*, Han X.G. 2005. Diurnal variation in methane emissions in relation to plants and environmental variables in the Inner Mongolia marshes. Atmospheric Environment 39, 62956305.

Wang Z.P.*, Han X.G., Li L.H., Chen Q.S., Duan Y., Cheng W.X. 2005. Methane emission from small wetlands and implications for semiarid region budgets. Journal of Geophysical Research 110, D13304, doi:10.1029/2004JD005548.

Wang Z.P.*, Duan Y., Yang J.R., Li L.H., Han X.G. 2004. Plateau Marsh Methane Oxidation as Affected by Inorganic N. Pedosphere 14(2), 195204.

Wang Z.P.*, Ineson P. 2003. Methane oxidation in a temperate coniferous forest soil: effects of inorganic N. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 35(3), 427433.


Research Interests

Methane processes in terrestrial ecosystem

Carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial ecosystems

Biosphere – atmosphere gas exchange

Ecosystem ecology, Biogeochemistry, Environment