Gao Yang, Professor
Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling,Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Telephone: 010-64889040
Address: A11 Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China  
Postcode: 100101

Research Areas

1. Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus coupling cycling in ecosystems;
2. Chemical element and nanometalic particle transport and fate by deposition
3. Environment remediation and toxicity


1. Ph.D. School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China. (September 2007-July 2010);
2.M.S. Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS, Chengdu, 610041, China & College of Resources and Environment Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China. (September 2004- July 2007);
3. College of Agronomy, South China University of Tropical Agriculture, Danzhou, Hainan 571737 China. (September 2000- July 2004)


1. 2010-2013, Assistant Professor, Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences;
2.2013-2014, Visiting Schoolar, Rothamasted Research&Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK (2013);USDA-ARS, National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory,Purdue University, USA (2014)

3. 2013- 2019, Associate Professor, Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

4.2019-now, Professor, Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

Work Experience
1.National Nature Science Foundation of China (No. 31290221): C, N and H2O coupling cycles in forestry ecosystem and associated biological regulation mechanism (2013-2017), preside;
2.National Nature Science Foundation of China (No. 31200404): Soil organic carbon and phosphorus competitive adsorptiondesorption mechanism and its loss response in purple soil hilly area (2013-2015), preside;
3.Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory Fund (09UA003): Spatial distribution of soil nutrients and heavy metals in the Yangtze River Delta region;
4.National Natural Science Foundation project (40571093): Nitrate loss and its environmental effects in purple soil area;
5.Knowledge Innovation Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences (KZCX3-SW-330): the control of erosion and sediment yield in the Yangtze River watershed;
6.Chinese Academy of Sciences Field Station Fund: nitrogen leaching process and mechanism in purple soil cropland;
7.National 863" program (2007AA10Z441): Rapid immunoassays harmful heavy metals in agricultural product and environment;

Honors & Distinctions

1.Program for “Bingwei” Excellent Talents in Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS (2012-2015);
2. "Lujiaxi" Excellent Talents, CAS, 2015


1. Gao Y*, He NP, Yu GR, Tian J, Miao CY, Yang TT. Impact of external nitrogen and phosphorus input between 2006 and 2010 on carbon cycle in China seas. Regional Environmental Change, 2015, 15, 631–641.
2. Tian J, Yu GR, Pausch J, Gao Y, Blagodatskaya E, Kuzyakov Y. 2015. Aggregate size and their disruption affect 14C-labeled glucose mineralization and priming effect. Applied Soil Ecology, 90, 1-10.
3. Quan Q, He NP*, Zhang Z*, Zhang YH, Gao Y. Nitrogen enrichment and grazing accelerate vegetation restoration in degraded grassland patches. Ecological Engineering, 2015,75, 172–177.
4. Gao Y*, He NP*, Zhang XY. Effects of reactive nitrogen deposition on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Ecological Engineering, 2014, 70, 312-318.
5. Gao Y*, Zhu B*, He NP, Yu GR, Wang T, Chen WL, Tian J. Phosphorus and carbon competitive sorption-desorption and associated non-point loss respond to natural rainfall events. Journal of Hydrology, 2014, 517: 447-457.
6. Gao Y, Zhu XJ, Yu GR*, He NP, Wang QF, Tian J. Water use efficiency threshold for terrestrial ecosystem carbon sequestration under afforestation in China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2014, 195-196, 32-37.
7. Gao Y*, He NP, Yu GR, Chen WL, Wang QF. 2014. Long-term effects of different land use types on C, N, and P stoichiometry and storage in subtropical ecosystems: a case study in China. Ecological Engineering, 67, 171-181.
8. Wang YF, Chen LD, Gao Y, Wang S, Lv YH, Fu BJ. 2014. Carbon sequestration function of check-Dams: a case study of the Loess Plateau in China. AMBIO, 43(7): 926-931.
9. Gao Y*, Zhu B*, Yu GR, Chen WL, He NP, Wang T, Miao CY. Coupled effects of biogeochemical and hydrological processes on C, N, and P export during extreme rainfall events in a purple soil watershed in southwestern China. Journal of Hydrology, 2014, 511, 692-702.
10. Luo CY, Gao Y*, Zhu B, Wang T. 2013. Sprinkler-based rainfall simulation experiments to assess nitrogen and phosphorus losses from a hillslope cropland of purple soil in China. Sustainability of Water Quality and Ecology, 1-2: 40-47.
11. Gao Y*, He NP*, Wang QF, Miao CY. Increase of external nutrient input impact on carbon sinks in Chinese coastal seas. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47, 13215−13216
12. Gao Y, Luo ZX*, He NP*, Wang MK. Metallic nanoparticle production and consumption in China between 2000 and 2010 and associative aquatic environmental risk assessment. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2013, 15:1681
13. Gao Y*, Yu GR*, He NP. Equilibration of the terrestrial water, nitrogen, and carbon cycles: advocating a health threshold for carbon storage. Ecological Engineering, 2013, 57: 366-374
14. He NP, Wang RM, Gao Y, Dai JZ, Wen XF*, Yu GR*. Changes in the temperature sensitivity of SOM decomposition with grassland succession: Implications for soil C sequestration. Ecology and Evolution, 2013, 3(15): 5045-5054
15. He NP*, Yu Q, Wang RM, Zhang YH, Gao Y, Yu GR*. Enhancement of carbon sequestration in soil in the temperature grasslands of northern China by addition of nitrogen and phosphorus. PlosOne, 2013, doi.10.1371/journal.pone.0077241
16. Gao Y*, Yu GR*, He NP, He HL, Wang QF, Fang HJ. Is there an existing healthy threshold for carbon storage in the ecosystem? Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46(9): 4687–4688
17. Gao Y*, Yu GR*, Luo CY, Zhou Pei. Groundwater nitrogen pollution and assessment of its health risks: a case study of a typical village in rural-urban continuum, China. PLoS One, 2012, e33982
18. Gao Y*, Zhu B*, Wang T, Wang YF. Seasonal change of non-point source pollution-induced bioavailable phosphorus loss: a case study of Southwestern China. Journal of Hydrology, 2012, (420-421): 373-379
19. Gao Y*, Miao CY*, Xia J, Mao L, Wang YF, Zhou P. Plant diversity reduces the effect of multiple heavy metal pollution on soil enzyme activities and microbial community structure. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering , 2012, 6(2): 213-223
20. Gao Y*, Wang YF, Zhang GM, Xia J, Mao L, Tang ZW, Zhou P. An approach for assessing soil health: a practical guide for optimal ecological management. Environmental Earth Science, 2012, 65(1): 153-159
21. Gao Y*, Miao CY, Xia J*, Luo CY, Mao L, Zhou P, Shi WJ. Effect of citric acid on phytoextraction and antioxidative defense in Solanum nigrum L. as a hyperaccumulator under Cd and Pb combined pollution. Environmental Earth Science, 2012, 65(7):1923-1932
22. Gao Y*, Miao CY, Wang YF, Xia J, Zhou P. Metal-resistant microorganisms and metal chelators synergistically enhance the phytoremediation efficiency of Solanum nigrum L. in Cd- and Pb- contaminated soil. Environmental Technology, 2012, 1383-1389.
23. Miao CY*, Yang L, Chen X.H, Gao Y. The vegetation cover dynamics (1982–2006) in different erosion regions of the Yellow river basin, China. Land Degradation & Development, 2012, 23(1): 62-71
24. Gao Y, Zhong BL, Yue H, Wu B, Cao S*. A degradation threshold for irreversible loss of soil productivity: a long-term case study in China. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2011, 48, 1145-1154
25. Gao Y*, Xia J. Chromium contamination accident in China: viewing environment policy of China. Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 45(20):8605-8606
26. Xiao Q, Gao Y*, Hu D, Tan H, Wang TX. Assessment of the interactions between economic growth and industrial wastewater discharges using co-integration analysis: a case study for China’s Hunan Province. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2011, 8, 2937-2950
27. Miao CY*, Yang L, Liu BY, Gao Y, Li SL. Streamflow changes and its influencing factors in the mainstream of the Songhua River basin, Northeast China over the past 50 years. Environmental Earth Science, 2011, 63: 489-499
28. Wang YF*, Fu BJ, Chen LD, Lv YH, Gao Y. Check dam in the Loess Plateau of China: engineering for environmental services and food security. Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 45(24):10298-10299
29. Guo GY, Yuan T*, Wang WH, Li D, Cheng JP, GaoY, Zhou P. Bioavailability, mobility, and toxicity of Cu in soils around the Dexing Cu mine in China. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 2011, 33: 217–224
30. Gao Y*, Miao CY, Mao L, Zhou P, Jin ZG, Shi WJ. Improvement of phytoextraction and antioxidative defense in Solanum nigrum L. under cadmium stress by application of cadmium-resistant strain and citric acid. Journal of hazardous materials, 2010, 181: 771–777
31. Gao Y*, Mao L, Miao CY, Zhou P, Cao JJ, Shi WJ. Spatial characteristics of soil enzyme activities and microbial community structure under different land uses in Chongming Island, China: geostatistical modelling and PCR-RAPD method. Science of the total environment, 2010, 408: 3251–3260
32. Gao Y, Zhou P*, Mao L, Zhi YE, Zhang CH, Shi WJ. Effects of plant species coexistence on soil enzyme activities and soil microbial community structure under Cd and Pb combined pollution. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2010, 22(7): 1040–1048
33. Gao Y*, Zhou P, Mao L, Zhi YE, Shi WJ. Assessment of effects of heavy metals combined pollution on soil enzyme activities and microbial community structure: modified ecological dose-response model and PCR-RAPD. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2010, 60: 603-612
34. Gao Y, Zhu B*, Wang T, Tang JL, Zhou P, Miao CY. Bioavailable phosphorus transport from a hillslope cropland of purple soil under natural and simulated rainfall. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2010, 171: 539-550
35. Gao Y, Zhou P*, Mao L, Shi WJ, Zhi YE. Phytoextraction of Cd and physiological changes in Solanum nigrum as a novel hyperaccumulator. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology, 2010, 57(4): 538-546.
36. Gao Y, Zhu B*, Zhou P, Tang JL, Miao CY. Effects of vegetation cover on phosphorus loss from a hillslope cropland of purple soil under simulated rainfall: a case study in China. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 2009, 263-273
37. Miao CY*, Liu BY, Gao Y, Zhang TY. Evaluation of different procedures to interpolate particle-size distribution in black soils. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 2008, 15: 1–7


“Coupling Cycles of Carbon, Nitrogen and Water in Terrestrial Ecosystem and Associative Biological Regulation Mechanism" report in US-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability
special conference