Yanfen Wang, Professor in Ecology 

Address: 19A Yuquan Road, Beijing China
Postcode: 100049

Research Areas

Soil ecology; biogeochemical cycle; grassland ecology; biodiversity and ecosystem function

Research Interests

Dr. Prof. Yanfen Wang received her Ph.D. degree in Ecology from Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in 2001. She joined the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in 2002 and was appointed as the vice president of UCAS in 2008. She has served as vice chairman of both China Ecological Society and China Natural Resources Society since 2018 and 2019, respectively, and became the independent board member of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) since 2014.

Prof. Yanfen Wang has been long engaged in grassland ecology research. Her current research interests include the structure and function of Eurasian grassland ecosystem, and its response and adaption to human activities and climate change. She has published over 300 papers in major scientific journals such as Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, PNAS, National Science Review, Global Change Biology, and Journal of Ecology, etc. 


Sino-German International Research Training Group (GRK 2324): TreeDì - 林地 - Tree Diversity Interactions: The role of tree-tree interactions in local neighbourhoods in Chinese subtropical forests, 2018-2022, Spokesperson China.


(1)Grassland changes and adaptive management on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, NATURE REVIEWS EARTH & ENVIRONMENT, 2022, first author.

(2)Unimodal productivity-biodiversity relationship along the gradient of multidimensional resources across Chinese grasslands, NATIONAL SCIENCE REVIEW, 2022, first author.

(3)Carbon and nitrogen cycling on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, NATURE REVIEWS EARTH & ENVIRONMENT, 2022, corresponding author.

(4)Climatic resources mediate the shape and strength of grassland productivity-richness relationships from local to regional scales, AGRICULTURE, ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, 2022, corresponding author. 

(5)Linkage between microbial shift and ecosystem functionality. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 2021, first author

(6)Abiotic and biotic controls of soil dissolved organic nitrogen along a precipitation gradient on the Tibetan plateau, PLANT AND SOIL, 2021, corresponding author

(7)Revealing the community and metabolic potential of active methanotrophs by targeted metagenomics in the Zoige wetland of the Tibetan Plateau, ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 2021, corresponding author

(8)Terrestrial N2O emissions and related functional genes under climate change: A global meta-analysis, GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 2020, corresponding author

(9)Richness of plant communities plays a larger role than climate in determining responses of species richness to climate change, JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 2019, corresponding author

(10)Climate-induced abrupt shifts in structural states trigger delayed transitions in functional states, ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, 2020, corresponding author.

(11)Microbial community responses reduce soil carbon loss in Tibetan alpine grasslands under short-term warming. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 2019, corresponding author.

(12)Degraded patch formation significantly changed microbial community composition in alpine meadow soils, SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, 2019, corresponding author

(13)Plant organic N uptake maintains species dominance under long-term warming. PLANT AND SOIL, 2018, corresponding author

(14)Aboveground net primary productivity and carbon balance remain stable under extreme precipitation events in a semiarid steppe ecosystem, AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 2017, corresponding author

(15)Soil methane uptake by grasslands and forests in China. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 2014, first author

(16)Effects of grazing on N2O production potential and abundance of nitrifying and denitrifying microbial communities in meadow-steppe grassland in northern China. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 2014, corresponding author

(17)The fluxes of CO2 from grazed and fenced temperate steppe during two drought years on the Inner Mongolia Plateau, China. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 2011, first author

(18)Seasonal and interannual variation in water vapor and energy exchange over a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia, China. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 2007, corresponding author.