Personal Info
Haishan NIU 
Ph.D. Associate Prof.
College of of Resources and Environment
Email:  niuhs(a) 
Tel:  86-10-88256371
Address: NO.19A, Rd Yuquan, Dstr Shijingshan, Beijing 100049, China

Research Areas

1) Water use strategies of plants in steppe, Inner Mongolia
2) Stomata relative parameters in response to environmental factors
2) Quantative assessment of drought severity


BS, Zhelimu Animal Husbandry College, Inner Mongolia, 1994
MS, Inner Mongolia University, 1997
PhD, Institute of Botany of CAS, 2000


Work Experience
Postdoc, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of CAS, 2000-2003
Faculty, Graduate University of CAS (formerly Graduate School of CAS), 2003-present

Honors & Distinctions

Japanese international scholarship, SYLFF Prize at Inner Mongolian University in 1996 and 1997.

First rank scholarship was given as excellent student by Zhelimu Animal Husbandry College, 1990-1994



Sun, Zhenlei, Haishan Niu & Ruimin Liu. 1996. Investigation on relation between micronucleus rates, chromosomal aberration rates and concentration of heavy ion. Vol.6(4):1~6.(in Chinese with English abstract)

Niu, Haishan. 1996. Relationship of technology and environment. Journal of Inner Mongolia University (Humanities and Social Sciences), Vol28(1):102~107. (in Chinese with English abstract) 

Xu-Ri, Haishan Niu, Bingyu Song. 1998. Water use strategy of Leymus chinensis and its population growth potential based on water balance. Acta Agrestia Sinica,Vol.6(4):265~274. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Niu, Haishan, Xu-Ri, Bingyu Song. 1999. Effects of hydration-dehydration seed-treatment on the salt-Resistance of Germinating Wheat. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Univeristatis Neimongal, Vol.30(1):79~84. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Niu, Haishan, Xiangzhen Li, Zuozhong Chen. 1999. Effects of stocking rate on soil saturated hydraulic conductivity and its spatial variation. Acta Agrestia Sinica,Vol.7(3):211~216. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Li, Xiangzhen, Haishan Niu, Tiejun Sun, Zuozhong Chen. 1999. Element composition of Nostoc commune and Xanthoparmelia camtschadalis under grazing pasture and their relations with stocking rates. Acta Agrestia Sinica,Vol.7(3):251~256. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Niu, Haishan, Chen Zuozhong. 1999. From definite to stochastic—Water cycling research under spatially heterogenous conditions. In: Li Chengsen eds.,Advances in Plant Sciences (2). Higher Education Press & Springer Press, Beijing. P126~131. (in Chinese)

Niu, Haishan. 1999. Global water cycle,In: Han Xingguo, Li Linghao & Huang Jianhui eds., Introduction Biogeochemistry. Higher Education Press & Springer Press, Beijing. P160~166. (in Chinese)

Niu, Haishan, Xu-Ri & Song Bingyu. 2000. Water Use Dynamic of Leymus chinensis Population. Acta Agrestia Sinica,8(3):226~232。(in Chinese with English abstract)

Niu, Haishan. 2000. Water relations of steppe plants and steppe communities, In: Chen Zuozhong & Wang Shiping eds., Typical grasslands in China. Science Press, Beijing. P104~121. (in Chinese)

Huang, Fuxiang, Haishan Niu, Mingxing Wang, Yuesi Wang, Guodong Ding. 2001. The relationship between vegetation cover and sand transport flux at Mu Us sandland. Acta Geographica Sinica, 56(6):700-710.

Zhicheng Zhang, Haishan Niu, Hua Ouyang. 2005. Ecosystem Health:Concept Analysis. Resources Science, 27(1):136-147. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Niu, Haishan, Xu-Ri, Zhicheng Zhang, Zuozhong Chen. 2005. A Jarvis stomatal conductance model under considering soil moisture condition. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 24(11):1287-1290. (in Chinese with English abstract).

Xu-Ri, Haishan Niu, Changsheng Li, Yuesi Wang, Mingxing Wang. 2006. Uncertainties in up-scaling N2O flux from field to 1 deg by 1deg scale: A case study for Inner Mongolian grasslands in China. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 38:633-643.

Wang Shiping, Haishan Niu,. Xiaoyong Cui, Shu Jiang, Yonghong Li, Xiangming Xiao, Jinzhi Wang, Guojie Wang, Dehua Huang, Qiuhui Qi, Zonggui Yang. 2005. Ecosystem stabiligy in Inner-Mongolia (Brief communications arising). Nature, 435:E5-E6.

Cui, Xiaoyong, Haishan Niu, Jing Wu, Song Gu, Yanfen Wang, Shiping Wang, Xinquan Zhao, Yanhong Tang. 2006. Response of chlorophyll fluorescence to dynamic light in three alpine species differing in plant architecture. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 58:149-157.

Zhang, Cuifang, Haishan Niu. 2009. Estimation of relative potential of three agricultural water-saving measures in Minqin Oasis. Transactions of the CSAE. 25(10):7-12. (in Chinese with English abstract) PDF

Niu,Haishan, Xiaoyong Cui, Shiping Wang, Yanfen Wang. 2009. Three common errors in Chinese ecological experimental design and interpretation. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 29(7):3901-3910. (in Chinese with English abstract) PDF

Zhang, Lirong, Haishan Niu, Shiping Wang, Yingnian Li, Xinquan Zhao. 2010. Effects of temerature increase and grazing on stomatal density and length of four alpine Kobresia meadow species, Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Acta Ecologica Sinica 30(24):6961-6969. (in Chinese with English abstract) PDF

S.P. Wang; A. Wilkes; Z.C. Zhang; X.F. Chang; R. Lang; Y.F. Wang; H.S. Niu. 2011. Management and land use change effects on soil carbon in northern China’s grasslands: a synthesis. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment (August 2011), 142 (3-4): 329-340. PDF

W.W.Qi;H.S. Niu;S.P. Wang;Y.J. Liu;L.R. Zhang.2012. Simulation of effects of warming on carbon budget in alpine meadow ecosystem on the Tibetan Plateau. Acta Ecologica Sinica 32(6):1713-1722.(in Chinese with English abstract)  PDF

L.R. Zhang; H.S. Niu; S.P. Wang; Y.N. Li; X.Q. Zhao; X.X. Zhu; 2012. Gene or environment? Species-specific control of stomatal density and length. Ecology and Evolution. PDF

Y.J. Liu; H.S. Niu; X.L. Xu; 2013. Foliar δ13C response patterns along a moisture gradient arising from genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity in grassland species of Inner Mongolia. <Link>

Research Interests

(1) I have performed some research to quantify drought severity with growth sensitivity being considered, in the past years. 
(2) Now I am interesting in water-use strategy of steppe plants, especially in how fast of the plants could adjust water-use strategy in response to environmental changes. Stable carbon isotope and microscope analysis are the techniques employed.


Niu, Haishan, Hua Ouyang & Shingping Wang. 2002. Steppe community under middle stocking rate displayed highest resistance and resilience to drought. Proceedings of the VIII International Congress of Ecology. P201.


While closely collaborate with Chinese scientists, I have no international collaborators. If you would like to cooperate with me, never hesitate to contact me with hsh.niu(at), as well as niuhs(at)



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