Title:Associate Professor
Address:Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences No. 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang, Liaoning, 110016 China


2012-2013, Joint training PhD student, Purdue University (co-advised by Dr. Timothy R. Filley)

2010-2015, PhD, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Advised by Dr. Yong Jiang)

2006-2010, Bachelor, Qufu Normal University


1. 2018-2021 Allocation and retention mechanisms of different atmospheric nitrogen forms in a typical meadow grassland ecosystem of China. Founded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. RMB 658,000. PI

2. 2019-2022 the Youth Innovation Promotion Association Talent Plan. Funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. RMB 800, 000 PI.

3. 2016-2020 Manipulation of water and nutrients for planting forage grasses efficiently. Founded by the National Key Research and Development Program of China. RMB 400,000. Co-PI


    I am interested in nutrient cycling and distribution traits within soil aggregates in grasslands, and how these properties are controlled by plant and microbial processes under global changes scenarios. Specifically, I mainly focused on soil carbon sequestration, fate of atmospheric deposited N, transformation of soil phosphorus and sulfur, and availability of base cation and micronutrients.

  • First and corresponding author (* indicate corresponding author):

    1.      Wang RZ, Dijkstra FA, Liu HY, Yin JF, Wang X, Feng X, Xu ZW, Jiang Y. 2019. Response of soil carbon to nitrogen and water addition differs between labile and recalcitrant fractions: evidence from multi–year data and different soil depths in a semi-arid steppe. Catena, 172: 857-865

    2.      Li TP#, Liu HY#, Wang RZ*, Lü XT, Yang JJ, Zhang YH, He P, Wang ZR, Han XG, Jiang Y*. 2019. Frequency and intensity of nitrogen addition alter soil inorganic sulfur fractions but the effects vary with mowing management in a temperate steppe. Biogeosciences, 16: 2891-2904 (Co-corresponding)

    3.      Feng X, Yu Q, Wang RZ*, Cao YZ, Zhang YG, Yang LJ*, Dijkstra FA, Jiang Y. 2019. Decoupling of plant and soil metal nutrients as affected by nitrogen addition in a meadow steppe. Plant and Soil, DOI: (Co-corresponding)

    4.      Wang RZ, Zhang YH, He P, Yin JF, Yang JJ, Liu HY, Cai JP, Shi Z, Feng X, Dijkstra FA, Han XG, Jiang Y. 2018. Intensity and frequency of nitrogen addition alter soil chemical properties depending on mowing management in a temperate steppe. Journal of Environmental Management, 224: 77-86

    5.      Wang RZ#, Wang X#, Jiang Y, Cerdà A, Yin J, Liu HY, Feng X, Shi Z, Dijkstra FA, Li MH. 2018. Soil properties determine the elevational patterns of base cations and micronutrients in plant-soil system up to the upper limits of trees and shrubs. Biogeosciences, 15: 1763-1774 (Co-first)

    6.      Wang RZ, Lü LY, Creamer CA, Dijkstra FA, Liu HY, Feng X, Yu GQ, Han XG, Jiang Y. 2017. Alteration of soil carbon and nitrogen pools and enzyme activities as affected by increased soil coarseness Biogeosciences, 14: 2155-2166

    7.      Wang RZ, Dorodnikov M, Dijkstra F, Yang S, Xu Z, Li H, Jiang Y. 2017. Sensitivities to nitrogen and water addition vary among microbial groups within soil aggregates in a semi-arid grassland. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 53: 129-140

    8.      Wang RZ, Zhang YL, Cerda A, Cao MM, Zhang YY, Yin JF, Jiang Y, Chen LJ. 2017. Changes in soil chemical properties as affected by pyrogenic organic matter amendment with different intensity and frequency. Geoderma 289:161-168

    9.      Wang RZ, Gibson SD, Berry TD, Jiang Y, Bird JA, Filley TR. 2017. Photooxidation of pyrogenic organic matter reduces the reactive, labile C pool and the apparent soil oxidative microbial oxidative enzyme response. Geoderma, 293: 10-18

    10.   Wang RZ, Dungait JAJ, Buss HL, Yang S, Zhang YG, Xu ZW, Jiang Y. 2017. Base cations and micronutrients in soil aggregates as affected by enhanced nitrogen and water inputs in a semi-arid steppe grassland. Science of the Total Environment, 575: 564-572

    11.   Yin JF, Wang RZ*, Liu HY, Feng X, Xu ZW, Jiang Y. 2016. Nitrogen addition alters elemental stoichiometry within soil aggregates in a temperate steppe. Solid Earth 7: 1565-1575 (Corresponding)

    12.   Wang RZ, Creamer CA, Wang X, He P. Xu ZW, Jiang Y. 2016. The effects of a 9-year nitrogen and water addition on soil aggregate phosphorus and sulfur availability in a semi-arid grassland. Ecological Indicators 61: 806-814

    13.   Lü LY, Wang RZ*, Liu HY, Yin JF, Wang ZW, Zhao Y, Yu GQ, Han XG, Jiang Y. 2016. Effect of soil coarseness on soil base cations and available micronutrients in a semi-arid sandy grassland. Solid Earth 7: 549-556 (Corresponding)

    14.   Wang RZ, Dungait JAJ, Creamer CA, Cai JP, Li B, Xu ZW, Zhang YG, Ma YN, Jiang Y. 2015. Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in soil aggregates under long-term N and water addition in a temperate steppe. Soil Science Society of America Journal 79: 527-535

    15.   Wang RZ, Dorodnikov M, Yang S, Zhang YY, Filley TR, Turco RF, Zhang YG, Xu ZW, Li H, Jiang Y. 2015. Responses of enzymatic activities within soil aggregates to 9-year nitrogen and water addition in a semi-arid grassland. Soil Biology & Biogeochemistry 81: 159-167

    16.   Wang RZ, Filley TR, Xu ZW, Wang X, Li MH, Zhang YG, Luo WT, Jiang Y. 2014. Coupled response of soil carbon and nitrogen pools and enzyme activities to nitrogen and water addition in a semiarid grassland of Inner Mongolia. Plant and Soil 381: 323-336


    2015 President Scholarship Excellence Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences.