Subject:Soil microbial ecology
Address:Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Room 508, South Building Annexe No. 72, Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 P. R. China

2002.09 - 2005.06: Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Ph.D. (Microbiology)

1999.09 - 2002.07: Dept. of Microbiological and Biochemical Pharmacy, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University. M.Sc. (Microbiological Pharmacy)

1995.09 - 1999.07: Dept. of Biological Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University. B.E. (Biochemical Pharmacy)

Professor     2014.11 - present      Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, China

Associate Professor  2007.11-2014.10   Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, China

Assistant Researcher  2005.07- 2007.10     Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, China


Visiting Scholar     2016.12-2017.11      University of Idaho, Moscow ID, USA

Visiting Scholar      2014.03 – 2015.05     University of Oklahoma, Norman OK, USA

Visiting Scholar     2009.05 – 2009.11     University of Idaho, Moscow ID, USA


  • Research interests:

    Microbial community structure and function associated with soil nutrient cycling

    Diversity linkages between aboveground and belowground community

    Microbial biogeography

    Impacts of global change on soil microbial communities

    Mobile gene elements (broad host range plasmids) in soils

    Principle Investigator

    [1]    NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) project (32171568). Response of greenhouse gas efflux to the variations in snow depth and the snow melting time in a meadow steppe: a process relevance to soil microbial community composition and ecological function. 2022.01-2025.12

    [2]    NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) project (31870482). Formation of the Betula Ermanii treeline on the northern slope of Changbai Mountain: from the perspective of soil microbial ecology. 2019.01-2022.12

    [3]    NSFC Sino-Russian international cooperation project (3171101293). Effects of temperature on microbial transformation of soil organic matter in forest ecosystems: comparing metabolic activity, microbial genes diversity and community structure. 2018.01-2019.12 

    [4]    National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFC0500601-02). Impacts of climate change and human activities on the degradation of meadow steppe. 2016.07 -2020.12

    [5]    NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) project (31570501). Microbial ecological mechanisms on temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition in temperate forests. 2016.01-2019.12

    [6]    Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB15010302). Elevational patterns of soil microbial diversity on mountainsides across China. 2014.07-2019.06

    [7]    State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology Program (LFSE2015-16). Response of soil microbial parameters to nutrients amendments and its driving factors in cold temperate meadow steppe. 2015.07-2018.06

    [8]    The National Basic Research Program (2013CB127404). Effects of maize straw returning on carbon and nitrogen cycling and its microbial ecological mechanisms. 2013.01-2017.12

    [9]    State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution Program (GREKF12-12). Pyrosequencing-based analysis of microbial community structure in natural forest soils from Changbai Mountain, China. 2012.07-2014.06 

    [10]  NSFC project (31070102). Isolation of broad-host-range catabolic plasmids from petroleum-contaminated soil and the study of its potential use for plasmid-mediated bioaugmentation. 2011.01-2013.12 

    [11]  NSFC Sino-Russian international cooperation-Bilateral Scientific Seminar (30910271). Transformation of hydrocarbons by soil microorganisms-ecological and applied aspects. 2010.01-2010.12 

    [12]  NSFC project (30800157). Diversity and population structure of Sphingomonas in PAHs contaminated soils of Shenfu irrigation area.  2009.01-2011.12  

    Other projects as the main faculty associate

    [13]  Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA26020104). Technology of vegetation restoration and construction of native-like plant communities in Hulunbuir desert. 2020.11-2025.10

    [14]  NSFC project (30670391). Application of stable isotope analysis of biomarkers in the bioremediation of Shenfu wastewater irrigation area in China. 2007.01-2009.12 

    [15]  NSFC project (30670390). Bidirectional coupled relationships of CH4, N2O emission/absorption mediated by soil microbial communities. 2007.01-2009.12


  • Publication

    (First author and corresponding author)

    1.         Li H#, Yang S#, Semenov M, Yao F, Ye J, Bu RC, Ma RA, Lin JJ, Kurganova I, Wang XG, Deng Y, Kravchenko I, Jiang Y*, Kuzyakov Y. 2021. Temperature sensitivity of SOM decomposition is linked with a K-selected microbial community. Global Change Biology, 27: 2763–2779.

    2.         Wang ZR#,  Yang S#, Wang RZ, Xu ZW, Feng K, Feng X, Li TP, Liu HY, Ma RA, Li H*, Jiang Y.  2020.  Compositional and functional responses of soil microbial communities to long-term nitrogen and phosphorus addition in a calcareous grassland. Pedobiologia, 78: 150612 (IF: 2.0)

    3.         Li H#, Zhang YY#, Yang S, Wang ZR, Feng X, Liu HY, Jiang Y*. 2019. Variations in soil bacterial taxonomic profiles and putative functions in response to straw incorporation combined with N fertilization during the maize growing season. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 283, 106578

    4.         Yang S, Yao F, Ye J, Fang S, Wang ZR, Wang RZ, Zhang QL, Ma RO, Wang XG, Jiang Y, Dorodnikov M, Li H*, Zou HT*. 2019. Latitudinal pattern of soil lignin/cellulose content and the activity of their degrading enzymes across a temperate forest ecosystem. Ecological Indicators, 102: 557-568

    5.         Li H, Xu ZW,Yan QY, Yang S, Van Nostrand J, Wang ZR, Zhou JZ, Jiang Y*, Deng Y*. 2018. Soil microbial beta-diversity is linked with compositional variation in aboveground plant biomass in a semi-arid grassland. Plant and Soil, 423: 465-480

    6.         Li H, Yang S, Xu ZW, Yang QY, Li XB, van Nostrand JD, He ZL, Yao F, Han XG, Zhou JZ, Deng Y*, Jiang Y*. 2017. Responses of soil microbial functional genes to global changes are indirectly influenced by aboveground plant biomass variation. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 104: 18-29

    7.         Yang S, Xu ZW, Wang RZ, Zhang YY, Yao F, Zhang YG, Turco RF, Jiang Y, Zou HT, Li H*. 2017. Variations in soil microbial community composition and enzymatic activities in response to increased N deposition and precipitation in Inner Mongolian grassland. Applied Soil Ecology, 119: 275-285

    8.         Yao F, Yang S, Wang ZR, Wang X,Ye J, Wang XG, DeBruyn JM, Feng X, Jiang Y, Li H*. 2017. Microbial taxa distribution is associated with ecological trophic cascades along an elevation gradient. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8: 2071

    9.         Li H, Xu ZW, Yang S, Li XB, Top E, Wang RZ, Zhang YG, Cai JP, Yao F, Han XG, Jiang Y*. 2016. Responses of soil bacterial communities to nitrogen deposition and precipitation increment are closely linked with aboveground community variation. Microbial Ecology, 71:974-989

    10.     Li XB, Wang YF, Brown C, Yao F, Jiang Y, Top E, Li H*. 2016. Diversification of broad host range plasmids correlates with the presence of antibiotic resistance genes. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 92(1): fiv151

    11.     Zhou LS, Li H*, Zhang Y, Han SQ, Xu H. 2016. Sphingomonas from petroleum-contaminated soils in Shenfu, China and their PAHs degradation abilities. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 47:271-278

    12.     Li H, Wang XG, Liang C, Hao ZQ, Zhou LS, Ma S, Li XB, Yang S, Yao F, Jiang Y*. 2015. Aboveground-belowground biodiversity linkages differ in early and late successional temperate forests. Scientific Reports, 5: no. 12234

    13.     Li XB, Top EM, Wang YF, Brown C, Yao F, Yang S, Jiang YLi H*. 2015. The broad-host-range plasmid pSFA231 isolated from petroleum-contaminated sediment represents a new member of the PromA family. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5: 777

    14.     Li H, Ye DD, Wang XG, Settles M, Wang J, Hao ZQ, Zhou LS, Dong P, Jiang Y, Ma ZS*. 2014. Bacterial communities in soils under different types of natural forest in Northeast China. Plant and Soil, 383: 203-216   

    15.     Zhou LS, Li H*, Zhang Y, Han SQ, Xu H. 2014. Development of genus-specific primers for better understanding the diversity and population structure of Sphingomonas in soils. Journal of Basic Microbiology, 54(8): 880-888

    16.     Li H, Ai MQ, Han SQ, Guo YL, Li NN, Shi RJ, Zeng XL, Leng SB, Zhao JY, Liu XB, Zhang Y. 2012. Microbial diversity and functionally distinct groups in produced water from the Daqing Oilfield, China. Petroleum Science, 9(4): 469-484.

    17.     Zhou LS, Li H*, Zhang Y, Wang YF, Han SQ, Xu H. 2012. Abundance and diversity of Sphingomonas in Shenfu petroleum-wastewater irrigation zone, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 19: 282-294

    18.     Li H, Zhang Y, Li DS, Xu H, Chen GX, Zhang CG. 2009. Comparisons of different hypervariable regions of rrs genes for fingerprinting of microbial communities in paddy soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 41: 954-968

    19.     Li H, Zhang Y, Kravchenko IXu H, Zhang CG. 2007. Dynamic changes in microbial activity and community structure during biodegradation of petroleum compounds: A laboratory experiment. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 19(8): 1003~1013

    20.     Li H, Zhang Y, Zhang CG, Chen GX. 2005. Effect of petroleum-containing wastewater irrigation on bacterial diversities and enzymatic activities in paddy soil irrigation area. Journal of Environmental Quality, 34(3): 1073~1080