Subject:Clonal plant ecology
Address:Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences Postal Address: No. 72, Wenhua Rd., Shenhe District, Shenyang, China

Sep.1998~Jul.2001 National Laboratory of Grassland Ecological Engineering, Northeast Normal University Ph. D.-in Ecology
Sep.1995~Jul.1998 National Laboratory of Grassland Ecological Engineering, Northeast Normal University M.Sc.-in Ecology
Sep.1991~Jul.1995 School of Life Sciences, Northeast Normal University B. A.-in Biology

Nov. 2014~ present Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Mar.2010~Aug.2010 Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
Visiting scholar
Jan.2010 ~ Nov.2014 Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Associate Professor
Nov.2008~Nov.2009 Department of Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Postdoc
Aug.2004~Dec.2009 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Assistant professor
Aug.2001~Jul.2004 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

International Journals:
Journal of Ecology; Plant and Soil; Scientific Reports; PLoS One; Plant Ecology & Diversity; Plant Biology; Journal of Integrative Plant Biology; Biological Invasions; Plant Species Biology; Journal of Plant Ecology; Water, Soil & Air Pollution; Ecological Indicators; Conservation Physiology; Ecology and Evolution; Journal of Geographical Sciences
Chinese Journals:
Acta Phytoecologica Sinica; Acta Ecologica Sinica; Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology; Chinese Journal of Ecology; Biodiversity Science; Acta Prataculturae Sinica; Acta Agrestia Sinica;

  • Clonal plant ecology; Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; trait-based community assembly; plant life history strategy and evolution; Phenotypic plasticity and adaptation

  • Peer reviewed papers (*Author for correspondence)

    Zhang HY, Lü XT, Knapp AK, Hartmann H, Bai E, Wang XB, Wang ZW, Wang XG, Yu Q, Han XG. 2017. Facilitation by leguminous shrubs increases along a precipitation gradient. Functional Ecology. 10.1111/1365-2435.12941
    Qian JQ, Wang ZW, Klime?ová J, Lü XT, Kuang WN, Liu ZM, Han XG. 2017. Differences in belowground bud bank density and composition along a climatic gradient in the temperate steppe of northern China. Annals of Botany (in press).
    Wang XB, Lü XT, Yao J, Wang ZW, Deng Y, Cheng WX, Zhou JZ, Han XG. 2017. Habitat-specific patterns and drivers of bacterial β-diversity in China’s drylands. The ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.11.
    Li SS, Tong YW, Wang ZW*. 2017. Species and genetic diversity affect leaf litter decomposition in subtropical broadleaved forest in southern China. Journal of Plant Ecology, 10(1): 232–241.
    Luo WT, Sardans J, Dijkstra FA, Penuelas J, Lu XT, Wu HH, Li MH, Bai E, Wang ZW, Han XG, Jiang Y. 2016. Thresholds in decoupled soil-plant elements under changing climatic conditions. Plant and Soil, 409: 159–173.
    Zhou C, Busso C, Liu J, Yang YG, Sun Y, Fang YZ, Zhang QQ, Zhou YB, Wang YN, Zhang Z, Wang ZW, Yang YF. 2016. Total aboveground plant biomass is more strongly affected by climate than species diversity on a grassland in Liaoning, China. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 85: 125–130.
    Sun T, Dong LL, Wang ZW, Lu XT, Mao ZJ. 2016. Effects of long-term nitrogen deposition on fine root decomposition and its extracellular enzyme activities in temperate forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 93: 50–59.
    Sun T, Dong LL, Zhang LL, Wu ZJ, Wang QK, Li YY, Zhang HG, Wang ZW. Early stage fine-root decomposition and its relationship with root order and soil depth in a Larix gmelinii plantation. Forests, 7: DOI: 10.3390/f7100234
    Tian QY, Liu NN, Bai WM, Li LH, Chen JQ, Reich PB, Yu Q, Guo DL, Smith MD, Knapp AK, Cheng WX, Lu P, Gao Y, Yang A, Wang TZ, Li X, Wang ZW, Ma YB, Han XG, Zhang WH. 2016. A novel soil manganese mechanism drives plant species loss with increased nitrogen deposition in a temperate steppe. Ecology, 97: 65–74.
    Wang ZW, Bossdorf O, Prati Daniel, Fischer M, van Kleunen M. 2016. Transgenerational effects of land use on offspring performance and growth in Trifolium repens. Oecologia, 180: 409–420.
    Zhao N, Wang ZW, Shao XQ, Wang K. 2016. Diversity components and assembly patterns of plant functional traits determine community spatial stability under resource gradients in a desert steppe. Rangeland Journal, 38: 511–521.
    Lu LY, Wang RZ, Liu HY, Yin JF, Xiao JT, 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.
    Lü XT, Freschet GT, Kazakou E, Wang ZW, Zhou LS, Han XG. 2015. Contrasting responses in leaf nutrient-use strategies of two dominant grass species along a 30-yr temperate steppe grazing exclusion chronosequence. Plant and Soil, 387:69–79.
    Luo WT, Elser JJ, Lü XT, Wang ZW, Bai E, Yan CF, Wang C, Li MH, Zimmermann NE, Han XG, Xu ZW, Li Hui, Wu YN, Jiang Y. 2015. Plant nutrients do not covary with soil nutrients under changing climatic conditions. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29: 1298–1308.
    Qian JQ, Busso CB, Wang ZW, Liu ZM. 2015. Ramet Recruitment from Different Bud Types along a Grassland Degradation Gradient in Inner Mongolia, China. Polish Journal of Ecology 63(1): 38-52.
    Luo WT, Nelson PN, Li MH, Cai JP, Zhang YY, Zhang YG, Yang S, Wang RZ, Wang ZW, Wu YN, Han XG, Jiang Y. 2015. Contrasting pH buffering patterns in neutral-alkaline soils along a 3600km transect in northern China. Biogeosciences, 12, 7047–7056.
    Yu Q, Wu HH, Wang ZW*, Flynn DFB, Yang H, Lü FM, Smith M, Han XG. 2015. Long term prevention of disturbance induces the collapse of a dominant species without altering ecosystem function. Scientific Reports 5, DOI:10.1038/srep14320
    Zhou C, Wang ZW*, Guo JY, Zhang Z, Yang YF. 2015. Clonal patch size and ramet position of Leymus chinensis affected reproductive allocation. PLoS ONE, 10(10): e0140350. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140350
    Zhou C, Zhang Z, Wang ZW*, Yang YF. 2014. Difference in capacity of physiological integration between two ecotypes of Leymus chinensis underlies their different performance. Plant and soil, 383:191-202.
    Li YY, Lv XT, Wang ZW*, Zhou C, Han XG. 2014. Linking relative growth rate to biomass allocation: the responses of a grass (Leymus chinensis) to nitrogen addition. Phyton, 83: 283-289.
    Lv XT, Dijkstra FA, Kong, DL, Wang ZW, Han XG. 2014. Plant nitrogen uptake drives responses of productivity to nitrogen and water addition in a grassland. Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep04817
    Qian JQ, Wang ZW*, Liu ZM, Busso C. 2014. Belowground bud bank responses to grazing intensity on a typical steppe in Inner-Mongolia, China. Land Degradation & Development, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2300
    Qian JQ, Wang ZW, Liu ZM, Kuang WN, CA Busso. 2014. Contribution of different bud types to community regeneration on a typical steppe under various enclosure durations in Inner Mongolia, China. Phyton-international Journal of Experimental Botany, 83: 4-11.
    Lu XT, Reed S, Yu Q, He NP, Wang ZW, Han XG. 2013. Convergent responses of nitrogen and phosphorus resorption to nitrogen inputs in a semiarid grassland. Global Change Biology, 19: 2775-2784.
    Wang ZW, van Kleunen M, During HJ, Werger MJA. 2013. Root foraging increases performance of the clonal plant Potentilla reptans in heterogeneous nutrient environments. PLoS ONE, 8(3): e58602. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058602.
    Wei CZ, Yu Q, Bai E, Lu XT, Li Q, Xia JY, Kardol P, Liang WJ, Wang ZW, Han XG. 2013. Nitrogen deposition weakens plant-microbe interactions in grassland ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 19: 3688-3697.
    Zhang HY, Wu HH, Yu Q, Wang ZW, Wei CZ, Long M, Kattge J, Smith M, Han XG. 2013. Sampling date, leaf age and root size: Implications for the study of plant C:N:P stoichiometry. PLoS ONE, 8(4): e60360.
    Wang ZW, Li YH, During HJ, Li LH. 2011. Do Clonal Plants Show Greater Division of Labour Morphologically and Physiologically at Higher Patch Contrasts? PLoS ONE, 6(9): e25401. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025401.
    Zhao N, Wang ZW, Lv JY, Wang K. 2010. Relationship between plant diversity and spatial stability of aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP) across different grassland ecosystems. African Journal of Biotechnology, 9: 6708-6715.
    Bai WM, Sun XQ, Wang ZW, Li LH. 2009. Nitrogen addition and rhizome severing modify clonal growth and reproductive modes of Leymus chinensis population. Plant Ecology, 205: 13–21.
    Bai WM, Wang ZW, Chen QS, Zhang WH, Li LH. 2008. Spatial and temporal effects of nitrogen addition on root lifespan of Leymus chinensis in a typical steppe of Inner Mongolia. Functional Ecology, 22: 583-591.
    Wang ZW, Xu AK, Zhu TC. 2008. Plasticity in bud demography of a rhizomatous clonal plant Leymus chinensis L. in response to soil water status. Journal of Plant Biology, 51: 102-107.
    Yuan ZY, Li LH, Han XG, Chen SP, Wang ZW, Chen QS, Bai WM. 2006. Nitrogen response efficiency increased monotonically with decreasing soil resource availability: a case study from a semiarid grassland in northern China. Oecologia, 148: 564–572.
    Wang ZW, Li LH, Han XG, Dong M. 2004. Do rhizome severing and shoot defoliation affect clonal growth of Leymus chinensis at ramet population level? Acta Oecologica, 26 (3): 255-260.
    Yang ZZ, Lv XT, Song YT, Jia ZJ, Wu YN, Wang ZW. 2017. A comparative study on the classification methods of grassland plant communities: a case of Hulunbuir grassland. Chinese Journal of Ecology. (in press)
    Gao ZB, Wang HY, Lv XT, Wang ZW. 2017. Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus addition on C:N:P stoichiometry in roots and leaves of four dominant plant species in a meadow steppe of Hulunbuir. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 36(1): 80–88.
    Li SS, Wang ZW, Yang JJ. 2016. Changes in soil microbial communities during litter decomposition. Biodiversity Science, 24(2): 195–204.
    Ma L, Zhou ZQ, Wang ZW. 2016. Effects of mowing and nitrogen addition on carbon sequestration of Leymus chinensis grasslands in the Songnen plain, northeast China. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 35(1): 87–94.
    Li YH, Han GD, Wang Z, Zhao ML, Wang ZW, Zhao HB. 2014. Influences of warming and nitrogen addition on plant reproductive phenology in Inner Mongolia desert steppe. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 33(4): 849-856.
    Li YH, Han GD, Wang ZW, Bai WM, Zhao ML. 2014. The response of soil seed bank to clipping and grazing in a Stipa krylovii steppe, Inner Mongolia. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 33(1): 1-9.
    Wang HY, Wang ZW. 2013. Adaptive growth strategies of Leymus chinensis population in response to shading. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 32(8): 1987-1993.
    Tong YW, Xiang WH, Wang ZW*, Durka W, Fischer M. 2013. Effects of topography, neighboring plants and size-dependence of Machillus thunbergii on sapling growth and survivorship. Biodiversity Sciences, 21: 269-277.
    Li YH, Jin L, Han GD, Wang ZW, Zhao ML, Wang YX. 2013. Effects of plant tannin on the nutrition and healthy production of ruminant: a review. Acta Agrestia Sinica, 21(6): 1043-1051.
    Zhou C, Zhang Z, Wang HY, Xiong Q, Guo P, Wang ZW, Yang YF. 2013. Reproductive growth regulation of Leymus chinensis from different leaf colors under heterogeneous habitats. Acta Agrestia Sinica, 21(2): 253-259.
    Li YH, Wang ZW*, Ma HL. 2008. Division of labour in clonal plants and patchy contrast of habitat. Acta Phytoecologica Sinica, 32:1166-1174.
    Zhao N, Li YH, Wang ZW*, Liu RT. 2008. Seedling dynamics in response to mowing and grazing in a typical steppe community in Inner Mongolia, China. Acta Phytoecologica Sinica, 32: 591-600.
    Wang ZW. 2007. Temporal variation of water-soluble carbohydrate in the rhizome clonal grass Leymus chinensis in response to defoliation. Acta Phytoecologica Sinica, 31(4): 673-679.
    Wang HY, Wang ZW*, Li LH, Chen YJ, Ren LY. 2005. Reproductive tendency of clonal plants in various habitats. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 24 (6): 670-676.
    Wang ZW, Zhu TC. 2004. Niche relationships among the main herbaceous plant species and their responses to flooding disturbance on the Songnen steppe, northeastern China. Acta Prataculturae Sinica, 13 (3): 27-33.
    Wang ZW, Zhu TC, Zang CL. 2004. Influences of Flooding Disturbance on the Distribution Patterns of Three Grass Populations on the Songnen Steppe, Northeastern China. Acta Agrestia Sinica, 12(1): 3-7.
    Wang ZW, Zhu TC. 2003. Effect of flooding disturbance on aboveground biomass of Leymus chinensis grassland–A preliminary study. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 14 (12): 2162-2166.
    Wang ZW, Zhu TC. 2003. Responses of interspecific relationships among main herbaceous plants to flooding disturbance in Songnen plain, northeastern China. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 14 (6): 892-896.
    Wang ZW, Xing F, Zhu TC, Li XC. 2002. The responses of functional group composition and species diversity of Aneurolepidium chinense grassland to flooding disturbance on Songnen plain, northeastern China. Acta Phytoecologica Sinica, 26 (6): 708-716.
    Wang ZW, Zhu TC. 2002. The seedbank features and its relations to the established vegetation following flooding disturbance on Songnen steppe. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 22 (9): 21-28.
    Wang ZW, Li LH. 2001. On Ecology of flooding disturbance. Advances in Plant Sciences, 4: 311-320.
    Wang ZW, Wang DL, Zang CL, Yang LS. 2001. The impacts of Betula platyphylla on Carex pediformis and other main understory herbages plants within secondary forest of Daxinganling Mountains. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 21 (8): 1301-1307.
    Wang ZW, Wang DL. 2001. Niche relationships between Betula platyphylla and main understory herbages in forest-steppe ecotone of Daxinganling Mountains. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 12 (5): 677-681.
    Xing F, Wang ZW. 2000. Poisonous plants in Kerqin grassland and strategy to secure safety for livestock. Acta Prataculturae Sinica, 9 (3): 66-73.
    Wang DL, Wang ZW, Zhang XJ. 1999. The comparison of photosynthetic physiological characteristics between the two divergent Aneurolepidium chinense types. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 19 (6): 837-843.
    Wang P, Zhang HY, Yin LJ, Wang ZW, Zhou B. 1997. Effects of saline-alkali habitat on absorption of Na+ by Puccillia tenuiflora and its distribution in vivo. Acta Prataculturae Sinica, 6(4): 44-48.

    Presentations at Conferences
    Wang ZW, van Kleunen M, During HJ, Werger MJA. 2012. Benefits and costs of root foraging in the clonal plant Potentilla reptans. The 10th clonal plant workshop, Beijing 12-16 October 2012 (oral presentation), Beijing, China
    Wang ZW, During HJ. 2010. Cost of root foraging and sexual reproduction during genotypic selection in Potentilla reptans. Plant Population Biology: Crossing Borders, Nijmegen 13-15 May 2010 (Poster), Nijmegen, the Netherlands
    Wang ZW. 2007. Division of Labor of clonal plants needs a minimum patchy contrast—A case study with Potentilla anserina L. The 2nd Nationwide Forum of Clonal Plant Ecology of China, Yantai 20-21 October 2007 (Oral presentation), Yantai, China
    Wang ZW. 2005. Growing Strategies of a Rhizomatous Clonal Plant Leymus chinensis (Trin.) Tzvel. in Response to Defoliation at Ramet Population Level. The 1st Nationwide Forum of Clonal Plant Ecology of China, Guilin 8-10 June 2005 (Oral presentation), Guilin, China

  • “The mechanisms of high-efficient regulation promoting artificial grassland productivity”, — a subproject of the State Key Basic Research Development Program of China (2015CB150802; 2015~2019).
    “Special investigation of grassland plant resources and the habitats in Hulunbeir”, — the special project of fundamental work for sciences and technology, funded by Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2014FY210302; 2014~2019).
    “Effects of genotypic diversity on the ecological functions of the plant communities”. — NSFC grant (NO.31570530; 2016~2019)
    “The relationship between belowgound propagule bank and aboveground vegetation and its responses to the changes of water and nitrogen”, — NSFC grant (NO.41371077; 2014~2017)
    “The eco-stoichiometrical mechanism of plant regulating the composition of soil microbes”, — a sub-project of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB15010404; 2014~2018).
    “Status quo, rate, mechanisms and potential of carbon-sequestration of grasslands of Northeastern China”, — a sub-project of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA05050401; 2011~2015).
    “Effects of changes of air temperature and precipitation on reproductive phenology of typical steppe plants”, — NSFC grant (NO.30870422; 2009~2011).
    “Costs of root foraging ability in Ranunculus reptans”, — Sino Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation (SSSTC) Grant (EG 14-092009; 2009~2010)
    “Mechanisms of promoting productivity and maintaining stability of artificial grassland systems”, — a branch task of The Knowledge Innovation Major Project of CAS (No. KZCX2-XB2-01) “Experimental & Demonstrative Researches on Adaptive Management and Sustainable Development of Xilingol Grassland”(KZCX2-XB2-01; 2006~2009).
    “Reproductive phenology of typical steppe plants in response to climatic change”, — a section of the fifth task of The State Key Basic Research Development Program of China “Adaptive Management of Grassland Ecosystems” (2007CB106805; 2007~2010).
    “Physiological integration of clonal plants and its relations with elements of habitat heterogeneity and mowing disturbance regimes” — NSFC grant (NO.30370268; 2004~2006).
    “Characteristics of Clonal plant growth and their relations with elements of habitat heterogeneity”— National Postdoctoral Science Foundation (NO. 2002032118; 2002~2004).