Subject:Nitrogen Biogeochemistry; Global Change Biology; Forest Ecosystem Ecology; Stable Isotope Ecology
Address:No. 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang, Liaoning, 110016 China

2017-    Professor, Deputy director of Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2012-2017 Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008-2012 Postdoc (JSPS fellow), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

2007-2008 Visiting Scientist, Denmark Forest and Landscape Center, Denmark

2002-2008 Assistant Professor, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China.

2003-2006 Ph.D., South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China.

1999-2002 M.Sc., South China Botanical Garden (formerly South China Institute of Botany), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou,


1995-1999 B.Sc., Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang, China.

  • By using stable isotope techniques in combination with field experiments, I devote to: 1) explore how forest ecosystems respond to global environmental changes, e.g., N deposition and global warming; 2) reveal N cycling in the past centuries via tree ring 15N and ice core nitrogen isotopes; 3) quantify nitrogenous gas losses and the contribution of microbial processes from terrestrial ecosystems soils; 4) examine plants plasticity and link them to plant biodiversity; 5) partition sources of air N bearing compounds.

  • Selected Publications:

    1. Huang Shaonan, Wang Fan, Elliott, Emily M., Zhu Feifei, Zhu Weixing, Koba Keisuke, Yu Zhongjie, Hobbie Erik A., Michalski Greg, Kang Ronghua, Wang Anzhi, Zhu Jiaojun, Fu Shenglei, Fang Yunting*. 2020. Multiyear measurements on Δ17O of stream nitrate indicate high nitrate production in a temperate forest. Environmental Science & Technology. 2020, 54: 42314239


    2. Li Zhengjie, Meredith G. Hastings*, Wendell W. Walters, Lide Tian, Steven C. Clemens, Linlin Song, Lili Shao, Yunting Fang*. Isotopic evidence that recent agriculture overprints climate variability in nitrogen deposition to the Tibetan Plateau. Environment International, 2020, 138: 105614.


    3. Zhu Feifei, Dai Luming, Erik A. Hobbie, Keisuke Koba, Liu Xueyan, Geshere A. Gurmesa, Huang Shaonan, Li Shanlong, Li Yinghua, Han Shijie, Fang Yunting*. Uptake patterns of Glycine, Ammonium, and Nitrate differ among four common tree species of Northeast China, Frontiers in Plant science, 2019, 10, 799.


    4. Li Shanlong, Gurmesa, G. A., Zhu Weixing, Gundersen Per, Zhang Shasha, Xi Dan, Huang Shaonan, Wang Ang, Zhu Feifei, Jiang Yong, Zhu Jiaojun, Fang Yunting*. Fate of atmospherically deposited NH4+ and NO3- in two temperate forests in China: temporal pattern and redistribution, Ecology Applications, 2019, 29(6): 10.1002/eap


    5. Huang Shaonan, Emily M. Elliott, J David Felix, Pan Yuepeng, Liu Dongwei, Li Shanlong, Li Zhengjie, Zhu Feifei, Fu Pingqing, Fang Yunting*. Seasonal pattern of ammonium 15N natural abundance in precipitation at a rural forested site and implication for NH3 source partitioning, Environmental Pollution, 2019, 247: 541-549.


    6. Ren HY, ZW Xu, F Isbell, JH Huang, XG Han, SQ Wan, RZ Wang, SP Chen, DH Zeng, Y Jiang, YT Fang*. Exacerbated nitrogen limitation ends transient stimulation of grassland productivity by increased precipitation. Ecological Monographs, 2017, 87(3): 457-469.


    7. Wang Ang, Zhu Weixing, Per Gundersend, Oliver L. Phillips, Chen Dexiang*, Fang Yunting*. Fates of atmospheric deposited nitrogen in an Asian tropical primary forest, Forest Ecology and Management, 2018, 411: 213-222.


    8. Quan Zhi, Huang Bin, Lu Caiyan, Shi Yi, Chen Xin, Zhou Jianbin, Fang Yunting*. Formation of extractable organic nitrogen in an agricultural soil: A 15N labeling study, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2018, 118: 161-165.


    9. Zong Zheng; Wang Xiaoping; Tian Chongguo*; Chen Yingjun; Fang Yunting*; Zhang Fan; Li Cheng; Sun Jianzhong; Li Jun; Zhang Gan; First assessment of NOx sources at a regional background site in North China using isotopic analysis linked with modeling, Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, 51: 5923-5931.


    10. Dongwei Liu, Weixing Zhu*, Xiaobo Wang, Yuepeng Pan, Chao Wang, Dan Xi, Edith Bai, Yuesi Wang, Xingguo Han, Yunting Fang*. Abiotic versus biotic controls on soil nitrogen cycling in drylands along a 3200 km transect. Biogeosciences, 2017, 14: 989–1001.


    11. Pan Yuepeng*; Tian Shili, Liu Dongwei, Fang Yunting*, Zhu Xiaying, Zhang Qiang, Zheng Bo, Greg Michalski, Wang Yuesi. Fossil Fuel Combustion-Related Emissions Dominate Atmospheric Ammonia Sources during Severe Haze Episodes: Evidence from 15N-Stable Isotope in Size-Resolved Aerosol Ammonium. Environmental Science and Technology, 2016, 50 (15): 8049-8056.


    12. Xi Dan, Bai Ren, Zhang Limei, Fang Yunting*. Contribution of anammox to nitrogen removal in two temperate forest soils, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2016, 82(15): 4602–4612.


    13. Fang, Y., K. Koba*, A. Makabe, C. Takahashi, W. Zhu, T. Hayashi, A. A. Hokari, R. Urakawa, E. Bai, B. Z. Houlton, D. Xi, S. Zhang, K. Matsushita, Y. Tu, D. Liu, F. Zhu, Z. Wang, G. Zhou, D. Chen, T. Makita, H. Toda, X. Liu, Q. Chen, D. Zhang, Y. Li and M. Yoh. Microbial denitrification dominates nitrate losses from forest ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 2015, 112(5): 1470-1474.


    14. Liu, D. W., Y. T. Fang*, Y. Tu and Y. P. Pan. Chemical method for nitrogen isotopic analysis of ammonium at natural abundance. Analytical Chemistry, 2004, 86(8): 3787–3792.


    15. Fang YT, Koba K*, Makabe A, Zhu FF, Fan SY, Liu XY, Yoh M. Low δ18O values of nitrate produced from nitrification in temperate forest soils. Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46(16): 8723-8730.


    16. Fang YT*, Yoh M, Koba K, Zhu WX, Takebayashi Y, Xiao YH, Lei CY, Mo JM, Zhang W, Lu XK. Nitrogen deposition and forest nitrogen cycling along an urban-rural transect in southern China. Global Change Biology, 2011, 17(2): 872-885.


    17. Fang YT*, Koba K, Wang XM, Wen DZ, Li J, Takebayashi Y, Liu XY, Yoh, M. Anthropogenic imprints on nitrogen and oxygen isotopic composition of precipitation nitrate in a nitrogen-polluted city in southern China. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2011, 11(3): 1313-1325.


    18. Fang YT*, Zhu WX, Gundersen P, Mo JM, Zhou GY, Yoh M. Large Loss of Dissolved Organic Nitrogen from Nitrogen-Saturated Forests in Subtropical China. Ecosystems, 2009, 12(1): 33-45.


    19. Fang YT*, Gundersen P, Mo JM, Zhu WX. Nitrogen leaching in response to increased nitrogen inputs in subtropical monsoon forests in southern China. Forest Ecology and Management, 2009, 257(1): 332-342.


    20. Fang YT*, Gundersen P, Mo JM, Zhu WX. Input and output of dissolved organic and inorganic nitrogen in subtropical forests of South China under high air pollution. Biogeosciences, 2008, 5(2): 339-352.

  • Selected Projects:

    1.2018/1/1-2021/12/31, Effects of soil warming on nitrogen losses via gases and leaching in a temperate forest, northeastern China. Funded by the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). RMB 680,000, PI. 

    2.2016/07-2021/06, Biological mechanisms underlying the coupled carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests and grasslands from northeastern China. Funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China. RMB 6,370,000, PI. 

    3.2016/01-2020/12, Impacts of warming and nitrogen deposition on plant nitrogen uptake, soil N cycle and greenhouse gases emission of forests of northeastern China, Bureau of Frontier sciences and education Chinese Academy of Sciences, RMB 1,250,000, PI. 

    4.2015/01-2017/12, “Nitrogen cycling in forest ecosystems”, Funded by the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). RMB 1000,000, PI. 

    5.2014/01-2019/12, Soil microbes drive nitrogen biogeochemical cycling in cropland soil in Northeast China. Funded by Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences. RMB 3,000,000, PI. 

    6.2014/01-2017/12, To quantify rates of nitrification and denitrification from forests in southern China using natural abundance of nitrate isotopes. Funded by the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). RMB 830,000, PI.