Lihua Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change

Institute of Botany, CAS, Beijing, 100093

Office: +86 10 62836974

Mobile: +86 0 15801509215



Research interest

  • Methane and nitrous oxide fluxes in grassland ecosystems
  • Global change
  • Biogeochemistry in arid and semiarid region


M.S. and Ph.D.           Environmental Sciences,         Jun. 2007,       Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

B.A.           Geography Science,                     Jun. 2000,       Shandong Normal University, China

Professional Experience

  • 2007 –Present.    Assistant professor  Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2011 – Aug. 2011. Visiting Scholar     University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • 2000 –Jul. 2002. Geography teacher      The No. one high school of Wendeng City


Publications (* indicates corresponding author)

  1. Lihua Zhang, Yawen Huo, Dufa Guo, Qibing Wang, Yin bao and Linghao Li*. (2014) Effects of Multi-nutrient Additions on GHG Fluxes in a Temperate Grassland of Northern China. Ecosystems. 17:657-672.
  2. Lihua Zhang, Changchun Song*, Philip N. Nkrumah. (2013) Responses of ecosystem carbon dioxide exchange to nitrogen addition in a freshwater marshland in Sanjiang Plain, Northeast China. Environmental Pollution, 180:55-62.
  3. Lihua Zhang Dufa guo Shuli Niu Changhui Wang Changliang Shao Linghao Li*. (2012) Effect of mowing on CH4 fluxes in a semarid steppe in Inner Mongolia, North China. PLoS one, Volume 7, Issue 4, e35952, 2012
  4. Lihua Zhang Changchun Song* Xunhua Zheng. (2007) Effects of nitrogen on the ecosystem respiration, CH4 and N2O Emissions to the atmosphere from the freshwater marshes In Northeast China,Environmental Geology, 3(52): 529-539.
  5. Lihua Zhang Changchun Song* Dexuan Wang. (2007) Effects of Exogenous Nitrogen on Freshwater Marsh Plant and N2O Fluxes from ecosystems in Northeast China, Atmospheric Environment, 5(41):1080-1090.
  6. Lihua Zhang Changchun Song Dexuan Wang, Xiaofeng Xu. (2007) The variation of methane emission from freshwater marshes and response to the exogenous N in Sanjiang Plain Northeast China, Atmospheric Environment, 19(41): 4063-4072.
  7. Xiaofeng Xu*, Dafeng Hui, Anthony W. King, Xia Song, Peter E. Thornton & Lihua Zhang*. (2015) Convergence of microbial assimilations of soil carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur in terrestrial ecosystems. Scientific Reports. 5:17445 | DOI: 10.1038/srep17445. ISSN: 2045-2322, IF5-year : 5.578
  8. Lihua Zhang, Longyu Hou, Hendrikus J. Laanbroek, Dufa Guo, Qibin Wang*. (2015) Effects of Mowing Heights on N2O Emission from Temperate Grasslands in Inner Mongolia, Northern China. American Journal of Climate Change, 4(5): 1-11.
  9. Changhui Wang, Klaus Butterbach-bahl K, Yi Han, Qibing Wang, Lihua Zhang, Xingguo Han, Xuerong Xing*. (2011) The effects of biomass removal and N additions on microbial N transformations and biomass at different vegetation types in an old-field ecosystems in northern China, Plant and Soil. 340: 397-411. ISSN: 1573-5036.
  10. Changliang Shao, Jiquan Chen, lLinghao Li, lihua Zhang. (2012) Ecosystem responses to mowing in an Inner Mongolia prairies: an energy perspective. Journal of Arid Environments, 2016, 82. 1-10.
  11. Changchun Song*, Lili Wang, Hanqin Tian, Deyan Liu, Chaoqun Lu, Xiaofeng Xu, Lihua Zhang, Guisheng Yang and Zhongmei Wan. (2013) Effect of continued nitrogen enrichment on greenhouse gas emissions from a wetland ecosystem in the Sanjiang Plain, Northeast China: A 5 year nitrogen addition experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 118(2): 741-751.
  12. Lihua Zhang, Changchun Song*, Dexuan Wang, Xiaofeng Xu. (2006) Research advances for the effects of nitrogen input on terrestrial ecosystem carbon pool, Chinese Journal of Soil Science, 37(2): 356-361. (In Chinese with English Abstract)
  13. Lihua Zhang, Changchun Song*, Dexuan Wang. (2006) Effects of nitrogen fertilization on carbon balance in the Freshwater Marshes, Chinese Journal of Environmental Science, 27(7):1257-1263. (In Chinese with English Abstract)
  14. Lihua Zhang, Changchun Song*, Dexuan Wang. (2005) CO2, CH4 and N2O Emissions to the Atmosphere upon nitrogen addition in the swamp wetland, Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 25(8):1112-1118. (In Chinese with English Abstract)
  15. Lihua Zhang, Changchun Song*, Dexuan Wang. (2007) Relationship of ecosystem respiration with temperature, nitrogen and plant in freshwater marshes, Chinese Journal of Environmental Science, 1(28):1-8. (In Chinese with English Abstract)


Funded Research Grants


  • 1/2014-12/2017. Taking as the PI in the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) project entitled Whether the Mowing Instead of Grazing can Reduce the Greenhouse Gas Emission from the Grassland Ecosystems (750000 RMB)
  • 1/2009-12/2011. Taking as the PI in the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) project entitled Effects of Nutrient Addition on the Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in the Grassland Ecosystems (220000 RMB)
  • 1/2010-12/2014. Taking as one of the key participations in the “National Basic Research Program of China (973 Project)” entitled The Vulnerability and The Evaluation Index of Natural Ecological System Under Global Change (35000000 RMB)
  • 1/2011-12/2015. Taking as one of the key participations in the “Strategic Priority Research Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,Grant No. XDA01020304 (65000000 RMB)
  • 1/2008-12/2009. State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change Fund entitled The Study of the Carbon Sequestration Under the Different Mowing Height in Grassland Ecosystems (100000 RMB)

Honors and Awards

  • 2007 Excellent grad and Superintendent Scholarship in The Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology, CAS
  • 2006 Excellent Student in the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology, CAS
  • 2005 Excellent Certificate in The Xishuangbanna Summer School


Changchun Song (Advisor, Chinese Academy of Sciences)