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Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2003
M.S., Peking University, China, 1995
B.S., Peking University, China, 1992
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I am interested in ecosystem biogeochemistry, soil-plant-atmosphere interactions, and global change ecology. My research focuses on the impacts of climate change and human activities on ecosystem processes and functions, and the feedback to the climate and Earth system. I use observational, experimental, and modeling approaches to understand and simulate carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles within ecosystems and between the Earth surface and the atmosphere across various scales. My research improves our understanding of ecosystem services and informs sound environmental and climate policies.

I study ecosystems that range from semiarid forests and savanna grassland in the Sierra Nevada of California, northern forests and prairie grassland in the Midwestern U.S., temperate forests and coastal wetlands in New England, and tundra ecosystems in the Arctic. Currently, I focus on three major topics under a unified theme of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry.

  1. Soil respiration, respiration-photosynthesis interactions, and soil warming effects on belowground processes and greenhouse gas emissions in forest and tundra. I also examine the partitioning of soil respiration into microbial and root respiration. I conduct this work at Harvard Forest and in the Arctic of northern Alaska. Both Harvard Forest and the Toolik Field Station in the Arctic are Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites.
  2. Effects of climate change on phenology and carbon cycles in forests. We use near-surface cameras and field-based spectroradiometers and fluorescence spectroscopy and link ground-based measures of phenology with imagery data obtained from satellites. This work is conducted at the Harvard Forest, on Martha’s Vineyard near Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and broader scales.
  3. Greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4, and N2O) emissions from agro-ecosystems and wetlands and their responses to management and disturbance. The agriculture research is conducted in the University of Massachusetts’s Agricultural Station and in chicken farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. I am working to expand this work to Sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions under increasingly intensified agriculture. The wetland work evaluates the role of “blue carbon” in coastal wetlands and the significance of wetland restoration in carbon sequestration.
Selected Publications

Ma, Ting, et al. “Responses of Root Phenology in Ecotypes of Eriophorum Vaginatum to Transplantation and Warming in the Arctic.” The Science of the Total Environment, vol. 805, Elsevier B.V, 2022, pp. 149926–149926,

Zhang, Xiaohui, et al. “Variability of Dissolved Organic Matter in Two Coastal Wetlands Along the Changjiang River Estuary: Responses to Tidal Cycles, Seasons, and Degradation Processes.” The Science of the Total Environment, 2021, pp. 150993–150993,

Wang, Faming, et al. “Global Blue Carbon Accumulation in Tidal Wetlands Increases with Climate Change.” National Science Review, vol. 8, no. 9, Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. nwaa296–nwaa296,

Parker, Thomas C., et al. “Intra-Specific Variation in Phenology Offers Resilience to Climate Change for Eriophorum Vaginatum.” Arctic Science, 2021,

Wang, Faming, et al. “Plant Biomass and Rates of Carbon Dioxide Uptake Are Enhanced by Successful Restoration of Tidal Connectivity in Salt Marshes.” The Science of the Total Environment, vol. 750, Elsevier B.V, 2021, pp. 141566–141566,

Huntzinger, Deborah N., et al. Evaluation of Simulated Soil Carbon Dynamics in Arctic-Boreal Ecosystems. IOP Publishing, 2020.

Yang, Hualei, et al. Enhanced Carbon Uptake and Reduced Methane Emissions in a Newly Restored Wetland. American Geophysical Union, 2020.

Lu, Xiaoliang, et al. “Comparison of Total Emitted Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence SIF in Estimating Photosynthesis.” Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 251, Elsevier B.V, 2020,

Lu, Xiaoliang, et al. “Comparison of Total Emitted Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF) and Top-of-Canopy (TOC) SIF in Estimating Photosynthesis.” Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 251, Elsevier Inc, 2020, p. 112083–,

Finzi, Adrien C., et al. “Carbon Budget of the Harvard Forest Long‐Term Ecological Research Site: Pattern, Process, and Response to Global Change.” Ecological Monographs, vol. 90, no. 4, WILEY, 2020,