Lixin Wang Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences


Post-doctoral, Princeton University (2008-2011), University of New South Wales (2011-2012)
Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 2008
M.S.  University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2004
B.S.  Hebei University, China, 2001

Professional Affiliations

The American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member (2005-present)
The Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2006-present)


Editor Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (2013-present)

Associate Editor Geophysical Research Letters (2011-2015)

Associate Editor Journal of Arid Environments (2014-present)

Current Research

Water cycles and biogeochemical cycles are connected at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and are connected from both economic and scientific point of view. Anthropogenic activities constantly create or interrupt connectivity between water cycles and biogeochemical cycles and raise the needs to better understand such connectivity. My general research interests are studying spatial and temporal patterns of water and nitrogen availability, how vegetation adapts to and affects such patterns, and how future climate/land use changes affect vegetation-resources interactions. I use a variety of research tools, including analyses based on stable isotopes, manipulative experiments, field observations, geostatistical methods, greenhouse experiments and process-based modeling to tackle these questions.

Select Publications

Wei, W., D. Chen, L. Wang, S. Daryanto, L. Chen, Y. Yu, Y. Lu, G. Sun, and T. Feng. 2016. Global synthesis of the classifications, distributions, benefits and issues of terracing. Earth-Science Reviews  159: 388-403.

 Daryanto, S., L. Wang*, Jacinthe, P.  2016. Global synthesis of drought effects on cereal, legume, tuber and root crops production: A review. Agricultural Water Management  doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2016.04.022 *corresponding author

 Sulman, B., Roman, D., Scanlon, T., Wang, L., Novick, K. in press. Comparing methods for partitioning a decade of carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes in a temperate forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Daryanto, S., L. Wang*, Jacinthe, P.  2016. Global synthesis of drought effects on maize and wheat production. PloS One  11(5): e0156362. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156362 *corresponding author

 Kaseke KF, Wang L*, Wanke H, Turewicz V, Koeniger P. 2016. An analysis of precipitation isotope distributions across Namibia using historical data. PloS One 11(5): e0154598. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154598      *corresponding author

 Daryanto, S., L. Wang*, Jacinthe, P.  2016. Global synthesis of drought effects on cereal, legume, tuber and root crops production: A review. Agricultural Water Management doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2016.04.022 *corresponding author

 Zhao, L., L. Wang*, L. Cernusak, X. Liu, H. Xiao, M. Zhou, S. Zhang. 2016. Significant difference in hydrogen isotope composition between xylem and tissue water in Populus euphratica. Plant Cell & Environment           *corresponding author

 Wang, L. X. Yang and G. Rasul. 2016. Climate change and ecosystem responses in China. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 87-88:1-2, doi:10.1016/j.pce.2015.11.003

Lu, X., L. Wang*, and M. McCabe. 2016. Elevated CO2 as a driver of global dryland greening. Scientific Reports 6:20716, DOI: 20710.21038/srep20716           *corresponding author

 Yin, Y., Q. Tang, L. Wang and X. Liu. 2016. Risk and contributing factors of ecosystem shifts over naturally vegetated land under climate change in China. Scientific Reports 6:20905.

Wang, L. S. Manzoni, S. Ravi, D. Riveros-Iregui and K. Caylor. 2015. Dynamic interactions of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in water-limited systems. Ecosphere, 6:art133,

 Wang, L, Throop, HL and Gill, T 2015. A novel method to continuously monitor litter moisture: a microcosm-based experiment. Journal of Arid Environments 115: 10-13.

 Zhang, X., Tan, Y., Li, A., Ren, T., Chen, S., Wang, L., & Huang, J. 2015. Water and nitrogen availability co-control ecosystem CO2 exchange in a semiarid temperate steppe. Scientific reports, 5:15549 doi: 10.1038/srep15549

 Craine J.,  E. N. J. Brookshire, M.D. Cramer, N.J. Hasselquist, K. Koba, E. Marin-Spiotta  and L. Wang. Ecological interpretations of nitrogen isotope ratios of terrestrial plants and soils. Plant and Soil. DOI 10.1007/s11104-015-2542-1

 Daryanto, S., L. Wang* and P. Jacinthe. 2015. Global synthesis of drought effects on food legume production. PLOS ONE 10(6): e0127401, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0127401, *corresponding author

 Bhattachan, A, L. Wang*, M. Miller, K. Licht and P. D’Odorico. 2015. Antarctica’s Dry Valleys: a potential source of soluble iron to the Southern Ocean? Geophysical Research Letters 42(6)  *corresponding author

 Craine, JM, AJ Elmore, L. Wang, et al. 2015. Convergence of soil nitrogen isotopes across global climate gradients. Scientific Reports 5, 8280 doi:10.1038/srep08280

 Cai, Y, L. Wang*, SD. Parkes, J. Strauss, MF. McCabe, JP. Evans, AD. Griffiths. 2015. Stable water isotope and surface heat flux simulation using ISOLSM: evaluation against in-situ measurements. Journal of Hydrology   *corresponding author

Wang, L. S. Good, and K. Caylor. 2014. Global synthesis of vegetation control on evapotranspiration partitioning. Geophysical Research Letters 41 (19): 6753–6757 10.1002/2014GL061439.

Eldridge, D, L. Wang and M. Ruiz-Colmenero. 2014. Shrub encroachment alters the spatial patterns of infiltration. Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.1490

 Liu, B., Z. Liu, L. Wang and Z. Wang. 2014. Responses of rhizomatous grass Phragmites communis to wind erosion: effects on of biomass allocation. Plant and Soil 380:389-398

 Zhao, L, L. Wang,*, X. Liu, H. Xiao, Y. Ruan and M. Zhou. 2014.The patterns and implications of diurnal variations in d-excess of plant water, shallow soil water and air moisture. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 11:4433-4476           *corresponding author

 Soderberg, K., S. Good, L. Wang and KK. Caylor. 2014. Stable isotopes of water vapor in the vadose zone: A review of measurement and modeling techniques. Vadose Zone Journal 

 Liu, B, Z. Liu, X. Lü, F. Maestre, and L. Wang. 2014. Sand burial compensates for the negative effects of erosion on the dune-building shrub Artemisia wudanica. Plant and Soil 374:263-273

 Zhao, L, L. Wang,*, H. Xiao, X.Liu, G. Cheng, and Y. Ruan. The effects of short-term rainfall variability on leaf isotopic traits of desert plants in sand-binding ecosystems. Ecological Engineering 60:116-125 * corresponding author

 Wang, L., S. Niu, S. Good, K. Soderberg, M. McCabe, R. Sherry, Y. Luo, X. Zhou, J. Xia and K. Caylor. The effect of warming on grassland evapotranspiration partitioning using laser-based isotope monitoring techniques. Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta

Wang, L., G. Okin, P. D’Odorio, K. Caylor and S. Macko. Ecosystem-scale spatial heterogeneity of stable isotopes of soil nitrogen in African savannas. Landscape Ecology 28:685–698. doi: 10.1007/s10980-012-9776-6.

 Daryanto, S., D. Eldridge and L. Wang. 2013. Ploughing and grazing alter the spatial patterning of surface soils in a shrub-encroached woodland. Geoderma 200-201: 67-76.

 Daryanto, S., D. Eldridge and L. Wang. 2013. Spatial patterns of infiltration vary with disturbance in a shrub-encroached woodland. Geomorphology 194: 57-64.

 Soderberg, K., S. Good, M. O’Connor, L. Wang, K. Ryan and KK. Caylor. 2013. Using air parcel trajectories to model the isotopic composition of rainfall in central Kenya. Ecosphere 4(3):33. ES12-00160.1.

 Tan, Y., J. Chen, L. Yan, J. Huang, L. Wang, S. Chen. Mass loss and nutrient dynamics during litter decomposition under three mixing treatments in a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia. Plant and Soil 366(1-2): 107-118, doi: 10.1007/s11104-012-1401-6.

 Wang, L., J. Liu, G. Sun, A. Wei, S. Liu and Q. Dong. 2012. Water, climate, and vegetation: ecohydrology in a changing worlds. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16:4633-4636.

 Wang, L., M. Katjiua, P. D’Odorico and G. S. Okin. The interactive nutrient and water effects on vegetation biomass at two African savanna sites with different mean annual precipitation. African Journal of Ecology  50(4):446-454 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2012.01339.x. (Featured in Cover)

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorio, JP Evans, D Eldridge, M. McCabe, K. Caylor and E. King. 2012. Dryland ecohydrology and climate change: critical issues and technical advances. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16:2585-2603.

 Good, SP., K. Soderberg, L. Wang and KK. Caylor. Uncertainties in the assessment of the isotopic composition of surface fluxes: A direct comparison of techniques using laser-based water vapor isotope analyzers. Journal of Geophysical Research 117, D15301, doi:10.1029/2011JD017168.

 Liu, P., Z. Liu and L. Wang. The colonization of active sand dunes by rhizomatous plants through vegetative propagation and its role in vegetation restoration. Ecological Engineering 44:344-347

Wang, L. S. Good, K. Caylor and L. Cernusak. 2012. Direct quantification of leaf transpiration isotopic compositionAgricultural and Forest Meteorology 154-155: 127-135 doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.10.018.

 Wang, L. C. Zou, F. O’Donnell, S. Good, T. Franz, G.R. Milller, K. K. Caylor, J.M. Cable, B. Bond. 2012. Characterizing ecohydrological and biogeochemical connectivity across multiple scales: a new conceptual frameworkEcohydrology 5: 221-233

 Wang, L. and S. Macko. 2011. Constrained preferences in nitrogen uptake across plant species and environmentsPlant Cell Environment 34: 525-534

 Zhao, L., H. Xiao, J. Zhou, L. Wang,* G Cheng, M. Zhou, L. Yin, and M. McCabe. 2011. Detailed assessment of isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy and isotope ratio mass spectrometry for the stable isotope analysis of plant and soil watersRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 25 (20): 3071-3082. *Corresponding author

 Wang, L., K. K. Caylor, J. Camilo Villegas, G. A. Barron-Gafford, D. D. Breshears, and T. E. Huxman. 2010. Partitioning evapotranspiration across gradients of woody plant cover: assessment of a stable isotope techniqueGeophysical Research Letters 37, L09401, doi:10.1029/2010GL043228

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorico, L. Ries, K. Caylor and S. Macko. 2010. Combined effects of soil moisture and nitrogen availability variations on grass productivity in African savannasPlant and Soil 328: 95-108

 Wang, J., H. Epstein, and L. Wang. 2010. Soil CO2 flux and its controlling factors during secondary succession. Journal of Geophysical Research 115, G02005, doi:10.1029/2009JG001084. (“Most Popular” during the week of publication)

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorico, L. Ries and S. Macko. 2010. Patterns and implications of plant-soil δ13C and δ15N values in African savanna ecosystemsQuaternary Research 73: 77-83.

 Wang, L., G. Okin, K. Caylor and S. Macko. 2009. Spatial heterogeneity and sources of soil carbon in southern African savannasGeoderma 149: 402-408. (“Top 25 Hottest Articles” during January-March 2009 )

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorico, S. Manzoni, A. Porporato and S. Macko. 2009. Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in southern African savannas: the effect of vegetation-induced patch-scale heterogeneities and large scale rainfall gradients. Climatic Change 94: 63-76.

 Wang, L., K. Caylor and D. Dragoni. 2009. On the calibration of continuous, high-precision δ18O and δ2H measurements using an off-axis integrated cavity output spectrometerRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 23: 530-536.

 Ravi, S., P. D’Odorico, L. Wang, S.L. Collins, C. White, G. S. Okin and S. Macko. 2009. Post-fire resource redistribution in desert grasslands: a possible negative feedback on land degradationEcosystems 12: 434-444.

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorico, G. Okin and S. Macko. 2009. Isotopic composition and anion chemistry of soil profiles along the Kalahari TransectJournal of Arid Environments 73: 480-486.

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorico. 2008. The limits of water pumpsScience 321: 36-37. PDF

 Wang, L. 2008. Lost in transliterationScience 320: 745. PDF

 Okin, G. S., N. Mladenov, L. Wang, D. Cassel, K.K. Caylor, S. Ringrose, S. Macko. 2008. Spatial patterns of soil nutrients in two Southern African savannas. Journal of Geophysical Research 113, G02011, doi:10.1029/2007JG000584.

 Wang, L., P. L. Shaner, and S. Macko. 2007. Foliar δ15N patterns along successional gradients at plant community and species levelsGeophysical Research Letters, 34, L16403, doi:10.1029/2007GL030722.

 Wang, L., G. S. Okin, J. Wang, H. Epstein and S. A. Macko. 2007. Predicting leaf and canopy 15N compositions from reflectance spectraGeophysical Research Letters, 34, L02401, doi:10.1029/2006GL028506.