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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. Biology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2004
B.S. Biology, Hebei University, China, 2001
The American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member (2005-present)
The Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2006-present)
Associate Editor Geophysical Research Letters (2011-2014)
Consulting Editor Journal of Arid Environments (2012-present)
Lead Guest Editor of special issue for HESS (Hydrology and Earth System Sciences) entitled “Water, climate, and vegetation: ecohydrology in a changing world” (2011-2012)
International Reviewer Panel African Journal of Ecology (2007-present)
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.
Wang, L. S. Good, K. Caylor and L. Cernusak. 2012. Direct quantification of leaf transpiration isotopic composition. Agricultural 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 framework. Ecohydrology 5: 221-233
Wang, L. and S. Macko. 2011. Constrained preferences in nitrogen uptake across plant species and environments. Plant Cell Environment34: 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 waters. Rapid 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 technique. Geophysical 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 savannas. Plant 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 ecosystems. Quaternary Research 73: 77-83.
Wang, L., G. Okin, K. Caylor and S. Macko. 2009. Spatial heterogeneity and sources of soil carbon in southern African savannas. Geoderma 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 spectrometer. Rapid 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 degradation. Ecosystems 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 Transect. Journal of Arid Environments 73: 480-486.
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 levels. Geophysical 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 spectra. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L02401, doi:10.1029/2006GL028506.