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Wang, L., K. Kaseke, and M. Seely. 2016. Effects of non-rainfall water inputs on ecosystem functions, WIREs Water. 10.1002/wat1002.1179

Novick, KA, D. Ficklin,P. Stoy, C. Williams, G. Bohrer, C. Oishi, S. Papuga, P. Blanken, A. Noormets, B. Sulman, R. Scott, L. Wang and R. Phillips. 2016. The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes. Nature Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate3114 (Multiple news reports, see News)

Lu, X., Wang, L.*, Ming, P., Kaseke, K., and Li, B. 2016. A multi-scale analysis of Namibian rainfall over the recent decade - comparing TMPA satellite estimates and ground observations. Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies. 8:59-68 *corresponding author

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.

Wang, Z., L. Wang, Z. Liu,Y. Li, Q. Liu,B. Liu. 2016. Phylogeny, seed trait, and ecological correlates of seed germination at the community level in a degraded sandy grassland. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: article no. 1532

Li, B., L. Wang*, K. F. Kaseke, L. Li, M. K. Seely. 2016. The impact of rainfall on soil moisture dynamics in a foggy desert. Plos ONE 11(10): e0164982. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164982 *corresponding author

Lu, X., L. L. Liang, L. Wang*, G. D. Jenerette, M. F. McCabe, and D. A. Grantz. 2016. Partitioning of evapotranspiration using a stable isotope technique in an arid and high temperature agricultural production system. Agricultural Water Management doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2016.08.012 *corresponding author

Sulman B, D. Roman, K. Yi, L. Wang, R. Phillips and K. Novick. 2016. High atmospheric demand for water can limit forest carbon uptake and transpiration as severely as dry soil. Geophysical Research Letters.

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

Wu, Y., T. Du, R. Ding, L. Tong, S. Li, L. Wang. 2016. Multiple methods to partition evapotranspiration in a maize field. Journal of Hydrometeorology DOI:

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

Yu, Yang, W. Wei, L. Chen, T. Feng, S. Daryanto and L. Wang. 2016. Land preparation and vegetation type jointly determine soil conditions after long-term land stabilization measures in a typical hilly catchment, Loess Plateau of China. Journal of Soils and Sediments

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 (Multiple news reports, see News)

Fang, X., W. Zhao*, L. Wang*, Q. Feng, J. Ding, Y. Liu and X. Zhang. 2016. Variations of deep soil moisture under different vegetation types and influencing factors in a watershed of the Loess Plateau, China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20, 3309–3323 doi:10.5194/hess-20-3309-2016. *corresponding author

Tian, C., L. Wang*, and K. A. Novick. 2016. Water vapor δ2H, δ18O and δ17O measurements using an off-axis integrated cavity output spectrometer – sensitivity to water vapor concentration, delta value and averaging-time. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 10.1002/rcm.7714  *corresponding author (Feathered in Cover)

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

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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 (Feathered in Cover, see News)

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 (Multiple news reports, see News)

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.

Liu, Y., W. Zhao, L. Wang, X. Zhang, S. Daryanto, X. Fang. 2016. Spatial variations of soil moisture under Caragana korshinskii from different precipitation zones: field based analysis in the Loess Plateau, China. Foreests doi:10.3390/f60x000x

Wang, L. X. Yang and G. Rasul. 2016. Climate change and ecosystem responses in China. Physics and Chemistry  

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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 (Multiple news reports, see News)

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, L. Augusto, W. T. Baisden, E. N. J. Brookshire, M. D. Cramer, N. J. Hasselquist, E. A. Hobbie, A. Kahmen, K. Koba, J. M. Kranabetter, M. C. Mack, E. Marin-Spiotta, J. R. Mayor, K. K. McLauchlan, A. Michelsen, G. B. Nardoto, R. S. Oliveira, S. S. Perakis, P. L. Peri, C. A. Quesada, A. Richter, L. A. Schipper, B. A. Stevenson, B. L. Turner, R. A. G. Viani, W. Wanek and B. Zeller 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


Wang, L., M. McCabe. 2013. Ecohydrology: plant water use. In “Handbook of Engineering Hydrology” (Edited by Saeid Eslamian), Taylor & Francis.

Wang, L., P. D’Odorico. 2013. Ecological Processes: Decomposition and Mineralization. In “Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences”, Elsvier.

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

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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 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, doi: 10.1002/eco.187.

Miller, G.R., J.M. Cable, A.K. McDonald, B. Bond, A.P. Tyler, T.E. Franz, L. Wang , and C.B. Zou. 2012. Using a system dynamics model to assess how ecohydrological connectivity affects ecosystem responses to environmental presses and pulses: A case study in savanna ecosystems. Ecohydrology 5:200-220.

Zhao, L., H. Xiao, M Zhou, G Cheng, L. Wang, L. Yin, and J. Ren. 2012. Factors controlling spatial and seasonal distributions of precipitation 18O in China. Hydrological Processes 26:143-152 doi: 10.1002/hyp.8118


Wang, L*. and S. Macko. 2011. Constrained preferences in nitrogen uptake across plant species and environments. Plant 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 waters. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 25(20):3071-3082

Riveros-Iregui, D, L. Wang and B. Wilcox. 2011. Ecohydrology and the challenges of coming decades. AGU Hydrology Newsletter, July issue, 32-34.


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 effect of soil moisture and nitrogen availability variations on grass productivity in African savannas: The case of the Kalahari Transect. Plant and Soil 328: 95-108, doi 10.1007/s11104-009-0085-z.

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

Ries, L., H. Shugart, L. Wang, K. Caylor and S. Ringrose. 2010. Nutrient limitation on aboveground grass production in four savanna types along the Kalahari Transect. Journal of Arid Environments 74: 284-290, doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2009. 08.012.

Wang, L*., and J. Tang. 2010. Global change-current condition and future trends. In “Ecological Complexity and Ecological Vision” (Edited by Y Wu, J Fan), Higher Education Press, 147-157.

Wang, L*. and K. K. Caylor. 2010. Measuring the breath of life. Mpala Memos 2,11.


Wang, L*., P. D’Odorico, S. Manzoni, A. Porporato and S. Macko. 2009. Soil 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.

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, G. Okin and S. Macko. 2009.  Isotope composition and anion chemistry of soil profiles along the Kalahari Transect. Journal of Arid Environments 73: 480-486.

Wang, L*., G. S. Okin and S. A. Macko. 2009. Satellite prediction of soil δ13C distributions in a southern African savanna. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 102:137-141.

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. (Featured in Cover)

Wang, L., G. Okin and S. Macko. 2009. Remote sensing of nitrogen and carbon isotope compositions in terrestrial ecosystems. In “Isoscapes: Understanding movement, pattern and process on Earth through isotope mapping” (Edited by JB West, GJ Bowen, KP Tu, TE Dawson), Springer, 51-70.


Wang, L. and P. D’Odorico. 2008. The limits of water pumps. (Letters). Science 321:36-37.

Wang, L. and P. D’Odorico. 2008. Decomposition and Mineralization. In Encyclopedia of Ecology, Elsevier, Oxford, UK, 838-844.

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

Wang, L. 2008. Lost in transliteration. (Letters). Science 320:745.

Ravi, S., P. D’Odorico, L. Wang and S.L. Collins. 2008. Form and function of grass ring patterns in arid grasslands: the role of abiotic controls. Oecologia 158: 545-555.

Wang, L., J. Wang, and J. Huang. 2008. Net nitrogen mineralization and nitrification in three subtropical forests of southwestern China. Dynamic Soil, Dynamic Plant 2(1) 33-40.

Wang, L., B. Kgope, P. D’Odorico and S. Macko. 2008. Carbon and nitrogen parasitism by a xylem-tapping mistletoe (Tapinanthus oleifolius) along the Kalahari Transect: a stable isotope study. African Journal of Ecology 46: 540-546.


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.

Wang, L., P. J. Shaner and S. Macko. 2007. Foliar 15N patterns along successional gradients at the plant community and species level. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L16403.

Wang, L., P. P. Mou, J. Huang and J. Wang. 2007. Spatial variation of nitrogen availability in a subtropical evergreen broadleaved forest of southwestern China. Plant and Soil, 295: 137-150, doi:10.1007/s11104-007-9271-z.

Wang, L.,  P. D’Odorico, S. Ringrose, S. Coetzee and S. Macko. 2007. Biogeochemistry of Kalahari sands. Journal of Arid Environments, 71(3) 259-279. (“Top 25 Hottest Articles” during July-September 2007 ) (“Most cited articles” since 2007)


Wang, L., P. P. Mou and R. H. Jones. 2006. Nutrient foraging via physiological and morphological plasticity in three plant species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 36:164-173 doi:10.1139/X05-239.

Wang, L., J. Wang and J. H. Huang. 2003. Comparison of major nutrient release patterns of Quercus liaotungensis leaf litter decomposition in different climatic zones. Acta Botanica Sinica, 45(4):399-407.

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