Prof. Qianlai Zhuang

Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

and Department of Agronomy

Purdue University, USA

William F. and Patty J. Miller Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Professor of Agronomy



2005 Postdoctoral training, Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA

2001 Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, USA

Publications (Selected)

  1. Qin, Z. and Q. Zhuang and M. Chen (2011), Impacts of land use change due to biofuel crops on carbon balance, bioenergy production, and agricultural yield, in the conterminous United States, Glob Change Biol Bioenergy, 1757-1707,
  2. Chen, M. and Q. Zhuang (2011), Q., Cook, D. R., Coulter, R., Pekour, M., Scott, R. L., Munger, J. W., and Bible, K.: Quantification of terrestrial ecosystem carbon dynamics in the conterminous United States combining a process-based biogeochemical model and MODIS and AmeriFlux data, Biogeosciences, 8, 2665-2688, doi:10.5194/bg-8-2665-2011.
  3. Jiang, Y., and Q. Zhuang (2011), Extreme value analysis of wildfires in Canadian boreal forest ecosystems Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41:1836-1851, 10.1139/x11-102.
  4. Lu, X. and Q. Zhuang (2011), Areal changes of land ecosystems in the Alaskan Yukon River Basin from 1984 to 2008, Environ. Res. Lett. 6 034012, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/6/3/034012.
  5. Xiao, J., Q. Zhuang, Beverly E. Law, Dennis D. Baldocchi, Jiquan Chen, Andrew D. Richardson, Jerry M. Melillo, Kenneth J. Davis, David Y. Hollinger, Sonia Wharton, Ram Oren, Asko Noormets, Marc L. Fischer, Shashi B. Verma, David R. Cook, Ge Sun, Steve McNulty, Steven C. Wofsy, Paul V. Bolstad, Sean P. Burns, Peter S. Curtis, Bert G. Drake, Matthias Falk, David R. Foster, Lianhong Gu, Julian L. Hadley, Gabriel G. Katul, Marcy Litvak, Siyan Ma, Timothy A. Martin, Roser Matamala, Tilden P. Meyers, Russell K. Monson, J. William Munger, Walter C. Oechel, U. Kyaw Tha Paw, Hans Peter Schmid, Russell L. Scott, Gregory Starr, Andrew E. Suyker, Margaret S. Torn (2011), Assessing net ecosystem carbon exchange of U.S. terrestrial ecosystems by integrating eddy covariance flux measurements and satellite observations, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Volume 151, Issue 1, 15 January 2011, Pages 60-69, ISSN 0168-1923
  6. Tang, J., Q. Zhuang, Shannon, R. D., and White, J. R. (2010) Quantifying wetland methane emissions with process-based models of different complexities, Biogeosciences, 7, 3817-3837, doi:10.5194/bg-7-3817-2010
  7. Tang, J., and Q. Zhuang (2010), Modeling soil thermal and hydrological dynamics and changes of growing season in Alaskan terrestrial ecosystems, Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-010-9988-1
  8. Zhuang Q., J. He, Y. Lu, L. Ji, J. Xiao, T. Luo, Carbon dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems on the Tibetan Plateau during the 20th century: an analysis with a process-based biogeochemical mode, Global Ecology and Biogeography,19,5, 649-662,2010. DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00559.x
  9. Tang, J. and Q. Zhuang (2011), Technical Note: Propagating correlations in atmospheric inversions using different Kalman update smoothers, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 921-929, doi:10.5194/acp-11-921-2011.
  10. Lu, X., and Q. Zhuang, Evaluating evapotranspiration and water-use efficiency of terrestrial ecosystems in the conterminous United States using MODIS and AmeriFlux data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 114, 9, 1924-1939, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2010.04.001.
  11. McGuire, A.D., D.J. Hayes, D.W. Kicklighter, M. Manizza, Q Zhuang, M. Chen, M. J. Follows, K. R. Gurney, J.W. McClelland, J. M. Melillo, B. J. Peterson, and R. G. Prinn (2010). An analysis of the carbon balance of the Arctic Basin from 1997 to 2006, Tellus, DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0889.2010.00497.x.
  12. Xiao, J., Q. Zhuang, D. D. Baldocchi, B. E. Law, A. D. Richardson, J. Chen, R. Oren, G. Starr, A. Noormets, S. Ma, S. B. Verma, S. Wharton, S. C. Wofsy, P V. Bolstad, S. P. Burns, D. R. Cook, P. S. Curtis, B. G. Drake, M. Falk, M. L. Fischer, D. R. Foster, L. Gu, J. L. Hadley, D. Y. Hollinger, G. G. Katul, M. Litvak, T. A. Martin, R. Matamala, S. McNulty, T. P. Meyers, R. K. Monson, J. W. Munger, W. C. Oechel, K. T. Paw U, H. P. Schmid, R. L. Scott, G. Sun, A. E. Suyker, M. S. Torn, (2010). A Continuous Measure of Gross Primary Productivity for the Conterminous U.S. Derived from MODIS and AmeriFlux Data, Remote Sensing of Environment 114, 576–591.
  13. Lu, X. and Q. Zhuang (2010), Evaluating climate impacts on carbon balance of the terrestrial ecosystems in the Midwest of the United States with a process-based ecosystem model, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change,15, 5, 467-487,10.1007/s11027-010-9228-z.
  14. Ping, X., G. Zhou, Q. Zhuang, Y. Wang, W. Zuo, G. Shi, X. Lin and Y. Wang, (2010). Effects of sample size and position from monolith and core methods on the estimation of total root biomass in a temperate grassland ecosystem in Inner Mongolia. Geoderma 155(3-4): 262-268.
  15. Jiang Y., Zhuang Q., Flannigan M. D., Little J. M. (2009), Characterization of wildfire regimes in Canadian boreal terrestrial ecosystems. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18, 992–1002. doi:10.1071/WF08096
  16. Lu, Y., Q. Zhuang, G. Zhou, A. Sirin, J. Melillo and D. Kicklighter (2009) Possible decline of the carbon sink in the Mongolian Plateau during the 21st century, Environ. Res. Lett. 4 045023 (8pp) doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/045023.
  17. Xu, K., , C. Kong, , G. Liu, , C. Wu, , H. Deng, , Y. Zhang , and Q. Zhuang, Changes of urban wetlands in Wuhan, China, from 1987 to 2005, Progress in Physical Geography 2010 34: 207-220.
  18. Tang, J. and Q. Zhuang, A global sensitivity analysis and Bayesian inference framework for improving the parameter estimation and prediction of a process-based Terrestrial Ecosystem Model J. Geophys. Res., 114, D15303, doi:10.1029/2009JD011724., 2009.
  19. Xiao, J., Zhuang, Q., Liang, E., McGuire, A. D., Kicklighter, D. W., Moody, A., and Melillo, J. M., Twentieth-century droughts and their impacts on terrestrial carbon cycling in China, Earth Interactions, 13, 1-31, 2009.
  20. Zhuang, Q., J. M. Melack, S. Zimov, K. M. Walter, C. L. Butenhoff, and M. A. K. Khalil, Global methane emissions from wetlands, rice paddies, and lakes, Eos, 90(5), 37-38, 2009.
  21. Tang, J., Q. Zhuang, Equifinality in parameterization of process-based biogeochemistry models: A significant uncertainty source to the estimation of regional carbon dynamics J. Geophys. Res., 113, G04010, doi:10.1029/2008JG000757, 2008.
  22. Xiao, J., Q. Zhuang, Dennis D. Baldocchi, Beverly E. Law, Andrew D. Richardson, Jiquan Chen, Ram Oren, Gregory Starr, Asko Noormets, Siyan Ma, Shashi B. Verma, Sonia Wharton, Steven C. Wofsy, Paul V. Bolstad, Sean P. Burns, David R. Cook, Peter S. Curtis, Bert G. Drake, Matthias Falk, Marc L. Fischer, David R. Foster, Lianhong Gu, Julian L. Hadley, David Y. Hollinger, Gabriel G. Katul, Marcy Litvak, Timothy A. Martin, Roser Matamala, Steve McNulty, Tilden P. Meyers, Russell K. Monson, J. William Munger, Walter C. Oechel, Kyaw Tha Paw U, Hans Peter Schmid, Russell L. Scott, Ge Sun, Andrew E. Suyker, Margaret S. Torn, 2008, Estimation of net ecosystem carbon exchange for the conterminous United States by combining MODIS and AmeriFlux data. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 148, 1827-1847.
  23. Zhuang, Q. , T. Zhang, J. Xiao, and T. Luo, Quantification of Net Primary Production of Chinese Forest Ecosystems with Spatial Statistical Approaches, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, DOI 10.1007/s11027-008-9152-7, 2008.
  24. Zhuang, Q., and W. S. Reeburgh, Introduction to special section on Synthesis of Recent Terrestrial Methane Emission Studies, J. Geophys. Res., 113, G00A02, doi:10.1029/2008JG000749, 2008.
  25. Melillo, J.M., S. Hassol, D. Archer, T. Callaghan, F.S. Chapin III, T. Christensen, A.D. McGuire, K. Walter, and Q. Zhuang. Methane from the Arctic: Global warming wildcard. Chapter in United Nations Environmental Programme Yearbook, 2008.
  26. 26.Xiao, J., and Q. Zhuang, Drought effects on large fire activity in Canadian and Alaskan forests, Environ. Res. Lett. 2 044003 (6pp)   doi:10.1088/1748-9326/2/4/044003, 2007.
  27. Balshi M.S., A.D.McGuire, Q. Zhuang, J.M.Melillo, D.W. Kicklighter, E.Kasischke, C. Wirth, M. Flannigan, J.Harden, J.S.Clein, T.J. Burnside, J.McAllister, W.A.Kurz, M.Apps, and A. Shvidenko, The role of historical fire disturbance in the carbon dynamics of the pan-boreal region: A process- based analysis. J. Geophys. Res, 112, G02029, 2007.
  28. Zhuang, Q., J. M. Melillo, A. D. McGuire, D. W. Kicklighter, R. G. Prinn, P. A. Steudler, B. S. Felzer, and S. Hu, Net emissions of CH4 and CO2 in Alaska: implications for the region's greenhouse gas budget, Ecological Applications: Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 203–212, 2007.
  29. Sitch, S., A.D. McGuire, J. Kimball, N. Gedney, J. Gamon, R. Rengstrom, A. Wolf, Q. Zhuang, J. Clein, and K. C. McDonald, Assessing the carbon balance of circumpolar arctic tundra using remote sensing and process modeling, Ecological Applications, 17 (1), 2007, 213-234, 2007.
  30. Zhuang, Q., J. M. Melillo, M. C. Sarofim, D W. Kicklighter, A. D. McGuire, B. S. Felzer, A.
  31. Sokolov, R. G. Prinn, P. A. Steudler, and S. Hu, CO2 and CH4 exchanges between land ecosystems and the atmosphere in northern high latitudes over the 21st century, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L17403, doi:10.1029/2006GL026972, 2006.
  32. Euskirchen, E.S., A.D. McGuire, D.W. Kicklighter, Q. Zhuang, J.S. Clein, R.J. Dargaville, D.G. Dye, J.S. Kimball, K.C. McDonald, J.M. Melillo, V.E. Romanovsky, N.V. Smith, Importance of recent shifts in soil thermal dynamics on growing season length, productivity, and carbon sequestration in terrestrial high-latitude ecosystem, Global Change Biology, 12, 731-750, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01113.x, 2006.
  33. Felzer B., J. Reilly, J. Melillo, D. Kicklighter, C. Wang, R. Prinn, M. Sarofim, Q. Zhuang, Past and future effects of ozone on net primary production and carbon sequestration using a global biogeochemical model, Climatic Change 73:345-373, doi:10.1007/S10584-005-6776-4, 2005.
  34. Zhuang, Q., J. M. Melillo, D. W. Kicklighter, R. G. Prinn, D. A. McGuire, P. A. Steudler, B. S. Felzer, and S. Hu, Methane fluxes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere at northern high latitudes during the past century: A retrospective analysis with a process-based biogeochemistry model, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 18, GB3010, doi:10.1029/2004GB002239, 2004.

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