The research tasks of pollution ecology and environmental management are conducted by research groups of distinct but related disciplines. The groups have 33 research scientists (11 research professors, 13 associate research professors, and 9 assistant research professors), 24 Ph.D. students, and 37 Master’s students. The majority of the scientists have had international research experience. The team is financially supported by the International Cooperation Partnership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and many other funding sources. One scientist is principal investigator of a ‘973 Project’; two scientists have been awarded outstanding early-career grants from the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); and four young scientists have been funded by the ‘Hundred-Talent Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’. The principal investigators of this environmental team include Dr. Shu-Hai Guo, Dr. Yong-Feng Jia, Dr. Yong Geng, Dr. Ling-Tian Xie, and Dr. Jie Zhuang.
Jia Yongfeng, born in 1964, Ph.D., professor. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from Newcastle University (UK) in 2000 and worked at McGill University (Canada) as a post-doctoral fellow from 2000 to 2005. He was promoted to full professor in the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences after being awarded the title of "One Hundred Talents program" in 2005. Dr. Jia also received the "National Natural Science Funds forDistinguished Young Scholar" in 2009. His research interests include biogeochemical cycling and pollution control of toxic heavy metals.
Guo Shuhai, born in 1964. Ph.D., professor. He is the director of the Research Center of Pollution Ecology and Environmental Eco-Engineering. He has served as a member of the environmental science expert group of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Environmental Society of Soil and Groundwater Committee and the Chinese Pollution Ecology Professional Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree from Jilin University in 1986, an M.S. degree from Shenyang Agricultural University in 1993, and a Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. His research interests include regional environment, pollution ecology, pollution control and environmental restoration. He received the title of National Engineering Talent from the Ministry of Human Resources of China.
Geng Yong, born in 1971, Ph.D., professor. He received his B.S degree from Southeast University in 1992, an M.S. degree from Dalian University of Technology in 1997 and a Ph.D. degree from Dalhousie University in 2004. He also has conducted research at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Waterloo (Canada), and the University of Leipzig (Germany) during 2000–2007. He was a research fellow at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan from November 2007 to October 2008. He is now a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, the Canadian Eco-Industrial Network, the Asian Eco-Industrial Network and the Liaoning Provincial Circular Economy Association. His research foci include industrial ecology, circular economy, eco-efficiency evaluation, low carbon development and environmental management. He is now a principal investigator for several research projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Natural Science Foundation of China and international agencies. He received the "One Hundred Talents Program" award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and was also awarded the "Distinguished Young Scholars of NSFC" . He has published over 160 papers, of which 85 are indexed by SCI.
Xie Lingtian, Ph.D., professor. He was born in 1969. He received his B.S. degree in Cell Biology from Wuhan University, China in 1990 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA, USA in 2000. From 2003 to 2005, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Riverside and Florida State University. From 2005 to 2011, he was a research associate in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University. In 2012, he joined the Institute of Applied Ecology as the Principal Investigator sponsored by the ‘One Hundred Talents Program’ of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is leading a team working in the field of environmental toxicology.
Zhuang Jie, born in 1966, professor. He has conducted environmental research in the United States and Japan for 15 years. He received his B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Shenyang Agricultural University, China in 1987, 1990, and 1993, respectively. Dr. Zhuang received a First-Class Award of Scientific and Technology Progress from the China Ministry of Education in 1992. He is currently an editor of three SCI-indexed journals (Ecotoxicology, Environmental Management, and Pedosphere). Dr. Zhuang has reviewed articles for more than 40 international environmental journals; been a panelist; and an ad hoc reviewer of research proposals submitted to the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA); and served as a member of the International Soil Science Award Committee of the Soil Science Society of America. His research foci include: (1) Transport and mobilization of colloidal contaminants (e.g., viruses, bacteria, and nanoparticles) in soil and sediments; (2) Water flow modeling in soil-plant systems; and (3) Physical protection of soil organic carbon and interactions of soil organic matter with water and microorganisms.