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Cheng, Weixin Curriculum Vitae

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2011 -               Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, Shenyang, China

2007 -                Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

2001 - 2006      Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

1999 - 2001      Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

1998 - 1999      Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge

1994 - 1998      Assistant Research Professor, Desert Research Institute and Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

1992 - 1994      Assistant Research Scientist, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia

1990 - 1992      Postdoctoral Research Scientist, San Diego State University

1989 - 1990      Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia

 

EDUCATION

1989         Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA

1982         B.S., Agronomy, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, China

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

2008        National Science Foundation Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service, USA

2007                   Social Sciences Division Big Winner Award, UC Santa Cruz, USA

 

GRANTS

2012-2016        Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology 973-Plan: Structure, function and management of main plantation forests -participatory project. Cheng W (PI) 500,000 RMB.

2009 - 2011      US Department of Energy, National Institute for Climate Change, Mid-West Region, Partitioning responses of rhizosphere respiration and soil carbon decomposition to warming and altered precipitation in a grassland ecosystem. Cheng, W. (PI) $246,273

2009 - 2011      Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, Link Rhizosphere Priming to Temperature Sensitivity of Soil Carbon Decomposition Cheng W. (PI) $90,000

2007 - 2009      Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, Scaling rhizosphere respiration and priming effect from single plants to field ecosystems Cheng, W. (PI) $84,000

2004 - 2007      National Science Foundation Acquisition of light stable isotope mass spectrometers for biogeochemistry and environmental change at University of California, Santa Cruz. Ravelo, C., P. Koch, R. Kudela, M.D. MacCarthy and W. Cheng (Co-PI) $637,099

2004 - 2007      Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, Controls of canopy photosynthetic activity on roots and soil carbon dynamics in ponderosa pine and oak/savanna ecosystems Goldstein, A.H., W. Cheng (Co-PI), and D. D. Baldocchi $360,000

2006 - 2009      Department of Agriculture, National Research Initiative Competitive Grant Program, Carbon and nitrogen interchange in the rhizosphere: Sensitivity to temperature and water dynamics Cheng, W. (PI) and M.K. Firestone. $455,000

2004 - 2006      A subcontract with DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Carbon flux in a California grassland soil sequence: The role of DOC in carbon sequestration. Cheng, W. $20,228

2003 - 2006      US Department of Agriculture, National Research Initiative Competitive Grant Program, Patterns of rhizosphere effects on soil organic matter decomposition and nitrogen dynamics Cheng; W. (PI) and D.W. Johnson $324,000

2001 - 2004      Kearney Foundation, Controls of canopy activities on roots and soil carbon dynamics in a young ponderosa pine forest. Goldstein, A., W. Cheng (Co-PI), and Q. Ye. $99,000

1998 - 2002      US Department of Agriculture, National Research Initiative Competitive Grant Program, Rhizosphere processes and soil organic matter decomposition W. (PI) and D.W. Johnson $345,000

2001 - 2002      UC Instructional Improvement Program: New Technologies in Teaching (see the web page: ic.ucsc.edu/~wxcheng/wewu/), Cheng, W. (PI) and M. Loik. $14,981

2001 - 2002      Social Sciences Divisional Research Award, Explore asymbiotic nitrogen fixation in forest ecosystems using 15N. W. Cheng (PI) $5,880

1999 - 2001      National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Supplemental support to the grant entitled "Rhizosphere respiration and root demography in forest ecosystems." Cheng, W. (PI). $16,514

1998 - 2001      National Science Foundation/TECO, Effects of elevated CO2 on a Mojave Desert ecosystem Smith, S.D., J.S. Coleman, R.E. Evans, R. Nowak, W. Cheng (Co-PI), and R.J. Seemann. $1,300,000

1999 - 2000      National Science Foundation, Rhizosphere respiration and root demography in forest ecosystems Cheng, W. (PI), D.W. Johnson, P.S. Verberg, and R.F. Walker. $200,000

1998 - 2000      Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Exploring the sensitivity of different carbon and nitrogen fluxes to variation in the timing of an ecosystem perturbation Coleman, J.S., W. Cheng (Co-PI), R.D. Evans, Y. Lou, and D.W. Johnson $387,126

1998 - 2000      National Institute for Global Environmental Changes (Southeastern region), Effects of elevated CO2 on nutrient cycling in a sweetgum plantation Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng (Co-PI) and J.D. Joslin $290,460

1997 - 1999      National Science Foundation, Ecosystem significance of soil as a long-term sink for anthropogenic additions of N Johnson, D.W. and W. Cheng (Co-PI) $212,874

1998 - 1999      US Department of Energy, Detecting the effect of elevated CO2 on rhizosphere free-living N2- fixation using 15N2- reduction technique Cheng, W. (PI) and D.W. JohnsonSeed grant, $16,500

1996 - 1998      Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (Japan), Effects of elevated CO2 on soil carbon storage - 9,000,000 Japanese Yen Cheng, W. (PI) and D.W. Johnson. $90,000

1995 - 1997      Department of Energy, Effects of elevated CO2 on soils Johnson, D.W. and W. Cheng (Co-PI) $145,000

1993 - 1997      National Science Foundation, In situ rhizosphere processes: respiration, exudation and exudate utilization Cheng, W. (PI), C.R. Carroll, C.A. Hoffman and D.C. Coleman. $330,000

 

PUBLICATIONS AND SCHOLARLY WORK

Journal Articles

2013

Cheng, W., W. J. Parton, M. A. Gonzalez-Meler, R. Phillips, S. Asao, G. G. McNickle, E. Brzostek, and J. D. Jastrow. 2013. Tansley review: Synthesis and modeling perspectives of rhizosphere priming. New Phytologist, doi: 10.1111/nph.12440.

2013

Zhu, B., and W. Cheng. 2013. Impacts of drying-wetting cycles on rhizosphere respiration and soil organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 63: 89-96.

2013

Pausch, J., B. Zhu, Y. Kuzyakov, and W. Cheng. 2013. Plant inter-specific effects on rhizosphere priming of soil organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 57: 91-99

2013

Pang, X., W. Bao, B. Zhu, and W. Cheng. 2013. Responses of soil respiration and its temperature sensitivity to thinning in a pine plantation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 171– 172: 57– 64.

2012

Xu, Z., S. Wan, H. Ren, X. Han, M. Li, W. Cheng, and Y. Jiang. 2012. Effects of water and nitrogen addition on species turnover in temperate grasslands in Northern China. PLoS ONE  Volume 7, Issue 6,  e39762

2012

Zhu, B., and W. Cheng. 2012. Nodulated soybean enhances rhizosphere priming effects on soil organic matter decomposition more than non-nodulated soybean. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 51: 56-65.

2011

Zhu, B., and W. Cheng. 2011. (13)C isotope fractionation during rhizosphere respiration of C(3) and C(4) plants. Plant and Soil 342: 277-287.

2011

Zhu, B. A., and W. Cheng. 2011. Constant and diurnally-varying temperature regimes lead to different temperature sensitivities of soil organic carbon decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 43: 866-869.

2011

Zhu, B. A., and W. Cheng. 2011. Rhizosphere priming effect increases the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition. Global Change Biology 17: 2172-2183.

2010

Xu, Y., J. He, W. Cheng, X. Xing, L. Li. 2010. Natural 15N abundance in soils and plants in relation to N cycling in a rangeland in Inner Mongolia. Journal of Plant Ecology, 3: 201-207.

2010

Walker, R.F., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson. 2010. Mycorrhization of ponderosa pine in a second-growth Sierra Nevada forest. Western North American Naturalist, 70: 1-8.

2009

Dijkstra, F.A., N.E. Bader, D.W. Johnson, and W. Cheng. 2009. Does accelerated soil organic matter decomposition in the presence of plants increase plant N availability? Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 41:1080-1087. PEER REVIEWED

2009

Cheng, W., Rhizosphere priming effect: Its functional relationships with microbial turnover, evapotranspiration, and C-N budgets, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41, 1795-1801.

2009

Cheng, W., Q. Chen, Y. Xu, X. Han, and L. Li., Climate and ecosystem 15N natural abundance along a transect of Inner Mongolian grasslands: Contrasting regional patterns and global patterns, Global Biogeochemical Cycles 23, doi:10.1029/2008GB003315.

2009

Gershenson, A., N.E. Bader, and W. Cheng, Effects of substrate availability on the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition, Global Change Biology 15, 176-183.

2008

Dijkstra, F.A., and W. Cheng, Increased soil moisture content increases plant N uptake and the abundance of 15N in plant biomass, Plant and Soil 302, 263-271.

2008

Xu, Y., S. Wan, W. Cheng, and L. Li, Impacts of grazing intensity on denitrification and N2O production in a semi-arid grassland ecosystem, Biogeochemistry 88, 103-115.

2007

Dijkstra, F.A., and W. Cheng, Interactions between soil and tree roots accelerate long-term soil carbon decomposition, Ecology Letters 10, 1046-1053.

2007

Dijkstra, F.A., and W. Cheng, Moisture modulates rhizosphere effects on C decomposition in two different soil types, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39, 2264-2274.

2007

Johnson, D.W., F.A. Dijkstra, and W. Cheng, The effects of Glycine max and Helianthus annus on nutrient availability in two soils, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39, 2160-2163.

2007

Xu, Y., L. Li, Q. Wang, Q. Chen, and W. Cheng, The pattern between nitrogen mineralization and grazing intensities in an Inner Mongolian typical steppe, Plant and Soil 300, 289-300  

2007

Zhan, X-M, L-H. Li and W. Cheng, Restore degraded Stipa krylovii steppes in Inner Mongolia of China: Assess seed banks and vegetation composition, Journal of Arid Environments 68, 298-307  

2007

Bader, N.E. and W. Cheng, Rhizosphere priming effect of Populus fremontii obscures the temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon respiration, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39, 600-606  

2007

Cheng, W. and F.A. Dijkstra, Theoretical proof and empirical validation of a continuous labeling method using naturally 13C-depleted carbon dioxide, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 49, 401-407  

2006

Dijkstra, F.A., W. Cheng and D.W. Johnson., Plant biomass influences rhizosphere priming effects on soil organic matter decomposition in two differently managed soils, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38, 2519–2526  

2006

Misson, L., A. Gershenson, J. Tang, R. Boniello, M. McKay, W. Cheng and A. Goldstein, Influences of canopy photosynthesis and summer rain pulses on root dynamics and soil respiration in a young ponderosa pine forest, Tree Physiology 26, 833-844  

2006

Pasakdee, S., G. Bañuelos, C. Shennan, and W. Cheng, Organic N fertilizers and irrigation influence organic Broccoli production in two regions of California, Journal of Vegetable Science 12, 27-46  

2005

Cheng, W., S. Fu, R. B. Susfalk, and R. J. Mitchell, Measuring tree root respiration using 13C natural abundance: rooting medium matters, New Phytologist 167, 297-307  

2005

Tang, J., L. Misson, A. Gershenson, W. Cheng, and A.H. Goldstein., Continuous measurements of soil respiration with and without roots in a ponderosa pine plantation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 132, 212-227  

2005

Wang, Z-P, X. Han, L. Li, Q. Chen, Y. Duan, and W. Cheng, Methane emission from small wetlands and implications for semiarid region budgets, Journal of Geophysical Research doi:10.1029/2004JD005548  

2004

Fu, S. and W. Cheng, Defoliation affects rhizosphere respiration and rhizosphere priming effect on decomposition of soil organic matter under a sunflower species: Helianthus annuus, Plant and Soil 263, 345-352  

2004

Kuzyakov, Y. and W. Cheng, Photosynthesis controls of CO2 efflux from maize rhizosphere, Plant and Soil 263, 85-99  

2004

Verburg, P.S.J., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson, and D.E. Schorran, Nonsymbiotic nitrogen fixation in three-year-old Jeffrey pines and the role of elevated CO2, Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34, 1979-1984  

2004

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, J.D. Joslin, R.J. Norby, N.T. Edwards, and D.E. Todd, Jr., Effects of elevated CO2 on nutrient cycling in a sweetgum plantation, Biogeochemistry 69, 379-403  

2003

Cheng, W., D.W. Johnson, and S. Fu, Rhizosphere effects on decomposition: controls of plant species, phenology, and fertilization, Soil Science Society of America Journal 67, 1418-1427  

2002

Norby, R.J., P.J. Hanson, E.G. O'Neill, T.J. Tschaplinski, J.F. Welztin, R.T. Hansen, W. Cheng, S.D. Wullschleger, C.A. Gunderson, N.T. Edwards, and D.W. Johnson, Net primary productivity of a CO2-enriched deciduous forest and the implications for carbon storage, Ecological Applications 12, 1261-1266  

2002

Fu, S., W. Cheng, and R. Susfalk, Rhizosphere respiration varies with plant species and phenology: A greenhouse pot experiment, Plant and Soil 239, 133-140  

2002

Fu, S. and W. Cheng, Rhizosphere priming effects on the decomposition of soil organic matter in C4 and C3 grassland soil, Plant and Soil 238, 289-294  

2002

Hui, D., D.A. Sims, D.W. Johnson, W. Cheng and Y. Luo, Effects of gradual versus step increases in carbon dioxide on Plantago photosynthesis and growth in a microcosm study, Environmental and Experimental Botany 47, 51-66  

2002

Susfalk, R.B., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson, R.F. Walker, P. Verburg, and S. Fu, Lateral diffusion and atmospheric CO2 mixing compromise estimates of rhizosphere respiration in a forest soil, Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32, 1005-1015  

2001

Kuzyakov, Y. and W. Cheng, Photosynthesis controls of rhizosphere respiration and organic matter decomposition, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 33, 1915-1925  

2001

Hui, D., Y. Luo, W. Cheng, J.S. Coleman, D.W. Johnson and D.A. Sims, Canopy radiation- and water-use efficiencies as affected by elevated [CO2], Global Change Biology 7, 75-91  

2000

Cheng, W., Studying rhizosphere priming effects on soil carbon loss using natural 13C, Mitteilangen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft 93, 100-103  

2000

Bonkowski, M., W. Cheng, B.S. Griffiths, G. Alphei, and S. Scheu, Microbial-faunal interactions in the rhizosphere and effects on plant growth, European Journal of Soil Biology 36, 135-147  

2000

Cheng, W., D.A. Sims, Y. Luo, J. S. Coleman, and D.W. Johnson, Photosynthesis, respiration, and net primary production of sunflower stands in ambient and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations: an invariant NPP:GPP ratio?, Global Change Biology 6, 931-942  

2000

Haile-Mariam, S., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson, and E.A. Paul, Use of carbon-13 and carbon-14 to measure effects of carbon dioxide and nitrogen fertilization on carbon dynamics in ponderosa pine, Soil Science Society of America journal 64, 1984-1992  

2000

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, and I.C. Burke, Biotic and abiotic nitrogen retention in a variety of forest soils, Soil Science Society of America Journal 64, 1503-1514  

2000

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, and J.T. Ball, Effects of [CO2] and N fertilization on soils planted with ponderosa pine, Plant and Soil 224, 99-113  

2000

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, and J.T. Ball, Effects of CO2 and N fertilization on decomposition and N immobilization in ponderosa pine litter, Plant and Soil 224, 115-122  

2000

Cheng, W., D.A. Sims, Y. Lou, D.W. Johnson, J.T. Ball and J.S. Coleman, Carbon budgeting in plant-soil mesocosms under elevated CO2: locally missing carbon?, Global Change Biology 6, 99-110  

2000

Luo, Y., D. Hui, W. Cheng, J.S. Coleman, D.W. Johnson and D.A. Sims, Canopy quantum yield in a mesocosm study., Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 100, 35-48  

1999

Cheng, W., Rhizosphere feedbacks in elevated CO2, Tree Physiology 19, 313-320  

1999

Sims, D.A., W. Cheng, Y. Luo and J.R. Seemann, Photosynthetic acclimation to elevated CO2 in a sunflower canopy, Journal of Experimental Botany 50, 645-653  

1998

Cheng, W., R.A. Virginia, S.F. Oberbauer, J.D. Tenhunen, C.T. Gillespie and J.F. Reynolds, Soil nitrogen, microbial biomas and respiration along an arctic toposequence, Soil Science Society of American Journal 62, 654-662  

1998

Cheng, W. and D.W. Johnson, Elevated CO2, rhizosphere processes, and soil organic matter decomposition, Plant and Soil 202, 167-174  

1996

Holland, J.N., W. Cheng and D.A. Crossley, Jr., Herbivore-induced changes in plant carbon allocation: assessment of below-ground C fluxes using carbon-14., Oecologia 107, 87-94  

1996

Oberbauer, S.F., C.T. Gillespie, W. Cheng, A. Sala, R. Gebauer and J.D. Tenhunen, Diurnal and seasonal patterns of ecosystem CO2 efflux from upland tundra in the foothills of the Brooks range Alaska, Arctic and Alpine Research 28, 328-338  

1996

Cheng, W., Measurement of rhizosphere respiration and organic matter decomposition using natural 13C, Plant and Soil 183(2), 263-268  

1996

Cheng, W., Q. Zhang, D.C. Coleman, C.R. Carroll and C.A. Hoffman, Is available carbon limiting microbial respiration in the rhizosphere?, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 28, 1283-1288  

1994

Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, C.R. Carroll and C.A. Hoffman, Investigating short-term carbon flows in the rhizospheres of different plant species using isotopic trapping, Agronomy Journal 86, 782-788  

1993

Cheng, W. and R.A. Virginia, Measurement of microbial biomass in arctica tundra soils using fumigation-extraction and substrate-induced respiration procedures, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 25, 135-141  

1993

Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, C.R. Caroll and C.A. Hoffman, In situ measurement of root respiration and soluble carbon concentrations in the rhizosphere, Soil Biology and Biochemistry 25, 1189-1196  

1992

Oberbauer, Steven F., C.T. Gillespie, W. Cheng, R. Gebauer, A. Sala Serra, and J.D. Tenhunen, Environmental effects on CO2 efflux from Riparian Tundra in the northern foothills of the Brooks range, Alaska, Oecologia 92, 568-577  

1992

Beare, M.H., R.W. Parmelee, P.F. Hendrix, W. Cheng, D.C. Coleman and D.A. Crossley, Jr., Microbial and Faunal interactions and effects on litter nitrogen and decomposition in agroecosystems, Ecological Monograph 62, 569-591  

1991

Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, and J.E. Box, Jr., Measuring root turnover using the minirhizotron technique, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 34, 261-267  

1991

Berg, J.D., P.F. Hendrix, W. Cheng, and A. Dillard, A labeling chamber for 13C enrichment of plant tissues for decomposition studies, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 34, 421-425  

1990

Parmelee, R.W., M.H. Beare, W. Cheng, P.F. Hendrix, S.J. Rider, D.A. Crossley, Jr. and D.C. Coleman, Earthworms and enchytraeids in conventional and no-tillage agroecosystems: a biocide approach to assess their role in organic matter breakdown, Biology and Fertility of Soils 10, 1-10  

1990

Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, and J.E. Box, Jr., Root dynamics, production and distribution in agroecosystems on the Georgia Piedmont using minirhizotrons, Journal of Applied Ecology 27, 592-604  

1990

Cheng, W. and D.C. Coleman, The effect of living roots on soil organic matter decomposition, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 22, 781-787  

1989

Cheng, W. and D.C. Coleman, A simple method for measuring CO2 in a continuous air flow system: modifications to the substrate-induced respiration technique, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 21, 385-388  

 

Contributions to Books

Edited Books:        

1992

Advances in Modern Ecology (in Chinese), Liu, J.G., R. Wang, Z. Ouyang, S. Hu, Z. Huang, W. Cheng and Y. Wu (eds.), Beijing, China, China Science and Technology Press

1991

Modern Techniques in Soil Ecology, Crossley, D.A., D.C. Coleman, P.F. Hendrix, W. Cheng, D.H. Wright, M.H. Beare and C.A. Edwards (eds.), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier

Book Chapters:        

2012

Cheng, W. X. Chapter 11: Rootless Soils and Soilless Roots. 2012. In X. G. Han and Y. G. Wu Eds., Ecology in Perspective: Challenges and Strategies.  Higher Education Press, Beijing. (In Chinese)

2007

Cheng, W. and A. Gershenson, Carbon fluxes in the rhizosphere, Z.G. Cardon and J.L. Whitbeck, The Rhizosphere - An Ecological Perspective, San Diego, Academic Press, 31-56

2005

Cheng, W. and Y. Kuzyakov, Root effects on soil organic matter decomposition, IN: R. Zobel and S. Wright (eds.), Roots and Soil Management: Interactions between Roots and the Soil, Madison, WI, USA, Agronomy Monograph no. 48. American Society of Agronomy, 119-143

2005

Cheng, W. and L-F. Jiang, Ecosystem processes belowground, In Chen, J., B. Li, et al. (eds.), Challenges Facing Ecologists: Questions and Approaches (In Chinese), Beijing, China, Higher Education Press

1999

Cheng, W., Rhizosphere processes under elevated CO2, In Y. Lou and H. Mooney (eds.), Carbon Dioxide and Environmental Stress, Academic Press, 245-263

1996

Oberbauer, S.F., W. Cheng, C.T. Gillespie, C.T. Ostendoref, A. Sala, R Gebauer, R.A. Virginia and J.D. Tenhunen, Landscape patterns of carbon dioxide exchange in tundra ecosystems, In J.F. Reynolds and J.D. Tenhunen (eds.), Landscape Function and Disturbance in Arctic Tundra. Ecological Studies Series 120, Springer-Verlag, 223-252

1993

Coleman, D.C., P.F. Hendrix, M.H. Beare, W. Cheng, and D.A. Crossley, Jr., Microbial and faunal interactions as they affect soil organic matter dynamics in subtropical agroecosystems, In Paoletti, M.G., W. Foissner and D.C. Coleman (eds.), Soil Biota, Nutrient Cycling, and Farming Systems, Boca Raton, Florida, Lewis, 1-14

1992

Han, X.G. and W. Cheng, The biochemical cycles of nutrient elements, In J. Liu et al. (eds.), Advances in Modern Ecology (In Chinese), Beijing, China, China Science & Technology Press, 73-100

1992

Cheng, W. and X.G. Han, Recent development in agroecology, In J. Liu et al. (eds.), Advances in Modern Ecology (In Chinese), Beijing, China, China Science & Technology Press, 143-162

 

OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES – (Past 5 years)

Public Lecture or Forum Participation

2011

Rhizosphere Priming Effect: The third most important controlling factor of soil organic matter dynamics. Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China.

2011

The global carbon cycle: Science and policy of soil carbon storage. Lanzhou University, China.

2010

Uncertainties of soil carbon cycle: Science and policy. Division of Science and Environmental Policy, California State University Monterey Bay, USA.

2009

Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Sustainability of Human Societies, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, China.

2009

Issues of rootless soils and soil-less roots, Advanced Lectures In Ecology Series, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China.

2009

Temperature Sensitivity of Soil Organic Matter Decomposition, China Agriculture University, Beijing, China.

2008

Rhizosphere Priming Effect: The Role of Root-soil Interactions, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

2008

Roots as Major Players in Soil Organic Carbon Decomposition, Department of Soil, Water & Climate, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA.

2008

Researching in Soil Ecology: Case studies and personal experience, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China.

 

Papers Presented at Professional Meetings (past 5 years)

2012

Invited Talk: Cheng, Weixin; Biao Zhu, and Feike Dijkstra. Reconcile box-arrow models with rhizosphere priming effect. Scaling Root Processes: Global Impacts Workshop, Washington DC, USA.

2012

Keynote: Weixin Cheng. Significance and implications of the rhizosphere priming effect. The 2012 China-US Joint Symposium "Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainable Development" September 17-19, 2012, Shenyang, China.

2012

Invited Talk: Rhizosphere Priming Effect and Soil C-N Cycling. The First Conference on Root Ecology: From Genes to the Biosphere. Wuyishan, Fujian Province, China.

2011

Invited talk: Cheng, Weixin. Rhizosphere priming effects on C and N mineralization: How much and so what? Emerging Frontiers in Rhizosphere Science Workshop, Sponsored by Soil Science Society of America and National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, March 16-18.

2011

Invited talk: Cheng, Weixin. Temperature sensitivity of soil carbon pools. The Sixth International Symposium on Modern Ecology, Nanjing, China.

2011

Invited talk: Cheng, Weixin. Explore the roal of policy for enhancing soil carbon storage. The 4th Sino-France Conference on Carbon Balance, Shenyang, China.

2011

Poster: Pang , Xueyong, Biao Zhu, Xiaotao Lu, and Weixin Cheng.  Substrate availability controls the temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition: evidence from different soil depths.  96th Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, Austin, Texas, August 7-14.

2011

Keynote: Cheng, Weixin. Frontiers and challenges in belowground ecology. The Belowground Ecology Conference, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

2010

Oral presentation: Cheng, Weixin. The double agent of carbon input from roots: contribute to soil carbon and accelerate soil carbon loss through priming. Soil Science Society of America annual Meetings, Long Beach, CA, November 2010.

2010

Poster: Gershenson, A., W. X. Cheng. 2010. Rhizosphere Processes in Natural and Managed Systems: Implications of New Research for Soil Carbon Dynamics. Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science. August 2010, Palm Desert, California. HORTSCIENCE, 45 (8): S35.

2010

Poster: Zhu, Biao, and W. Cheng. Root-soil interactions increase the temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition through rhizosphere priming effect. Ecological Society of America Annual meetings, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2010.

2010

Poster: Bader, N. E., W. Cheng, R. Norby, and D.W. Johnson. Residence time of soil carbon after 11 years of elevated carbon dioxide at the Oak Ridge, Tennessee FACE site. Ecological Society of America Annual meetings, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2010.

2010

Oral presentation: Cheng, Weixin. Root-Soil Interactions as Input-Driven Feedbacks in Regulating Soil Carbon Cycle. American Geophysical Union Fall Meetings, San Francisco, CA, December 2010.

2009

Invited talk: Cheng, Weixin, and John Blair. Partitioning Responses of Rhizosphere Respiration and SOM Decomposition to Warming and Altered Precipitation, Konza Prairie Long-term Ecological Research Site All Scientists Meeting, Spring 2009.

2009

Invited talk: Cheng, Weixin, Mary Firestone, Jessica Gutknecht, Daniel Keck, Biao Zhu. Rhizosphere Priming is Crucial in determining the Temperature Sensitivity of Soil Organic Carbon Decomposition. Soil Processes All PI Meeting, US Department of Agriculture, Michigan State University, February 2009.

2009

Oral presentation: Cheng, Weixin, Biao Zhu, and Daniel Keck. Ecological implications of rhizosphere priming effects. Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, Albuquerque, NM, August 2009

2009

Poster: Zhu, Biao, and Weixin Cheng. Different roles of rhizosphere priming effects of Helianthus annuus on the temperature sensitivity of soil carbon decomposition under short- and long-term soil warming. Ecological Society of America Annual meetings, Albuquerque, NM, August 2009.

2009

Poster: Guktnecht, JL, D. Petersen, B. Zhu, DJ Herman, MK Firestone, W. Cheng. Soil warming and microbial communities: Insights from combining genetic and biogeochemical measures. Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, Albuquerque, MN, August 2009.

2009

Poster: Keck, DC, JR Pasari DL Hernandez, W Cheng. Soil microbial responses to grazing and nitrogen addition in a serpentine grassland. Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, Albuquerque, NM, August 2009.

2008

Invited talk: Cheng, Weixin, Feike Dijkstra, Nick Bader, Daniel Keck, Biao Zhu, Mary Firestone. Roots Control SOM Decomposition: A Paradigm Shift? Soil Processes All PIs Meeting, US Department of Agriculture. USGS Menlo Park, CA. February 2008.

2008

Oral presentation: Cheng, WeixinJessica Gutknecht, Daniel Keck, Biao Zhu. Rhizosphere Effects Reduce the Temperature Sensitivity of Soil Carbon Decomposition. American Geophysical Union Fall Meetings, San Francisco.

2008

Poster: Gutknecht, Jessica LM, Biao Zhou, Mary K Firestone, and Weixin Cheng. Rhizosphere microorganisms as a factor in temperature sensitivity of SOC decomposition. Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings, Houston, TX, November 2008.

2008

Poster: Keck, Daniel, and Weixin Cheng. Scaling rhizosphere respiration and priming effect from single plants to field ecosystems. Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, August 2008

2008

Poster: Zhu, Biao, Jessica Gutknecht, Daniel Keck, Weixin Cheng. Rhizosphere priming effects alters the temperature sensitivity of SOC decomposition. Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings, Houston, TX, November 2008

 

Memberships or Activities in Professional Associations

2009         Candidate for Chair of Soil Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America.

2007         Candidate for Chair of Soil Biology & Biochemistry Section, Soil Science Society of America.

2006         The local host and a member of the organizing committee for the 5th BiogeoMon International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior, June 25-30, 2006, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA USA. This conference was attended by 253 participants from 31 countries.

2004         Presided Section 85 of the Soil Science Society of America 69th Annual Meeting entitled "Understanding SOM Fraction Dynamics," Salt Lake City, Utah, 6-10 November 2005.

2002         Nomination Committee Chair, Soil Ecology Society, USA

2002         Member of Nomination Committee, Soil Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America

1999 - 2000      Past Section Chair, Asian Ecology Section of Ecological Society of America

1998 - 1999      Section Chair, Asian Ecology Section of Ecological Society of America

1997 - 1999      Secretary, Soil Ecology Society, USA

1991 - 1992      Vice President, Sino Ecologist Overseas

1991 - Present  Sino Ecologist Overseas

1991 - Present  Soil Ecology Society

1990 - Present  Soil Science Society of America

1986 - Present  Ecological Society of America

 

Editorial Services

2007--       Editorial board member: Journal of Plant Ecology, since 2007

2007-2011        Consulting Editor: Plant and Soil, 2007-2011

2011--       Associate Chief Editor: Ecological Processes, a new online journal, since 2011

2009--       Associate Editor: Journal of Soils and Sediments, since 2009

2006-2009        Editorial Board Member: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology,  2006-2009

1998-2006        Editorial board member: Acta Phytoecologica Sinica

 

Review/Referee Grants and Publications

2009 - 2012      Manuscripts: Reviewed manuscripts for the following Journals: Biogeochemitry, BioGoeScience, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecosystems, European Journal of Soil Biology, Pedosphere, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Global Change Biology, Plant and Soil, New Phytologist, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Soil Science Society of American Journal

2009 - 2012      Proposals: Reviewed grant proposals for the the followings: National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research, Mid-Western Region DOE National Institute for Global Environmental Change Research, Southeast Region USDA The National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, Kearney Foundation of Soil Science,DoD SERDP.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT AND POSTDOC SUPERVISION

Major advisor

Junjie Lin (PhD, Current)

Tongqing Su (PhD, Current)

Xiuwei Zhang (PhD, Current)

Liming Yin (PhD, Current)

Bo Fang (Masters, Current)

Jianfeng Hou (Masters, Current

Jiayu Lu (Masters, Current

Jon Eldon (PhD, Current)

Biao Zhu (PhD, Graduated in 2010)

Alex Gershenson (PhD, Graduated in 2007)

Nick Bader (PhD, Graduated in 2006)

Sajeemas Pasakdee (PhD, Graduated in 2006)

 

Postdoctoral fellows

Ching-Yu Huang (PostDoc, 2010-2011)

Jessica Gutknecht (PostDoc, 2007-2009) 

Julia Gaudinski (PostDoc, 2002-2008)

Feike Dijkstra (PostDoc, 2004- 2006)

Shenglei Fu (PostDoc, 1999- 2002)

Richard Susfalk (PostDoc, 2000- 2001)

Ann Hoylman (PostDoc, 1995-1998)

 







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