Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Qianlai Zhuang

Contact Information

CIVL 2269
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Qianlai’s research focuses on the interactions among atmosphere, biosphere, and human dimension in the context of climate change, chemical element cycles, and policy-making. One of his major research activities is on carbon exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere by investigating how changes of climate, soil physics (e.g., permafrost dynamics, change of soil moisture), atmospheric chemicals (e.g., CO2 and O3), land-use and land-cover (e.g., fire disturbances), affect the carbon assimilation and decomposition with both process-based and inversion modeling approaches. His second major research activity is on modeling CH4 exchanges between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems. His third major research activity is on analyzing consequences of air pollutants for ecosystem services and the economy. In the Laboratory of Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics at Purdue, his research group will continue using numerical models combining lab, field, and in-situ observations and remotely-sensed data to study 1) Dynamics of structure and functioning of ecosystems including agricultural ecosystems; 2) Dynamics of major greenhouse gases cycling including CO2, CH4, and N2O; 3) Feedbacks of ecosystems and biogeochemical dynamics to the climate and society.

Selected Publications

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 (2007), J. Geophys. Res, 112, G02029.

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 (2007), Ecological Applications, 17 (1), 213-234.

Xiao, J. and Q. Zhuang, Drought effects on large fire activity in Canadian and Alaskan forests (2007), Environmental Research Letters 2 044003, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/2/4/044003.

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 (2007), Ecological Applications: Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 203–212.

Zhuang, Q., J. M. Melillo, M. C. Sarofim, D. W. Kicklighter, A. D. McGuire, B. S. Felzer, A. 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 (2006), Geophysical Research Letters 33, L17403, doi:10.1029/2006GL026972.


University of Alaska at Fairbanks

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