U.S.-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability - USCEES

The past visiting scholar activities

To the Institute of Applied Ecology

Prof. Timothy Filley visiting the Institute of Applied Ecology, June 2011 – October 2011

Professor Timothy Filley has been awarded a Senior Visiting Scholar in the Chinese Academy of Sciences to work with Professors Zhang Xudong and Han Xingguo at the Institute of Applied Ecology.  He will work on biopolymer turnover in soils and plants learning techniques for analysis and extraction of amino sugars in the lab of Zhang Xudong to bring back to his lab at Purdue. Please find his CV here: Prof. Filley's CV

UPDATE: see the publication resulting from this visiting scholarship: Zhang, B., He, H.B., Ding, X.L., Zhang, X.D., Zhang, X.P., Yang, X.M., Filley, T.R. (2012). Soil microbial community dynamics over a maize (Zea mays L.) growing season under conventional- and no-tillage practices in a rainfed agroecosystem. Soil & Tillage Research, 124153-160 DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2012.05.011. 


To Purdue University

Dr. Bo Li visiting Purdue University, March 2013 – March 2014

Dr. Li is the stable isotope laboratory manager at the Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS, Shenyang. He is a visiting scholar in the Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) and Geochemistry facility engaging in technology and management methods exchange. He is particularly interested in gas emissions from soils and will be working on projects related to the decomposition of refractory carbon.  Please find his CV here: Dr. Li’s CV


Prof. Shenjun Qin visiting Purdue University, March 2013 – February 2014

Professor Shenjun Qin, currently an Associate Professor at Hebei University of Engineering, is visiting the biogeochemical lab of Professor Timothy Filley of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. His research interests relate to organic geochemistry of sediment, coal and oil, primarily concerning GC-MS analyses and the geochemical significance of organic molecules and biomarkers. Supported by the Excellent Going Abroad Experts’ Training Program through Hebei Province, Prof. Qin is performing joint research with Professor Filley. Through this joint research, he will be partaking in lipid and lignin extractions and analyzing them by GC-MS and compound specific stable isotope mass spectrometry. Please find his CV here: Prof. Qin's CV

Prof. Shaoting Du visiting Purdue University, June 2012 – June 2013

Professor Shaoting Du, currently an Associate Professor, Environmental Science, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China, is visiting the lab of Professor Chad Jafvert School of Civil Engineering and Division of Environmental & Ecological Engineering. Her expertise is related to wastewater treatment and agricultural nutrient cycling. She is now doing studies on photochemical degradation of steroid hormone in Prof. Jafvert's lab. Please find her CV here: Prof. Du’s CV


Prof. Chongwei Jin visiting Purdue University, February 2012 – February 2013

Professor Chongwei Jin, currently an Associate Professor, Zhejiang University of China, visited the lab of Professor Jiankang Zhu, departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. His research interests relate to plant iron nutrition, nitrogen nutrition and responses to environment stresses. He was doing studies on the molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to harsh environments in collaboration with Prof. Zhu. Please find his CV here: Prof. Jin’s CV


Prof. Jian Sun visiting Purdue University, September 2012 – August 2013 

Professor Jian Sun is faculty in the College of Civil Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, China. He is visiting the Department of Building Construction Management (BCM) and advised by Professor Alter Kirk. His research interests relate to sustainable construction, building construction management and build environment. He will be working on the newly developing project of sustainable building deconstruction and green space. Please find his CV here: Prof. Sun's CV


Mr. Ruzhen Wang visiting Purdue University, May 2012 – August 2013

Ruzhen Wang will be the first US-China Ecopartnership visiting graduate student scholar. Mr. Wang is co advised by Ecopartner Professor Yong Jiang, Professor of Soil Science, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Tim Filley. Mr. Wang will be working on the dynamics of soil organic matter and biochar within terrestrial ecosystems and studying stable isotope biogeochemistry techniques.


Ms. Nana Wu visiting Purdue University, August 2012 – August 2013

Nana Wu will be a visiting graduate student scholar working on the impacts of N addition and rain exclusion on soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics in forests.  Mrs. Wu is advised by Ecopartner Professor Edith Bai, Institute of Applied Ecology, and Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Prof. Defu Xu visiting Purdue University, August 2012 – August 2013

Professor Xu is faculty in the College of Environmental Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology. His areas of expertise include bioremediation of wastewater and polluted soil, constructed wetland to purify wastewater, and nutrient cycles in water and soil.  He has been the Jiangsu Overseas Research and Training Program for University Prominent Young and Middle-aged teacher and Presidents to study soil-contaminant dynamics with the Ecopartnership. Please find his CV here: Prof. Xu’s CV


To University of Tennessee

Prof. Jianyu Zhu visiting University of Tennessee, November 2012 – November 2013

Professor Jianyu Zhu, an Associate Professor at Central South University, Changsha, China, is visiting the lab of Professor Terry C. Hazen, at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://hazenlab.utk.edu). Prof. Zhu's areas of expertise include basic and applied microbial ecology, bioremediation, and resources recovery. He is now engaged in studies on the metal redox function of bacteria from deep basin water and sediments in Prof. Hazen's lab. Please find his CV here: Prof. Zhu’s CV