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2017.8 - Present Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Spatial Analysis, University of Oklahoma, USA


Research Interest

Ecosystem Carbon Cycling

Community Biodiversity

Ecological Modeling and Forecasting



2011-2015 PhD in Climate Change Ecology University of Oklahoma, USA

2007-2010 M. Sc. in Soil Science University of Alberta, Canada

2004-2007 M.Sc. in Forest Ecology Nanjing Forestry University, China

2000-2004 B.Sc. in Ecology Shandong University, China



2017.8 - Present Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Spatial Analysis, University of Oklahoma, USA

2015.8-2017.7 Postdoctoral Researcher National Weather Center, School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, USA



32. Ling Du, Nathaniel Mikle, Zhenhua Zou, Yuanyuan Huang, Zheng Shi, Lifen Jiang, Heather R. McCarthy, Junyi Liang, Yiqi Luo. Global patterns of extreme drought-induced loss in land primary production: identifying ecological extremes from rain-use efficiency. Science of The Total Environment. Accepted.

31. Natasja van Gestel, Zheng Shi, Kees Jan van Groenigen, Craig W. Osenberg, Louise C. Andresen, Jeffrey S. Dukes, Mark Hovenden, Yiqi Luo, Anders Michelsen, Elise Pendall, Peter Reich, Edward A. G. Schuur, and Bruce A. Hungate. Predicting soil carbon loss with warming. Nature. Brief Communication Arising. Accepted.


30.Tong, X, Brandt, M, Yue, Y, Horion, S, Wang, K, Keersmaecker, W, Tian, F, Schurgers, G, Xiao, X, Luo, Y, Chen, C, Myneni, R, Shi, Z, Chen, H, Fensholt, R. Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering.Nature Sustainability. Doi: 10.1038/s41893-017-0004-x.


29. Ma, S, Jiang, J, Huang, Y, Shi, Z, Wilson, R, Ricciuto, D, Sebestyen, S, Hanson, P, Luo, Y. 2017. Data-Constrained Projections of Methane Fluxes in a Northern Minnesota Peatland in Response to Elevated CO2 and Warming. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.DOI: 10.1002/2017JG003932


28. Huang, Y, Lu, X, Shi, Z, Lawrence, D, Koven, C Xia, J, Du, Z, Kluzek, E, Luo, Y. 2017. Matrix approach to land carbon cycle modeling: A case study with Community Land Model. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13948


27. Jiang, L*#, Shi, Z*#, Xia, J, Liang, J, Lu, X, Wang, Y, Luo, Y. 2017. Transient traceability analysis of land carbon storage dynamics and its application to two forest ecosystems. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. DOI: 10.1002/2017MS00100. (*: equal contribution; #:correspondence author) 


26. Ren, C, Zhao, F, Shi, Z, Chen, J, Han, X, Yang, G, Feng, Y, Ren, G. 2017. Differential responses of soil microbial biomass and carbon-degrading enzyme activities to altered precipitation. Soil Biology & Biogeochemistry. 115, 1-10.


25. Wilcox, K*,#, Shi, Z*#,Laureano A. Gherardi,Nathan P. Lemoine,Sally E. Koerner, David L. Hoover, Edward Bork, Kerry M. Byrne, James Cahill, Jr., Scott L. Collins, Sarah Evans, Anna Katarina Gilgen, Petr Holub, Lifen Jiang, Alan K. Knapp, Laura Yahdjian, Daniel LeCain, Junyi Liang, Pablo Garcia-Palacios, Josep Peñuelas, William T. Pockman, Melinda D. Smith, Shanghua Sun, Shannon R. White, Kai Zhu, Yiqi Luo. 2017. Asymmetric responses of primary productivity to climate extremes: a synthesis of grassland precipitation manipulation experiments. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13706. ( *:equal contribution;#: correspondence author)


24. Xia J, McGuire AD, Lawrence D, Burke E, Chen G, Chen X, Delire C, Koven C, MacDougall A, Peng S, Rinke A, Saito K, Zhang W, Alkama R, Bohn TJ, Ciais P, Decharme B, Gouttevin I, Hajima T, Hayes DJ, Huang K, Ji D, Krinner G, Lettenmaier DP, Miller PA, Moore JC, Smith B, Sueyoshi T, Shi Z, Yan L, Liang J, Jiang L, Zhang Q, Luo Y. 2017. Terrestrial ecosystem model performance in simulating productivity and its vulnerability to climate change in the northern permafrost region. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 122, doi:10.1002/2016JG003384.


23. Luo, Y., Shi, Z., Lu, X., Xia, J., Liang, J., Wang, Y., Smith, M. J., Jiang, L., Ahlström, A., Chen, B., Hararuk, O., Hastings, A., Hoffman, F., Medlyn, B., Niu, S., Rasmussen, M., Todd-Brown, K., and Wang, Y.-P.: Transient Dynamics of Terrestrial Carbon Storage: Mathematical foundation and Numeric Examples. Biogeosciences, 2017, 14, 145-161, doi:10.5194/bg-2016-377


22. Lu, X., Y. Wang, P. Reich, I. J. Wright, Shi Z, Y. Dai. 2016. Variation in plant traits explains global biogeographic variation in area covered by major forest functional types. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi:10.1111/geb.12535


21. Chen, J., Y. Luo, J. Xia, K. Wilcox, J. Cao, X. Zhou, L. Jiang, S. Niu, K. Estera, R. Huang, F. Wu, T. Hu, J. Liang, Shi Z, J. Guo. 2016. Warming effects on ecosystem carbon fluxes are modulated by plant functional types. Ecosystems. doi:10.1007/s10021-016-0035-6


20. Li, Q., J. Xia, Shi Z, K. Huang, Z. Du, G. Lin, Yiqi Luo. 2016. Variation of parameters in a Flux-Based Ecosystem Model across 12 sites of terrestrial ecosystems in the conterminous USA. Ecological Modeling DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.05.016


19. Shi, Z., X. Xu, L. Souza, K. Wilcox, L. Jiang, J. Liang, J. Xia, P. García-Palacios, Y. Luo. 2016. Dual mechanisms regulate ecosystem stability under decade-long warming and hay harvest. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11973.


18. Feng, W., Shi Z, J. Jiang, J. Xia, J. Liang, J. Zhou, Y. Luo. 2016. Methodological uncertainty in estimating carbon turnover times of soil fractions. Soil Biology & Biogeochemistry 100: 118-124.


17. Chang, S. X., Shi Z, and B. R. Thomas. 2016. Soil respiration and its temperature sensitivity in agricultural and afforested poplar plantation systems in northern Alberta. Biology and Fertility of Soils:1-13.


16. Chen, J., Y. Luo, J. Xia, Shi Z, L. Jiang, S. Niu, X. Zhou, and J. Cao. 2016. Differential responses of ecosystem respiration components to experimental warming in a meadow grassland on the Tibetan Plateau. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 220:21-29.


15. Shi, Z., Y. Yang, X. Zhou, E. Weng, A. C. Finzi, and Y. Luo. 2015. Inverse analysis of coupled carbon–nitrogen cycles against multiple datasets at ambient and elevated CO2. Journal of Plant Ecology doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtv059 


14. Xu, X., Shi Z, D. Li, A. Rey, H. Ruan, J. M. Craine, J. Liang, J. Zhou, and Y. Luo. 2016. Soil properties control decomposition of soil organic carbon: Results from data-assimilation analysis. Geoderma 262:235-242.


13. Xu, X*., Shi Z*, X. Chen, Y. Lin, S. Niu, L. Jiang, R. Luo, and Y. Luo. 2015. Unchanged carbon balance driven by equivalent responses of production and respiration to climate change in a mixed-grass prairie. Global Change Biology 22:1857-1866. (*: equal contribution)


12. Shi, Z., R. Sherry, X. Xu, O. Hararuk, L. Souza, L. Jiang, J. Xia, J. Liang, and Y. Luo. 2015. Evidence for long-term shift in plant community composition under decadal experimental warming. Journal of Ecology 103:1131-1140.


11. Xu, X., Shi Z, D. Li, X. Zhou, R. A. Sherry, and Y. Luo. 2015. Plant community structure regulates responses of prairie soil respiration to decadal experimental warming. Global Change Biology 21:3846-3853.


10. Liang J, Li D, Shi Z, Tiedje JM, Zhou J, Schuur EAG, Konstantinidis KT, Luo Y. 2015. Methods for estimating temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter based on incubation data: A comparative evaluation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 80(0): 127-135.


9. Shi, Z., X. Xu, O. Hararuk, L. Jiang, J. Xia, J. Liang, D. Li, and Y. Luo. 2015. Experimental warming altered rates of carbon processes, allocation, and carbon storage in a tallgrass prairie. Ecosphere 6:1-16.


8. Jiang, L., Y. Yan, O. Hararuk, N. Mikle, J. Xia, Shi Z, J. Tjiputra, T. Wu, and Y. Luo. 2015. Scale-Dependent Performance of CMIP5 Earth System Models in Simulating Terrestrial Vegetation Carbon. Journal of Climate 28:5217-5232.


7. Xu, Y., S. B. Franklin, Q. Wang, Shi Z, Y. Luo, Z. Lu, J. Zhang, X. Qiao, and M. Jiang. 2015. Topographic and biotic factors determine forest biomass spatial distribution in a subtropical mountain moist forest. Forest Ecology and Management 357:95-103.


6. Chen, J., Y. Luo, J. Xia, L. Jiang, X. Zhou, M. Lu, J. Liang, Shi Z, S. Shelton, and J. Cao. 2015. Stronger warming effects on microbial abundances in colder regions. Scientific Reports 5:18032.


5. Shi Z, Thomey ML, Mowll W, Litvak M, Brunsell NA, Collins SL, Pockman WT, Smith MD, Knapp AK, Luo Y. 2014. Differential effects of extreme drought on production and respiration: synthesis and modeling analysis. Biogeosciences 11(3): 621-633.


4. Niu S, Luo Y, Dietze MC, Keenan TF, Shi Z, Li J, Chapin III FS. 2014. The role of data assimilation in predictive ecology. Ecosphere 5(5): art65.


3. Xu X, Luo Y, Shi Z, Zhou X, Li D. 2014. Consistent proportional increments in responses of belowground net primary productivity to long-term warming and clipping at various soil depths in a tallgrass prairie. Oecologia 174(3): 1045-1054.


2. Teklay T, Shi Z, Attaeian B, Chang SX. 2010. Temperature and substrate effects on C and N mineralization and microbial community function of soils from a hybrid poplar chronosequence. Applied Soil Ecology 46(3): 413-421.


1. Shi Z, Li Y, Wang S, Wang G, Ruan H, He R, Tang Y, Zhang Z. 2009. Accelerated soil CO2 efflux after conversion from secondary oak forest to pine plantation in southeastern China. Ecological Research, 24 (6): 1257 – 1265.



George L. and Cleo Cross Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship, University of Oklahoma, 2012

Provost Scholarship, University of Alberta, 2007



Shi Z, Crowell S, Luo Y, Rayner P, Moore B. OCO-2 column carbon dioxide and biometric data jointly constrain parameterization and projection of a global land model. AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, December 14-18, 2015. (Poster presentation)

Shi Z, Collins SL, Pockman WT, Smith MD, Knapp AK, Luo Y. Climate, vegetation, and edaphic controls of grassland responses to altered precipitation: a meta-analysis. AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014. (Invited oral presentation).

Xia J, McGuire A, Lawrence D, (Shi Z is one of the 29 authors). Terrestrial ecosystem model performance for net primary productivity and its vulnerability to climate change in permafrost regions. AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014. (Invited oral presentation)

Liang J, Huo C, Shi Z, Xia J, Jiang L, Luo Y. Increase in Recalcitrant Carbon: a Positive Balance between Stabilization and Priming Effect. AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014. (Poster presentation)

Shi Z, Thomey ML, Mowll W, Litvak M, Brunsell NA, Collins SL, Pockman WT, Smith MD, Knapp AK, Luo Y. 2013. Differential effects of extreme drought on production and respiration: synthesis and modeling analysis. 99th ESA Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California, USA. August 10-15, 2014 (Invited oral presentation).

Shi Z, Thomey ML, Mowll W, Litvak M, Brunsell NA, Collins SL, Pockman WT, Smith MD, Knapp AK, Luo Y. 2013. Differential effects of extreme drought on production and respiration: synthesis and modeling analysis. 98th ESA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. August 4-9, 2013 (Poster presentation).

Shi Z, Thomas BR, Chang SX. 2009. Soil respiration and net ecosystem productivity in four different hybrid poplar plantations in northern Alberta. Poplar Council of Canada Annual Meeting: Poplar and Willow – Challenge and Change. Regina, Saskatchewan. September 28 – 30, 2009. (Oral presentation)



Ecological modeling | Ecosphere | Oecologia | Global change biology

Functional ecology | Agricultural and forest meteorology | Journal of plant ecology | Science of the total environment | Plant soil | Applied soil ecology | Journal of ecology | Biogeochemistry | Biogeosciences | Ecosystems | Environmental and experimental botany |


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