Zhuang, Qianlai

Qianlai Zhuang
William F. and Patty J. Miller Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Agronomy, Purdue University
Former Visiting Professor, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT


Purdue University


Dr. Zhuang's research focuses on the interactions among atmosphere, biosphere, and human dimension in the context of climate change, chemical element cycles, and policy-making. To study these interactions, he uses a systems approach that integrates the basic principles of biology, physics, and chemistry. His primary research is to integrate the knowledge derived from field and laboratory experiments with theoretical and computational techniques to advance ecosystem sciences.

Current Projects:
Changes of Land-Cover and Land-Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Northern Eurasia: Impacts on Human Adaptation and Quality of Life at Regional and Global Scales

Past Projects:
Collaborator on Synthesis of Arctic System Carbon Cycle Research

Education + Credentials
M.S., The Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 1991
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2001

Recent Publications

Joint Program Report
Monier, E., D. Kicklighter, A. Sokolov, Q. Zhuang, I. Sokolik, R. Lawford, M. Kappas, S. Paltsev and P. Groisman (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 311, May, 20 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Kicklighter, D.W., Y. Cai, Q. Zhuang, E.I. Parfenova, S. Paltsev, A.P. Sokolov, J.M. Melillo, J.M. Reilly and N.M. Tchebokova (2014). Environmental Research Letters, 9(3): 035004, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/035004 [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Liu, Y., Q. Zhuang, M. Chen, Z. Pan, N. Tchebakova, A. Sokolov, D. Kicklighter, J. Melillo, A. Sirin, G. Zhou, Y. He, J. Chen, L. Bowling, D. Miralles and E. Parfenova (2013). Global and Planetary Change, 108(85–99) [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Gao, X. C.A. Schlosser, A. Sokolov, K.W. Anthony, Q. Zhuang and D. Kicklighter (2013). Environmental Research Letters, 8(3): 035014 [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Gao, X., C.A. Schlosser, A. Sokolov, K. Walter Anthony, Q. Zhuang and D.W. Kicklighter (2012). Joint Program Report Series Report 218, 15 pages [PDF]