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WANG Junjian
Associate Professor

Basic Introduction:
Dr. Jun-Jian Wang obtained his doctoral degree in Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University and had his postdoc training in Environmental Chemistry at the Environmental NMR Centre, University of Toronto. He is dedicated to develop and apply the cutting-edge and molecular-level analyses of natural organic matter and pollutants to study the critical impacts of global change and anthropogenic disturbance on the plant-soil-water system and environmental quality. He has actively participated in research projects funded by national agencies of China, United States, and Canada. He published more than 60 papers on top-tier journals including Nature Communications, New Phytologist, Environmental Science & Technology, and Water Research. He is serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality and on the editorial boards of the Frontier in Soil Science, Chinese Chemical Letters, and Journal of Agricultural Resources and Environment. He has also served as an international reviewer for National Science Foundation (US) and France National Research Agency (ANR) proposals and journal reviewer for more than 30 SCI journals.

2011-2015: PH.D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University
2008-2011: M.S. in Geography, Peking University
2004-2008: B.E. in Environmental Engineering, South China University of Technology



2021-present: Associate Professor at Southern University of Science and Technology of China

2017-2021: Assistant Professor at Southern University of Science and Technology of China

2015-2017: Postdoc fellow at the University of Toronto

Research Interest:
1. Impact of global change and anthropogenic activity on natural organic matter chemistry and carbon cycle
2. Dissolved organic matter and its role in source water quality
3. Root-soil-microbe interaction and its ecological and environmental implications


2014: 1st Place of Student Oral Presentation Awards at the American Chemical Society Disinfection Byproduct Symposium & Student Travelling Award – American Chemical Society
2014: R.C. Edwards Distinguished Graduate Fellowship – Clemson University
2013: Professional Enrichment Grant Application Service Travel Grant – Clemson University
2013: Phi Kappa Phi
2010-2011: First Prize of Excellent Research – Dean Fund, Peking University
2009: Academic Excellence Award – Peking University
2007: Outstanding Youth Volunteer, for the longest voluntary service hours – South China University of Technology
2006: Enterprise Scholarship – XinDaYu Environmental Technology

Published Works:
65. Xu, Y., Feng, L.*, Hou, X.J., Wang, J.J., Tang, J. (2021) Four-decade dynamics of the water color in 61 large lakes on the Yangtze Plain and the impacts of reclaimed aquaculture zones. Science of the Total Environment, 781, 146688.
64. Wang D.*,#, Wang J.J.#, Olatunji O.A., Liu Q.* Different decomposition metrics of root xylem and root tissues outside xylem: An 8-year-long root decomposition study in an alpine shrubland. Plant and Soil 2021, accepted.
63. Dong C.C., Shi Y., Wang J.J., Zeng H., Wang W.* Divergent responses of soil bacteria community to multi-level nitrogen enrichment in temperate grasslands under different degrees of degradation. Land Degradation & Development, 2021, accepted.
62. Cao, C., Zhang, P., Ma, Z.P., Ma, Z.B., Wang, J.J., Tang, Y.Y., Chen, H.* Coupling sprinkler freshwater irrigation with vegetable species selection as a sustainable approach for agricultural production in farmlands with a history of 50-year wastewater irrigation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021, 414, 125576.
61. Zhang, P.#, Cao, C.#, Wang, Y.H., Yu, K., Liu, C.X., He, C., Shi, Q. Wang, J.J.* Chemodiversity of water-extractable organic matter in sediment columns of a polluted urban river in South China. Science of The Total Environment, 2021, 777, 146127.
60. Xu, S., Sayer, E.J., Eisenhauer, N., Lu, X.K., Wang, J.J., Liu, C.S.* Aboveground litter inputs determine carbon storage across soil profiles: a meta-analysis. Plant and Soil, 2021, accepted.
59. Kong, D.L.*, Wang, J.J.*, Valverde-Barrantes, O.J., Kardol, P. A framework to assess the carbon supply-consumption balance in plant roots. New Phytologist, 2021, 229: 659–664.
58. Ren, Z.G., Zhang, H.Y., Wang, Y.W., Zou, J.W., Ren, D.*, Wang, J.J.*, Multiple roles of dissolved organic matter released from decomposing rice straw at different times in organic pollutant photodegradation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021, 401, 123434.
57. Chen, X.W., Wong, J.T.F., Wang, J.J., Ng, C.W.W.*, Wong, M.H.* Effects of mycorrhizal Bermuda grass on low range soil matric suction. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2021, 21, 990-1000.
56. Gao, Q.Q., Ma, L.X., Fang, Y.Y., Zhang, A.P., Li, G.C., Wang, J.J., Wu, D., Wu, W.L., Du, Z.L.* Conservation tillage for 17 years alters the molecular composition of organic matter in soil profile. Science of the Total Environment, 2021, 762, 143116.
55. Wang, Y.H., Shi, Y.M., Sun, G.D., Li, J.T., Chen, H., Chow, A.T., Yang, Z.B., Majidzadeh, H.*, Wang, J.J.* Soil organic carbon signature under impervious surfaces. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2020, 4, 1785−1792.
54. Li, L.P., Huang, W.L., Yang, M.T., Liu, Y., Bowden, R.D., Simpson, M.J., Lajtha, K., Tian, L.Q., Wang, J.J.* Chlorination of soil-derived dissolved organic matter: Long-term nitrogen deposition does not increase terrestrial precursors of toxic disinfection byproducts. Water Research, 2020, 185, 116271.
53. Cai, W., Du, Z.L., Zhang, A.P., He, C., Shi, Q., Tian, L.Q., Zhang, P., Li, L.P.*, Wang, J.J.* Long-term biochar addition alters characteristics but not chlorine reactivity of soil-derived dissolved organic matter. Water Research, 2020, 185, 116260.
52. Hou, X.J., Feng, L.*, Tang, J., Song, X.P., Liu, J.G., Zhang, Y.L., Wang, J.J., Xu, Y., Dai, Y.H., Zheng, Y., Zheng, C.M., Bryan, B.A. Anthropogenic transformation of Yangtze Plain freshwater lakes: patterns, drivers and impacts. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 2020, 248, 111998.
51. Ye, Q., Wang, Y.H., Zhang, Z.T., Huang, W.L., Li, L.P., Li, J.T., Liu, J.S., Zheng, Y., Mo, J.M., Zhang, W.*, Wang, J.J.*, Dissolved organic matter characteristics in soils of tropical legume and non-legume tree plantations. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2020, 148, 107880.
50. Chen, X.W., Wong, J.T.F., Wang, J.J.*, Wong, M.H.*, Vetiver grass-microbe interactions for soil remediation. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 2020, doi: 10.1080/10643389.2020.1738193.
49. Lu, H., Yan, M., Wong, M.H., Mo, W.Y., Wang, Y.H., Chen, X.W.*, Wang, J.J*. Effects of biochar on soil microbial community and functional genes of a landfill cover three years after ecological restoration. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 717, 137133.
48. Zhang, S., Chen, X.W., Ye, Q.H., Zhang, Z.T., Kong, S.F., Cao, C.*, Wang, J.J.*, Dissolved metal(loid) concentrations and their relations with chromophoric and fluorescent dissolved organic matter in an urban river in Shenzhen, South China. Water, 2020, 12, 281.
47. Wang, J.J., Liu, Y.N., Bowden, R.D., Lajtha, K., Simpson, A.J., Huang, W.L., Simpson, M.J.*, Long-term nitrogen addition alters the composition of soil-derived dissolved organic matter. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2020, 4(2), 189-201.
46. Liu, Y.C.#, Ye, Q.#, Huang, W.L., Feng, L., Wang, Y.H., Xie, Z., Yong, S.S., Zhang, S., Jiang, B., Zheng, Y., Wang, J.J.*, Spectroscopic and molecular-level characteristics of dissolved organic matter in the Pearl River Estuary, South China. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 710, 136307.
45. Ye, Q.H., Zhang, Z.T., Liu, Y.C., Wang, Y., Zhang, S., He, C., Shi, Q., Zeng, H.X., Wang, J.J.* Spectroscopic and molecular-level characteristics of dissolved organic matter in a highly polluted urban river in South China. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2019, 3(9), 2033-2044.
44. Wang, J.J., Liu, Z.R., Wan, S.Q., Han, H.Y., Zhu, W.Z., Zhang, Z.T., Huang, W.L., Zeng, H.* Relatively stable metal(loid) levels in surface soils of a temperate steppe under multiple climate change factors. Geoderma, 2019, 352, 268-276..
43. Chen, H., Tsai, K.P., Su, Q., Chow, A.T., Wang, J.J.* Throughfall dissolved organic matter as terrestrial disinfection byproduct precursors. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2019, 3 (8), 1603-1613. [Selected as Journal Cover]
42. Kong, D.L.*,#, Wang, J.J.*,#, Wu, H.F.#, Valverde-Barrantes, O.J.#, Wang, R.L.#, Zeng, H., Kardol, P., Zhang, H.Y. and Feng, Y.L.* Nonlinearity of root trait relationships and the root economics spectrum. Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 2203.
41. Bowden, R.D.*, Wurzbacher, S.J., Washko, S.E., Wind, L., Rice, A., Coble, A.E., Baldauf, N., Johnson, B., Wang, J.J., Simpson, M.J., Lajtha, K., Long-term nitrogen addition decreases organic matter decomposition and increases forest soil carbon. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2019, 81(s1), S82-S95. [Selected as Cover and Reported by CSA News]
40. Wang, J.J., Bowden, R.D., Lajtha, K., Washko, S.E., Wurzbacher, S.J., Simpson, M.J.* Long-term nitrogen addition suppresses microbial degradation, enhances soil carbon storage, and alters the molecular composition of soil organic matter. Biogeochemistry, 2019, 142 (2), 299–313.
39. Chen, H., Chow, A.T., Li, X.W., Ni, H.G., Dahlgren, R.A., Zeng, H.*, Wang, J.J.*, Wildfire burn intensity affects the quantity and speciation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2018, 2 (12), 1262-1270. [Selected as Journal Cover]
38. Li J.T., Wang J.J., Zeng D.H., Zhao S.Y., Huang W.L., Sun X.K., Hu, Y.L.* The influence of drought intensity on soil respiration during and after multiple drying-rewetting cycles. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2018, 127, 82-89.
37. Kong, D.L.*#, Wang, J.J.#, Yang, F. and Shao, P.S. (2018) Rhizosheaths stimulate short-term root decomposition in a semiarid grassland. Science of the Total Environment, 640-641, 1297–1301.
36. Cao, C., Zhang, Q., Ma, Z. B., Wang, X. M., Chen, H.*, Wang, J. J.*, Fractionation and mobility risks of heavy metals and metalloids in wastewater-irrigated agricultural soils from greenhouses and fields in Gansu, China. Geoderma, 2018, 328, 1-9.
35. Wang, J.J., Lafrenière, M., Lamoureux, S., Simpson, A.J., Gélinas, Y., Simpson, M.J.*, Differences in riverine and pond water dissolved organic matter composition and sources in Canadian High Arctic watersheds affected by active layer detachments. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52 (3), 1062-1071.
34. Cao C., Liu S.Q., Ma Z.B., Lin Y., Su Q., Chen H.*, Wang J.J.*, Dynamics of multiple elements in fast decomposing vegetable residues. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 616-617, 614-621.
33. Wang J.J., Pisani O., Lin L.H., Lun O.O.Y., Lajtha K., Bowden R.D., Simpson A.J., Simpson M.J.*, Long-term litter manipulation alters soil organic matter turnover in a temperate deciduous forest. Science of the Total Environment, 2017, 607–608, 865-875.
32. Zhand D., Wang J.J., Ni H.G., Zeng H.*, Spatial-temporal and multi-media variations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in a highly urbanized river from South China. Science of the Total Environment, 2017, 581-582, 621-628.
31. Kong D.L.*, Wang J.J., Zeng H., Liu M.Z., Miao Y., Wu H.F., Kardol P., The nutrient absorption-transportation hypothesis: optimizing structural traits in absorptive roots. New Phytologist, 2017, 213, 1569-1572.
30. Chow A.T.*, Pitt A.L., Baldwin R.F., Suhre D.O., Wang J.J., Water quality dynamics of ephemeral wetlands in the Piedmont ecoregion, South Carolina, USA. Ecological Engineering, 2016, 94, 555-563.
29. Wang J.J., Dahlgren R.A., Ersan M.S., Karanfil T., Chow A.T.*, Temporal variations of disinfection byproduct precursors in wildfire detritus. Water Research, 2016, 99, 66-73.
28. Cao C., Chen X.P., Ma Z.B., Jia H.H., Wang J.J.*, Greenhouse cultivation mitigates metal-ingestion-associated health risks from vegetables in wastewater-irrigated agroecosystems. Science of the Total Environment, 2016, 560, 204-211.
27. Kong D.L.*, Wang J.J., Kardol P., Wu H.F., Zeng H., Deng X.B., Deng Y., Economic strategies of plant absorptive roots vary with root diameter. Biogeosciences, 2016, 13, 415-424.
26. Wang J.J., Jiao Y., Rhew R.C., Chow A.T.*, Haloform formation in coastal wetlands along a salinity gradient at South Carolina, United States. Environmental Chemistry, 2016, 13(4) 745-756.
25. Zhang D., Wang J.J., Zeng H.*, Differentiation of soil polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons across urban density zones in Shenzhen, China: Mass inventory, source apportionments, and spatial risk assessment. Pedosphere, 2016, 26(5): 676-686.
24. Wang J.J., Dahlgren R.A., Chow A.T.*, Controlled burning of forest detritus altering spectroscopic characteristics and chlorine reactivity of water extractable organic matter: Effects of temperature and oxygen availability. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49(24):14019-14027.
23. Wang J.J., Dahlgren R.A., Ersan M.S., Karanfil T., Chow A.T.*, Wildfire altering terrestrial precursors of disinfection byproducts in forest detritus. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, 49: 5921-5929.
22. Majidzadeh H.#, Wang J.J.#, Chow A.T.*, Prescribed fire altered dissolved organic matter and disinfection by-product precursors in forested watersheds - Part I. A Controlled Laboratory Study. Book chapter in “Recent Advances in Disinfection By-Products”, 2015, pp271-292.
21. Wang J.J.*, Tharayil N., Chow A.T., Suseela V., Zeng H., Phenolic profile within the fine‐root branching orders of an evergreen species highlights a disconnect in root tissue quality predicted by elemental‐ and molecular‐level carbon composition. New Phytologist, 2015, 206: 1261-1273. [New Phytologist Editors' Choice; commentary by Editor Richard Norby]
20. Yu X.B., Hawley-Howard J., Pitt, A.L., Wang J.J., Baldwin R.F., Chow A.T.*, Water quality of small seasonal wetlands in the Piedmont Ecoregion, South Carolina, USA: Effects of land use and hydrological connectivity. Water Research, 2015, 73:98-108.
19. Dai J.N., Wang J.J.*, Chow A.T. Conner W.H., Electrical energy production from foliar detritus in forested wetland using microbial fuel cell. Global Change Biology - Bioenergy, 2015, 7(2): 7: 244–252.
18. Wang J.J., Chow A.T.*, Sweeney J., Mazet J., Trihalomethanes in marine mammal aquaria: Occurrence, source and health risks. Water Research, 2014, 59:219-228.
17. Wang J.J., Liu X., Ng T.W., Xiao J.W., Chow A.T.*, Wong P.K.*, Disinfection byproducts formation from chlorination of pure bacterial cells and pipeline biofilms. Water Research, 2013, 47(8):2701-2709.
16. Zhou J., Wang J.J., Baudon A., Chow A.T.*, Improved fluorescence excitation-emission matrix regional integration to quantify spectra for fluorescent dissolved organic matter. Journal of Environmental Quality, 2013, 42(3):925-930.
15. Guo Y.Y.#, Wang J.J.#, Kong D.L, Guo D.L., Wang Y.B., Xie Q.L., Liu Y.S.*, Zeng H.*, Fine root branch orders contribute differentially to uptake, allocation and return of potentially toxic metals. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47(20), 11465-11472.
14. Chow A.T.*, Dai J.N., Conner, W.H., Hitchcock D.R, Wang J.J., Dissolved organic matter and nutrient dynamics of a coastal freshwater forested wetland in Winyah Bay, South Carolina. Biogeochemistry, 2013, 112(1):571-587.
13. Wang J.J., Ng T.W., Zhang Q., Yang X.B., Dahlgren R.A., Chow A.T.*, Wong P.K.*, Reactivity of C1 and C2 organohalogens formation – from plant Litter to bacteria. Biogeosciences, 2012, 9(10): 3721-3727.
12. Wang J.J., Guo Y.Y., Guo D.L., Yin S.L., Kong D.L., Liu Y.S.*, Zeng H.*, Fine root mercury heterogeneity: Metabolism of lower-order roots as an effective route for mercury removal. Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46(2):769-777.
11. Wang J.J., Zhao H.W., Zhong X.P., Kong S.F., Liu Y.S.*, Zeng H.*, Investigation of mercury levels in soil around a municipal solid waste incinerator in Shenzhen, China. Environmental Earth Sciences, 2011, 64(4):1001-1010.
10. 曹春,张松*,张鹏,刘雨晨,陈勋文,王俊坚. 大宝山污灌区土壤-蔬菜系统重金属污染现状及其风险评价[Heavy metal contamination in soil-vegetable system and its health risks in area irrigated with acid mine drainage in Dabaoshan, Guangdong, China]. 农业环境科学学报, 2020, 接收.
9. 朱文舟, 王俊坚, 曾辉*. 森林火灾对土壤及水体重金属浓度水平的潜在影响研究进展[Potential impact of forest fire on soil and water heavy metal concentrations: A review]. 生态学杂志, 2017, 36 (9), 2641-2649.
8. 刘泽睿, 王俊坚, 万师强, 曾辉. 氮素输入与降水增加对温带草原土壤金属元素库存的影响[Effects of nitrogen addition and increased precipitation on metal pools in temperate steppe, northern China]. 生态学杂志, 2016, 35 (5): 1125-1131.
7. 王俊坚, 赵宏伟, 钟秀萍, 刘阳生, 曾辉. 垃圾焚烧厂周边土壤重金属浓度水平及空间分布[concentration levels and spatial distribution of heavy metals in soil surrounding a municipal solid waste incineration plant (Shenzhen)]. 环境科学, 2011 (1): 276-282.
6. 贾慧慧, 王俊坚, 高梅, 魏建兵, 曾辉. 湿地水环境质量时空分异的影响因子[Factors affecting the spatiotemporal differentiation of wetland water environmental quality]. 生态学杂志, 2011, 30 (7): 1551-1557.
5. 李英汉, 王俊坚, 陈雪, 孙建林,曾辉. 深圳市居住区绿地植物冠层格局对微气候的影响[Effects of green space vegetation canopy pattern on the microclimate in residential quarters of Shenzhen City]. 应用生态学报, 2011, 22 (02):343-349.
4. 李英汉, 王俊坚, 李贵才, 曾辉. 居住区植物绿量与其气温调控效应的关系[Effects of green space vegetation canopy pattern on the microclimate in residential quarters of Shenzhen City]. 生态学报, 2011, 31 (3):830-838.
3. 王俊坚, 曾辉, 刘阳生. 甲烷液相制甲醇技术及机制研究进展[Recent advances in technologies and mechanism of catalytic oxidation of methane to methanol in liquid phase]. 环境工程, 2010 (S28): 351-355.
2. 钟秀萍, 王俊坚, 赵宏伟, 刘阳生, 曾辉. 垃圾焚烧厂周围优势植物的重金属污染特征研究——以深圳市清水河垃圾焚烧厂为例[Investigation of heavy metals pollution in predominant plants around a municipal solid waste incineration plant: A case study in Shenzhen Qingshuihe MSWI Plant]. 北京大学学报 (自然科学版), 2010, 46 (4):674-680.
1. 赵宏伟, 钟秀萍, 刘阳生, 王俊坚, 洪渊, 招康赛, 曾辉. 深圳市清水河垃圾焚烧厂周围地区优势植物的汞污染研究[Mercury pollution investigation in predominant plants surrounding Shenzhen Qingshuihe Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Plant]. 环境科学, 2009, 30 (9): 2786-2791.