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ZHENG Chunmiao
Chair Professor
AGU Fellow
Director, Shenzhen Institute of Sustainable Development

Chunmiao Zheng holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Geological Society of America (GSA). He is currently Chair Professor and Director of Shenzhen Institute of Sustainable Development at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China, and also Chair Professor and Vice President of the Eastern Institute of Technology in Ningbo, China. He joined SUSTech as Founding Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering in 2015 and served as Vice Provost of Global Strategies from 2018 to 2022. Previously, he was Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China, and Assistant Professor to George Lindahl III Endowed Professor at the University of Alabama. His research interests include groundwater contaminant transport and remediation, basin-scale ecohydrological processes, and the effects of global change and emerging contaminants on water resource sustainability. He is developer of the MT3D/MT3DMS series of contaminant transport models used in over 100 countries, and author of over 400 peer-reviewed journal papers and 6 books, including Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling. He is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international open-access journal Sustainable Horizons, and has served as associate editor for five leading hydrology and water resource journals, including Water Resources Research. He has also served on the Committee on Hydrologic Science of the U.S. National Research Council, as president of the International Commission on Groundwater of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), and as a member of the advisory panel for the section “Environmental Science Earth” of the National Natural Science of China (NSFC). He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship (2009) and O.E. Meinzer Award (2013) from the Geological Society of America, the John Hem Award (1998) and M. King Hubbert Award (2013) from the National Ground Water Association, and the Distinguished Alumni Award (2014) from the Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Ph.D., Hydrogeology with a minor in Civil and Environmental


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
1983-1984Postgraduate work in Geology and Applied Mathematics,

Chengdu University of Technology (formerly Chengdu College of 

Geology), China.


B.S., Geology (specialized in hydrogeology), 

Chengdu University of Technology (formerly Chengdu College of 

Geology), China.

Employment History


Chair Professor and Director, Shenzhen Institute of Sustainable

Development, Southern University of Science and Technology, 

Shenzhen, China.

2022-NowChair Professor, EIT Institute for Advanced Study, Ningbo, China.

Chair Professor and Vice Provost of Global Strategies, Southern 

University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.


Chair Professor and Founding Dean, School of Environmental 

Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and 

Technology, Shenzhen, China.


Chair Professor and Founding Director, Institute of Water Sciences,

Peking University, Beijing, China (on joint appointment before 

2013 and after 2015).


George Lindahl III Endowed Professor of Hydrogeology,

Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama (on 

leave without pay after 2013).

2002-2009Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.

Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University

of Alabama


Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University

of Alabama.


Senior Hydrogeologist, S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc., 

Bethesda, Maryland.

Professional Experience


Visiting Chair Professor, Yangtze Institute for Conservation and

Development, affiliated with Hohai University, Nanjing, China.


Lindahl Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, Department of

Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.

2006-2009Visiting Professor and Founding Director, Center for Water Research,
Peking University, Beijing, China.
2001Visiting Fellow, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
2000Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
2000Visiting Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California.

Visiting Fellow, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology

Organization, Sydney, Australia.


Assistant Professional Lecturer, George Washington University,

Washington, D.C.

Awards and Honors

2019         Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
2014        Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
2013              O.E. Meinzer Award, Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America (http://www.geosociety.org/awards/13speeches/meinzer.htm).

M. King Hubbert Award, National Ground Water Association.



Distinguished Lecturer for Hydrology Section, AOGS-AGU (WPGM)

Joint Assembly, Singapore.


Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Hydrogeology Division,

Geological Society of America (https://community.geosociety.org/hydrodivision/aboutus/birdsall-lectures/past). 

2008DuPont Lecturer, University of Delaware.
2005Oliver Lectureship in Hydrogeology, Jackson School of Geosciences,
University of Texas-Austin, Texas.
1999Fellow, Geological Society of America.
1998         John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award, National Ground Water Association.


Major Committees and Editorial Boards

2023-NowHydrology Fellow Committee, American Geophysical Union
2021-NowCo-Editor-in-Chief, Sustainable Horizons

Advisory Panel, Section on Environmental Earth Science, National

Natural Science Foundation of China


Paul A.Witherspoon Mid-Career Lecturer in Hydrologic Sciences

Award Committee, American Geophysical Union

2016-NowAssociate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal

Associate Chair, Steering Committee, Major Research Program “Runoff Change in the Headwater Region of China’s Southwestern Rivers and Their Adaptive Management”, National Natural Science

Foundation of China

2013-2018Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)

Member, Steering Committee, Major Research Program “An

Integrated Study of Ecohydrological Processes in the Heihe River 

Basin”, National Natural Science Foundation of China

2010-2015Associate Editor, Water Resources Research

Blue Ribbon Panel on “Challenges and Opportunities in the

Hydrologic Sciences”, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

2007-2014Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrology

President-elect and President, International Commission on

Groundwater, International Association of Hydrologic Sciences (IAHS)


Standing Committee on Hydrologic Science, National Research

Council, Washington, D.C.


Treasurer, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of

Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), Washington, D.C.


Science and Technology Center Site Review Team, National Science 


2003-2007Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and Geological Society of America (GSA)

Chair-elect and Chair, International Professionals for the 

Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences (IPACES)


Associate Editor and Software Column Editor (2002-), Journal Ground Water, National Ground Water Association

Primary Research Interests

(a) Impacts of global change and emerging contaminants on water sustainability.

(b) Integrative study of hydrologic and ecological processes at watershed scales.

(c) Field, laboratory, and theoretical studies of the effects of aquifer heterogeneities on contaminant transport and remediation.

(d) Surface water-groundwater interactions and their ecological and environmental effects.


Published Works


Over 400 SCI journal papers; 1 major textbook (with 1st, 2nd and Chinese editions) and 5 other books; 11 software manuals.

A complete publication list and citation matrix can be found:

● Including all papers, books and software:

Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=g0FPeQsAAAAJ 

● Including SCI papers only:

ResearcherID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/I-5257-2014

12 Representative Publications (*indicates corresponding author)

● Zheng, C., 2022, The winding road of a hydrogeologist, Perspectives of Earth and Space Scientists, 3, e2020CN000139, doi: 10.1029/2020CN000139.

● Lancia, M., Y. Yao, C.B. Andrews, X. Wang, X. Kuang, J. Ni, S.M. Gorelick, B.R. Scanlon, Y. Wang, C. Zheng*, 2022, The China groundwater crisis: A mechanistic analysis with implications for global sustainability, Sustainable Horizons, 4, 100042, doi: 10.1016/j.horiz.2022.100042.

● Zheng, C., Z. Guo, 2022, Plans to protect China’s depleted groundwater resources, Science, 375 (6583), 827-827, doi: 10.1126/science.abn8377 .

● Feng, Y., Z. Zeng*, …, C. Zheng*, 2022, Doubling of annual forest carbon loss over the tropics during the early twenty-first century, Nature Sustainability, 5, 444-451, doi: 10.1038/s41893-022-00854-3.

● Du, E., Y. Tian, X. Cai, Y. Zheng, F. Han, X. Li, M. Zhao, Y. Yang, C. Zheng*, 2022, Evaluating distributed policies for conjunctive surface water-groundwater management in large river basins: Water uses versus hydrological impacts, Water Resour. Res., 58(1), e2021WR031352.

● Yin, M., R. Ma, Y. Zhang*, K. Chen, Z. Guo, C. Zheng*, 2022, A Dual heterogeneous domain model for upscaling anomalous transport with multi-peaks in heterogeneous aquifers, Water Resour. Res., 58 (4), e2021WR031128.

● Qiu, W., B. Chen, L. Tang, C. Zheng*, B. Xu, Z. Liu, J. T. Magnuson, S. Zhang, D. Schlenk, E. G. Xu*, B. Xing, 2022, Antibiotic chlortetracycline causes transgenerational immunosuppression via NF-κB, Environ. Sci. Technol., 56 (7), 4251-4261.

● Yao, Y., C. Zheng*, C. B. Andrews, B. R. Scanlon, X. Kuang, Z. Zeng, S. Jeong, 2021, Role of groundwater in sustaining northern Himalayan rivers, Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL092354.

● Ben, Y., C. Fu, M. Hu, L. Liu, M. H. Wong, C. Zheng*, 2019, Human health risk assessment of antibiotic resistance associated with antibiotic residues in the environment: A Review, Environmental Research, 169, 483-493 (A highly cited paper).

● Gorelick, S.M. and C. Zheng, 2015, Global change and the groundwater management challenges, Water Resour. Res. (50th anniversary edition), v.51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016825.

● Zheng, C. and G.D. Bennett, 2002, Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 621 pp. 

● Zheng, C. and P.P. Wang, 1999, MT3DMS: A Modular Three-Dimensional Multi-species Transport Model for Simulation of Advection, Dispersion and Chemical Reactions of Contaminants in Groundwater Systems; Documentation and User’s Guide, Contract Report SERDP-99-1, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, 169 pp.