• Title: Associate Professor
  • Department: Environment and ecology department
  • Address: 824 YiFu biology building
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2019-2020    Visiting scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology

2015/05-now   Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University     

2010/12-2015/05  Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University

Academic Appointments
Honors & Awards

1. 2015.01-2018-12 National Natural Science Foundation of China: Mechanisms and effects of above and below ground herbivores on plant diversity of alpine meadow 

2. 2012.01-2014.12  National Natural Science Foundation of China:Study on plant diversity and ecosystem function process in a subalpine meadow on the Tibetan Plateau 


Li, W.J., Knops, J.M.H., Png, G.K., Yan, X., Dong, H., Li, J.H., Zhou, H.K., Sierra, R.D., 2020. Six-year removal of co-dominant grasses alleviated competitive pressure on subdominant grasses but dominant shrub removal had neutral effects in a subalpine ecosystem. Glob Ecol Conserv 23.

Li, W.J., Liu, S.S., Li, J.H., Zhang, R.L., Rang, K.Z.C., Zhou, H.K., Ya, B.Q., Wang, J.F., 2019. Plant traits response to grazing exclusion by fencing assessed via multiple classification approach: a case from a subalpine meadow. Pol J Ecol 67, 33-52.

Ma, M., Baskin, C.C., Li, W.J, Zhao, Y., Zhao, Y., Zhao, L., Chen, N., Du, G., 2019. Seed banks trigger ecological resilience in subalpine meadows abandoned after arable farming on the Tibetan Plateau. Ecological Applications 29, e01959.

Li, W.J., R.L. Zhang, S.S. Liu, W.X. Li, J.H. Li, H.K. Zhou, and J. M. H. Knops. 2018. Effect of loss of plant functional group and simulated nitrogen deposition on subalpine ecosystem properties on the Tibetan Plateau. Science of The Total Environment doi:org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.287 631–632:289-297.

Li, W.J.Li, J.H.Liu, S.S.Zhang, R.L.Qi, W.Zhang, R.Y.Knops, J. M. H., and Lu, J.F. (2017 Magnitude of Species Diversity Effect on Aboveground Plant Biomass Increases Through Successional Time of Abandoned Farmlands on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau of ChinaLand Degrad. Develop., doi: 10.1002/ldr.2607. 28(1), 370-378 

Li W.J., Knops J M H, Brassil C E, et al. 2016. Functional group dominance and not productivity drives species richness. Plant Ecology & Diversity DOI: g/10.1080/17550874.2016.1180563

Li, J. H., Zhang, J., Li, W. J., Xu, D. H., Knops, J. M., & Du, G. Z. 2016. Plant functional groups, grasses versus forbs, differ in their impact on soil carbon dynamics with nitrogen fertilization. European Journal of Soil Biology75, 79-87.

Li, W.j., J.M.H. Knops, X. Zuo and R. Laungani. 2014. Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling are Resistant to Fire in Nutrient-Poor Grassland. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 78: 825-831.

Li, W.J., Zuo, X.A., Knops, J.M.H., 2013. Different fire frequency impacts over 27 years on vegetation succession in an infertile grassland. Rangeland Ecology & Management 66, 267-273.

Li, W. J., Li, J. H., Lu, J. F., Zhang, R. Y. & Wang, G. (2010) Legume-grass species influence plant productivity and soil nitrogen during grassland succession in the eastern Tibet Plateau. Applied Soil Ecology, 44, 164-169.

Li, W. J., Li, J. H., Knops, J. M. H., Wang, G., Jia, J. J. & Qin, Y. Y. (2009) Plant Communities, Soil Carbon, and Soil Nitrogen Properties in a Successional Gradient of Sub-Alpine Meadows on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau of China. Environmental Management, 44, 755-765.

Lu, J.F., Dong, Z.B., Li, W.J., Hu, G.Y., 2014. The effect of desertification on carbon and nitrogen status in the northeastern margin of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Earth Sciences, 71: 807-815

Qi, W., Guo, S.Q., Chen, X., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Bu, H.Y, Du, G., Cui, X., Li, W.J., Liu, K.,. 2014. Disentangling ecological, allometric and evolutionary determinants of the relationship between seed mass and elevation: insights from multiple analyses of 1355 angiosperm species on the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Oikos 123:23-32.

Liu, M. X. Li, W.J., Wang G. 2013 The effects of slope aspect on plant and soil properties in sub-alpine meadow of China.  Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. 11, 2639-2643

Yu, K.L., Pypker, T.G., Keim, R.F., Chen, N., Yang, Y.b., Guo, S.q., Li, W.J., Wang, G., 2012. Canopy rainfall storage capacity as affected by sub-alpine grassland degradation in the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau, China. Hydrological Processes 26, 3114-3123.

Zuo, X.A., Zhao, X.Y., Zhao, H.L., Zhang, T.H., Li, Y., Wang, S.K., Li, W.J., Powers, R., 2012. Scale dependent effects of environmental factors on vegetation pattern and composition in Horqin Sandy Land, Northern China. Geoderma 173, 1-9.

Zuo X.A., Wang S.K., Zhao X.Y., Li W.J., Knops Johannes, Kochsiek Amy  (2012) Effect of spatial scale and topography on spatial heterogeneity of soil seed banks under grazing disturbance in a sandy grassland of Horqin Sand Land, Northern China Journal of Arid Land, 4: 151-160

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