Doctor Mingkai Jiang

I joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in June 2016 as a Research Fellow in the Ecosystem Function and Integration theme. I consider myself as an ecophysiologist and a climatologist, and I am interested in the assessment of multi-factorial impacts to plant ecophysiology and the associated ecosystem services in a changing world.

I was trained as an ecological modeler in Prof. Benjamin Felzer's lab at Lehigh University and obtained my PhD in 2016. Before that, I received my Master by Research degree in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of York in 2011.

During my PhD, I investigated predictability of precipitation means and extremes over the conterminous United States using an information theory approach, identified regional hotspots of future changes in precipitation predictability over the U.S., and provided a novel approach defining global biomes. Additionally, I established a parameterization dataset for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM) based on data collected from a dairy pasture in eastern U.S., and provided region-specific simulations of the productivity of Pennsylvania pasture under various future climate scenarios. I was also involved in developing a multi-layer soil module into TEM to more realistically simulate belowground physical and ecophysiological processes, and initiated a research project investigating the biogeochemical implications of stakeholder's vision-driven land use scenarios in the Pacific Northwest of United States.

I am currently a team member of Prof. Belinda Medlyn's research lab, assessing and projecting the responses of Australian Eucalyptus ecosystems to climate change.

Areas of research

  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Whole ecosystem biogeochemistry: carbon, water and nutrient budgets and interactions
  • Spatiotemporal dynamics of ecosystem services
  • Climate predictability and impacts on biological revolution and adaptation

Teaching experience

2015, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Lehigh University
2014, Ecophysiology, Lehigh University
2014, The Science of Environmental Issues, Lehigh University

To learn more about my research and teaching experiences, please visit my website at www.mingkaijiang.org (opens in a new window)

Awards and recognition

  • 2016 The Elizabeth V. Stout PhD Dissertation Award for significant scholarly achievement at Lehigh University

Grants

2015 Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences travel grant, USD $350
2014 Lehigh University Class of 68 Research Fellowship Award, USD $2500
2014 Lehigh University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Summer Research Scholarship, USD $2000
2012-2015, Lehigh University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences travel grant, USD $600/yr

Selected publications

Jiang M, Felzer BS, Sahagian D, (2016) 'Characterizing predictability and variability of precipitation means and extremes in the conterminous U.S., 1940-2010', Journal of Climate, vol.29, pp 2621-2633

Jiang MK, Felzer BS, Sahagian D, (2016) 'Predictability of Precipitation Over the Conterminous US Based on the CMIP5 Multi-Model Ensemble', Scientific Reports, vol.6, Article no.29962

Jiang M, Felzer BS, Hargreaves B, Zhang J, (2015) 'Improved understanding of climate change impact to Pennsylvania dairy pasture', Crop Science, vol.55, pp 934-949

Jiang M, Bullock JM, Hooftman DAP, (2013) 'Mapping ecosystem service and biodiversity changes over 70 years in a rural English county', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol.50, pp 841-850