Doctor Mingkai Jiang

Mingkai Jiang Dr. Jiang is a terrestrial ecosystem ecologist, with broad research interests in plant physiology, global change ecology and mathematical modelling. He has expertise in ecosystem budget accounting, data-model intercomparisons, and landscape-scale model simulations. In his research, Dr. Jiang uses ecological theory, process-based models and manipulative experiments to advance our knowledge of the impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems and the associated consequences for ecosystem services. Dr. Jiang is currently a university lecturer and a DECRA Fellow as awarded by the Australian Research Council (2021 – 2023). The overarching objective of the DECRA fellowship is to use a range of mathematical approaches to assess how climate extremes interact with rising atmospheric CO2 to affect plant physiology and ecosystem processes in Australia’s symbolic Eucalyptus forests.

Research areas and expertise

Forest ecosystems, carbon cycle, phosphorus cycle, ecosystem ecology, plant physiology, ecosystem services, climate predictability, land surface model, climate extremes, manipulative experiments

Teaching experience

  • 2021. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (301408), Field Project I (300913), Field Project II (300914).
  • 2020. Ecosystem Carbon Accounting (300856), Ecosystems in a Changing World (800170).
  • 2019. Ecosystems in a Changing World (800170).
  • 2018. Ecosystem Carbon Accounting (300856), Ecosystems in a Changing World (800170).
  • 2017. Ecosystems in a Changing World (800170).
  • 2015. Terrestrial Ecosystems (teaching assistant), Lehigh University.
  • 2014. The Science of Environmental Issues (teaching assistant), Lehigh University
  • 2014. Ecophysiology (teaching assistant), Lehigh University.

Grants and support

  • ARC DECRA Fellowship: Assessing Eucalyptus forest responses to rising CO2 and climate change
    Funding body: Australian Research Council
    Period: 2021-2023
  • Does elevated CO2 alter phosphorus cycling in a mature Eucalyptus woodland (EucFACE)?
    Purpose: Conference travel support
    Funding body: Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
    Period: 2019
  • Data-model integration for understanding nitrogen and phosphorus limitations to future forests
    Co-Researchers: David Ellsworth, Sonke Zaehle, Mingkai Jiang, Silvia Caldararu
    Funding body: Universities Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme
    Period: 2016-2019
  • Mechanistic understanding of nutrient limitation of carbon sequestration in two phosphorus-limited ecosystems
    Purpose: Conference travel support
    Funding body: New Phytologist Trust
    Period: 2017
  • Development of multi-layer soil model to assess forest response to climate extremes along a precipitation gradient
    Funding body: Lehigh University
    Period: 2014
  • Assessing stakeholder-defined land use trajectories and the associated ecosystem service changes in the Columbia River Basin of the Pacific Northwest under climate change
    Co-Researchers: Benjamin Felzer and Mingkai Jiang
    Funding body: Lehigh University
    Period: 2014

Personal recognition

  • 2016. Elizabeth V. Stout PhD Dissertation Award, Lehigh University.

Selected public engagement

Student supervision

Honours and PhD research projects are available for qualified and enthusiastic students. Visiting students and scholars are also invited to contact me for possible arrangements.

Selected publications

Walker AP, De Kauwe MG, Bastos A, Belmecheri S, Georgiou K, Keeling RF, McMahon SM, Medlyn BE, Moore DJP, Norby RJ, Zaehle S, Anderson-Teixeira KJ, Battipaglia G, Brienen RJW, Cabugao KG, Cailleret M, Campbell E, Canadell JG, Ciais P, Craig ME, Ellsworth DS, Farquhar GD, Fatichi S, Fisher JB, Frank DC, Graven H, Gu LH, Haverd V, Heilman K, Heimann M, Hungate BA, Iversen CM, Joos F, Jiang MK, Keenan TF, Knauer J, Korner C, Leshyk VO, Leuzinger S, Liu Y, MacBean N, Malhi Y, McVicar TR, Penuelas J, Pongratz J, Powell AS, Riutta T, Sabot MEB, Schleucher J, Sitch S, Smith WK, Sulman B, Taylor B, Terrer C, Torn MS, Treseder KK, Trugman AT, Trumbore SE, van Mantgem PJ, Voelker SL, Whelan ME, Zuidema PA, (2021) 'Integrating the evidence for a terrestrial carbon sink caused by increasing atmospheric CO2', New Phytologist, vol.229, no.5, pp 2413-2445

Felzer BS, Ember CR, Cheng R, Jiang M, (2020) 'The Relationships of Extreme Precipitation and Temperature Events with Ethnographic Reports of Droughts and Floods in Nonindustrial Societies', Weather Climate and Society, vol.12, no.1, pp 135-148

Jiang M, Medlyn BE, Drake JE, Duursma RA, Anderson IC, Barton CVM, Boer MM, Carrillo Y, Castaneda-Gomez L, Collins L, Crous KY, De Kauwe MG, dos Santos BM, Emmerson KM, Facey SL, Gherlenda AN, Gimeno TE, Hasegawa S, Johnson SN, Kannaste A, Macdonald CA, Mahmud K, Moore BD, Nazaries L, Neilson EHJ, Nielsen UN, Niinemets U, Noh NJ, Ochoa-Hueso R, Pathare VS, Pendall E, Pihlblad J, Pineiro J, Powell JR, Power SA, Reich PB, Renchon AA, Riegler M, Rinnan R, Rymer PD, Salomon RL, Singh BK, Smith B, Tjoelker MG, Walker JKM, Wujeska-Klause A, Yang JY, Zaehle S, Ellsworth DS, (2020) 'The fate of carbon in a mature forest under carbon dioxide enrichment', Nature, vol.580, no.7802, pp 227-231

Jiang MK, Caldararu S, Zhang HY, Fleischer K, Crous KY, Yang JY, De Kauwe MG, Ellsworth DS, Reich PB, Tissue DT, Zaehle S, Medlyn BE, (2020) 'Low phosphorus supply constrains plant responses to elevated CO2: A meta-analysis', Global Change Biology, vol.26, no.10, pp 5856-5873

Yang J, Medlyn BE, De Kauwe MG, Duursma RA, Jiang M,  Kumarathunge D, Crous KY, Gimeno TE, Wujeska-Klause A, Ellsworth DS, (2020) 'Low sensitivity of gross primary production to elevated CO2 in a mature eucalypt woodland', Biogeosciences, vol.17, no.2, pp 265-279

Crous KY, Wujeska-Klause A, Jiang MK, Medlyn BE, Ellsworth DS, (2019) 'Nitrogen and Phosphorus Retranslocation of Leaves and Stemwood in a Mature Eucalyptus Forest Exposed to 5 Years of Elevated CO2', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.10, Article no.664

Fleischer K, Rammigl A, De Kauwe MG, Walker AP, Domingues TF, Fuchslueger L, Garcia S, Goll DS, Grandis A, Jiang MK, Haverd V, Hofhansl F, Holm JA, Kruijt B, Leung F, Medlyn BE, Mercado LM, Norby RJ, Pak B, von Randow C, Quesada CA, Schaap KJ, Valverde-Barrantes OJ, Wang YP, Yang XJ, Zaehle S, Zhu Q, Lapola DM, (2019) 'Amazon forest response to CO2 fertilization dependent on plant phosphorus acquisition', Nature Geoscience, vol.12, no.9, pp 736-741

Fry EL, De Long JR, Alvarez Garrido L, Alvarez N, Carrillo Y, Castaneda-Gomez L, Chomel M, Dondini M, Drake JE, Hasegawa S, Hortal S, Jackson BG, Jiang MK, Lavallee JM, Medlyn BE, Rhymes J, Singh BK, Smith P, Anderson IC, Bardgett RD, Baggs EM, Johnson D, (2019) 'Using plant, microbe, and soil fauna traits to improve the predictive power of biogeochemical models', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol.10, no.1, pp 146-157

Jiang MK, Caldararu S, Zaehle S, Ellsworth DS, Medlyn BE, (2019) 'Towards a more physiological representation of vegetation phosphorus processes in land surface models', New Phytologist, vol.222, no.3, pp 1223-1229

Jiang MK, Zaehle S, De Kauwe MG, Walker AP, Caldararu S, Ellsworth DS, Medlyn BE, (2019) 'The quasi-equilibrium framework revisited: analyzing long-term CO2 enrichment responses in plant-soil models', Geoscientific Model Development, vol.12, no.5, pp 2069-2089

Yang J, Duursma RA, De Kauwe MG, Kumarathunge D, Jiang M, Mahmud K, Gimeno TE, Crous KY, Ellsworth DS, Peters J, Choat B, Eamus D, Medlyn BE, (2019) 'Incorporating non-stomatal limitation improves the performance of leaf and canopy models at high vapour pressure deficit', Tree physiology, vol.39, no.12, pp 1961-1974

Drake JE, Tjoelker MG, Varhammar A, Medlyn BE, Reich PB, Leigh A, Pfautsch S, Blackman CJ, Lopez R, Aspinwall MJ, Crous KY, Duursma RA, Kumarathunge D, De Kauwe MG, Jiang M, Nicotra AB, Tissue DT, Choat B, Atkin OK, Barton CVM, (2018) 'Trees tolerate an extreme heatwave via sustained transpirational cooling and increased leaf thermal tolerance', Global Change Biology, vol.24, no.6, pp 2390-2402

Felzer BS, Jiang M, (2018) 'Effect of Land Use and Land Cover Change in Context of Growth Enhancements in the United States Since 1700: Net Source or Sink?', Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, vol.123, no.11, pp 3439-3457

Jiang MK, Felzer BS, Nielsen UN, Medlyn BE, (2017) 'Biome-specific climatic space defined by temperature and precipitation predictability', Global Ecology and Biogeography', vol.26, no.11, pp 1270-1282

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