Dongli Liang


  Title: Associate Professor

  Institute: College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University.

  Address: P.O. Box 81, No.3 Taicheng Road, Yangling, Shaanxi Province, 712100



  Dongli Liang

  Professor Liang Dongli

  Address: Department of Environmental Science and Engineering,

  College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University

  Taicheng Road No.3 , Yangling, Shaanxi Province 712100, P.R.China

  Phone: +86-029-87082583

  Fax: +86-029-87080055



  B.S. Soil and Agricultural Chemistry, China Agricultural University, 1984

  Ph.D. Plant Nutrition, Northwest A&F University, 2003

  Professional Positions Held:

  2012 - present, professor, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University

  2011-2005, associate professor, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University

  2000-2004, associate researcher, Soil and Fertilizer Institute, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University

  1993-1999, Assistant Researcher, Soil and Fertilizer institute, Shaanxi Academy of Agriculture and Forestry

  1984-1992, Research Assistant, Soil and Fertilizer institute, Shaanxi Academy of Agriculture and Forestry

  Research Interests:

  1.Chemical behaviors and fate of heavy metals in the environment media and phytoremediation

  2.Investigation of heavy metal pollution in the wheat production area and assessment possible risk on human health

  3.Transformation and transport selenium in soil and their influences on bioavailability

  4.The interaction of selenium with other nutrient or heavy metal elements in soil -plant system and control

  International Research Projects and cooperation

  1994-1995, Participate a corporation project-Potassium application in the vegetable and fruit land of Shaanxi between Ministry of Agricultural in China, and Israel Potassium company.

  1994-1995, Participate a corporation project-Improve potassium use efficiency in wheat between Shaanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, and Leibig-University, Geissen Germany.

  1997-2002, Participate a corporation project- Extension of the new techniques of minimize N losses and increase N use efficiency between Shaanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences funded by Swedish SIDA.

  2001-2004, Participate a cooperative project- Increase water use efficiency in dry land area in China between Northwest A & F University, China, and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences funded by Swedish SIDA.

  2006-2007, Visiting Scientist, Department of Land Resources and Environment, Montana State of University, USA

  Research projects: (from 2010)

  2015.01-2019.12,Investigation of heavy metals pollution situation for raw materials of primary agricultural products in China.

  2012.01-2015.12, Selenium speciation and fractions transformation in dryland area and their effects on bioavailability, National Natural Science Foundation of China

  2009.01-2013.12, Heavy metals threshold in the seeds of wheat in planting area, special project for Agriculture of China, Ministry of Agriculture < of Agriculture>

  2009.01-2013.12, Monitoring of toxic matter and health safety of wheat in China, Earmarked Fund for Modern Agro-industry Technology Research System

  2008.01-2010.12, The study and demonstration of key techniques on the high efficiency fertilization in the northwest dryland area of China. Sino-Sweden cooperative project


  2005- present, Environmental Chemistry for undergraduate( teaching in bilingual <> way)

  2005-prsent, Environmental Monitoring for undergraduate

  Hands on course for Environmental Monitoring

  Field study < lesson> of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.

  2007-2012, Environmental Chemistry of Soil for graduate student.

  2007-2010,Environmental Chemistry of pollution control for graduate student

  Professional Activities

  A council member of Soil Science Society of Shaanxi Province, China

  Publishes: (from 2010)

  1.Hu Bin, Liang Dongli, Lei Linming, Yu Dasong. Effects of copper and selenium fractions on soil urease and nitrate reductase activity in combined pollution soil. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 2014,110:41-48

  2.LIU Juan-juan,LIANG Dong-li,WU Xiao-long,QU Guang-zhou,QIAN Xun. Effect of Cr (VI) anions on single and binary solution Cu (II) adsorptionbehavior in two kinds of clay minerals. Environmental Science, 2014, 35(1): 254-262. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  3.Lei Lingming, Yu Dasong, Chen Yupeng, Song Weiwei, Liang Dongli, Wang Zhaohui. Spatial distribution and sources of heavy metals in soils of Jinghui irrigated area of Shaanxi, China[J]. Transactions of the CSAE, 2014, 30(6):88-96. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  4.XIE Jun-yu,YANG Feng,LIU Juan-juan,LIANG Dong-li,GUO Luo. Differences in mercury uptake and distribution of 8 wheat varieties. Journal of A&F University( Nat. Sci. Ed.), 2014,42(11):129-134. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  5.Wang T C, Qu G Z, Li J, Liang D L. Evaluation of the potential of soil remediation by firect multi-channel pulsed corona discharge in soil. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2014,264: 169-175.

  6.Wang T C, Qu G Z, Li J, Liang D L, Hu S B. Depth dependence of p-nitrophenol removal in soil by pulsed discharge plasma. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 239: 178-184,

  7.Zhao W L,Hu B,Wang J W,Xiao R, Liang D L.Combined effects of phosphate and selenite on the uptake and translocation of phosphorus and selenium in pakchoi.Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae,2013, 33( 7) : 2020-2026. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  8.MIAO Shu-yin, LIANG Dong-l, ZHAO Wen-long, HU Bin, Phytotoxicity differences among 7 winter wheat genotypes in China when amended selenate and selenite. Journal of  Agro-Environment Science, 213,32(10):1934-1940. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  9.ZHAO Wen-long, LIANG Dong-li, SHI Mei, XIAO Ran, WANG Jia-wei. Combined effects of phosphate and selenate on the uptake of phosphorus and selenium by pakchoi, Journal of Agro-Environment Science, 2013,32(12):2331-2338. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  10.GUO Lu, MAN Nan, LIANG Dong-li, LIU Juan-juan, XIE Jun-yu, Differences of selenium uptake pattern of pakchoi and possible mechanism when amended selenate and selenite. Environmental Science. 2013,34(8):3272-3279. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  11.Hu Bin, Liang Dongli, Liu Juanjuan, Xie Junyu. Eco-toxicology effects of Cu and Se combined pollution on soil enzyme activities with and without plants. Environmental Ecotoxicity and Chemistry,2013, 32(5): 1109-1116

  12.Guangzhou Qu, Dongli Liang, Dong Qu, Yimei Huang, Ting Liu, Hui Mao, Puhui Ji, Donglin Huang. Simultaneous removal of cadmium ions and phenol from water solution by pulsed corona discharge plasma combined with activated carbon. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2013,228:28-35.

  13.Guangzhou Qu, Haibing Ji, Ran Xiao, Dongli Liang. Effect of modification with nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide on chromium (VI) adsorption by activated carbon fiber. Advanced Materials Research, 2012, 518-523: 2099-2103

  14.Wei Wei,Liang Dongli,Chen Shibao. Plant species sensitivity distribution to the phytotoxicity of soil exogenous zinc.Chinese Journal of Ecology, 2012,31( 3) : 538-543. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  15.Hu Bin,Liang Dongli,Zhao Wenlong,Miao Shuyin. Transformation and influences of copper and selenium fractions on heavy metals bioavailability in co-contaminated soil. Environmental Science, 2012, 33(8): 2817-2824. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  16.Wei Wei, Wang Dan, Liang Dongli, Wang Songshan, Hu Bin. The effect of differential fractions of chromium on soil enzyme activities inder chromium and copper joint contamination. Journal of  Agro-Environment Science, 2012,31(9):1716-1722. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  17.S S Wang, D L Liang, D Wang, W Wei, D D Fu, and Z Q Lin,Selenium fractionation and speciation in agriculture soils and accumulation in corn (Zea mays L.) under field conditions in Shaanxi Province, China. Science of the total Environment, 2012,427-428:159-164

  18.Dan Wang, Dongli Liang, Songshan Wang, Bin Hu, Wei Wei. Individual and Joint Toxicity Effects of Cu, Cr(III), and Cr(VI) on Pakchoi: A Comparison between Solution and Soil Cultures. Biological Trace Element Research, 2012, 146:116-123

  19.Wang Dan, Wei Wei, Wang Songshan, Hu Bin, Liang Dongli. Transformation of copper and hexavalent chromium in co-contaminated soil and its influence on bioavailability for pakchoi (Brassica chinensis). Environmental Science, 2011, 32(10):3113-3120. . (in Chinese with English abstract)

  20.Hu Bin, Liang Dongli,Zhou Meng, Wang Dan, Wei Wei, Effects of Exogenous Cu-Se Single and Combined Pollution on Growth, Absorption and Transportation of Pakchoi. Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae,2011,31(9):2033-2041. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  21.Wang Songshan, Liang Dongli, Wei Wei, Wang Dan. Relationship between soil physico-chemical properties and selenium species based on path analysis. Acta Pedeologica Scientiae, 2011, 48(4): 823-830. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  22.Xue  Ruiling, Liang Dongli, Wang Songshan, Fu Dongdong, Duan Manli, Xu Meng. Valence State Changes and Bioavailability of Selenium in Soil Treated with Selenite and Selenate. Environmental Science, 32(6):1726-1733. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  23.Duan Manli, Fu Dongdong, Wang Songshan, Liang Dongli, Xue Ruiling, Wu Xiongping.  Effects of different selenite concentrations on plant growth, absorption and transportation of selenium in four different vegetables. Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 2011, 31(3): 658 -665. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  24.Wang Songshan, Wu Xiongping, Liang Dongli, Xue Ruiling, Bao Jundan.Transformation and bioavailability for Pakchoi (Brassica chinensis) of different forms of selenium added to calcareous soil. Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae,2010,30(12):2499-2505. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  25.Wang  Dan,Wei Wei, Wang Songshan, Liang Dongli. Single and combined toxicity of chromium and copper to seed germination and root elongation of Pakchoi (Brasica chinensis) in Soils. Journal of Northwest A&F University(Nat. Sci. Ed.),2010,38(12):63-68. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  26.Xue Ru ling,Liang Dongli,Wu Xiongping,Duan Manli,Fu Dongdong. Effects of selenite and selenate on growth and physiological characteristics of pakchoi. Acta  Bot.Borea1.-Occident.Sin., 2010, 30(5):0974-0980. (in Chinese with English abstract)

  27.R Engel, D L Liang, R Wallander, A Bembenek. Influence of urea fertilizer placement on nitrous oxide production from a silt loam soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 2010,39:115-125

  2004-2007  Ph.D., Watershed Ecohydrology, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  2001-2004  M.S., Environmental Sciences, Northwest University, China

  1997-2001  B.S., Geographic Sciences, Yantai Normal University, China

  Working Experiences

  2011-2012    Visiting Scholar, University of Quebec, Canada

  2009-present  Associate Professor, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, China

  2007-2009    Lecturer, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, China

  Research Interests

  My research interests focus on assessing and regulating the impacts of environmental changes on hydrology. The Loess Plateau of China is a region with severe soil and water loss as well as fragile ecological environment. During the past 50 years, climate tends to be warmer and drier while land use has been greatly changed due to vegetation restoration, which causes significant runoff reduction and groundwater depletion. My research work thus focuses on two aspects in this region, i.e. the hydrological effects of climate change and vegetation restoration.

  The first aspect is to quantify/project the effects of the past/future climate change on runoff and soil erosion both on hill slope and watershed scale. Modeling methods have been widely used, such as hydrological models (SWAT and WEPP), weather generators, and climate models (GCMs and RCMs). My main work is to solve the mismatch between the course resolution of GCM outputs (grid and monthly scale) and the high resolution input requirement of hydrological models (station and daily scale), i.e. downscaling.

  The second research interest in recent years is to studying the mechanisms of hydrological cycle under the background of land use change. After carrying out field study using environmental tracers such as isotopes and chloride mass balance, the relationship among precipitation, soil moisture and groundwater is analyzed, and then the groundwater recharge mechanism and the water restoration of dry soil layers are determined.


  International Water Association; American Geophysical Union; European Geosciences Union;

  Graphical Society of China

  Research Grants Funded (recent five years)

  1.The mechanism of groundwater recharge and its response to land use change on the Changwu tableland. Principal Investigator. Funded by State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on Loess Plateau. 2014-2016.

  2.Quantifying the impacts of land use change on soil water infiltration. Principal Investigator. Funded by Science and Technology Research and Development Program of Shaanxi Province, China. 2013-2015.

  3.Study on the water cycle mechanism in the loess tableland-gully region using stable isotope. Principal Investigator. Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2012-2015.

  4.Rebuilding the spatial correlation of meteorological variables during the statistical downscaling of GCM. Principal Investigator. Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2012-2014.

  5.The impacts and strategy of climate changes on water and soil resources in northwestern China. Principal Investigator. Funded by The National Key Technology R&D Program. 2011-2015.

  6.Investigating the mechanism of groundwater recharge on the loess tableland using environmental isotopes. Principal Investigator. Funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation. 2010-2011.

  7.Assessing the potential effects of future climate changes on soil erosion in the Loess Plateau using climate models introduced from England. Co-Principal Investigator. Funded by 948 Program of Agriculture Ministry of China. 2010

  Publications (international journals)

  [1]Li Z. A new framework for multi-site weather generator: a two-stage model combining a parametric method with a distribution-free shuffle procedure. Climate Dynamics. 2014, 43(3-4):657-669. (SCI, IF=4.619)

  [2]Li Z, Brissette F, Chen J. Assessing the applicability of six precipitation probability distribution models on the Loess Plateau of China. International Journal of Climatology, 2014, 34(2): 462-471. (SCI, IF=3.398)

  [3]Li Z, Brissette F, Chen J. Finding the most appropriate precipitation probability distribution for stochastic weather generation and hydrological modelling in Nordic watersheds. Hydrological Processes, 2013, 27(25): 3718-3729. (SCI, IF=2.497)

  [4]Li Z, Zheng F L, Liu W Z, Jiang D J. Spatially downscaling GCMs outputs to project changes in extreme precipitation and temperature events on the Loess Plateau of China during the 21st Century. Global and Planetary Change, 2012, 82-83: 65-73. (SCI, IF=2.93)

  [5]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zheng F L. Spatiotemporal characteristics of reference evapotranspiration during 1961-2009 and its projected changes during 2011-2099 on the Loess Plateau of China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2012, 154-155: 147-155. (SCI, IF= 3.389)

  [6]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Zheng F L. Assessing the site-specific impacts of climate change on hydrology, soil erosion and crop yields in the Loess Plateau of China [J]. Climatic Change, 2011, 105(1-2): 223-242. (SCI, IF=3.385)

  [7]Li Z, Zheng F L, Liu W Z, Flanagan D C. Spatial distribution and temporal trends of extreme temperature and precipitation events on the Loess Plateau of China during 1961-2007 [J]. Quaternary International, 2010, 226 (1-2): 92-100. (SCI, IF=1.874)

  [8]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Zheng F L. Assessing and regulating the impacts of climate change on water resources in the Heihe watershed on the Loess Plateau of China. Sci China Earth Sci, 2010, 53(5): 710-720. (SCI, IF=0.88)

  [9]Li Z, Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Zheng F L. Impacts of land use change and climate variability on hydrology in an agricultural catchment on the Loess Plateau of China [J]. Journal of Hydrology, 2009, 377(1-2): 35-42. (SCI, IF=2.656)

  [10]Wang X L, Hou X Y, Li Z, Wang Yuandong. Spatial and temporal characteristics of meteorological drought in Shandong Province, China, from 1961 to 2008. Advances in Meteorology, 2014, DOI: 10.1155/2014/873593. (SCI, IF=1.348)

  [11]Chen J, Brissette F P, Li Z. Postprocessing of Ensemble Weather Forecasts Using a Stochastic Weather Generator. Monthly Weather Review, 2013, 142(3): 1106-1124. (SCI, IF=2.758)

  [12]Cheng L P, Liu W Z, Li Z, Chen J. Study of soil water movement and groundwater recharge for the loess tableland using environmental tracers. Transactions of the ASABE, 2014, 57(1): 23-30. DOI: 10.13031/trans.56.10017. (SCI, IF=0.843)

  [13]Jiang D J, Li Z, Wang Q X. Trends in temperature and precipitation extremes over Circum-Bohai-Sea region, China. Chinese Geographical Science, 2012, 22(1): 75-87. (SCI, IF=0.5)

  [14]Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z, Chen J. Trend and uncertainty analysis of simulated climate change impacts with multiple GCMs and emission scenarios. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2011, 151(10):1297-1304. (SCI, IF=3.389)

  [15]Jiang D J, Wang K, Li Z, Wang Q X. Variability of extreme summer precipitation over Circum-Bohai-Sea region during 1961-2008. Theor Appl Climatol, 2011, 104(3-4): 501-509. (SCI, IF= 1.942)

  [16]Liu W Z, Zhang X C, Dang T H,Ouyang Z, Li Z,Wang J, Wang R, Gao C Q. Soil water dynamics and deep soil recharge in a record wet year in the southern Loess Plateau of China. Agricultural Water Management, 2010, 97(9):1133-1138. (SCI=1.998)

  [17]Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z, Zheng F L. Simulating site-specific impacts of climate change on soil erosion and surface hydrology in southern Loess Plateau of China. CATENA, 2009, 79(3): 237-242. (SCI, IF=1.933)

  [18]Chen J, Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z. Evaluating and Extending CLIGEN precipitation Generation for the Loess Plateau of China. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2009, 45(1):1-19. (SCI, IF=1.618)

  [19]Chen J, Zhang X C, Liu W Z, Li Z. Assessment and Improvement of CLIGEN Non-Precipitation Parameters for the Loess Plateau of China. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2008, 51(3): 901-913. (SCI, IF= 0.902)