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Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Environmental Change & Ecological Construction

Director: Zhenshan Lin
Secretary: Teng Wen


Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Environmental Change & Ecological Construction, managed by the School of Geographical Science of Nanjing Normal University, was approved by the Education Department of Jiangsu Province in 2005. Through long-term efforts, the laboratory successfully passed the provincial assessment in 2010. It regards geographic environment and ecological systems as its main research focus, and devotes itself to investigating paleoenvironment evolution, surface environment change, man-land interaction, ecological construction and restoration, and coastal and oceanic exploration and conservation.
The lab director is professor Lin Zhenshan and the academic advisory board director is academician Fu Bojie. Currently there are 54 members of the lab, including 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2 members of the Ministry of Education Cheung Kong Scholars and 3 NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars, 1 National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award, 1 NSFC Excellent Young Scholar, 1 Ministry of Education Yangze Scholars Innovation Team, and 1 National Teaching Team of Modern Geographical Science. With the excellent foundation of our personnel and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, the lab has recently undertaken many projects, for instance, research plans of "863" and "973" and projects from the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and achieved a series of results that have international influence.So far, members in this lab have published papers in influential journals such as “Science”, “Nature”, and “PNAS”, and some of them have been cited more than 1000 times. Moreover, the team led by professor Yongjin Wang received the second prize of National Science Award in 2015. Overall, the lab is becoming a wonderful international academic place that researchers favor and students aspire to join, and continues to serve as an important base for related research and personnel training.

Research Interests

  • Surface environment change and process
  • High resolution paleomonsoon weather evolution and mechanism
  • Man-land interactions and ecological constructions
  • Land use and coastal and ocean explorations

Major Achievements in Recent Five Years

  • Second Prize of National Science Award in 2015, The rate and driving mechanism of the East Asian monsoon climate change over two hundred thousand years from the track to the interannual scale, Wang YJ, Zhang PZ, Tan M, Liu DB, Wu JY.
  • First Prize of Scientific Research Achievements (Science and Technology) Awarded by National Ministry of Education, The history and driving mechanism of the late quaternary evolution of East Asia Monsoon, Wang YJ, Wu JY, Kong XG, Chen ST, Liu DB, Zhao K.
  • 973 Research Plan (2014), The cascade utilization efficiency of active nitrogen and emission mechanisms of gaseous active nitrogen, Pof. ZucongCai
  • 973 Research Plan (2015), The Chinese Eastern extreme climate environmental events and the origin of agriculture and human development since the last deglaciation, Prof. Hongbo Zheng
  • Key Projects funded by NSFC (2014), Mechanism of soil nitrogen transformation characteristic fate of soil nitrogen, Prof. ZucongCai
  • Key Projects funder by NSFC (2015), Research on mechanism of regional spatial structure evolution and construction of modern system, Prof. Yuqin Lu
  • Zheng HB, Wei XC, Tada R, Clift PD, Wang B, Jourdan F, Wang P, He MY. Late Oligocene-early Miocene Birth of the Taklimakan Desert. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2015, 112(25): 7662-7667
  • Zheng HB, Clift PD, Wang P, Tada R, Jia JT, He MY, Jourdan F. Pre-Miocene birth of the Yangtze River. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2013, 110(19): 7556-7561
  • Liu J, Wang B, Cane MA, YimSY, Lee JY. Divergent global precipitation changes induced by natural versus anthropogenic forcing. Nature, 2013, 493: 656-659
  • Zhang JB, CaiZC, Zhu TB, Yang WY, Muller C. Mechanisms for the retention of inorganic N in acidic forest soils of southern China. Scientific Reports, 2013, 3: 2342 DOI: 10.1038/srep02342