Earth Scientist
Earth Scientist


Jianqiu Zheng is a computational and experimental scientist with unique expertise in bridging experimental biogeochemistry and mechanistic model development that scale molecular level understanding of biogeochemical processes across ecosystem and global scales. She designs and validates numerical models that simulate how microbes interact with their environment and mediate the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nutrients, and water. She is particularly interested in integrating multi-omic data into reaction-based biogeochemical models to build mechanistic linkage between microbial metabolism and ecosystem dynamics.

Research Interest

  • Microbial-explicit biogeochemical modeling
  • Biogeochemical kinetics and reaction model
  • Upscaling of hydrological and biogeochemical parameters/properties
  • Understanding ecosystem processes and functioning


  • PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Michigan Technological University, 2015
  • MS in Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009
  • BA in Biological Sciences, East China Normal University, 2006

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Mentor, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships, U.S. Department of Energy (2017, 2019) 
  • Reviewer: BiogeochemistrySoil Biology and BiochemistryThe ISME Journal, Nature CommunicationsJGR BiogeosciencesPLOS ONE 




  • Philben, M, J Zheng, M Bill, J Heikoop, G Perkin, S Wullschleger, D Graham, B Gu. 2019. “Stimulation of anaerobic organic matter decomposition by organic nitrogen addition in tundra soils.” Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 130, 195 -204, 
  • Zheng J, M Philben, L Zhang, A Jubb, M Bill, S Wullschleger, B Gu, D Graham, P Thornton 2019. “Surface and active layer water chemistry, Teller Road Mile Marker 27, Seward Peninsula, Alaska.” NGEE-Arctic, ORNL. (2019). 
  • Zheng J, PE Thornton PE, SL Painter, SD Wullschleger, B Gu, and DE Graham. 2019. “Modeling anaerobic soil organic carbon decomposition in Arctic polygon tundra: insights into soil geochemical influences on carbon mineralization.” Biogeosciences, 16, 663-680, 



  • Tang G, J Zheng, X Xu, Z Yang, DE Graham, B Gu, SL Painter, and PE Thornton. 2016. “Biogeochemical modeling of CO2 and CH4 production in anoxic Arctic soil microcosms.” Biogeosciences, 13, 5021-5041, DOI:10.5194/bg-13-5021-2016
  • Zheng J and PV Doskey. 2016. “Simulated rainfall on agricultural soil reveals enzymatic regulation of short-term nitrous oxide profiles in soil gas and emissions from the surface.” Biogeochemistry,128:327. DOI:10.1007/s10533-016-0210-z


  • Zheng J and PV Doskey. 2015. “Modeling nitrous oxide production and reduction in soil through explicit representation of denitrification enzyme kinetics.” Environmental Science & Technology, 49 (4). DOI: 10.1021/es504513v 


  • Wang Z, J Gulledge, J Zheng, W Liu, L Li, and X Han. 2009. “Physical injury stimulates aerobic methane emissions from terrestrial plants.” Biogeosciences, 6: 615-621