Ecosystems & Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory - People - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University Skip to main content


lead Investigator

Qianlai Zhuang
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My research focuses on the interactions among atmosphere, biosphere, and human dimension in the context of climate change, chemical element cycles, and policy-making. One of my major research activities is on carbon exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere by investigating how changes of climate, soil physics (e.g., permafrost dynamics, change of soil moisture), atmospheric chemicals (e.g., CO2 and O3), land-use and land-cover (e.g., fire disturbances), affect the carbon assimilation and decomposition with both process-based and inversion modeling approaches. My second major research activity is on modeling CH4 exchanges between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems. My third major research activity is on analyzing consequences of air pollutants for ecosystem services and the economy. I am directing the Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory (EBDL) at Purdue.