Professional Service

Proposal and Manuscript Reviews

  • Academic and Associate Editor: PLoS One (2013-); The Crop Journal (2014-); Plant Ecology (2017-), Journal of Plant Ecology (2019-).
  • Editor: Journal of Integrative Agriculture (2015-); Acta Agronomica Sinica (2015-).
  • Editorial (Advisory) Board: Global Chang Biology (2017-);  Scientific Reports (2016-); Geoderma (2021-), Pure and Applied Biology (2012-); Cogent Environmental Science (2015-); ISRN: Soil Science (2011-2013); Journal of Biodiversity and Endangered Species (2013-2016); Advances in Ecology (2013- 2017).
  • Editorial Review Board: Tree Physiology (2004). 
  • Review manuscripts for Agronomy Journal, Annals of Botany, Biogeochemistry, Biogeosciences, Biology Letters, Chinese Science Bulletin, Controlled Clinical Trials, Ecohydrology, Ecology, Ecological Applications, Ecological Modelling, Ecology Letters, Ecosystems, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Science and Technology, Forest Ecology and Management, Functional Ecology, Geoderma, Geographical Research Letters, Global Change Biology, International Journal of GIS, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of Environmental Sciences, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Vegetation Science, Nature Geoscience, New Phytologist, Pedosphere, Plant Ecology, PLoS One, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Tree Physiology, Water Resources Research etc. and EPA and USDA. 
  • Proposal Review Panel: NSF (2010, 2011, 2012, 2020), Romanian (2014), Chinese NSF (NSFC, 2017, 2018).
  • Review proposals for US Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF), Georgian NSF, US-Israel Bi-NSF, Romanian National Research Council, Republic of Kazakhstan, Austria Research Council, Chinese NSF, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. 

 Selected workshops Attended

  • 2016 USDA CBG PI meeting, Sept 2016, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • 2016 Life Discovery - Doing Science. CCMIT, March 17-19, 2016. 
  • 2014 NIMBioS: Parameter Estimation for Dynamic Biological ModelsTutorial. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, June 19-21, 2014.
  • 2012 NSF RCN Forecasts of Resource and Environmental Changes: data Assimilation Science and Technology (FORECAST) Conference 2012, Woods Hole, MA, Oct. 8-11, 2012.
  • 2011  NASA Workshop at NCA&T, June 2011.
  • 2011  QEM NSF Workshop for HBCU, New Orleans, Jan. 23-24, 2011.
  • 2010  NSF RCN FORECAST Steering Committee Meeting and Workshop 2010, Boulder, CO, July 12-15, 2010
  • 2009 QEM NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Workshop, New Orleans, February 27-28, 2009.
  • 2009 USDA/NIFA Grantsmanship Workshop, Arlington, VA, Nov. 16-19, 2009
  • 2009 NSF/Villanova Living In the KnowlEdge Society (LIKES) Workshop, Villanova University, March 19-21, 2009.
  • 2009 NSF Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) and Workshop: Innovation and Leadership through a Diverse STEM Workforce, June 7-11, 2009.
  • 2008 QEM NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) Proposal Workshop, Washington DC, Nov. 14-15, 2008.
  • 2008 ESA/NSF Faculty Development Workshop to support NEON Education, Using Continental Scale Data in Undergraduate Ecology Education, Arlington VA, Oct. 2-4, 2008.
  • 2007 NSF Workshop on Data-model Assimilation in Ecology, Norman, OK, October 22-24, 2007.
  • 2006 NSF Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences: Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. July 27-30, 2006.



  •  2020  Bronze level scholar, Tennessee State University
  •  2013. Outstanding Researcher Award, College of AHN, Tennessee State University
  •  2017, 2015, 2012, 2010. DOE ORNL/ORAU HBCU/MEI Faculty Summer Research Program 
  •  2008. DOE Higher Education Research Experiences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Distinguished  Scientists and Faculty.
  • 2008. TSU Faculty Research Award
  • 1999. National Achievements Award of Science and Technology Improvement (3rd), Ministry of Education of China.
  • 1997. Award of Curricula Development in Biometry and Quantitative Genetics (2nd), Jiangsu Province Education Committee, China.



  • Ecological Society of America (1999-present)
  • American Geophysical Union (2000-present)
  • Sigma Xi (2003-2009)
  • International Society of Ecology (2007-)
  • ASA (2012)


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