Jianwei Li, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

 jianwei, li, climate change, soil, tsu, tnstate.edu



Ph.D. Duke University

BS. China Agriculture University


Research Interests:


Climate Change

Soil Science


Ecosystem ecology

Microbial Ecology

Ecosystem Modeling


Courses taught:

AGSC 5500  Environmental Issues and Sustainability

AGSC 2410 Fundamentals of Environmental Science



Jianwei Li is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville TN. He has been an Assistant Professor at the same department since 2014. He studied agriculture and environment in China, and graduated in 1997 with a bachelor degree at China Agricultural University, Beijing. After working for two years as research assistant in Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, he moved to North Carolina in US and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science at Duke University, Durham NC, with a thesis on effects of land use changes on soil biogeochemistry in Southeastern US region. After his postdoctoral training in soil ecology and modeling in University of Kansas and University of Oklahoma, he accepted the tenure track assistant professor position in 2014.

His research seeks to understand how climate change factors alter soil microbial processes, and the degree to which these changes feedback to long-term carbon and nutrients cycling in soils and terrestrial ecosystems (e.g., bioenergy cropland). His interdisciplinary research integrates field and laboratory observations as well as modeling approaches to address questions that intersect external disturbances and terrestrial biogeochemical cycles. His current research projects focus on thermal variations on mineralization of soil organic matter in croplands, and assimilating long-term field and incubation data with mechanistic models to improve soil model predictions in response to climate warming.

Dr. Li was awarded for his excellent service to overseas Chinese ecologist association, the Oosting student fellow at Duke University and the Outstanding Researcher Award at the College of Agriculture in TSU. He has served in the editorial board of Applied Soil Ecology since 2021, as the associate editor for Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science since 2020 and an editorial board member of Scientific Reports since 2015.

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