DGE Researcher Profile

Xiaochun Zhang

Title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Lab: Caldeira
curriculum vitae

Research Summary

I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. I use a wide-spectrum approaches related to ecology, environment science, and multi-disciplinary to analyze Environmental and Earth Systems. I have researched radiation partitioning and its relation to environmental factors above a meadow ecosystem on the Tibetan Plateau to get better understanding of the early detection and prediction of climate warming. I have also conducted research of the impacts of fossil fuel utilization on atmospheric environment, and control methods by modeling air pollutant emissions and computational fluid dynamic simulation. Now my research interests focus on energy and climate change. I try to find solutions for global warming by analyzing the impacts of energy utilization on climate change through energy system analysis perspectives.



Zhang X., N. P. Myhrvold, K. Caldeira. Key factors for assessing climate benefits of natural gas versus coal electricity generation. Environmental Research Letters, 2014, 9(11), 114022.


Zhang, X., W Chen, C Ma, S Zhan. Modeling particulate matter emissions during mineral loading process under weak wind simulation. Science of the Total Environment, 2013(449): 168-173, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.01.050.

Ma, C., X Zhang, W Chen, G Zhang. China’s Special Marine Protected Area Policy: Tradeoff between Economic Development and Marine Conservation. Ocean and Coastal Management, 2013, doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.02.007.


Zhang, X., W Chen, C Ma, S Zhan. Modeling the effect of humidity on the threshold friction velocity of coal particles. Atmospheric Environment, 2012 (56): 154 - 160.

Zhang, X., C Ma, S Zhan, W Chen. Evaluation and simulation for ecological risk based on emergy analysis and pressure- state- response model in a coastal city, China. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 2012 (13): 221-231.

Zhang, X., W Chen, C Ma, S Zhan, W Jiao. Regional Atmospheric Environment Risk Source Identification and Assessment. Chinese Journal of Environmental Science, 2012, 33(12): 4167-4172.


Ma, C., M Ju, X Zhang, H Li. Energy consumption and carbon emissions in a coastal city in China. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 2011 (4):1-9.

Ma, C., M Ju, H Li, X Zhang, C Cheng. Analysis of change and driving force in land ecosystem diversity in Tianjin. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium University Nankaiensis, 2011, 44(1): 68-73


Zhang, X., S Gu, X Zhao, X Cui, L Zhao, S Xu, M Du, S Jiang, Y Gao ,C Ma and Y Tang. Radiation partitioning and its relation to environmental factors above a meadow ecosystem on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2010, 115, d10106, doi:10.1029/2009JD012373.

Ma, C., X Zhang, L Zhang, M Ju, H Li, X Mo. Modified sustainable development model of Tianjin municipality based on the eco-footprint method. Journal of Safety and Environment, 2010, 10(1):127-131


Zhang, X., C Ma, S Gu, X He, Y Gao. Complexity of ecosystem dynamics. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Nankaiensis, 2009, 42(2): 99-104.

Zhan, S., X Zhang, C Ma. Coal classification based on environmental protection and burning quality. Journal of China Coal Society, 2009, 34 (11): 1535-1539.


Ma, C., W Meng, M Ju, H Li, X Zhang, C Hao. Dynamic assessment of China’s sustainable development possibility based on the eco-environmental footprint during the period of 1997-2006. Journal of Safety and Environment, 2008, 8 (6): 75-80.

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