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Jianghua Wu

Faculty and Staff

Jianghua Wu, B.Sc. (Nanjing University), M.Sc. (Nanjing University), GIS Graduate Certificate (University of Southern California) Ph.D. (McGill) 

Associate Professor – Sustainable Resource Management

Office: AS2022
Phone:  (709)639-2735


Dr. Wu is an Assistant Professor in the program of Sustainable Resource Management at the Division of Social Science, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Dr. Wu is also an affiliated faculty member of M.Sc. in Boreal Ecosystem and Agricultural Science (BEAS), and Interdisciplinary M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science. His general research interests are environmental modelling, terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical cycling, ecosystem ecology, climatic and environmental change, spatial hydrology and geographic information science.  More specifically, his research focuses on how climate change and human/natural disturbances influence the hydrological and biogeochemical processes (especially carbon and nitrogen cycling), of boreal ecosystems. Dr. Wu's research, focusing primarily on the biogeochemistry of ecosystem dynamics, is motivated by the need of policy-relevant science for the practical application to mitigation but more, given the current state of the climate situation, to adaptation, as the particular ecosystems he has focused on, northern peatlands, have been identified by the Global Carbon Project as one of the potential 'carbon bombs' – i.e. they become a large positive feedback due to their very large store of organic carbon and their role in the global methane cycle. Dr. Wu's present projects are to examine how agricultural development affects the greenhouse gas emissions from boreal peatlands and/or boreal forests. His research program is involved in both modelling and empirical observation and field measurements.

Research Interests

  • Terrestrial Biogeochemical Cycle Processes and Modeling
  • Boreal Ecosystem Ecology and Micrometeorology
  • Global Climate (Environmental) Change
  • Climate-Ecosystem interaction (focusing on boreal ecosystems)
  • Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Hydrology (Spatial Hydrology, Hydrological Modeling)

Current Research Projects and Grants

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from boreal peatlands affected by agricultural drainage in Western Newfoundland (Funded by RDC's RCRI)
  • Impacts of agricultural drainage and climate change on greenhouse gas emissions from northern peatlands (Funded by IBES, NL)
  • The impacts of agricultural drainage on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon balance of boreal peatlands in Western Newfoundland (Funded by  Agricultural Research Initiative (ARI), NL)
  • Simulating the C dynamics of restored peatlands (funded by NSERC-CRD (Collaborative Research & Development)
  • Examining the impacts of human disturbances and climate change on carbon cycling and water quality of boreal ecosystem (Funded by Humber River Basin Project)
  • Impacts of agricultural drainage and climate change on greenhouse gas emissions from northern peatlands (co-funded by CFI and RDC)
  • Examining the impacts of human disturbances and climate change on carbon cycling of northern peatlands (Funded by RDC)
  • The effects of agricultural drainage on the production and composition of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) of boreal peatlands in Western Newfoundland (Funded by VP Research Fund)
  • The ecosystem functions of greenhouse gas emissions in boreal peatlands under the pressure of climate change: manipulative field experiment


Recent Publications

Wang M.#,  Chen H., Yu Z., Wu J., Zhu Q., Peng C., Wang Y., Qin B. 2015. Carbon accumulation and sequestration in lakes of China since the Last Glacial Maximum. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.13055.  (# Ph.D. student)

Luan J.&Wu J.*  2015. Long-term agricultural drainage stimulates CH4 emissions from ditches through increased substrate availability in a boreal peatland. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 214: 68-77,doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2015.08.020. (* Correspondence author, & Post-doc research fellow under my supervision)

WaWang, M.#, Yang, G., Gao, Y., Chen, H., Wu, N., Peng, C., Zhu, Q., Zhu, D., Wu, J., He, Y., Tian, J., Zhao, X., Zhang, Y. 2015. Higher recent peat C accumulation than that during the Holocene on the Zoige Plateau. Quaternary Science Reviews, 114(2015):116-125, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.01.025. (# Ph.D. student)

 Wu, J., Roulet, N. T. 2014. Climate change reduces the capacity of northern peatlands to absorb the atmospheric carbon dioxide: the different responses of bogs and fens. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 28(10):1005-1024, doi: 10.1002/2014GB004845. 

Luan, J., Wu, J.* 2014. Gross photosynthesis explains the 'artificial bias' of methane fluxes by static chambers (Opaque vs Transparent) at the hummocks in a boreal peatland. Environmental Research Letters. 9: 105005. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/10/105005. (* Correspondence author)  

Wang M.#, Chen H., Wu N., Peng C., Zhu Q., Zhu D., Yang G., Wu J., He Y., Gao Y., Tian J., Zhao X. 2014.Carbon dynamics of peatlands in China during the Holocene, Quaternary Science Reviews, 99(2014):34-41. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.06.004. (# Ph.D. student).

Chen H., Yang G., Peng C., Zhang Y., Zhu D., Zhu Q., Hu J., Wang M., Zhan W., Zhu E., Bai Z., Li , W., Wu N., Wang Y., Gao Y., Tian J., Kang X., Zhao X., Wu J. 2014. The carbon stock of alpine peatlands on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau during the Holocene and their future fate.  Quaternary Science Reviews, 95: 151-158, doi:  10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.05.003. 

Luan, J., Cui, L., Xiang, C., Wu, J., Song, H., Ma, Q. 2014. Soil carbon stocks and quality across intact and degraded alpine wetlands in Zoige, east Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Wetland Ecology and Management. doi: 10.1007/s11273-014-9344-8.

Luan, J., Cui, L., Xiang, C., Wu, J., Song, H., Ma, Q., Hu, Z. 2014. Different grazing enclosure effects on soil C stocks among alpine ecosystems in east Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.  Ecological Engineering, 64: 262-268doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.12.057.  

Wu, J., Roulet, N. T., Sagorfors, J., Nilsson, M. B. 2013. Simulation of six years of carbon fluxes for a sedge-dominated oligotrophic minerogenic peatland in Northern Sweden using the McGill Wetland Model (MWM).Journal of Geophysical


Chair, Sustainable Resource Management

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Phone: (709) 639-2732