Lixin Wang Ph.D.

Associate Professor

SL 118M
(317) 274-7764
Research Areas:
Geochemistry | Hydrology | Soils


Water cycles and biogeochemical cycles are connected at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and are connected from both economic and scientific point of view. Anthropogenic activities constantly create or interrupt connectivity between water cycles and biogeochemical cycles and raise the needs to better understand such connectivity. My general research interests are studying spatial and temporal patterns of water and nitrogen availability, how vegetation adapts to and affects such patterns, and how future climate/land use changes affect vegetation-resources interactions. I use a variety of research tools, including analyses based on stable isotopes, manipulative experiments, field observations, geostatistical methods, greenhouse experiments and process-based modeling to tackle these questions.

Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award

Lixin Wang is a recipient of the 2020 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who show promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their research and creative activity.



  • Post-doctoral, Princeton University (2008-2011), University of New South Wales (2011-2012)
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2008
  • M.S.  University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2004
  • B.S.  Hebei University, China, 2001

Publications & Professional Activity

Wei, W., D. Chen, L. Wang, S. Daryanto, L. Chen, Y. Yu, Y. Lu, G. Sun, and T. Feng. 2016. Global synthesis of the classifications, distributions, benefits and issues of terracing. Earth-Science Reviews  159: 388-403.

 Daryanto, S., L. Wang*, Jacinthe, P.  2016. Global synthesis of drought effects on cereal, legume, tuber and root crops production: A review. Agricultural Water Management  doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2016.04.022 *corresponding author

Daryanto, S., L. Wang*, Jacinthe, P.  2016. Global synthesis of drought effects on maize and wheat production. PloS One  11(5): e0156362. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156362 *corresponding author

 Kaseke KF, Wang L*, Wanke H, Turewicz V, Koeniger P. 2016. An analysis of precipitation isotope distributions across Namibia using historical data. PloS One 11(5): e0154598. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154598      *corresponding author

 Daryanto, S., L. Wang*, Jacinthe, P.  2016. Global synthesis of drought effects on cereal, legume, tuber and root crops production: A review. Agricultural Water Management doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2016.04.022 *corresponding author

 Zhao, L., L. Wang*, L. Cernusak, X. Liu, H. Xiao, M. Zhou, S. Zhang. 2016. Significant difference in hydrogen isotope composition between xylem and tissue water in Populus euphratica. Plant Cell & Environment           *corresponding author

Lu, X., L. Wang*, and M. McCabe. 2016. Elevated CO2 as a driver of global dryland greening. Scientific Reports 6:20716, DOI: 20710.21038/srep20716           *corresponding author

 Yin, Y., Q. Tang, L. Wang and X. Liu. 2016. Risk and contributing factors of ecosystem shifts over naturally vegetated land under climate change in China. Scientific Reports 6:20905.

Wang, L. S. Manzoni, S. Ravi, D. Riveros-Iregui and K. Caylor. 2015. Dynamic interactions of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in water-limited systems. Ecosphere, 6:art133,

 Wang, L, Throop, HL and Gill, T 2015. A novel method to continuously monitor litter moisture: a microcosm-based experiment. Journal of Arid Environments 115: 10-13.

 Zhang, X., Tan, Y., Li, A., Ren, T., Chen, S., Wang, L., & Huang, J. 2015. Water and nitrogen availability co-control ecosystem CO2 exchange in a semiarid temperate steppe. Scientific reports, 5:15549 doi: 10.1038/srep15549

 Craine J.,  E. N. J. Brookshire, M.D. Cramer, N.J. Hasselquist, K. Koba, E. Marin-Spiotta  and L. Wang.Ecological interpretations of nitrogen isotope ratios of terrestrial plants and soils. Plant and Soil. DOI 10.1007/s11104-015-2542-1

 Daryanto, S., L. Wang* and P. Jacinthe. 2015. Global synthesis of drought effects on food legume production. PLOS ONE 10(6): e0127401, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0127401, *corresponding author

 Bhattachan, A, L. Wang*, M. Miller, K. Licht and P. D’Odorico. 2015. Antarctica’s Dry Valleys: a potential source of soluble iron to the Southern Ocean? Geophysical Research Letters 42(6)  *corresponding author

 Craine, JM, AJ Elmore, L. Wang, et al. 2015. Convergence of soil nitrogen isotopes across global climate gradients. Scientific Reports 5, 8280 doi:10.1038/srep08280

 Cai, Y, L. Wang*, SD. Parkes, J. Strauss, MF. McCabe, JP. Evans, AD. Griffiths. 2015. Stable water isotope and surface heat flux simulation using ISOLSM: evaluation against in-situ measurements. Journal of Hydrology   *corresponding author

Wang, L. S. Good, and K. Caylor. 2014. Global synthesis of vegetation control on evapotranspiration partitioning. Geophysical Research Letters 41 (19): 6753–6757 10.1002/2014GL061439.

Wang, L., S. Niu, S. Good, K. Soderberg, M. McCabe, R. Sherry, Y. Luo, X. Zhou, J. Xia and K. Caylor. The effect of warming on grassland evapotranspiration partitioning using laser-based isotope monitoring techniques. Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorio, JP Evans, D Eldridge, M. McCabe, K. Caylor and E. King. 2012. Dryland ecohydrology and climate change: critical issues and technical advances. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16:2585-2603.doi:10.1029/2011JD017168.

Wang, L. S. Good, K. Caylor and L. Cernusak. 2012. Direct quantification of leaf transpiration isotopic composition. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 154-155: 127-135 doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.10.018.

 Wang, L. C. Zou, F. O’Donnell, S. Good, T. Franz, G.R. Milller, K. K. Caylor, J.M. Cable, B. Bond. 2012. Characterizing ecohydrological and biogeochemical connectivity across multiple scales: a new conceptual framework. Ecohydrology 5: 221-233

 Wang, L. and S. Macko. 2011. Constrained preferences in nitrogen uptake across plant species and environments. Plant Cell Environment 34: 525-534

 Wang, L., P. D’Odorico. 2008. The limits of water pumps. Science 321: 36-37. PDF

 Wang, L. 2008. Lost in transliteration. Science 320: 745. PDF