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Department of Geography and Global Envrionmental & Climate Change Centre
McGill University
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Montreal, QC
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Meng Wang

PhD Candidate
Department of Geography & GEC3
McGill University

I'm a doctoral candidate working with Prof. Tim Moore at the Department of Geography and Global Environmental & Climate Change Centre (GEC3) at McGill University. My thesis focuses on the ecological stoichiometry of boreal peatland. Specifically, I'm focus on the Carbon : Nitrogen : Phosphorus : Potassium (C:N:P:K) stoichiometry in boreal peatland ecosystems.

My main study site, Mer Blueu Bog, locates10 km east of Ottawa, is an ombrotrophic bog. There is a 13-year N, P and K fertilization experiment, which offers great opportunities to discover the direction and magnitude of the responses of peatland ecosystems to global change.


N limited boreal peatlands are considered to be important C sinks which are being impacted by increasing atmospheric N deposition due to anthropogenic activities. Using C:N:P:K stoichiometry, which focuses on the balance of critical elements during ecological processes and interaction, my work will provided an integrative framework linking the biogeochemical patterns at a global scale to physiological constraints that operated at cellular or organism levels.

My work mainly focuses on:
(1) the seasonal varition in C:N:P:K stoichiometry among major plant functional types;
(2) nutrients resorption and the response to long-term fertilization;
(3) stoichiometric homeostasis in vascular plants and bryophytes;
(4) the cascade of C:N:P stoichiometry from living tissues to peat.


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Curriculum Vitae

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09/2009 - Now
Ph.D. Candidate, Geography, Department of Geography and Global Environmental & Climate Change Centre, McGill University, Canada.
09/2008 - 07/2009 Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology, Zhejiang University, China.
09/2006 - 07/2008 M.Sc., Ecology, Zhejiang University, China. (Master-PhD joint program).
09/2002 - 07/2006 B.Sc. in Eng., Biological Engineering, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, China.


Wang, M., Moore, T. R., Talbot, J., Richard P. J. H. In press. The cascade of C:N:P stoichiometry in an ombrotrophic peatland: from plants to peat. Environmental Research Letters.

Wang, M. and Moore, T. R. Online. Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium stoichiometry in an ombrotrophic peatland reflects plant functional type. Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9752-x

Wang, M., Murphy, T. M., Moore, T. R. 2014. Nutrient resorption of two evergreen shrubs in response to long-term fertilization in a bog. Oecologia, 174:365-377. doi: 10.1007/s00442-013-2784-7.

Lu, Y.J., Wang, M., Ge, Y., Fu, C.X., Chang, J. In press. Response of photosynthetic and morphological     characteristic of Mosla chinensis and congenerous weed M. scabra to soil water content. Russian     Journal of Ecology.

Zeng, J., Bu, Z.J., Wang, M., Ma, J.Z., Zhao, H.Y., Li, H.K. and Wang, S.Z. 2013. Effects of nitrogen deposition on peatland: A review. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 32(2):473-481.

Chu, Z.Y., Ge, Y., Chang, J., Wang, M., Jiang, H., He, J.S. and Peng, C.H. 2011. Leaf respiration/photosynthesis relationship and variation: an investigation of 39 woody and herbaceous species in east subtropical China. Trees, 25:301-310.

Wang, M.
, Chang, J., Ge, Y., Chang, S.X., Huang, C.C. and Wang, S.Y. 2010. Ecophysiological differentiation of two Mosla species in response to nitrogen and water levels. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 41:2699-2712.

Chang, J., Wang, M., Guan, B.H., Gu, B.J., Jiang, D.A., Liu, Z., Liao, J.X. and Ge, Y. 2010. Responses of a widespread weed and an endangered congeneric plant to potassium. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 41:571-583.

Cao, Q.J., Wang, M., Ge, Y., Chang, J., Chang, S.X. and Zhang, J.M. 2010. Growth responses of two Mosla species to soil nitrogen and water supply. Botanical Studies, 51:451-456.

Wang, M.
, Gu, B.J., Ge, Y., Liu, Z., Jiang, D.A., Chang, S.X. and Chang, J. 2009. Different responses of two Mosla species to potassium limitation in relation to acid rain deposition. Journal of Zhejiang University-Science B, 10(8):563-571.

Zhang, J.M., Wang, M., Ge, X.P., Wu, J.Z., Ge, Y., Li, S.P. and Chang, J. 2009. Convertibility of the data determined by ICP-AES and FAAS for soil available K and Na. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis, 29(5):1405-1408.


Graduate Excellence Award, Department of Geography, McGill University.
Graduate Research enhancement and Travel Award (GREAT).
Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre student stipend.
PEATNET student travel fund for International Symposium on Responsible Peatland Management and Growing Media Production. Qu├ębec City, Canada, 13-17 June, 2011.
09/2009 - 04/2010
McGill Provost's Graduate Fellowship in Science (McGill University).
09/2009 - 08/2013 State-Sponsored Scholarship Program for "985 Project" (Chinese Scholarship Coucil).
09/2006 - 07/2009 Graduate Fellowship (Zhejiang University).
04/2006 Provincial Outstanding Graduates of Shandong Province (Shandong Province Government).
10/2005 Provincial Outstanding Student of Shandong Province (Shandong Province Government).
02/2004 - 07/2005 Second Prize Scholarship of Excellent Academic Performance (Qingdao University of Science & Technology).
09/2002 - 01/2004 First Prize Scholarship of Excellent Academic Performance (Qingdao University of Science & Technology).


March 4-5, 2013
Mer Bleue Annual Science Workshop, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
June 3-8, 2012
9th INTECOL international wetland conference. Orlando, Florida, USA.
March 16-17, 2011
GEC3 workshop: Probabilistic assessment of regional changes in climate variability and extremes, McGill New Residence Hall, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
March 4, 2011
McGill Sustainability Symposium, Montrea, Quebec, Canada.
January 7-9, 2011
Mer Bleue Annual Science Workshop, Alton, New Hampshire, USA.
February 26-28, 2010
Poster presentation, 2010 Thrid Annual General Meeting Canada Carbon Program, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
February 24-25, 2010
Attendance, Mer Bleue Annual Science Workshop, Department of Geography, McGill University.
09/2009 - Now Research assistant, Department of Geography, McGill University.
09/2006 - 07/2009 As one of the major participants, I have taken part in three national funded projects in China (National Natural Science Foundation of China):
   (1). "The model and mechanism of eco-differentiation of Mosla species". (Project No. 30570113)
   (2). "The eco-differentiation of con-generic relative species under the effects of changing soil environment in relation to global environmental changes". (Project No. 20080431289)
   (3). "Plant biodiversity and purifying effect of constructed wetland in subtropical regions. (Project No. 30370146)
08/2008 National Advanced Ecology Lectures (15 days) in Fudan University, China.
10/2006 Work with Prof. Brian A. Whitton and Dr. Alan Donaldson (University of Durham) on blue-green alage studies.


Hazardous Materials Management System (HMMS) Training.
Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (T-PULSE) workshop.
06/2010 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Training for Laboratory Personnel.

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Tim Moore
- Department of Geography, McGill University (PhD Supervisor)
Nigel Roulet - Department of Geography, McGill University (Committee member)
Adrew Gonzalez - Department of Biology, McGill University (Committee member)
Changhui Peng - Institut des sciences de I'environnement, UQAM (Committee member)
Jie Chang - College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University (Master Supervisor)


Association of American Geographier
American Geographical Union
Canadian Geographical Union
Ecological Society of America
Canadian Carbon Program

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Last updated: February 13, 2014


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