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Chunmiao Zheng

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Chunmiao Zheng is currently Chair Professor and Vice Provost of Global Strategies at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. He joined SUSTech as Founding Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering in 2015. Previously, he was Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China, and the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor at the University of Alabama. His research interests include groundwater contaminant transport and remediation, basin-scale ecohydrological processes, and water resource sustainability. He is developer of the MT3D/MT3DMS series of contaminant transport models used in over 100 countries, and author of over 250 peer-reviewed journal papers and 5 books, including the textbook Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling, with first and second editions published by Wiley. He has served as associate editor for five leading hydrology and water resource journals (Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Groundwater, Hydrogeology Journal, and Vadose Zone Journal). He has also served on the Committee on Hydrologic Science of the U.S. National Research Council and as president of the International Commission on Groundwater of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). He has received numerous awards and honors, including: the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship and O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America, and the John Hem Award and M. King Hubbert Award from the National Ground Water Association. He is also recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow of both American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America. He holds a Ph.D. degree in geoscience with a minor in environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

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Education

1985-1988 Ph.D., Hydrogeology with a minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
1983-1984 Postgraduate work in Geology and Applied Mathematics, Chengdu University of Technology (formerly Chengdu College of Geology), China.
1979-1983 B.S., Geology (specialized in hydrogeology), Chengdu University of Technology (formerly Chengdu College of Geology), China.

 

Employment History

2018-present Chair Professor of Hydrological and Environmental Science, and Vice Provost of Global Strategies, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.
2015-2018 Chair Professor and Founding Dean, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.
2010-present Chair Professor and Founding Director, Institute of Water Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China (on a joint appointment since 2015).
2010-2018 George Lindahl III Endowed Professor of Hydrogeology, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama (on leave without pay after 2013).
2002-2009 Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
1997-2002 Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
1993-1997 Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
1988-1993 Senior Hydrogeologist, S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Professional Experience

2018-present     Adjunct Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
2006-2009         Visiting Professor and Founding Director, Center for Water Research, Peking University, Beijing, China.
2001                 Visiting Fellow, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
2000                 Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University.
2000                 Visiting Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California.
1995                 Visiting Fellow, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organization.
1991                 Assistant Professional Lecturer, George Washington University.

 

Awards and Honors

2019 Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
(https://eos.org/agu-news/2019-class-of-agu-fellows-announced)
2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
2013 O.E. Meinzer Award, Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America                  (http://www.geosociety.org/awards/13speeches/meinzer.htm)
2013 M. King Hubbert Award, National Ground Water Association.
2009 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America.
1999 Fellow, Geological Society of America.
1998 John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award, National Ground Water Association.

 

Major Committees and Editorial Boards

2018-present Paul Witherspoon Mid-Career Lecturer in Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee, American Geophysical Union
2016-present Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal
2015-present Associate Chair, Steering Committee, Major Research Program “Runoff Change in the Headwater Region of China’s Southwestern Rivers and Their Adaptive Management”, National Natural Science Foundation of China
2013-present Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)
2010-2018 Member, Steering Committee, Major Research Program “An Integrated Study of Ecohydrological Processes in the Heihe River Basin”, National Natural Science Foundation of China
2010-2015 Associate Editor, Water Resources Research
2009-2013 Blue Ribbon Panel on “Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences”, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.
2007-2014 Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrology
2007-2013 President-elect and President, International Commission on Groundwater, International Association of Hydrologic Sciences (IAHS)
2005-present Standing Committee on Hydrologic Science, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.
2005-2007 Treasurer, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), Washington, D.C.
2003-2007 Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and Geological Society of America (GSA)
2003-2004 Chair-elect and Chair, International Professionals for the Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences (IPACES)
1998-2010 Associate Editor and Software Column Editor (2002-), Journal Ground Water, National Ground Water Association

Primary Research Interests

• Impacts of global change and emerging contaminants on groundwater sustainability
• Integrative study of hydrologic and ecological processes at watershed scales
• Field, laboratory, and theoretical studies of the effects of aquifer heterogeneities and preferential flow paths on contaminant transport processes
• Coupling of physical transport processes with biological and geochemical reactions for modeling of contaminant transport and remediation


Recent and Ongoing Research Projects

• Impacts of global change and emerging contaminants on groundwater sustainability
1) Assessment of groundwater sustainability in the North China Plain (NCP) (supported by NSFC)
2) Impacts of climate change on seawater intrusion along eastern coasts of China (supported by MOST)
3) Occurrence, transport, and health risks of emerging contaminants in Shenzhen watersheds (supported by Guangdong and Shenzhen governments)
4) Integrated systems models for predicting water demands of megacities (supported by NSFC and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment)

 

• Integrative study of hydrologic and ecological processes at watershed scales
1) System behaviors and regulation of ecohydrological processes in the middle and lower Heihe River Basin (supported by NSFC)
2) Sustainability in the Food-Energy-Water nexus; integrated hydrologic modeling of tradeoffs between food and hydropower in large scale Chinese and US basins (supported by NSFC and US NSF)
3) Surface water-groundwater interactions along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (supported by NSFC)
4) A Comprehensive approach to pollution control and management of urban watersheds (supported by the Peacock Scheme of Shenzhen Municipal Government)

 

• Field, laboratory, and theoretical studies of the effects of aquifer heterogeneities and preferential flow paths on contaminant transport processes
1) Effects of small-scale preferential flow paths on contaminant transport and remediation (supported by NSFC)
2) Solute transport in aquifers containing connected high-conductivity networks: theoretical and field research (supported by US NSF)
3) High-resolution dynamic characterization of transport pathways: providing new insights into subsurface (supported by US NSF)
4) Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Soil and Groundwater Pollution Control and Remediation (supported by the government of Guangdong Province)

 

• Coupling of physical transport processes with biological and geochemical reactions for modeling of contaminant transport and remediation
1) Migration and transformation of nutrients across the land-sea interface in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (supported by NSFC)
2) Multi-scale mass transfer processes controlling natural attenuation and engineered remediation (supported by US DOE)
3) Integrated technologies for groundwater investigation and remediation (supported by the government of Guangdong Province)
4) Monitoring and modeling the fate, transport and biodegradation of antibiotic contaminants in the subsurface (supported by the Shenzhen Government)

 

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Undergraduate and graduate courses taught at SUSTech, Peking University, and University of Alabama since 1993

(1) Hydrogeology
(2) Introduction to Groundwater Modeling
(3) Concepts and Models in Contaminant Hydrogeology
(4) Geostatistics
(5) Coupled Transport and Geochemical Modeling
(6) Groundwater Management
(7) Advanced Groundwater Hydrology
(8) Soil and Groundwater Pollution Control: The US Experience
 

Summary

Over 250 SCI journal papers; 1 major textbook (with 1st, 2nd and Chinese editions) and 4 other books; 11 software manuals.

A complete publication list and citation matrix can be found:

Including all papers, books and software:
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=g0FPeQsAAAAJ

Including SCI papers only:
ResearcherID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/I-5257-2014

 

10 Representative Publications (*indicates corresponding author)

Zheng, C., and G.D. Bennett, 2002, Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 621 pp.
Ben, Y., C. Fu, M. Hu, L. Liu, M. H. Wong, C. Zheng*, 2019, Human health risk assessment of antibiotic resistance associated with antibiotic residues in the environment: A Review, Environmental Research, 169, 483-493.
Qiu, W., J. Sun, M. Fang, S. Luo, Y. Tian, P. Dong, B. Xu, C. Zheng*, 2019, Occurrence of antibiotics in the main rivers of Shenzhen, China: Association with antibiotic resistance genes and microbial community, Science of the Total Environment, 653, 334-341.
Yao, Y., C. Zheng*, C. Andrews, Y. Zheng, A. Zhang, and J. Liu, 2017, What controls the partitioning between baseflow and mountain block recharge in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau? Geophysical Research Letters, 44(16): 8352-8358.
Gorelick, S.M., C. Zheng, 2015, Global change and the groundwater management challenges, Water Resour. Res. (50th anniversary edition), v.51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016825.
Cao, G. C. Zheng*, B.R. Scanlon, J. Liu, and W. Li, 2013, Use of flow modeling to assess sustainability of groundwater resources in the North China Plain, Water Resour. Res., 49, 159-175, doi:10.1029/2012WR011899.
Zheng, C., J. Liu, 2013, China’s “Love Canal” moment? Science, v. 340, p. 810.
Ma, R., C. Zheng*, H. Prommer, J. Greskowiak, C. Liu, J. Zachara, M. Rockhold, 2010, A Field-scale reactive transport model for U(VI) migration influenced by coupled multi-rate mass transfer and surface complexation reactions, Water Resour. Res., 46, W05509, doi:10.1029/2009WR008168.
Zheng, C., and S.M. Gorelick, 2003, Analysis of solute transport in flow fields influenced by preferential flowpaths at the decimeter scale, Ground Water, 41(2): 142-155.
Feehley, C.E., C. Zheng*, and F.J. Molz, 2000, A dual-domain mass transfer approach for modeling solute transport in heterogeneous porous media, application to the MADE site, Water Resour. Res., 36(9): 2501-2515.