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  • Name:  Juan Zuo
  • Title:  Young Professor
  • Education:  PhD
  • TEL:  027-8770896
  • Email:  zuojuan@wbgcas.cn
  • Address:  Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences No. 201 Jiufeng 1 Road, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan, Hubei, P. R. China
  • Research Divisions:  Research Center for Watershed Ecology


  • 2019 - Associate Professor, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    2017 - 2018 Postdoc researcher in Division of Forest, Nature and Landscape, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium
    2016 - 2017 Postdoc researcher in Department of Ecological Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Institute of Environmental Biology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
    2012 - 2016 PhD in Ecology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    2008 - 2011 MSc in Ecology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
    2004 - 2008 BSc in Ecology, Guizhou University, Guiyang, China

    Professional specialty:

  • Community ecology: assembly of soil fauna communities at spatial and temporal scales.
    Ecosystem ecology: biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems, and how their interactions shape ecosystem development and dynamics.
    Functional biodiversity: trait composition of plants and invertebrates in soil ecosystems and how trait diversity effects ecosystem processes.
    Ecosystem functions: influence of plant and invertebrate species, and their interactions, on soil processes.

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    Major publications:

    1. Zuo J, Muys B, Berg MP, Hefting MM, van Logtestijn RSP, van Hal J, Cornelissen JHC. 2023. Earthworms are not just “earth” worms: Multiple drivers to large diversity in deadwood. Forest Ecology and Management, 530:120746.
    2. Njoroge DM, Dossa GGO, Ye L, Lin X, Schaefer D, Tomlinson K, Zuo J, Cornelissen JHC. 2023. Fauna access outweighs litter mixture effect during leaf litter decomposition. Science of The Total Environment, 860:160190.
    3. Desie E, Zuo J, Verheyen K, Djukic I, Van Meerbeek K, Auge H, Barsoum N, Baum C, Bruelheide H, Eisenhauer N, Feldhaar H, Ferlian O, Gravel D, Jactel H, Schmidt IK, Kepfer-Rojas S, Meredieu C, Mereu S, Messier C, Morillas L, Nock C, Paquette A, Ponette Q, Reich PB, Roales J, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Seitz S, Schmidt A, Stefanski A, Trogisch S, van Halder I, Weih M, Williams LJ, Yang B, Muys B. 2023. Disentangling drivers of litter decomposition in a multi-continent network of tree diversity experiments. Science of The Total Environment, 857: 159717.
    4. Njoroge DM, Chen SC, Zuo J, Dossa GGO, Cornelissen JHC. 2022. Soil fauna accelerate litter mixture decomposition globally, especially in dry environments. Journal of Ecology, 110: 659-672.
    5. Zuo J, Berg MP, van Hal J, van Logtestijn RSP, Goudzwaard L, Hefting MM, Poorter L, Sterck FJ, Cornelissen JHC. 2021. Fauna community convergence during decomposition of deadwood across tree species and forests. Ecosystems, 24: 926-938.
    6. Tao JP, Zuo J, He Z, Wang YP, Liu JC, Liu WD, Cornelissen JHC. 2019. Traits including leaf dry matter content and leaf pH dominate over forest soil pH as drivers of litter decomposition among 60 species. Functional Ecology, 33: 1798-1810.
    7. Andringa JI, Zuo J, Berg MP, Klein R, van't Veer J, de Geus R, de Beaumont M, Goudzwaard L, van Hal J, Broekman R, van Logtestijn RSP, Li YK, Fujii S, Lammers M, Hefting MM, Sass-Klaassend U, Cornelissen JHC. 2019. Combining tree species and decay stages to increase invertebrate diversity in dead wood. Forest Ecology and Management, 441: 80-88.
    8. Zuo J, Hefting MM, Berg MP, van Logtestijn RSP, van Hal J, Liu JC, Sass-Klaassen U, Cornelissen JHC. 2018. Is there a tree economics spectrum of decomposability? Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 119: 135-142.
    9. Zuo J, Berg MP, Klein R, Nusselder J, Neurink G, Decker O, Hefting MM, Sass-Klaassen U, van Logtestijn RSP, Goudzwaard L, van Hal J, Sterck FJ, Poorter L, Cornelissen JHC. 2016. Faunal community consequence of interspecific bark trait dissimilarity in early-stage decomposing logs. Functional Ecology, 30: 957-1966.
    10. Zuo J, Cornelissen JHC, Hefting MM, Sass-Klaassen U, van Logtestijn RSP, van Hal J, Goudzwaard L, Liu JC, Berg MP. 2016. The (w)hole story: facilitation of dead wood fauna by bark beetles? Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 95: 70-77.
    11. Zuo J, Fonck M, van Hal J, Cornelissen JHC, Berg MP. 2014. Diversity of macro-detritivores in dead wood is influenced by tree species, decay stage and environment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 78: 288-297.
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