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Chunmiao Zheng

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Chunmiao Zheng is currently Chair Professor and Vice Provost for Global Strategies at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).  He joined SUSTech as Chair Professor and 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, and the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Alabama.  The primary areas of his academic research are contaminant fate and transport in the subsurface, sustainable management of groundwater resources, and ecohydrological processes at watershed scales.  He is developer of the MT3D and MT3DMS series of contaminant transport models used in over 100 countries, and author of the popular book Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling(Wiley).  He has published five books or edited monographs, over 10 software manuals and more than 250 articles.  He has served as associate editor for five leading hydrology journals and as president of the International Commission on Groundwater of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences.  Zheng is the recipientof the O.E. Meinzer Award (2013) and Birdsall-Driess Distinguished Lectureship (2009) from the Geological Society of America, and the M. King Hubbert award (2013) and the John Hem Award (1998) from the National Ground Water Association. Zheng holds a Ph.D. degree in hydrogeology with a minor in environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

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Education

1984-1988 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, China.

1979-1983 B.S., Geology, Chengdu University of Technology(formerly Chengdu College of Geology), China.

 

Employment History

2018-present    Chair Professor in Environmental Science and Engineering, 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 Professorof Hydrogeology,
                        Department of Geological Sciences,  University of Alabama (on a 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

2014             Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
2013             O.E. Meinzer Award,Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America
2013             M. King Hubbert Award,National Ground Water Association.
2010             George Lindahl III Endowed Professor, Board of Trustees, University of Alabama.
2009             Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America.
2006             Research Award for Outstanding Overseas Chinese-Born Scientists, National Natural Science Foundation of China.
2005             Oliver Lectureship in Hydrogeology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas-Austin.
1999             Fellow, Geological Society of America. John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award, National Ground Water Association.

 

Major Committees and Editorial Boards
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.
2007-2015     President-elect, President, and Past-President, International Commission on Groundwater, International Association of Hydrologic Sciences (IAHS)
2007-2014     Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrology
2005-2015     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)
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) Modeling the fate, transport and biodegradation of antibiotic contaminants in the subsurface (supported by the Shenzhen Government)
 

The undergraduate and graduate Courses that Chunmiao Zheng has taught at SUSTech, Peking University and University of Alabama

(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
 

10 Representative Publications
[1] Zheng, C.,and G.D. Bennett, 2002, Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 621 pp.
[2] 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.
[3] 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.
[4] 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.
[5] 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.
[6] 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.
[7] 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.
[8] Zheng, C.*,J. Liu, 2013, China’s “Love Canal” moment? Science, v. 340, p. 810 (a commentary).
[9] Qiu, W., M. Yang, J. Liu, H. Xu, S. Luo, M. Wong, C. Zheng*, 2018, Bisphenol S-induced chronic inflammatory stress in liver via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ using fish in vivo and in vitro models, Environmental Pollution,doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.11.039.
[10] 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.

For a complete publication list, see

Google Scholar(Including all papers, books and software):
http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=g0FPeQsAAAAJ
ResearcherID(SCI papers only) :
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/I-5257-2014