Eco Research




Researcher and Advisor

HW Eco Research Group

15 years’ study experience in China (Shenyang Agricultural University and Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

27 years’ research experience in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

  • Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture 

  • Ecosystem modelling and decision support system

  • Crop physiology, agronomy and phenotyping

  • Comprehensive statistical analysis

Peer Review Journal Publications


Jianling Fan, Brian McConkey, Henry Janzen, Lawrence Townley-Smith, Hong Wang. 2017. Harvest index–yield relationship for estimating crop residue in cold continental climates. Field Crops Research 204: 153-157.


Wentian He., J. Y. Yang, W. Zhou, C. F. Drury, X. M. Yang, W. D. Reynolds, H. Wang, P. He, Z. T. Li. 2016. Sensitivity analysis of crop yields, soil water contents and nitrogen leaching to precipitation, management practices and soil hydraulic properties in semi-arid and humid regions of Canada using the DSSAT model. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 106: 201–215.


Xiaobo Qin, Yu'e L., Hong Wang, Chong Liu, Jianling Li, Yunfan Wan, Qingzhu Gao, Fenliang Fan, Yulin Liao. 2016. Long-term effect of biochar application on yield-scaled greenhouse gas emissions in a rice paddy cropping system: A four-year case study in south China. Science of the Total Environment. 569–570 : 1390–1401.


Tian, Dashuan; Wang, Hong; Sun, Jian; Niu, Shuli. 2016. Global evidence on nitrogen saturation of terrestrial ecosystem net primary productivity. Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, Number 2. 10.1088/1748-9326/11/2/024012


Fan, J., McConkey, B.G., Wang, H., and Janzen, H.H. (2016). Root distribution by depth for temperate agricultural crops., Field Crops Research, 189, pp. 68-74. doi : 10.1016/j.fcr.2016.02.013


Pan, Q., T. Dashuan, S. Naeem, K. Auerswal, J.J. Elser, Y. Bai, J. Huang, Q. Wang, H. Wang, J. Wu & X. Han. 2016. Effects of functional diversity loss on ecosystem functions are influenced by compensation. Ecology doi : 10.1002/ecy.1460.


Fernandez, M.R., Wang, H., Cutforth, H.W., and Lemke, R.L. (2016). Climatic and agronomic effects on leaf spots of spring wheat in the western Canadian Prairies. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. doi : 10.1139/CJPS-2015-0266.

Qian, B., H. Wang, Y. He, J. Liu and R. De Jong. 2015. Projecting spring wheat yield changes on the Canadian Prairies: effects of resolutions of a regional climate model and statistical processing. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4571


Qin X., Yu’e Li, H. Wang, Y. Wan, J. Li, Q. Gao, Y. Liao, M. Fan. 2015. Effect of rice cultivars on yield-scaled methane emission in a double rice field in South China. Journal of Integrative Environment Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2015.1118388.


Wang, H., Y. Gan, K. Brandt, Y. He, X. Qin, and Z. Li. 2015. Can surface residue alleviate water and heat stress? Can J. Plant Sci. 95: 197-200. 10.4141/cjps-2014-269


Qin, X., Li, Y., Wang, H., Li, J., Wan, Y, Li, Y., Liao, Y., Fan, M., Zhu, J., Gao, Q., and Liu, S. (2015). Impact of biochar amendment on carbon emissions intensity in double rice field in South China., Transactions of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, 31(5), pp. 226-234. doi : 10.3969/j.issn.1002-6819.2015.05.032


Qiushi Ning, Q. Gu, J. Shen, X. Lv, J. Yang, X. Zhang, J. He, J. Huang, H. Wang, Z. Xu and X. Han. 2015. Effects of nitrogen deposition rates and frequencies on the abundance of soil nitrogen-related functional genes in temperate grassland of northern China. J. Soils Sediments (2015) 15:694–704. DOI 10.1007/s11368-015-1061-2


Qian, B., DeJong, R., Huffman, E.C., Wang, H., and Yang, J.Y. (2015). Projecting yield changes of spring wheat under future climate scenarios on the Canadian Prairies., Theoretical and applied climatology. doi : 10.1007/s00704-015-1378-1


Huffman, E.C., Qian, B., DeJong, R., Liu, J., Wang, H., McConkey, B.G., Brierley, J.A., and Yang, J.Y. (2015). Upscaling modelled crop yields to regional scale: A case study using DSSAT for spring wheat on the Canadian Prairies., Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 95:49-61. doi : 10.4141/cjss-2014-076


Li, Z., Han, G.D., Zhao, M.L., Wang, J., Wang, Z.W., Kemp, D.R., Michalk, D.L., Wilkes, A., Behrendt, K., Wang, H., and Langford, C. (2015). Identifying management strategies to improve sustainability and household income for herders on the desert steppe in Inner Mongolia, China., Agricultural Systems. 132: 62-72. doi : 10.1016/j.agsy.2014.08.011


Fernandez, M.R., Wang, H., and Singh, A. (2014). Impact of seed discolouration on emergence and early plant growth of durum wheat at different soil gravimetric water contents., Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 36(4), pp. 509-516. doi : 10.1080/07060661.2014.957242


He, Y., Hou, L., Wang, H., Hu, K.L., and McConkey, B.G. (2014). A modelling approach to evaluate the long-term effect of soil texture on spring wheat productivity under a rain-fed condition., Scientific Reports, 4(Article # 5736). doi : 10.1038/srep05736


Krobel, R., Lemke, R.L., Campbell, C.A., Zentner, R.P., McConkey, B.G., Steppuhn, H., De Jong, R., and Wang, H. (2014). Water use efficiency of spring wheat in the semi-arid Canadian Prairies: Effect of legume green manure, type of spring wheat, and cropping frequency., Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 94(2), pp. 223-235. doi : 10.4141/CJSS2013-016


He, Y., Wei, Y., DePauw, R., Qian, B., Lemke, R., Singh, A., Cuthbert, R., McConkey, B., Wang, H. 2013. Spring wheat yield in the semiarid Canadian prairies: Effects of precipitation timing and soil texture over recent 30 years. Field Crops Research. 149: 329 – 337.


Qian, B., De Jong, R., Gameda, S.B., Huffman, E.C., Neilsen, D., Desjardins, R.L., Wang, H., and McConkey, B.G. (2013). Impact of climate change scenarios on Canadian agroclimatic indices., Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 93(2), pp. 243-259. doi : 10.4141/CJSS2012-053


Qin, X., Wang, H., Li, Y., Li, Y., McConkey, B.G., Lemke, R.L., Li, C.H., Brandt, K., Gao, Q., Wan, Y, Liu, S., Liu, Y., and Xu, C. (2013). A long-term sensitivity analysis of the denitrification and decomposition model., Environmental Modelling and Software, 43, pp. 26-36. doi : 10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.01.005.


Gan, Y.T., Liang, C., Campbell, C.A., Zentner, R.P., Lemke, R.L., Wang, H., and Yang, C. (2012). Carbon footprint of spring wheat in response to fallow frequency and soil carbon changes over 25 years on the semiarid Canadian prairie., European Journal of Agronomy, 43, pp. 175-184. doi : 10.1016/j.eja.2012.07.004.


He, Y., Wang, H., Hu, K.L., Huang, Y.F., Li, B.G., Chen, D., Si, B., and Beaubier, A. (2012). Accuracy Assessment of Sequential Indicator Simulation in Three-dimensional Prediction of Soil Texture., Soil Science, 177(5), pp. 355-359. doi : 10.1097/SS.0b013e31824c0327.


He, Y., Wang, H., Qian, B., McConkey, B.G., Cutforth, H.W., Lemke, R.L., DePauw, R.M., Brandt, K., Hu, K.L., and Hoogenboom, G. (2012). Effects of climate change on killing frost in the Canadian prairies., Climate Research, 54(3), pp. 221-231. doi : 10.3354/cr01114.


He, Y., Wang, H., Qian, B., McConkey, B.G., and DePauw, R.M. (2012). How Early Can the Seeding Dates of Spring Wheat Be under Current and Future Climate in Saskatchewan, Canada?, PLoS ONE, 7(10, Article No. e45153). doi : 10.1371/journal.pone.0045153.


Lemke, R.L., Campbell, C.A., Zentner, R.P., and Wang, H. (2012). New Rotation Study - Swift Current, Saskatchewan., Prairie Soils and Crops, 5, pp. 67-73.


Lemke, R.L., Campbell, C.A., Zentner, R.P., and Wang, H. (2012). Old Rotation Study - Swift Current, Saskatchewan., Prairie Soils and Crops, 5, pp. 59-66.

Qin, X., Li, Y., Wan, Y, Shi, S., Li, Y., Wang, H., Gao, Q., Ma, X., Liu, S., Liu, Y., and Xu, C. (2012). Relationships between methane emissions and soil microorganisms in a double-rice field in southern subtropical China., Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences (JIES), 9(Suppl. 1, Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gasses), pp. 97-111. doi : 10.1080/1943815X.2012.702673.


Tian, D., Pan, Q., Simmons, M., Chaolu, H., Du, B., Bai, Y., Wang, H., and Han, X. (2012). Hierarchical reproductive allocation and allometry within a perennial bunchgrass after 11 years of nutrient addition., PLoS ONE, 7(9, Article No. e42833). Doi : 10.1371/journal.pone.0042833.


Wang, H., He, Y., Qian, B., McConkey, B.G., Cutforth, H.W., McCaig, T.N., McLeod, G.J., Zentner, R.P., DePauw, R.M., Lemke, R.L., Brandt, K., Liu, T.T., Qin, X., White, J., Hunt, T., and Hoogenboom, G. (2012). Climate change and biofuel wheat: A case study of southern Saskatchewan., Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 92(3), pp. 421-425. doi : 10.4141/CJPS2011-192.


Gan, Y.T., Liang, C., Hamel, C., Cutforth, H., Wang, H. 2011. Strategies for reducing the carbon footprint of field crops for semiarid areas - A Review. Agron. Sustain. Develop. 31: 643–656..


Fernandez, M.R., Sissons, M.J., Conner, R.L., Wang, H., and Clarke, J.M. 2011. Influence of biotic and abiotic factors on dark discoloration of durum wheat kernels. Crop Sci. 51: 1205-1214.


Fernandez, M.R., Ulrich, D.J., Brandt, K., Zentner, R.P., Wang, H., Thomas, A.G., and Olfert, O.O. 2011. Crop management effects on root and crown rot of wheat in West-Central Saskatchewan, Canada. Agron. J. 103: 756-765.


Qian, B., de Jong, R., Yang, J., Wang, H., and Gameda, S. 2011. Comparing simulated crop yields with observed and synthetic weather data. Agric. Forest Meteor. 151: 1781– 1791.


He, Y., Hu, K., Wang, H., Huang, Y., Chen, D., Li, B., and Li, Y. 2011. Modelling of water and nitrogen utilization of layered soil profiles under a wheat-maize cropping system. Mathematical and Computer Modelling. doi: 10.1016/j.mcm.2011.10.060


Wang, H., B. McConkey, D. Curtin and H. Cutforth. 2010. Estimation of daily soil CO2 flux using a single-time-point measurement. Can. J. Soil Sci. 90: 517-522.


Wang, H., Flerchinger G., R. Lemke, K. Brandt, T. Goddard, and C. Sprout. 2010. Improving SHAW long-term soil moisture prediction for continuous wheat rotations, Alberta, Canada. Can. J. Plant Sci. 90: 37-53.


Wang, H., H. W. Cutforth, R. DePauw, T. McCaig, G. McLeod, K. Brandt, and X. Qin. 2010. Modeling leaf appearance rate for Canada Western Red Spring wheat cultivars. Can. J. Plant Sci. 90: 399-402.


Mooleki, S.P.P., S.S. Malhi, R. L. Lemke, J. Schoenau, G. Lafond, S.A. Brandt, G. Hultgreen, Wang, H., and W. May. 2010. Effect of form, placement and rate of N fertilizer, and placement of P fertilizer on wheat in Saskatchewan. Can. J. Plant Sci. 90: 319-337.


Wang, H., Cutforth, H., T. McCaig, G. McLeod, K. Brandt, R. Lemke, T. Goddard, C. Sprout. 2009. Predicting the time to 50% seedling emergence in wheat using a Beta model, NJAS – Wageningen. J. Life Sci. 57: 65-71.


Wang, H., H. Cutforth, P.R. Bullock, R. M. DePauw, T. McCaig, G. McLeod, K. Brandt, G. J. Finlay. 2009. Testing a nonlinear model for simulating the time of seedling emergence of wheat. Can. Bio. Eng. 51: 4.1-4.6.


Lemke, R.L., Mooleki, S. P., Malhi, S. S., Lafond, G., Brandt, S., Schoenau, J. J., Wang, H., Thavarajah, D., Hultgreen, G. and May W.E. 2009. Effect of fertilizer nitrogen management and phosphorus placement on canola production under varied conditions. Can. J. Plant Sci. 89: 29-48.


Wang, H., Clarke, J.M., McCaig, T.N., and DePauw, R.M. 2009. Physiology of genetic improvements in yield and grain protein of Canadian Western Amber Durum wheat. Can. J. Plant Sci. 89: 497-500.


Malhi, S.S., Lemke, R.L., Mooleki, S.P., Schoenau, J.J., Brandt, S.A., Lafond, G.P., Wang, H., Hultgreen, G.E., and May, W.E. 2008. Fertilizer N management and P placement effects on yield, seed protein content and N uptake of flax under varied conditions in Saskatchewan. Can. J. Plant Sci. 88: 11-33.


Wang, H., McCaig, T.N., DePauw, R.M., and Clarke, J.M. 2008. Flag leaf physiological traits in two high-yielding Canada Western Red Spring wheat cultivars. Can. J. Plant Sci. 88: 35-42.


Wang, H., McConkey, B.G., Zentner, R.P., Campbell, C.A., Selles, F., Lemke, R.L., and  Cutforth, H.W. 2008. Long-term tillage effects on biomass production of wheat in a Canadian Brown soil. Adv. GeoEcol. 39: 581-591.


Campbell, C.A., Zentner, R.P., Basnyat, P., Wang, H., McConkey, B.G., Gan, Y.T., and Cutforth, H.W.  2007.  Water use efficiency and water and nitrate distribution in soil in the semiarid prairie: Effect of crop type over 21 years.  Can. J. Plant  Sci. 87: 815-827.


DePauw, R.M., J. M. Clarke, T.N. McCaig, R. E. Knox, F. R. Clarke,  M. R. Fernandez, and Wang, H.  2007.  Shifting undesirable correlations.  Euphytica 157: 409–415. DOI 10.1007/s10681-007-9379-5.


Wang, H., T.N. McCaig, R.M. DePauw, J.M. Clarke, and R. Lemke. 2007. Water use of some recent bread and durum wheat cultivars in western Canada. Can. J. Plant Sci. 87: 289-292.


Hamel, C., Schellenberg, M.P., Hanson, K. and Wang, H. 2007.  Evaluation of the Bait-lamina test to assess soil microfauna feeding activity in mixed grassland.  Appl. Soil Ecol. 36:199-204.


Wang, H., R. Lemke, T. Goddard, C. Sprout. 2007. Tillage and root heat stress in wheat in Central Alberta. Can. J. Soil Sci. 87: 3-10.


Janzen, H. H., Angers, D. A., Boehm, M., Bolinder, M., Desjardins, R. L., Dyer, J. A., Ellert, B. H., Gibb, D. J., Gregorich, E. G., Helgason, B. L., Lemke, R., Massé, D., McGinn, S. M., McAllister, T. A., Newlands, N., Pattey, E., Rochette, P., Smith, W.,VandenBygaart, A. J. and Wang, H. 2006. A proposed approach to estimate and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from whole farms. Can. J. Soil Sci. 86: 401–418.


Wang, H., Clarke, F., Curtin, D. and Lemke, R. 2005.  Optimizing sampling allocation for detecting management effects on soil CO2 emissions.  Can. J. Soil. Sci.  85: 203-211.


Cai, Q.G., Wang, H., D. Curtin, Y. Zhu. 2005.  Evaluation of the EUROSEM model with single event data on Steeplands in the Three Gorges Reservoir Areas, China. Catena 59: 19–33.


Wang, H., Cai. Q. and Zhu. Y. 2003. Evaluation of the EUROSEM model for predicting water erosion on steeplands in the Three Gorges Reservoir area, China. Geog. Res. 22:579-589 (Peer-reviewed scientific journal in Chinese with English abstract).


Liang, B.C., McConkey, B.G., Schoenau, J., Curtin, D., Campbell, C.A., Moulin, A.P., Lafond, G.P., Brandt, S.A. and Wang, H. 2003. Effect of tillage and crop rotations on the light fraction organic carbon and carbon mineralization in Chernozemic soils of Saskatchewan. Can. J. Soil Sci. 83: 65-72.


Wang, H., M.R. Fernandez, T.N. McCaig, Y.T. Gan, R.M. DePauw and J.M. Clarke. 2003. Kernel discoloration and downgrading in spring wheat varieties in western Canada. Can. J. Plant Path. 25: 350–361.


Wang, H., T.N. McCaig, R.M. DePauw, F.R. Clarke, and J.M. Clarke. 2003.  Physiological characteristics of recent Canada Western Red Spring wheat cultivars: Components of grain nitrogen yield.  Can. J. Plant Sci. 83: 699–707.


Wang, H., M.R. Fernandez, F.R. Clarke, R.M. DePauw, and J.M. Clarke. 2002. Effects of Foliar Fungicides on Kernel Black Point of Wheat in Southern Saskatchewan. Can. J. Plant Path. 24:287-293.

Curtin, D., Wang, H., F. Selles, C.A. Campbell and R.P. Zentner. 2002. Soil fertility effects on carbon fluxes under two spring wheat rotations in a semiarid agroecosystem. Can. J. Soil Sci. 82:155-163.


Wang, H. D. Curtin, Y.W. Jame, B.G. McConkey, and H.F. Zhou. 2002. Simulation of soil CO2 flux during plant residue decomposition using a modified CENTURY model. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 66: 1304-1310.


Wang, H., Fernandez, M.R., Clarke, F.R., DePauw, R.M. and Clarke, J.M.  2002.  Effect of leaf spotting diseases on grain yield and seed traits of wheat in southern Saskatchewan. Can. J. Plant Sci. 82: 507-512.


Wang, H., T.N. McCaig, R.M. DePauw, F.R. Clarke, and J.M. Clarke. 2002. Physiological characteristics of recent Canada Western Red Spring wheat cultivars: Yield components and dry matter production.  Can. J. Plant Sci. 82: 299-306.


Curtin, D., Wang, H., Selles, F., B.G. McConkey and Campbell, C. A. 2000. Tillage effects on carbon fluxes in continuous wheat and fallow-wheat. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 64:2080-2086.


Curtin, D., Selles, F., Wang, H., R.P. Zentner and Campbell, C. 2000. Restoring organic matter in a cultivated, semiarid soil using crested wheatgrass. Can. J. Soil Sci. 80:429-435.


Curtin, D., Wang, H., Selles, F., Zentner, R.P., Biederbeck, V.O., and Campbell, C.A. 2000. Legume green manure as partial fallow replacement in the brown soil zone: Effect on carbon fluxes. Can. J. Soil Sci. 80:499-505.


Steppuhn, H., Wang, H., and Gan, Y. 1998. Evaluating Russian wild ryegrass emergence from saline seedbeds using the Gompertz Function. Can. Agric. Eng. 40:241-247.


Curtin, D., Selles, F., Wang, H., Campbell, C., Biederbeck, V.O. 1998. Carbon dioxide emissions and transformation of soil carbon and nitrogen during wheat straw decomposition. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 62:1035-1041.


Wang, H., and Clarke, J.M.  1993. Genotypic, intra-plant and environmental variation in stomatal frequency and size in wheat. Can. J. Plant Sci. 73:671-678.


Wang, H., and Clarke, J.M. 1993. Relationship of excised-leaf water loss and stomatal frequency in wheat. Can. J. Plant Sci. 73:93-99.


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