Talent details

Name:Weidong Kong
Title & Affiliation:Ph.D, Professor
Homepage in Chinese:http://sourcedb.itpcas.cas.cn/cn/expert/201209/t20120903_3637152.html
Address:Building 3, Courtyard 16, Lin Cui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101P.R. China

Education and Appointments


Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2006 

M.S. in Microbial Ecology, South China Agricultural University, China, 2003 

B.S. in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Hebei Agricultural University, China, 2000 


2019.09-present Adjunct professor, Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, University of Pretoria, South Africa  

2012.08-present Professor, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, China 

2010.08-2012.07 Post-doctoral research fellow & Associate scientist, University of California, San Francisco, USA 

2008.08-2010.07 Post-doctoral research fellow, Miami University, USA 

2006.09-2008.07 Post-doctoral research fellow, Purdue University, USA  

Research Interest

Research Interests: My research interests involve microbial community structure and their ecological functions in carbon and nitrogen cycling, and their responses to climate change and human activities in Antarctic, Arctic and Alpine (Tibetan Plateau, TP) ecosystems. 

Research Fields: Microbial ecology in soil and lake ecosystems, Carbon and nitrogen cycling, Microbial community structure and functions, Global change ecology

Selected Publications

Publications in the recent 5 years (2016-2020) (* corresponding author; # joint first authors; Including books and book chapters)
Part 1: 5 representative publications 
1. Chen, H.#, Wang, F.#, Kong, W.*, Jia, H., Zhou, T., Xu, R. Wu, G., Wang, J, Wu, J., 2020. Soil microbial CO2 fixation plays a significant role in terrestrial carbon sink in a dryland ecosystem: A four-year small-scale field-plot observation on the Tibetan Plateau. Science of the Total Environment,143282 in press, DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143282.
2. Ji, M., Kong, W.*, Stegen, J., Yue, L., Wang, F., Dong, X., Cowan, D.A., Ferrari, B.C., 2020. Distinct assembly mechanisms underlie similar biogeographical patterns of rare and abundant bacteria in Tibetan Plateau grassland soils. Environmental Microbiology 22, 2261-2272. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14993
3. Yue, L., Kong, W.*, Ji, M., Liu, J., Morgan-Kiss, R.M., 2019. Community response of microbial primary producers to salinity is primarily driven by nutrients in lakes.Science of the Total Environment 696, 134001.DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134001
4. Zhao, K., Kong, W.*, Wang, F., Long, X.-E., Guo, C., Yue, L., Yao, H., Dong, X., 2018. Desert and steppe soils exhibit lower autotrophic microbial abundance but higher atmospheric CO2 fixation capacity than meadow soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 127, 230-238. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.09.034
5. Liu, J., Kong, W.*, Zhang, G., Khan, A., Guo, G., Zhu, C., Wei, X., Kang, S., Morgan-Kiss, R.M., 2016. Diversity and succession of autotrophic microbial community in high-elevation soils along deglaciation chronosequence. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92, fiw160. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiw160
Part 2: all other publications (exclude part 1)
1. Yue, L., Kong, W.*, Li, C., Zhu, G., Zhu, L., Makhalanyane, T.P., Cowan, D.A., 2020. Dissolved inorganic carbon determines the abundance of microbial primary producers and primary production in Tibetan Plateau lakes. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. In press, fiaa242. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiaa242. Times Cited: 0.
2. Ray, A.E., Zhang, E., Terauds, A., Ji, M., Kong, W., Ferrari, B.C.*, 2020. Soil Microbiomes With the Genetic Capacity for Atmospheric Chemosynthesis Are Widespread Across the Poles and Are Associated With Moisture, Carbon, and Nitrogen Limitation. Frontiers in Microbiology. 11, 01936. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.01936. Times Cited: 0.
3. Khan, A., Kong, W.*, Ji, M., Yue, L., Xie, Y., Liu, J., Xu, B., 2020. Disparity in soil bacterial community succession along a short time-scale deglaciation chronosequence on the Tibetan Plateau. Soil Ecology Letters. 2, 83-92. DOI: 10.1007/s42832-020-0027-5. Times Cited: 0.
4. Ji, M., Kong, W.*, Liang, C., Zhou, T., Jia, H., Dong, X., 2020. Permafrost thawing exhibits a greater influence on bacterial richness and community structure than permafrost age in Arctic permafrost soils. The Cryosphere. 14, 3907-3916. DOI: 10.5194/tc-14-3907-2020. Times Cited: 0.
5. Fan, D., Kong, W.*, Wang, F., Yue, L., Li, X., 2020. Fencing decreases microbial diversity but increases abundance in grassland soils on the Tibetan Plateau. Land Degradation & Development. 31, 2577-2590. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.3626. Times Cited: 2.
6. Xu, Z., Fan, W., Wei, H., Zhang, P., Ren, J., Gao, Z., Ulgiati, S., Kong, W., Dong, X.*, 2019. Evaluation and simulation of the impact of land use change on ecosystem services based on a carbon flow model: A case study of the Manas River Basin of Xinjiang, China. Science of the Total Environment. 652, 117-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.206. Times Cited: 14.
7. Liu, J., Kong, W.*, J., W., Liu, X., Zhang, G., Kang, S., 2019. Abundance, community structure, and the driving factors of Carbon fixing microorganisms in the Nam Co Lake  (in Chinese with English abstract). Acta Ecologica Sinica. 39, 2772-2783. DOI: 10.5846/stxb201805081021. Times Cited: 0.
8. Kong, W.*, Liu, J., Ji, M., Yue, L., Kang, S., Morgan-Kiss, R.M., 2019. Autotrophic microbial community succession from glacier terminus to downstream waters on the Tibetan Plateau. FEMS microbiology ecology. 95, fiz074. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiz074. Times Cited: 3.
9. Khan, A., Kong, W.*, Muhammad, S., Wang, F., Zhang, G., Kang, S., 2019. Contrasting environmental factors drive bacterial and eukaryotic community successions in freshly deglaciated soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 366, fnz229. DOI: 10.1093/femsle/fnz229. Times Cited: 0.
10. Ji, M., Kong, W.*, Yue, L., Wang, J., Deng, Y., Zhu, L., 2019. Salinity reduces bacterial diversity, but increases network complexity in Tibetan Plateau lakes. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 95, fiz190. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiz190. Times Cited: 2.
11. Chen, H., Zhao, X., Lin, Q.*, Li, G., Kong, W., 2019. Using a combination of PLFA and DNA-based sequencing analyses to detect shifts in the soil microbial community composition after a simulated spring precipitation in a semi-arid grassland in China. Science of the Total Environment. 657, 1237-1245. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.126. Times Cited: 5.
12. Tian, J., He, N., Kong, W., Deng, Y., Feng, K., Green, S.M., Wang, X., Zhou, J., Kuzyakov, Y., Yu, G.*, 2018. Deforestation decreases spatial turnover and alters the network interactions in soil bacterial communities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 123, 80-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.05.007. Times Cited: 20.
13. Guo, C., Kong, W.*, Xing, P., Yue, L., Zhao, K., 2018. Effect of preservation methods on culturable microorganisms from Tibetan Plateau lake waters (in Chinese with English abstract). Chinese Journal of Ecology. 37, 2541-2548.Times Cited: 0. 
14. Gao, J., Muhanmmad, S., Yue, L., He, Y., Tsechoe, D., Zhang, X., Kong, W.*, 2018. Changes in CO2-fixing microbial community characteristics with elevation and season in alpine meadow soils on the northern Tibetan Plateau   (in Chinese with English abstract). Acta Ecologica Sinica. 38, 3816-3824. DOI: 10.5846/stxb201705160904. Times Cited: 0. (in Chinese with English abstract)
15. Zhao, K., Kong, W.*, Khan, A., Liu, J., Guo, G., Muhanmmad, S., Zhang, X., Dong, X., 2017. Elevational diversity and distribution of ammonia-oxidizing archaea community in meadow soils on the Tibetan Plateau. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 101, 7065-7074. DOI: 10.1007/s00253-017-8435-x. Times Cited: 8.
16. Pan, X., Wang, X., Guo, G., Kong, W.*, 2017. Effects of increased temperature and precipitation change on nirS gene abundance and community structure in alpine meadow soils on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (in Chinese with English abstract). Acta Ecologica Sinica,. 37, 7938-7946. DOI: no doi. Times Cited: 0.
17. Zhang, B., Kong, W., Wu, N., Zhang, Y.*, 2016. Bacterial diversity and community along the succession of biological soil crusts in the Gurbantunggut Desert, Northern China. Journal of Basic Microbiology. 56, 670-679. DOI: 10.1002/jobm.201500751. Times Cited: 30.