Lixin Wang Ph.D.


SL 118M
(317) 274-7764
Research Areas:
Climate Change | Geochemistry | Hydrology | Soils


My research group focuses on ecohydrology, which explores the complex interactions and feedbacks between water and vegetation in various natural and agricultural systems. We are particularly interested in the complexity of water-vegetation interactions in water-stressed environments, and the responses of these ecosystems to future climate/land use change scenarios. Water-stressed environments intrinsically include water-limited drylands and any terrestrial ecosystems under drought. We have used a variety of ecohydrological processes across a range of natural systems, and have used stable isotopes, field observations, remote sensing, meta-analysis, and process-based modeling to disentangle complex interactions between water, ecosystems, and the environment. If you would like to hear more about research updates from me, follow my Twitter @ecohydro_wang.

My group is always looking for motivated students pursuing MS and PhD degrees in the field of ecohydrology. The current group includes:

ResearchersYears ActiveResearch Focus
Vikas Poonia (Postdoc)2022 – PresentDrought characterization
Yue Li (Postdoc)2022 – PresentStable isotopes
Na Qiao (PhD student)  2021 – presentFog
Yu Peng (PhD student)2021 – presentAgricultural resilience
Sara Javanmardi (MS student)2022 – presentDew
Carlynn Diersing (Lab Assistant)2020 – presentStable isotopes


Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award

Lixin Wang is a recipient of the 2020 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who show promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their research and creative activity.



  • Post-doctoral, Princeton University (2008-2011), University of New South Wales (2011-2012)
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2008
  • M.S.  University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2004
  • B.S.  Hebei University, China, 2001

Publications & Professional Activity

Wang, L. 2023. Spring phenology alters vegetation drought recovery. Nature Climate Change, 13, 123–124.  

Luo, L, L. Wang. 2022. Asia's regional conflicts and cascading hazards. Science, 376(6597), pp. 1061. doi:10.1126/science.adc9305.

Maestre, F. et al. including Wang, L. 2022. Grazing and ecosystem service delivery in global drylands. Science, 378(6622):915-920. doi: 10.1126/science.abq4062.

Wang, L., W. Jiao, N. MacBean, M. Cristina Rulli, S. Manzoni, G. Vico, P. D’Odorico. 2022. Dryland productivity under a changing climate. Nature Climate Change, 12, 981–994.    

†Jiao, W., L. Wang*, W. Smith, Q. Chang, H. Wang, P. D’Odorico. 2021. Observed increasing water constraint on vegetation growth over the last three decades.Nature Communications 12: 3777  †PhD student author,  *corresponding author

†Jiao, W., L. Wang*, M. McCabe. 2021. Multi-sensor remote sensing for drought characterization: current status, opportunities and a roadmap for the future.Remote Sensing of Environment, 256:112313 †PhD student author,  *corresponding author

Wang, L., P. D'Odorico. 2019. Water limitations to large-scale desert agroforestry projects for carbon sequestration. PNASdoi/10.1073/pnas.1917692116

Wang, L., K. Kaseke, S. Ravi, W. Jiao, R. Mushi, T. Shuuya and G. Maggs-Kolling 2019. Convergent vegetation fog and dew water use in the Namib Desert. Ecohydrology

†Lanning, M., L. Wang, T. Scanlon, M. Vadeboncoeur, M. Adams, H. Epstein, D. Druckenbrod. 2019. Intensified vegetation water use under acid deposition. Science Advances 5(7): eaav5168  †PhD student author,  *corresponding author

†Tian, C., L. Wang*, F. Tian, S. Zhao and W. Jiao. 2019. Spatial and temporal variations of tap water 17O-excess in China. Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta 260:1-11.  †Postdoc author,  *corresponding author

†Daryanto, S., B. Fu*, L. Wang*, P. Jacinthe, W. Zhao. 2018. Quantitative synthesis on the ecosystem services of cover crops. Earth-Science Reviews 185:357-373 †Postdoc author,  *corresponding author

Craine, J., A. Almore, L. Wang, et al. 2018. Isotopic evidence for oligotrophication of terrestrial ecosystems. Nature Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0694-0  

†Kaseke, K., Wang, L*., Seely, M. 2017. Non-rainfall water origins and formation mechanisms. Science Advances 3(3): e1603131. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1603131 †PhD student author,  *corresponding author

Novick, K., D. Ficklin, P. Stoy, C. Williams, G. Bohrer, AC. Oishi, S. Papuga, P. Blanken, A. Noormets, B. Sulman, R. Scott, L. Wang, and R. Phillips. 2016. The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes. Nature Climate Change 6: 1023-1027.  doi:10.1038/nclimate3114.

Wang, L. and P. D’Odorico. 2008. The limits of water pumps. Science, 321, pp. 36-37. doi: 10.1126/science.321.5885.36c

Wang, L. 2008. Lost in transliteration. Science, 320(745). doi: 10.1126/science.320. 5877.745a.

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