Wantong Li

Doctoral Researcher
Department Biogeochemical Integration (BGI)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions
Intern. Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC)
C1.008

Main Focus

Understanding relationships between vegetation growth and hydro-climate drivers from the perspectives of:

- space and time;
- efficive soil water uptake;
- normal and extreme conditions;
- satellite-derived observations and Land surface models;
- structure and functions


Highlights (Current Research):

AGU 2022: Large-scale vegetation physiological responses to drought from multiple satellite-based observations


Peer-reviewed Publication

Li, W., Migliavacca, M., Forkel, M., Denissen, J., Reichstein, M., Yang, H., Duveiller, G., Weber, U. & Orth, R. (2022). Widespread increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture. Nature Communications, 13, 3959. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31667-9


Denissen, J., Teuling, A.J., Pitman, A.J, Koirala, S., Migliavacca, M., Li, W., Reichstein, M., Winkler, A.J., Zhan, C. & Orth, R. (2022). Widespread shift from ecosystem energy to water limitation with climate change, Nature Climate Change, 12, 677–684. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-022-01403-8


O, S., Bastos, A., Reichstein, M., Li, W., Denissen, J., Graefen, H. & Orth, R. (2022). The role of climate and vegetation in regulating drought-heat extremes, Journal of Climate, 1(aop), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0675.1


Kroll, J.*, Denissen, J.*, Migliavacca, M., Li, W., Hildebrandt, A. & Orth, R. (2022). Spatially varying relevance of hydrometeorological hazards for vegetation productivity extremes, Biogeosciences, 19, 477-489. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-206


Li, W., Migliavacca, M., Forkel, M., Walther, S., Reichstein, M. & Orth, R. (2021). Revisiting global vegetation controls using multi-layer soil moisture. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL092856. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL092856


Li, W., Du J., Li S., et al (2019). The variation of vegetation productivity and its relationship to temperature and precipitation based on the GLASS-LAI of different African ecosystems from 1982 to 2013. International journal of biometeorology, 2019, 63: 847-860.

Academic and educational Background

  • 11/2019 - Present: PhD candidate at MPI-BGC, Jena
  • 09/2016 - 07/2019: MSc in Global Change Biology at Nanjing University
  • 09/2017 - 08/2018: Exchange student in Environmental Earth Science at Free University of Berlin
  • 09/2012 - 07/2016: BSc in Geographic Information System at Anhui University
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