Brief Description

Main Research Interests 

Microbial Ecological Processes in Extreme Environments

 ---Adaptive Responses of Ecosystem Structure/Functions to Environmental Stresses, especially focus on microbial community and watershed ecosystem. 

---Resistant Mechanisms of Microbial community and Plant-Microorganism Symbiosis to Heavy Metal and Organic Pollutants and bio-restoration, especially interested in petroleum pollution and microplastics.


Prof. Dr. Yi HUANG is a Full Professor in the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, China. 

Holds a Doctor of Science (major in Environmental Ecology, Germany), Prof. Yi HUANG has experience in teaching and researching in China, Germany, Canada and Australia. Her current research focuses on function of soil microbial to shape and maintain terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem service, as well as bioaugmentation technology of degraded ecosystem rehabilitation.

She has been leading quite a few national and international research projects. Supported by National Scientific Foundation of China, a project on ectomycorrhizal association improve tolerance of host plan to excessive heavy metals in soil have been carrying out for years in lab of Prof. Yi Huang.  Currently she is leading two national key projects (2016-2020) on microbials in semi-arid land in northern and in Tibet China. The projects emphases on function of microbial on improving soil aggregation and stability, and plant biodiversity under drought and high-altitude extreme habitat. Basic on those research, Prof. Yi Huang published more than 100 scientific papers. 

Meanwhile, Prof. Yi HUANG is very active at international cooperation. She is a Coordinator of Collaborating Center of China for Global Environment Outlook (GEO) and is the Leading Author of Asia Chapter of GEO 4 and Coordinating Leading Author of Water Chapter of GEO5 and co-chare of high level consultation panel of GEO6. She is the leading scientist for UNEP Project on Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change in Asia, and leading author of Methodological Guidelines of the project and report entitled Freshwater Under Threat – North East Asia. Because of her deeply involved into Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD), She is selected to be one of member of multidisciplinary scientific panel (MEP) in IPBES (International Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service) under UN.  


Education and Work Experiences

2000 – Present: Associate Professor; Professor,  Center of Environmental Sciences/College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Beijing University, China;

1998:Post-Doctoral Fellow, College of Urban and Environment, Beijing University, China;

1997:  Ph.D. (Natural Science) from Bielefeld University, Germany;

1990:  M.Sc. (Ecology) from Central-South Forestry College, China;

1983: B.Sc.(Agri.) from Central-South Forestry University, China;


Undergraduate Course:  Environmental Microbiology

Graduate Courses: Environmental Ecology; 



Selected Publications                

  1. X Cao, J Wang, J Liao, Z Gao, D Jiang, J Sun, L Zhao, Y Huang, S Luan;​Bacterioplankton community responses to key environmental variables in plateau freshwater lake ecosystems: A structural equation modeling and change point analysis;Science of The Total Environment 580, 457-467
  2. Jingqiu Liao1,†, Lei Zhao2, Xiaofeng Cao1, Jinhua Sun3, Zhe Gao1, Jie Wang1, Dalin Jiang1, Hao Fan1 &Yi Huang1;Cyanobacteria in lakes onYungui Plateau, China are assembled via niche processes driven by water physicochemical property, lake morphology and watershed land-use;2017,  Scientific Reports;
  3. Jingqiu Liao,1,a Xiaofeng Cao,1, Jie Wang,1, Lei Zhao,2, Jinhua Sun,3, Dalin Jiang,1, Yi Huang1,*. Similar community assembly mechanisms underlie similar biogeography of rare and abundant bacteria in lakes on Yungui Plateau, China;2017, Limnology and Oceangraphy;
  4. Jingqiu Liao, Xiaofeng Cao, Lei Zhao, Jie Wang, Zhe Gao, and Yi Huang ∗;The importance of neutral and niche processes for bacterial community assembly differs between habitat generalists and specialists. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 2016, 92: 174-181;
  5. Xiaofeng Cao, Jie Wang, Jingqiu Liao, Jinhua Sund, Yi Huang∗; The threshold responses of phytoplankton community to nutrient gradient in a shallow eutrophic Chinese lake. Ecological Indicators. 2016, 61: 258–267;
  6. Wang J, Cao XF, Chai LW, Liao JQ, Huang Y, Tang XY,. Oxidative damage of naphthenic acids on the Eisenia fetida earthworm. Environmental Toxicology. 2016, 31(11):1337-1343;
  7. Wang J, Cao XF, Huang Y∗, Tang XY, 2015. Disruption of endocrine function in H295R cell in vitro and in zebrafish in vivo by naphthenic acids. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2015, 299: 1-9;
  8. Wang J, Cao XF, Sun JH, Chai LW, Huang Y, Tang XY,. Transcriptional responses of earthworm (Eisenia fetida) exposed to naphthenic acids in soil. Environmental Pollution. 2015, 204:264-270;
  9. Wang J, Cao XF, Huang Y, Tang XY, 2015. Developmental toxicity and endocrine disruption of naphthenic acids on early life stage of zebrafish (Danio rerio). Journal of Applied Toxicology. 2015, 35(12):1493-1501;
  10. Wang J, Cao X, Liao J, Huang Y, & Tang, X. Carcinogenic potential of PAHs in oil-contaminated soils from the main oil fields across China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2015, 22(14):10902-10909;
  11. 1Wang J, Cao XF, Chai LW, Liao JQ, Huang Y, Tang XY,. Quantification and characterization of naphthenic acids in soils from oil exploration areas in China by GC/MS. Analytical Methods. 2015,7: 2149-2154;
  12. Liao J, Wang J, & Huang Y. Bacterial community features are shaped by geographic location, physicochemical properties, and oil contamination of soil in main oil fields of China. Microbial ecology. 2015,70(2): 380-389.;
  13. Yuyin Yang, Jie Wang, Jingqiu Liao, Shuguang Xie, Yi Huang. Abundance and diversity of soil petroleum hydrocarbon-degrading microbial communities in oil exploring areas. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2015, 99:1935-1946;
  14. Yuyin Yang, Jie Wang, Jingqiu Liao, Shuguang Xie, Yi Huang. Distribution of naphthalene dioxygenase genes in crude oil-contaminated soils. Microbial Ecology. 2014, 68:785–793;
  15. Huang Y, Wang J; Degradation and Mineralization of DDT by the Ectomycorrhizal Fungi, Xerocomus chrysenteron. Chemosphere. 2013,92(7): 760-764;
  16. Yi Huang, Jie Wang; Response to Chuang and Ho’s comments on ‘‘a bibliometric study of the trend in articles related to eutrophication published in Science Citation Index’’. Scientometrics. 2012, 91:1067–1071;
  17. Hang Wen, Yi Huang; Trends and performance of oxidative stress research from 1991 to 2010. Scientometrics. 2012, 91:51–63; 
  18. Xiaofeng Cao, Yi Huang, Jie Wang, Shengji Luan, Research status and trends in limnology journals: a bibliometric analysis based on SCI database; Scientometrics. 2012, 92:735–746;
  19. Huang Yi, Wang Jie. A bibliometric study of the trend in articles related to eutrophication published in Science Citation Index. Scientometrics, 2011, 89 (3) : 919-927;
  20. Huang Yi, Zou Li, Zhang Shuying, Xie Shuguang; Comparison of Bacterioplankton Communities in Three Heavily Polluted Streams in China; Biomed Environ Sci. 2011, 24(2): 56-61.;
  21. Wang Jie, Huang Yi, and Jiang Xue-yan. Influence of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi on Absorption and Balance of Essential Elements of Pinus Tabulaeformis Seedlings in Saline Soil. Pedasphere. 2011, 21(3): 400-406;
  22. Huang Yi, Zhang Shu-Ying, Lv Ming-Ji, Xie Shu-Guang. Biosorption Characteristics of Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Mycelium for Anthracene. Biomedical and Environmental Scineces. 2010, 23: 378-383;
  23. ZHENG Weishuang, FEI Yingheng, HUANG Yi. Soluble protein and acid phosphatase exuded by ectomycorrhizal fungi and seedlings in response to excessive Cu and Cd. Journal of Environmental Sciences 21(2009) 1667–1672.;
  24. Yi HUANG,Jialiang CAI,He YIN,Mantang CAI, 2009. Correlation of Precipitation to Temperature Variation in the Huanghe River (Yellow River) Basin during 1957-2006. Journal of Hydrology, 372(4):1-8.;
  25. Huang, Y., LI Ting, HUANG Zhiji, FEI Yingheng. Ectomycorrhial fungus induced change of Cu and Cd speciation in the rhizosphere of Pinus tabulaeformis seedlings. Pedosphere (2008) 18(6): 758-765; 
  26. Yi HUANG, XiaoLan AO, Qing YANG, Bibliometric Analysis of Pentachlorophenol Remediation Methods during the Period of 1994 to 2005. Scientometrics, (2008)77(1):177-186;
  27. Y HUANG and Xi ZHAO, Trends of DDT Research during the Period of 1991 to 2005. Scientometrics. 2008, 75, 111–122; 
  28. Huang, Y, Deng, JY, Li, J. Visitor Attitudes and China's National Forest Parks. Journal of Sustainable Tourism (2008) 16(1): pp63-84;
  29. Huang, Y, Zwiazek J. Responses of ectomycorrhizal Populus tremuloides and Betula papyrifera seedlings to salinity. Environmental and Experimental Botany (2008) 62: 357–363;
  30. Yi HUANG, Xiaolan AO, Yuhshan HO, Use of Citation per Publication as an Indicator to Evaluate Pentachlorophenol Research, Scientometrics, (2008)(1):67–80;
  31. Yi Huang, Xi Zhao, Shengji Luan 2007 Uptake and Biodegradation of DDT by 4 Ectomycorrhizal Fungi;Science of the Total Environment 385 (2007) 235–241;
  32. Huang, Y, Chen, YJ and Tao, S, 2005, The role of arbuscular mycorrhiza on change of heavy metal speciation in rhizosphere of maize in wastewater irrigated agriculture soil. J. Envir. Sci. 17 (2):276-280;
  33. Huang, Y, and Tao, S, 2004,Influences of excessive Cu on photosynthesis and growth in ectomycorrhizal Pinus sylvestris seedlings. J. Envir. Sci. 16 (3): 414-419;
  34. Huang, Y. and Tao, S. 2001. Excessive Cu and Zn affecting on distribution of the metals and activities of glycolytic and nitrogen incorporating key enzymes in mycelia of ectomycorrhizal fungi Suillus bovinus . J. Envir. Sci. Vol.13, No. 3, pp 337—341 ;
  35. Huang, Y., He, P., Bader, K. P., Radunz, A. And Schmid, G. H. 2000. Seeds of Trichosanthes Kirilowee energy rich diet. Z. Natural Forsch. 55C, 189-194;
  36. Yi Huang , Hang Wen, Jialiang Cai, Mantang Cai and Jinhua Sun. Key Aquatic Environmental Factors Affecting Ecosystem Health of Streams in the Dianchi Lake Watershed, China. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 2010, (02):868 - 880., 


  1. Methodological Guidelines for Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change;ISBN : 978-92-807-2953-5 , Job Number : DEW/1106/BA;
  2. Freshwater Under Threat: Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change –North East Asia ;ISBN : 978-92-807-2948-1 , Job Number : DEW/1101/BA;;