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Zheng Chunmiao

Vice Provost, Global Strategies; Director, Global Engagement Office
Chair Professor and Founding Dean, School of Environmental Science and Engineering



Chunmiao Zheng is currently Chair Professor and Vice Provost for Global Strategies at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).  He joined SUSTech as Chair Professor and Founding Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering in 2015.  Previously, he was Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Sciences at Peking University, and the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Alabama.  The primary areas of his academic research are contaminant fate and transport in the subsurface, sustainable management of groundwater resources, and ecohydrological processes at watershed scales.  He is developer of the MT3D and MT3DMS series of contaminant transport models used in over 100 countries, and author of the popular book Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling(Wiley).  He has published five books or edited monographs, over 10 software manuals and more than 250 articles.  He has served as associate editor for five leading hydrology journals and as president of the International Commission on Groundwater of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences.  Zheng is the recipientof the O.E. Meinzer Award (2013) and Birdsall-Driess Distinguished Lectureship (2009) from the Geological Society of America, and the M. King Hubbert award (2013) and the John Hem Award (1998) from the National Ground Water Association. Zheng holds a Ph.D. degree in hydrogeology with a minor in environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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1984-1988    Ph.D., Hydrogeology with a minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
1983-1984    Postgraduate work in Geology and Applied Mathematics,Chengdu University of Technology, China.
1979-1983    B.S., Geology, Chengdu University of Technology(formerly Chengdu College of Geology), China.


Employment History

2018-present    Chair Professor in Environmental Science and Engineering, and Vice Provost of Global Strategies,

                         Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.

2015-2018       Chair Professor and Founding Dean,

                        School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.

2010-present    Chair Professor and Founding Director, 

                         Institute of Water Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China (on a joint appointment since 2015).

2010-2018       George Lindahl III Endowed Professorof Hydrogeology,

                        Department of Geological Sciences,  University of Alabama (on a leave without pay after 2013).

2002-2009       Professor,

                        Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.

1997-2002       Associate Professor,

                        Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.

1993-1997       Assistant Professor,

                        Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.

1988-1993       Senior Hydrogeologist,

                        S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland.


Professional Experience

2018-present    Adjunct Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.

2006-2009       Visiting Professor and Founding Director, Center for Water Research, Peking University, Beijing, China.

2001                Visiting Fellow, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

2000                Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University.

2000                Visiting Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California.

1995                Visiting Fellow, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organization.

1991                Assistant Professional Lecturer, George Washington University.


Awards and Honors

2014             Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.

2013             O.E. Meinzer Award,Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America (

2013             M. King Hubbert Award,National Ground Water Association.

2010             George Lindahl III Endowed Professor, Board of Trustees, University of Alabama.

2009             Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America.

2006             Research Award for Outstanding Overseas Chinese-Born Scientists, National Natural Science Foundation of China.

2005             Oliver Lectureship in Hydrogeology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas-Austin.

1999             Fellow, Geological Society of AmericaJohn Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award, National Ground Water Association.


Major Committees and Editorial Boards

2016-present    Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal

2015-present    Associate Chair, Steering Committee, Major Research Program “Runoff Change in the Headwater Region of China’s Southwestern Rivers

                         and Their Adaptive Management”, National Natural Science Foundation of China

2013-present    Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)

2010-2018       Member, Steering Committee, Major Research Program “An Integrated Study of Ecohydrological Processes in the Heihe River Basin”,

                        National Natural Science Foundation of China

2010-2015       Associate Editor, Water Resources Research

2009-2013       Blue Ribbon Panel on “Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences”, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

2007-2015       President-elect, President, and Past-President, International Commission on Groundwater,

                        International Association of Hydrologic Sciences (IAHS)

2007-2014       Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrology

2005-2015       Standing Committee on Hydrologic Science, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

2005-2007       Treasurer, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), Washington, D.C.

2003-2007       Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and Geological Society of America (GSA)

1998-2010       Associate Editor and Software Column Editor (2002-), Journal Ground Water, National Ground Water Association


10 Representative Publications

[1] Zheng, C.,and G.D. Bennett, 2002, Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 621 pp.

[2] Feehley,C.E., C. Zheng*, and F.J. Molz, 2000, A dual-domain mass transfer approach for modeling solute transport in heterogeneous porous media, application to the MADE site, Water Resour. Res., 36(9): 2501-2515.

[3] Yao, Y., C. Zheng*, C. Andrews, Y. Zheng, A. Zhang, and J. Liu, 2017, What controls the partitioning between baseflow and mountain block recharge in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau? Geophysical Research Letters, 44(16): 8352-8358.

[4] Zheng, C.*,and S.M. Gorelick, 2003, Analysis of solute transport in flow fields influenced by preferential flowpaths at the decimeter scale, Ground Water, 41(2): 142-155.

[5] Cao, G. C. Zheng*, B.R. Scanlon, J. Liu, and W. Li, 2013, Use of flow modeling to assess sustainability of groundwater resources in the North China Plain, Water Resour. Res.,49, 159-175, doi:10.1029/2012WR011899.

[6] Ma, R., C. Zheng*, H. Prommer, J. Greskowiak, C. Liu, J. Zachara, M. Rockhold, 2010, A Field-scale reactive transport model for U(VI) migration influenced by coupled multi-rate mass transfer and surface complexation reactions, Water Resour. Res., 46, W05509, doi:10.1029/2009WR008168.

[7] Gorelick, S.M., C. Zheng, 2015, Global change and the groundwater management challenges, Water Resour. Res. (50th anniversary edition), v.51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016825.

[8] Zheng, C.*,J. Liu, 2013, China’s “Love Canal” moment? Science, v. 340, p. 810 (a commentary).

[9] Qiu, W., M. Yang, J. Liu, H. Xu, S. Luo, M. Wong, C. Zheng*, 2018, Bisphenol S-induced chronic inflammatory stress in liver via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ using fish in vivo and in vitro models, Environmental Pollution,doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.11.039.

[10] Ben, Y., C. Fu, M. Hu, L. Liu, M. H. Wong, C. Zheng*, 2019, Human health risk assessment of antibiotic resistance associated with antibiotic residues in the environment: A review, Environmental Research, 169, 483-493.


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