Dr. Qin is currently working on multiple projects related to environmental impact assessment, by using economic, ecosystem and life-cycle models. He developed ecosystem and life-cycle models (modules) to study various topics such as crop/biomass productivity, water resources, land use change, soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, N2O, and CH4), and climate change mitigation. His studies employ empirical evidence, analytical tools, and data-driven models to understand societal and environmental issues in a global context.
Dr. Qin received his Ph.D. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from Purdue University.
Research Expertise and Interests
- Ecosystem modeling, remote sensing
- Land use change, greenhouse gas emissions
- Biofuel development and life-cycle environmental impacts
- Qin Z, Canter C E, Dunn J B, Mueller S, Kwon H Y, Han J, Wander M, Wang M. Incorporating agricultural management practices into the assessment of soil carbon change and life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of corn stover ethanol production. Argonne National Laboratory: No. ANL/ESD-15/26. 2015.
- Qin Z, Dunn J, Kwon H, Mueller S, Wander M. Soil carbon sequestration and land use change associated with biofuel production: Empirical evidence. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 2015, doi:10.1111/gcbb.12237.
- Qin Z, Zhuang Q, Cai X. Bioenergy crop productivity and potential climate change mitigation from marginal lands in the United States: An ecosystem modeling perspective. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 2015, 7: 1211-1221.
- Qin Z, Zhuang Q, Zhu X. Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in bioenergy ecosystems: 2. Potential greenhouse gas emissions and global warming intensity in the conterminous United States. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 2015, 7: 25-39.
- Qin Z, Zhuang Q, Zhu X. Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in bioenergy ecosystems: 1. Model development, validation and sensitivity analysis. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 2014, 6: 740-755.
- Zhuang Q, Qin Z, Chen M. Biofuel, land and water: maize, switchgrass or Miscanthus? Environmental Research Letters. 2013, 8: 015020.