Wendy Yang

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Research Interests

Prof. Yang holds appointments in Plant Biology and Geology. Her research is in terrestrial biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology with a focus on determining rates and drivers of chemical transformations in the environment, and particularly in soils. Her group investigates controls on greenhouse gas emissions, soil nitrogen and carbon dynamics, and the coupling of biogeochemical cycles beyond carbon and nitrogen. The group also develops novel methodological approaches using tracer and natural abundance stable isotope techniques.  See link below for a detailed web site.


  • GEOL/IB 488: Environmental Stable Isotopes  
  • IB 100: Biology in Today's World
  • IB 452: Ecosystem Ecology

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Research Output

Hierarchical detection of diverse Clade II (atypical) nosZ genes using new primer sets for classical- and multiplex PCR array applications

Chee-Sanford, J. C., Connor, L., Krichels, A., Yang, W. H. & Sanford, R. A., May 2020, In : Journal of Microbiological Methods. 172, 105908.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Intra- and interspecific variation in trophic ecology of ‘predatory’ ants in the subfamily Ponerinae

    Hanisch, P. E., Drager, K., Yang, W. H., Tubaro, P. L. & Suarez, A. V., Jun 2020, In : Ecological Entomology. 45, 3, p. 444-455

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Light availability and rhizobium variation interactively mediate the outcomes of legume–rhizobium symbiosis

    Heath, K. D., Podowski, J. C., Heniff, S., Klinger, C. R., Burke, P. V., Weese, D. J., Yang, W. H. & Lau, J. A., Feb 1 2020, In : American journal of botany. 107, 2, p. 229-238 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Looking back to look ahead: a vision for soil denitrification research

    Almaraz, M., Wong, M. Y. & Yang, W. H., Jan 1 2020, In : Ecology. 101, 1, e02917.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Datasets

    Data for: Effects of an invasive perennial forb on gross soil nitrogen cycling and nitrous oxide fluxes

    Portier, E. (Creator), Silver, W. (Creator) & Yang, W. (Creator), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug 16 2018