Professor Yonglong Lu

Title / Position and Contact


Professor  and Co-Director
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences(RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).;


Dr. Yonglong Lu is Research Professor and Co-Director of  Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); Chair of Regional Ecological Risk Assessment and Environmental Management Group at RCEES, CAS; Fellow of TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences); past President of Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE); Science Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Member of International Resource Panel, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); Full member, Club of Rome; former member of ICSU (International Council for Sciences) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review; Vice President, Ecological Society of China; Chair, Committee on Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Chinese Society for Sustainable Development. He used to be the Director General, Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS; before that Deputy Director General, Bureau of Planning and Finance, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Director, Sino-Canadian High-tech Center of Resources and Environment.

As an active environmental ecologist, he has published more than 240 papers in the peer reviewed journals such as Science, Nature, Science Advances, Environment International, Environmental S&T, Environmental Pollution, Journal of Environmental Management, Science of Total Environment, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemosphere, Journal of Environmental Quality, Environmental Science and Policy, Environmental Management, AMBIO, and Energy Policy. He has authored or co-authored 16 books, and his papers and books have been widely cited and appreciated with some of them listed as classical citations. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Ecosystem Health and Sustainability jointly appointed by the Ecological Society of America and Ecological Society of China through a global search process, an Associate Editor of Science Advances, the founder and Associate Editor of Environmental Development: Trans-disciplinary Journal of SCOPE, Associate Editor of Acta Ecologica Sinica, and an editorial board member of Chemistry and Ecology, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transformation, and other peer-reviewed journals. He has also been invited to be a peer reviewer for some twenty internationally known journals such as PNAS, Environment International, and Environ S & T.  He was the Guest Editor of a supplementary issue of Science magazine “Science in the Chinese Academy of Sciences” (2012).

He has accumulated more than two decades experience in international development and in the coordination of international activities, taking leadership positions in national or multinational organizations. He has been invited by the UNEP, UNESCO, UNDP, APEC, ICSU, SCOPE, IAC, TWAS and IIASA many times to make presentations or keynote speeches at international conferences or forums, to serve on various expert panels. He has been a project leader/coordinator or chief scientist for some 40 national or international cooperative projects, and served on several expert consultation groups for environmental decision-making at various levels of the Chinese government. He has obtained various awards and honors from the State Council of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences and other national or international organizations, including the 2nd Prize of National Award for Advancement of Science and Technology, National Outstanding Young and Middle-aged Scientist, and SCOPE Distinguished Achievement Award.

Research interests

Ecological health impacts and risk assessment of emerging pollutants, sustainable watershed management, coastal environmental impacts, urban ecological planning and assessment, energy and environmental impacts, environmental management and emergency response, and environmental technology innovation and diffusion policies.

Selected Publications by Prof. Yonglong Lu

 (As of May 2015)

  1. Yonglong Lu*, Nebojsa Nakicenovic,Martin Visbeck, Anne-Sophie Stevance, 2015. Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Nature, 520:432-433.
  2. Yonglong Lu *, Alan Jenkins*, Robert C. Ferrier, Mark Bailey, Iain J. Gordon, Shuai Song, Jikun Huang, Shaofeng Jia, Fusuo Zhang,  Xuejun Liu, Zhaozhong Fenga, Zhibin Zhang, 2015. Addressing China’s Grand Challenge of Achieving Food Security Whilst Ensuring Environmental Sustainability, Science Advances. 1, e1400039.
  3. Yonglong Lu *, Ruoshi Wang, Yueqing Zhang, Hongqiao Su, Pei Wang , Alan Jenkins,  Rober C. Ferrier, Mark Bailey, Geoff Squire, 2015. Ecosystem health towards sustainability, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, Volume 1(1)- Article 2:1-15.
  4. Yonglong Lu, David Inouye, Shirong Liu, 2015. A new platform for ecologists to link ecology with policy, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, Volume 1(1)-Article 1:1-2.
  5. Yonglong Lu*, Shuai Song, Ruoshi Wang, Zhaoyang Liu, Jing Meng, Andrew J. Sweetman,  Alan Jenkins,  Robert C. Ferrier,  Hong Li ,  Wei Luo,  Tieyu Wang, 2015. Impacts of Soil and Water Pollution on Food Safety and Health Risks in China, Environment International, 77 : 5–15.
  6. Tieyu Wang, Pei Wang, Jing Meng, Shijie Liu, Yonglong Lu*, Jong Seong Khim, John P. Giesy, 2015. A review of sources, multimedia distribution and health risks of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in China, Chemosphere  129: 87–99
  7. Yan Feng, Arthur P. J. Mol*, Yonglong Lu*, Guizhen He, C.S.A. (Kris) van Koppen, 2014. Environmental Pollution Liability Insurance in China: Compulsory or Voluntary? Journal of Cleaner Production, 70: 211-219.
  8. Pei Wang, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, Yaning Fu, Zhaoyun Zhu, Shijie Liu, Shuangwei Xie, Yang Xiao, John P. Giesy, 2014. Occurrence and transport of 17 perfluoroalkl acids in 12 coastal rivers in south Bohai coastal region of China with concentrated fluoropolymer facilities, Environmental Pollution, 190:115-122.
  9. Yaning Fu, Tieyu Wang, Pei Wang, Quanliang Fu, Yonglong Lu*, 2014. Effects of age, gender and region on serum concentrations of Perfluorinated compounds in general population of Henan, China, Chemosphere, 110: 104-110.
  10. Yan Feng, Arthur P. J. Mol, Yonglong Lu, Guizhen He, C. S. A. van Koppen, 2014. Environmental Pollution Liability Insurance in China: In Need of Strong Government Backing, AMBIO, 43(5):687-702.
  11. Shijie Liu, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, Shuangwei Xie, Kevin C. Jones, Andrew J. Sweetman, 2014. Using gridded multimedia model to simulate spatial fate of Benzo[α]pyrene on regional scale, Environment International, 63C: 53-63.
  12. Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Arthur P.J. Mol, Tieyu Wang, Yonglong Lu*, 2014. Why small and medium chemical companies continue to pose severe environmental risks in rural China, Environmental Pollution, 185C:158-167.
  13. Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Author Mol, Yonglong Lu*, Jianguo Liu, 2013. Revising China’s Environmental Law, Science, 341:133.
  14. Shuangwei Xie, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, Shijie Liu, Kevin Jones, Andy Sweetman, 2013. Estimation of PFOS emission from domestic sources in the eastern coastal region of China, Environment International, 59: 336-343.
  15. Shuangwei Xie, Tieyu Wang*, Shijie Liu, Kevin C. Jones, Andrew J. Sweetman, Yonglong Lu*, 2013. Industrial source identification and emission estimation of perfluorooctane sulfonate in China, Environmental International, 52:1-8.
  16. Kun Ni, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, Yajuan Shi, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Li Xu, Qiushuang Li, Shijie Liu, 2013. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in China: Policies and recommendations for sound management of plastics from electronic wastes, Journal of Environmental Management, 115:114-123.
  17. Kun Ni, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Jorrit Gosens, Li Xu, Qiushuang Li, Lin Wang, Shijie Liu, 2013. A review of human exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in China, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 216(6):607-623.
  18. Li Xu, Tieyu Wang*, Kun Ni, Shijie Liu, Pei Wang, Shuangwei Xie, Jing Meng, Xiaoqi Zheng, Yonglong Lu*, 2013. Metals contamination along the watershed and estuarine areas of southern Bohai Sea, China, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 74(1):453-463.
  19. Li Li, Yonglong Lu*,Yajuan Shi, Tieyu Wang, Wei Luo, Jorrit Gosens, Peng Chen, Haiqian Li, 2013. Integrated technology selection for energy conservation and PAHs control in iron and steel industry: Methodology and case study, Energy Policy, 54(c):194-203.
  20. Jorrit Gosens, Yonglong Lu*, Guizhen He, Bettina Bluemling, Theo A.M. Beckers, 2013. Sustainability effects of household-scale biogas in rural China, Energy Policy, 54(c):273-287.
  21. Jorrit Gosens, Yonglong Lu*, 2013. From Lagging to Leading? Technologies Innovation Systems in Economies and the Case of Chinese Wind Power, Energy Policy, 60(c):234-250.
  22. Yonglong Lu, Jianji An, Haihua Gong (Eds), 2012. Science in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, A Sponsored Supplement to Science.
  23. Guizhen He, Arthur P.J. Mol, Yonglong Lu*, 2012. Trust and Credibility in Governing China’s Risk Society, Environmental Science and Technology, 46(14): 7442-7443.
  24. Tieyu Wang, Jong Seong Khim, Chunli Chen, Jonathan E Naile, Yonglong Lu*, Kurunthachalam Kannan, JinSoon Park, Wei Luo, Wentao Jiao, Wenyou Hu, John P. Giesy, 2012. Perfluorinated Compounds in Surface Waters from Northern China: Comparison to Level of Industrialization, Environment International, 42: 37-46.
  25. Wei Luo, Tieyu Wang, Wentao Jiao, Wenyou Hu, Jonathan E Naile, Jong Seong Khim, John P. Giesy, Yonglong Lu*, 2012. Mercury in coastal watersheds along the Chinese Northern Bohai and Yellow Seas, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 215-216: 199-207.
  26. Guizhen He, Yonglong Lu*, Arthur P.J. Mol, Theo Beckers, 2012. Changes and challenges: China’s environmental management in transition, Environmental Development, 3: 25-38.
  27. Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Yonglong Lu*, A. P. Mol, 2011. Managing major chemical accidents in China: towards effective risk information, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 187(1-3):171-181.
  28. Chunli Chen, Tieyu Wang, Jonathan E Naile, Jing Li, Jing Geng, Cencen Bi, Wenyou Hu, Xiang Zhang, Jong Seong Khim, Yan Feng, John P. Giesy, Yonglong Lu*, 2011. Perfluorinated compounds in aquatic products from Bohai Bay, Tianjin, China, Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 17(6):1279-1291.
  29. Tieyu Wang, Yonglong Lu*, Chunli Chen, Jonathan E Naile, Jong Seong Khim, Jin Soon Park, Wei Luo, Wentao Jiao, Wenyou Hu, John P. Giesy, 2011. Perfluorinated compounds in estuarine and coastal areas of north Bohai Sea, China, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62(8):1905-1914.
  30. Guang Wang, Yonglong Lu*, Jingyi Han, Wei Luo, Yajuan Shi, Tieyu Wang, Yamei Sun, 2010. Hexachlorobenzene sources, levels and human exposure in the environment of China, Environment International, 36(1): 122-130.
  31. Wei Luo, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, Wenyou Hu, Wentao Jiao, Jonathan E. Naile, Jong Seong Khim, John P. Giesy, 2010. Ecological risk assessment of arsenic and metals in sediments of coastal areas of northern Bohai and Yellow Seas, China, AMBIO, 39(5):367-375.
  32. Wei Luo, Yonglong Lu*, Yan Zhang, Wenyou Fu, Bin Wang, Wentao Jiao, Guang Wang, Xiaojuan Tong, John P. Giesy, 2010. Watershed-scale assessment of arsenic and metal contamination in the surface soils surrounding Miyun Reservoir, Beijing, China, Journal of Environmental Management, 91(12): 2599-2607.
  33. Jing Li, Yonglong Lu*, Guang Wang, Wentao Jiao, Chunli Chen, Tieyu Wang, Wei Luo, John P. Giesy, 2010. Evaluation and Spatial Diffusion of Health Risk of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Soils Surrounding Chemical Industrial Parks in China, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 16(5):989-1006.
  34. Jingyi Han, Arthur P.J. Mol, Yonglong Lu*, 2010. Solar Water Heaters in China: a new day dawning, Energy Policy, 38(1): 383-391.
  35. Jing Geng, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, John P. Giesy, Chunli Chen, 2010. Effects of energy conservation in major energy-intensive industrial sectors on emissions of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans in China, Energy Policy, 38(5): 2346-2356.
  36. Yonglong Lu, Guizhen He, 2009. Contemporary Environmental Management, Beijing: China Renmin University Press.
  37. Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Yonglong Lu*, 2009. Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit in Large-scale Public Infrastructure Construction: The Case of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Environmental Management, 44(3):579-589.
  38. Jingyi Han, Arthur P.J. Mol, Yonglong Lu*, Lei Zhang, 2009. Onshore wind power development in China: Challenges behind a successful story, Energy Policy, 37(8): 2941-2951.
  39. Guang Wang, Yonglong Lu*, Tieyu Wang, Xiang Zhang, Jingyi Han, Wei Luo, Yajuan Shi, Jing Li, Wentao Jiao, 2009. Factors Influencing the Spatial Distribution of Organochlorine Pesticides in Soils surrounding Chemical Industrial Parks, Journal of Environmental Quality, 38(1): 180-187.
  40. Jingyi Han, Yonglong Lu*, A. Mol, Lei Zhang, 2008. Small-Scale Bioenergy Projects in Rural China: Lessons to be Learnt, Energy Policy, 36(6): 2154-2162.
  41. Wei Luo, Yonglong Lu*, Guang Wang, Yajuan Shi, Tieyu Wang, John P. Giesy, 2008. Distribution and availability of arsenic in soils from the industrialized urban area of Beijing, China, Chemosphere, 72(5): 797-802.
  42. Yonglong Lu, John Giesy, Laura Holliday, 2007. Implementing the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.
  43. Xiaolong Wang, Yonglong Lu*, Guizhen He, Jingyi Han, Tieyu Wang, 2007. Multivariate Analysis of Interactions between Phytoplankton Biomass and Environmental Variables in Taihu Lake, China, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 133(1-3):243-253.
  44. Xiaolong Wang, Yonglong Lu*, Jingyi Han, Guizhen He, Tieyu Wang, 2007. Identification of Anthropogenic Influences on Water Quality of Rivers in Taihu Watershed, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 19(4): 475-481.
  45. Wei Luo, Tieyu Wang, Yonglong Lu*, John P. Giesy, Yajuan Shi, Yuanming Zheng, Ying Xing, Guanghong Wu, 2007. Landscape Ecology of the Guanting Reservoir, Beijing, China: Multivariate and Geostatistical Analyses of Metals in Soils, Environmental Pollution, 146(2): 567-576.
  46. Hong Zhang, Yonglong Lu*, 2007. End-Users’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior towards Safe Use of Pesticides: A Case Study in the Guanting Reservoir Area, China. Environmental Geochemical Health, 29(6): 513-520.
  47. Yonglong Lu, John P. Giesy, 2005. Science-based decision-making to reduce risks from Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Chemosphere, 60(6): 729-730.
  48. Hong Zhang, Yonglong Lu*, Yajuan Shi, Tieyu Wang, Ying Xing, Richard W. Dawson, 2005. Legal Framework related to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Management in China, Environmental Science and Policy, 8(2):153-160.
  49. Hong Zhang, Yonglong Lu*, R.W. Dawson, Yajuan Shi, Tieyu Wang, 2005. Classification and Ordination of DDT and HCH in soil samples in Guanting Reservoir areas, Chemosphere, 60 (6): 762-769.
  50. Ying Xing, Yonglong Lu*, Richard W. Dawson, Yajuan Shi, Hong Zhang, Tieyu Wang, Wenbin Liu, Hongchang Ren, 2005. A Spatial Temporal Assessment of Pollution from PCBs in China, Chemosphere, 60 (6):731-739.
  51. Tieyu Wang, Yonglong Lu*, Hong Zhang, Yajuan Shi, 2005. Contamination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Relevant Management in China, Environment International, 31(6):813-821.
  52. Guilian Wang, Yonglong Lu, Jian Xu, 2000. Application of GIS in Environmental Management and Emergency Response, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 12(2):172-177.
  53. Yonglong Lu, Yaoguang Zong, 1996. Ecological planning of land use: The central area of Tianjin, China, Ambio, 25 (6): 421-424.
  54. Yonglong Lu, 1996. Eco-tourism industry development – an alternative to sustainable use of landscape resources, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 8 (3): 298-307.
  55. Yonglong Lu (Editor-in-chief), 1996. Environmental Management (Vol.1): Compartmental Approach, Beijing: China Environmental Science Press.
  56. Yonglong Lu (Editor-in-chief), 1996. Environmental Management (Vol.2): Ecosystem Approach, Beijing: China Environmental Science Press.
  57. Yonglong Lu (Editor-in-chief), 1996. Environmental Management (Vol.3): Tools for Sustainable Development, Beijing: China Environmental Science Press.
  58. Yonglong Lu, 1995. Urbanization, Environmental Consequences and Management in China, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 7(1):1-11.
  59. Rusong Wang, Yonglong Lu, 1994. Urban Ecological Development: Research and Application, Beijing: China Environmental Science Press.
  60. Yonglong Lu, Bangjie Yang, Rusong Wang, 1992. An Interactive Simulation Model of Urban Ecosystem and Its Implementation, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 4(1):15-22.