Zhongchun “ZJ” Jiang

jiangTitle: Professor
Department:
 Animal and Plant Sciences
E-mail: jiangz@cobleskill.edu
Office Phone: (518) 255-5617
Office Location: Old Gym room #1, in the basement

Areas of Expertise: Plant Physiology, Turfgrass Nutrition, Soil Nutrient Dynamics

Courses Taught:
Courses taught or co-taught at SUNY Cobleskill:
Botany I
Applied Plant Physiology
Introduction to Golf Course Management
Sports Field Management
Turfgrass Management
Internship in Turfgrass Management
Soil and Water Conservation
Soil Fertility
Introduction to Plant Biotechnology

Courses taught or co-taught at University of Rhode Island:
Horticultural Plant Physiology
Problem-Solving in Plant Biology
Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility

Courses taught or co-taught at Nanjing Agricultural University in China:
Landscape Plant Culture and Maintenance
Plant Propagation
Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
Turfgrass Culture and Science

About ZJ:
I was born and raised in a village of several hundred people in central China. When I was a young boy, I wanted to go to college and learn how to grow fruit trees. My plan was to grow many fruit trees and eat plenty of fruits while reading and writing poems under the trees. I studied long hours every day, passed the national college entrance examinations, and was accepted into the Fruit Science bachelor’s degree program at Central China Agricultural University near a city of several million people.

But, four years of college changed my boyhood plan. In addition to studying fruit science, I learned many other things, including other horticultural crops, botany, plant physiology, pathology, entomology, soil science, as well as Japanese, English, and more poems. I got to know many people and places, too. Upon graduation, I did not find a fruit grower’s job but took an instructor’s job at Nanjing Agricultural University because I wanted to see the city of Nanjing, the thousand-year old southern capital of China, which I had read a lot about in poems. I joined the horticulture faculty there and began my teaching career. I found that I loved teaching more than growing fruit trees.

Since then, I have been helping students to grow. Along the way, I grew a lot myself. As an instructor, I was required to get a master’s degree before I could be promoted. So, I took a leave to go to Japan, enrolled in Chiba University’s Environmental Studies master’s degree program near Tokyo, and studied Landscape Botany. Upon earning my degree, I returned to Nanjing and continued to teach until I was required to get a doctorate degree for another promotion. This time, I came to the United States, enrolled in the University of Rhode Island’s Biological Sciences doctoral degree program, and studied Plant Science -Turfgrass Physiology. After earning my Ph.D. degree, I took a job and stayed there to do research and teaching.

A few years later, I applied for an associate professor’s position at SUNY Cobleskill, which was mostly teaching in the Plant Science areas and a good fit for my background. I moved to Cobleskill with my family in the middle of January. Snow was everywhere, and I thought that I would not stay very long. But, as snow melted away and grasses greened up, I began to love what I saw. I have been enjoying working at SUNY and living in the village of Cobleskill since.

LinkedIn URL: http://www.linkedin.com/in/zjiang31

Other Links :
http://journal.ashspublications.org/content/136/6/399.abstract
http://archive.lib.msu.edu/tic/golfd/article/2003oct43.pdf
https://www.crops.org/publications/cs/abstracts/44/2/567
http://journal.ashspublications.org/content/136/5/320.abstract
https://www.crops.org/publications/cs/abstracts/38/6/CS0380061623
https://www.crops.org/publications/cs/abstracts/39/3/CS0390030746
https://www.crops.org/publications/cs/abstracts/40/3/765
https://www.crops.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/29/5/JEQ0290051625
https://www.crops.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/29/5/JEQ0290051657

Curriculum Vitae:

DEGREES EARNED

• Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, Biological Science (Plant Science)
• M.S. Chiba University, Japan, Horticulture (Landscape Botany)
• B.S. Central China Agricultural University, Horticulture (Fruit Science)

POSITIONS HELD

• PROFESSOR, SUNY Cobleskill, September 2007-present
• SABBATICAL LEAVE, visiting scientist at Rutgers University
• ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SUNY Cobleskill; CONTINUING APPOINTMENT (Tenure) awarded in January 2006;
• ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, University of Rhode Island
• POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, University of Rhode Island
• GRADUATE ASSISTANT, University of Rhode Island
• ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Nanjing Agricultural University
• ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Nanjing Agricultural University
• Visiting scholar and graduate student at Chiba University in Japan
• INSTRUCTOR, Nanjing Agricultural University

COMMITTEES SERVED AT SUNY COBLESKILL AND STATE-WIDE LEVEL

• Academic Personnel Policies Committee
• Chancellor’s Awards Committee
• Honorary Doctorate Degree Committee (chair 2007-08)
• Curriculum Committee (Chair 2005-07)
• Academic Integrity Review Board
• International Education Council
• SUNY Cobleskill UUP Executive Board, Elected Academic Delagate
• Biotechnology Faculty Search Committee
• Enrollment Management Committee
• Chair of Turfgrass Faculty Search Committee
• Agronomy Faculty Search Committee
• SUNY Faculty Senate Undergraduate Committee
• Suny Faculty Senate Awards and Programs Committee
• SUNY Faculty Senate Liaison to Faculty Council of Community Colleges
• United University Professions Scholarship Development Committee
• United University Professions Globalization and Corporatization Committee

PAST AND CURRENT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SERVICES

• American Society for Horticultural Science (elected to chair Teaching Methods and Plant Nutrient Management working groups; ;served on Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award Selection Committee; served as ad hoc reviewer for HortScience journal)
• Crop Science Society of America (appointed to Turfgrass Science Division’s Education Committee; served on Crop Science Teaching Award Committee; served as ad hoc reviewer for Crop Science journal)
• New York State Turfgrass Association (appointed to NYSTA Education Committee, 2004-2007 and served as SUNY Cobleskill liaison)
• North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (appointed to NACTA Journal Review Board and Membership Structure Task Force; ad hoc book reviewer)
• Soil Science Society of America (served as ad hoc reviewer of SSSA Journal)
• American Society of Agronomy (served as ad hoc reviewer of Agronomy Journal)
• International Turfgrass Society (served as a reviewer for its journal Internaional Turfgrass Research Journal)
• Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
• Sports Turf Managers Association
• International Society for Horticultural Science
• Judge for Annual Joseph Henry Science Fair for high school students, College of St. Rose
• External Reviewer of two Ph.D. dissertations for the graduate school at Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu, India

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

• Member, Village of Cobleskill Zoning Board of Appeals, appointed December 2013
• Treasurer, Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of America – Schoharie County (interviewed by CapitalNews9 in September 2004)
• Co-President, Friends of the Community Library
• Member, Schoharie County Empire Zone Administrative Board
• Member, Cobleskill Village Street Tree Committee
• Member, Cobleskill Rotary Club, Program Chair of “Eyeglass Vouchers for Children in Need”
• Member, Richmondville-Cobleskill Lions Club, co-chair of Chili Cook-Off (February 2007)
• Instructor of a Soils and Turfgrasses course for the SUNY Cobleskill – Landis Arboretum Joint Horticulture Certificate Program
• Instructor of a non-credit evening class Chinese for Beginners, SUNY Cobleskill.
• Presenter of a 1-day workshop for New York State Master Gardeners Program
• Host of four Japanese students for two weeks

AWARDS, HONORS, AND RECOGNITIONS RECEIVED

• State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
• SUNY Cobleskill Student Development and Collegiate Life “Faculty Appreciation” Award for outstanding service to the students outside the classroom
• SUNY Cobleskill Student Affairs “Faculty Appreciation” Award in recognition of outstanding service to the students at the College
• SUNY Cobleskill Academic Affairs “Above and Beyond” Service Award in recognition of outstanding service to the College
• SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization for taking students on a China study tour
• Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, USA.
• Member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, USA.
• Outstanding Graduate Presentation Award, Northeastern Branch of American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America.
• Outstanding Graduate Presentation Award, Northeastern American Society of Agronomy.
• Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science, Crop Science Society of America.
• Excellent Research Paper Award, Jiangsu Provincial Society for Horticultural Science, China.
• Recipient, Matsudo North Scholarship, Japan.
• Recipient, Tsuchiya Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan.

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS PUBLISHED IN JOURNALS

• Jiang, Z., C. Xu, and B. Huang. 2011. Enzymatic Metabolism of Nitrogen in Leaves and Roots of Creeping Bentgrass under Nitrogen Deficiency Conditions. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 136:320–328.
• Xu, C., Jiang, Z., and B. Huang. 2011. Nitrogen deficiency-induced protein changes in immature and mature leaves of creeping bentgrass. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 136:399–407.
• Jiang, Z. 2005. Nutrient concentrations in turfgrass clippings and groundwater as affected by fertilizers. International Turfgrass Research Journal 10:944-951
• Jiang, Z. 2005. Biologically based fertilizers for turf ecosystems. pp. 329-334. In Third International Nitrogen Conference Proceedings Contributed Papers, Science Press USA, Inc. ISBN 1-933100-10-9.
• Jiang, Z. and W. M. Sullivan. 2004. Nitrate uptake of seedling and mature Kentucky bluegrass plants. Crop Science 44: 567-574.
• Sullivan, W. M. and Z. Jiang. 2003. Soil nitrate bioavailability monitoring in production and use environments. Acta Horticulturae 661: 413-419.
• Jiang, Z., R. J. Hull, and W. M. Sullivan. 2002. Nitrate uptake and reduction in C3 and C4 grasses. J. Plant Nutr. 25:1303-1314.
• Sullivan, W. M. and Z. Jiang. 2001. Soil nitrate monitoring for turfgrass sod farms and other turf areas. In Optimizing Nitrogen Management in Food and Energy Production and Environmental Protection: Proceedings of the 2nd International Nitrogen Conference on Science and Policy. The Scientific World 1:49-56
• Jiang, Z., W. M. Sullivan, and R. J. Hull. 2001. Nitrate uptake and metabolism in Kentucky bluegrass as affected by nitrate levels. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 9:303-310.
• Jiang, Z. and W. Michael Sullivan. 2001. Development of a worldwide web-based turfgrass management course using web course tools. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 9:72-81.
• Jiang, Z., W. M. Sullivan, and R. J. Hull. 2000. Nitrate uptake and nitrogen use efficiency in Kentucky bluegrass cultivars. HortSci. 35:1350-1354.
• Jiang, Z., J. T. Bushoven, H. J. Ford, C. D. Sawyer, J. A. Amador, and R. J. Hull. 2000. Mobility of soil nitrogen and microbial responses following the sudden death of established turf. J. Environ. Qual. 29:1625-1631.
• Bushoven, J. T., Z. Jiang, H. J. Ford, C. D. Sawyer, R. J. Hull, and J. A. Amador. 2000. Stabilization of soil nitrate by reseeding with perennial ryegrass following sudden turf death. J. Environ. Qual. 29:1657-1661.
• Jiang, Z., and R. J. Hull. 2000. Diurnal patterns of nitrate assimilation in Kentucky bluegrass. J. Plant Nutr. 23:443-456.
• Sullivan, W. M., Z. Jiang, and R. J. Hull. 2000. Root morphology and its relationship with nitrate uptake in Kentucky bluegrass. Crop Sci. 40:765-772.
• Jiang, Z., W. M. Sullivan, and R. J. Hull. 2000. Variation in nitrate metabolism among nine Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) cultivars. Grassland Ecology 5: 77-87. Published by Grassland and Mountain Agriculture Research Institute, Mládežnícka 36, 974 21 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.
• Jiang, Z. and R. J. Hull. 1999. Partitioning of nitrate assimilation between shoots and roots of Kentucky bluegrass. Crop Sci. 39: 746-754.
• Jiang, Z. and R. J. Hull. 1998. Interrelationships of nitrate uptake, nitrate reductase and nitrogen use efficiency in selected Kentucky bluegrass cultivars. Crop Sci. 38: 1623-1632.
• Jiang, Z. 1994. A study on soil improvement for bentgrass greens. Acta Horticulturae Sinica 21(1): 76-80.
• Jiang, Z. 1994. A morphological study on the wall adhesion mechanism of the adhesive discs of Parthenocissus tricuspidata and P. henryana. Journal of Nanjing Agricultural University 17(4):27-31.
• Jiang, Z. and O. Takeshi. 1993. Effects of eight different mixing percentages of four soil modifiers on the growth of bentgrass. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 7:522-527.
• Wu, S., L. Mao, Z. Jiang, and C. Fu. 1986. Improving the productivity of Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima). China Fruits 2:27-29.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN TRADE MAGAZINES

• Jiang, Z. 2012. Getting More Roots with Less Nitrogen. February 29 Issue of the Electronic Newsletter of New York State Turfgrass Association.
• Jiang, Z. 2003. Nitrogen assimilation. Turfgrass TRENDS, which was included in the magazine Golfdom October 2003, page 43-46.
• Bushoven, J.T., Z. Jiang, and R.J. Hull. 2002. Differences in nitrate uptake and metabolism among perennial ryegrass and creeping bentgrass cultivars. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online 1 (15): 1-13. Available at: http://usgatero.lib.msu.edu/v01/n15.pdf.
• Hull, R. J., J. Amador, J. Bushoven, and Z. Jiang. 2001. Does turf death cause nitrate leaching? Golf Course Management, April 2001, 65-68.
• Hull, R. J. and Z. Jiang. 1998. Cool-season grasses make inefficient use of nitrogen. Golf Course Management, April 1998, 61-64.
• Jiang, Z. and O. Takeshi. 1993. Climbing the walls. Grounds Maintenance 28(2): 28-38.

CONFERENCE PAPERS (total 68). Listed below are a sample.

• Jiang, Z, C. Xu, and B. Huang. 2010. Effects of nitrogen deficiency on organic nitrogen metabolism in leaves and roots of creeping bentgrass. Annual Meeting Abstract Book of Northeastern Branch of Crop, Soil, and Agronomy Societies of America, pages 29-30. Meeting held at Cornell University, June 27-30, 2010.
• Jiang, Z. 2007. Nitrate uptake, nitrate assimilation, and nitrogen use efficiency in turfgrass, HortScience July 2007
• Jiang, Z. 2006. Soil water micronutrients and heavy metals under turf. Abstracts of The 18th World Congress of Soil Science, Philadelphia, PA, July 9-15, 2006. page 539.
• Jiang, Z. 2005. Use of Information Technology in the Classroom. Agronomy Abstracts (CD-ROM).
• Jiang, Z. 2005. Fostering Communication Skills in a Turfgrass Management Class. Annual Meeting of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), Wooster, Ohio, June 15-17, 2005. NACTA Journal 49: 69.
• Jiang, Z. 2005. Using Videos in PowerPoint Presentation and Web Delivery. Program Book of The SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies – Fitting the Pieces Together: Pedagogy, Technology, and Learning, Binghamton University, May 23-26, 2005, page 85.
• Jiang, Z. 2005. Effects of compost-based fertilizer on turfgrass and groundwater qualities. HortScience 40:500

RESEARCH AND GRANTS

• Botany Course Redesign, SUNY Cobleskill, $24,000 for equipment. Spring and Summer 2008.
• Travel grant from SUNY Cobleskill to chair a workshop at ASHS Annual Meeting, $1,500, Summer 2008.
• Travel grant from SUNY Cobleskill to present a paper at ASHS Annual Meeting, $1,500, Summer 2007.
• Travel grant from SUNY Cobleskill to present a paper at the 18th World Congress of Soil Science, $1500, July 2006.
• Agriculture Study Tour in the Country of 1.3 Billion People –State University of New York (SUNY) Office of International Programs. $8000.
• Conference on Computing in Agriculture – State University of New York (SUNY) Faculty Access to Computing Technology (FACT) Council. $4871.
• Recruiting and Retaining Female Students in the Two-Year Turfgrass Management Program –SUNY COBLESKILL PERKINS/VTEA GRANT. $5,000.
• Travel grant from AgrowKnowlege to attend its annual conference “Ventures in Innovations”, Ventura, California, April 26-29, 2005. The grant included airfare, lodging, meals, and registration and was estimated to be $1300.
• Travel grant from SUNY Cobleskill Professional Development and Training Committee to present a paper at State University of New York Conference in Technology (CIT 2005) at Binghamton University, May 23-26, 2005. $421.00
• Scholarship from State Univ. of New York Faculty Access to Computing Technology program to attend Conference in Technology (CIT 2005) in Binghamton University, May 23-26, 2005. $150
• Travel grant from State of New York/United University Professions Joint Labor-Management Committees to present a paper at the Annual Conference of The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture in Wooster, Ohio, June 15-17, 2005. $664.01
• Travel grant from SUNY Cobleskill Professional Development and Training Committee to present a paper at the Annual Meetings of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of American, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 6-10, 2005. $905.80
• Compost-Based Fertilizer Evaluation in Kentucky Bluegrass Turf, Funded by BioMatrix, Inc. $12,821.55.
• A grant from New York State Ag Tech Prep Program to develop a Turfgrass Management Careers Brochure. $630. 1000 copies of the brochure were printed in May 2004.
• A $1000 award from the Office of Vice President of Academic Affairs of SUNY Cobleskill for reprinting of the Turfgrass Management Careers Brochure.
• Travel grant from AgrowKnowlege to attend a bioinformatics workshop at UC Davis, June 27-30, 2004. The grant included airfare, lodging, meals, and registration and was estimated to be $1200.
• Travel grant from SUNY Cobleskill Professional Development Fund to attend the International Conference of American Society for Horticultural Science at Austin, Texas, July 17-21, 2004. $1000.
• Travel grant from New York State Ag Tech Prep Program to attend a Landscape Design and Turfgrass Management short course at Earth City, Missouri, August 9 and 10, 2004. $1000
• Fertilizer Evaluation in Lettuce, Funded by CK Life Sciences Company based in Hong Kong, China. $11,503 in 2003.
• Fertilizer Evaluation in Turf, Funded by CK Life Sciences Company based in Hong Kong, China. $28,744 in 2003.
• Travel grant from State of New York United University Professions’ Professional Development and Quality of Working Life (PDQWL) Program to attend the 1st International Conference on Turfgrass Management for Sport Fields, $1000, June 2003
• Travel grant from SUNY Cobleskill Professional Development Fund to attend the 1st International Conference on Turfgrass Management for Sport Fields, $250, June 2003

In the News:
http://uuphost.org/voicearchive/?p=326
http://www.cobleskill.edu/news/2011/10-17-11-plantscienceprofessor.asp
http://landscapeonline.com/research/article/10373