Wei Shi

Associate Professor


Room 4302, Department of Soil Science, North Carolina State University, PO Box 7619, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7619


Wei Shi is Assistant professor at Soil Science Department and she specialises in Microbiology and Ecology.


The research of Wei Shi is aimed at a better understanding of biochemical, ecological and physiological functioning of soil and environmental microorganisms. The goal is to develop fundamental knowledge and apply the information obtained to the management for sustaining agricultural production and preserving natural environment. Current research emphasis is on soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration, soil nitrogen transformation kinetics, and microbial community structure and function.


Dell, E.A., D. Bowman, T.R. Rufty, W. Shi, 2007. Intensive management affects composition of /Betaproteobacterial/ ammonia oxidizers in turfgrass systems. Microbial Ecology, in press.

Iyyemperumal, K., D. Israel, W. Shi. 2007. Soil microbial biomass, activity and potential nitrogen mineralization in a pasture: impact of stock camping activity. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39, 149-157.

Iyyemperumal, K., J. Green, Jr., D. Israel, N. Ranells, W. Shi, 2007. Soil chemical and microbiological properties in hay production systems: residual effects of contrasting N fertilization of swine lagoon effluent versus ammonium nitrate. Biology and Fertility of Soils, in press.

Iyyemperumal, K., W. Shi, 2007. Soil enzyme activities in two forage systems following application of different rates of swine lagoon effluent or ammonium nitrate. Applied Soil Ecology, in press.

Iyyemperumal, K., W. Shi. 2007. Soil microbial community composition and structure: residual effects of contrasting N fertilization of swine lagoon effluent versus ammonia nitrate. Plant and Soil 292, 233-242.

Shi, W., D. Bowman and T.W. Rufty. 2007. Soil microbial community composition and function in turfgrass ecosystems [Invited Mini-Review]. Bioremediation, Biodiversity, and Bioavailability, in press.

Shi, W., E. Dell, D. Bowman, K. Iyyemperumal. 2006. Soil enzyme activities and organic matter composition in a turfgrass chronosequence. Plant and Soil 288, 285-296.

Shi, W., S. Muruganandam, D. Bowman. 2006. Soil microbial biomass and nitrogen dynamics in a turfgrass chronosequence: a short-term response to turfgrass clipping addition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38, 2032-2042.

Shi. W., H. Yao, D. Bowman. 2006. Soil microbial biomass, activity and nitrogen transformations in a turfgrass chronosequence. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38,311-319.

Tu, C., F.L. Brooker, D.M. Watson, X. Chen, T.W. Rufty, W. Shi and S. Hu. 2006. Mycorrhizal mediation of plant N acquisition and residue decomposition: impact of mineral N inputs. Global Change Biology 12, 793-803.

Yao, H., D. Bowman, W. Shi. 2006. Soil microbial community structure and diversity in a turfgrass chronosequence: land-use change versus turfgrass management. Applied Soil Ecology 34, 209-218.

Shi, W., M. Bischoff, R. Turco and A. Konopka. 2005. Microbial catabolic diversity in soils contaminated with hydrocarbons and heavy metals. Environmental Science & Technology 39, 1974-1979.

Shi, W., B.E. Miller, J.M. Stark and J.M. Norton. 2004. Microbial nitrogen ransformations in response to treated dairy waste in agricultural soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 68, 1867-1874.

Shi, W., J. Becker, M. Bischoff, R.Turco, and A. Konopka, 2002. Association of microbial community composition and activity with lead, chromium, and hydrocarbon contamination. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 68: 3859-3866.

Shi, W., M. Bischoff, R. Turco, and A. Konopka, 2002. Long-term effects of chromium and lead upon the activity of soil microbial communities. Applied Soil Ecology, 21: 169-177.

Shi, W., and J.M. Norton, 2000. Effect of long-term, biennial, fall-applied anhydrous ammonia and nitrapyrin on soil nitrification. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 64: 228-234.

Shi, W., and J.M. Norton, 2000. Microbial control of nitrate concentrations in an agricultural soil treated with dairy waste compost or ammonium fertilizer. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 32: 1453-1457.

Shi, W., J.M. Norton, B.E. Miller, and M.G. Pace, 1999. Aeration and moisture effects during windrow composting on the N fertilizer values of composts. Applied Soil Ecology, 11: 17-28.




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