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ZHANG, Zhi-Bin
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The State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R.China
Group of Agricultural Animal Ecology      

1980.9-1984.9, B.S., Department of Biology, Lanzhou University
1984.9-1989.9, Ph.D., Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1989.8 - 1991.11, Assistant Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1991.11 - 1995.10, Associate Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1995.10 - Present, Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1999.5 - 2003.4, Deputy Director, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2003.4 - 2008.3, Director, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2008.3- 2012. 11, Director, Bureau of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interests:

Population ecology, species interaction, climate change biology, pest management.
Our study aims to understand mechanisms of population dynamics, regulation and management of pests (in particular for rodents) by integrating global change biology, species interaction and molecular biology. Using ecological data from decadal to millennium scale, we have made significant breakthroughs by revealing the non-monotonous effect of climate on several biological populations (e.g. rodent, locust, rodent-borne plague etc.). Using data covering various kinds of forest ecosystems, we revealed several novel mechanisms of species interaction in affecting population and community dynamics. Besides, we also made important contributions in understanding population regulation of small rodents at behavioral, neurobiological and genetic levels. We have published more than 200 papers and trained over 40 students. Our findings have been commented by Nature, Science, American Scientist, Discovery News, Faculty-2000, etc.

Awards and Honors:
1996 Award for Science and Technology, CAS, Second Prize, 1st contributor
2001 Award for Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Second Prize, 1st contributor
2002 State Award for Science and Technology, State Department of China, Second Prize, 1st contributor.
2009 Honorable professor, Russia Academy of Sciences
2013 Outstanding scientific and technological workers, China Association of Science and Technology
2014 Foreign member of Norway Academy of Sciences and Letters

Professional Activities:
1998-2008 Vice-President, Zoological Society of China (ZSC)
2002-2008 Vice-President, Ecological Society of China (ESC)
2003-2008, Vice-President, China Scientific Commission of CITES
2004-2012, Vice-President of International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS)
2004-2013, President, Mammalogical Society of China (MSC)
2005-present, Editor in Chief, Integrative Zoology (ISZS)
2006-present, Editorial board member, Associate editor, Wildlife Research (Australia)
2010-present, Vice-President, International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)
2012-present, editorial board member, Biology Letter (UK)
2012-present, President of International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS)

Research Grants:
Impacts of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity and stability of seed-animal networks of forest ecosystem. 2014-2018. NSFC key project.
Mechanism of population outbreaks, early-warning and sustainable management. 2007-2011. State Basic Research Program of Ministry of Science and Technology.
Biological consequences of global change (BCGC), 2012-2015, core program, International Union of Biological Sciences.

Selected Publications:
  1. Xu, L., L. C. Stige, K. L. Kausrud, T. B. Ari, S. Wang, X. Fang, B. V. Schmid, Q. Liu, N. C. Stenseth, and Z. Zhang. 2014. Wet climate and transportation routes accelerate spread of human plague. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 281: 1780. Comments by Science: Ian Randall, Roads and Floods Help Plague Spread http://news.sciencemag.org/asia/2014/02/roads-and-floods-help-plague-spread
  2. Yan C, Zhang Z. 2014 Specific non-monotonous interactions increase persistence of ecological networks. Proc. R. Soc.B 281: 20132797.
  3. Yan C, Stenseth NC, Krebs CJ & Zhang Z. 2013. Linking climate change to population cycles of hares and lynx. Global Change Biology, 19(11), s 3263- 3271.
  4. Yan C, Xu L, Xu T, Cao X, Wang F, Wang F, Hao S, Yang H and Zhang Z*. 2013. Agricultural irrigation mediates climatic effects and density dependence in population dynamics of Chinese striped hamster in North China Plain. Journal of Animal Ecology 82(2): 334–344
  5. Xiao Z, Zhang Z*, Krebs CJ. 2013. Long-term seed survival and dispersal dynamics in a rodent-dispersed tree: testing the predator satiation hypothesis and the predator dispersal hypothesis. Journal of Ecology 101: 1256–1264.
  6. Cao L, Xiao Z, Wang Z, Guo C, Chen J, Zhang Z*. 2011. High regeneration capacity helps tropical seeds to counter rodent predation. Oecologia 166(4): 997-1007.
  7. Xu, L., Q. Liu, L. C. Stige, T. Ben Ari, X. Fang, K. S. Chan, S. Wang, N. C. Stenseth, and Z. Zhang. 2011. Nonlinear effect of climate on plague during the third pandemic in China. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 108:10214-10219. Comments by Discovery News: Did Weather Make the Plague Worse? http://news.discovery.com/earth/weather-climate-and-the-plague-110607.html
  8. Tian H, Stige LC, Cazelles B, Kausrud KL, Svarverud R, Stenseth NC* and Zhang Z*. 2011. Reconstruction of a 1,910-y-long locust series reveals consistent associations with climate fluctuations in China. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 108(35): 14521-14526. Comments by Faculty 1000: “New finding & Technical advance and Conservation Magazine: 2 Millennia of Locusts. http://www.conservationmagazine.org/2011/08/2-millennia-of-locusts/
  9. Pan Y#, L. Xu L#, Wang Z. and Zhang Z.*. 2011. Expression of Oestrogen Receptor a in the Brain of Brandt’s Voles (Lasiopodomys brandtii): Sex Differences and Variations During Ovarian Cycles. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 23:1–7.
  10. Zhang Z*, Cazelles B, Tian H, Stige LC, Bräuning A and Stenseth NC*. 2009. Periodic temperature-associated drought/flood drives locust plagues in China. Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276: 823-831. Comments by New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16137-locust-plagues-may-be-eased-by-global-warming.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news