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Background of Education

Ph.D. Ecology Fudan Universtiy 2012-present

M. D.Ecology Shihezi University 2009-2012

B. Tech. Biological technology Shihezi University 2005-2009

Research Interests

  1. Response of vegetation to climate change

  2. Phenology change in arid region

  3. Statistical analysis: Relationship between species distribution and environment

  4. Plant diversity

Professional Experience

Field Experience: Observation of plant phenology in arid region of China Apr.-May. 2013

Field Experience: Ground observation of grassland, Inner Mongolia, China Jul.-Aug. 2012

Field Experience: Species distribution of Salsola L. in the Northern of Xinjiang Oct. 2011

Teaching Experience: Statistical training in Kangshifu Company Apr.-Jun. 2011

Field Experience: Plant diversity of Gurbantunggut desert 2007-2011

Field Experience: Distribution of autumn plant in Gurbantunggut desert Nov. 2010

Teaching experience: Teaching assistant for genetics in Shihezi University Sep.-Dec.2010

Field Experience: Arabidopsis thaliana Populations on Northern Tianshan Mountain 2008

Field Experience: Flower breeding in University experimental field 2008

Professional skills

  1. Plant identification: Familiar with plants species in the southern Gurbantunggut desert.

  2. Statistical Model using R: ANOVA, PCA, CCA, DCA, RDA, Multivariate regression trees (MRT), Generalized Additive Models (GAM), Mantel Test.

  3. Software: R, Arcgis, canoco, SPSS, Oringin, AI.


Academic presentations

Title: Change of plant community species diversity in the southern Gurbantunggut Desert

Xinjiang Academic Annual Conference of Botany, Talimu University, Oco. 2010 

Honors and Awards

Second Prize of the Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Students at Fudan University for the academic year 2012

Third Prize of the National English Contest for College Students 2007

Third Prize of the National English Contest for College Students 2006

Third Prize of the Award for Outstanding Students at Shihezi University for the academic year 2005-2006


  1. Rong Zhang, Xiao Xie, Zu-tao Ouyang, Yan-er Yan, Bin Zhao. Increase in vegetation greenness largely induced by antecedent winter precipitation and spring temperature in arid Northwest China. (prepared to submit).

  2. Rong Zhang, Tong Liu, Jinlong Zhang, Xiaoling Zeng. Understanding the roles of environmental variables in determining species diversity of plant communities in the southern Gurbantunggut Desert, China. (review).

  3. Rong Zhang, Tong Liu.Plant species diversity and community classification in the southern Gurbantunggut Deser. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 2012, 32 (19): 6056-6066.

  4. Qinming Sun, Tong Liu, Hegan Dong, Rong Zhang, Yongguan Li, Chunming Qin. Regional differentiation in the variations of surface moisture index in north Tianshan Mountains in 1962 -2009. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 2012, 31 (6): 1508-1516.

  5. Zhongquan Liu, Tong Liu, Rong Zhang, Huihuang Cheng. Species diversity and spatial differentiation of ephemeral plant community in southern Gurbantunggut Desert. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 2011, 30(1): 45-52.

  6. Zhongquan Liu, Tong Liu, Rong Zhang, Huihuang Cheng. Species diversity and spatial variation of ephemeral community in the southern part of the Gurbantunggut Desert. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 2010 3rd International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Information, 2010.

  7. Lei Li, Tong Liu, Bin Liu, Zhongquan Liu, Langming Si, Rong Zhang. Phenotypic variation and covariation among natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana in North Xinjiang. Biodiversity Science, 2010, 18(5): 497-508.


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