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Yao Zhang

Ph.D. Student in Earth Observation and Modeling Group,

Center for Spatial Analysis, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology,

University of Oklahoma

101 David L. Boren Blvd. Norman, Oklahoma 73019, USA




  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, USA, 2014 - 2018(expected)

  • M.S. in Forest Management, Research area was Global Change Ecology. College of Forestry, Northwest A&F University, China, 2011 - 2014

  • B.S. in Geographic Science, Department of Oceanographic and Geographic Sciences, Nanjing University, China, 2007 - 2011

Professional Experience

  • 2014 to present, Research assistant (work with Dr. Xiangming Xiao)

Center for Spatial Analysis, and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, USA

  • 2011 – 2014, Research assistant (work with Dr. Changhui Peng)

Laboratory for ecological forecasting and global change, College of Forestry, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China

Research interests

  • Remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems

  • Effects of climate change on vegetation

  • Drought and other disturbance effect on vegetation

Peer-reviewed journal publications

  1. Luo Y, Yang G, Chen H, Zhu Q, Yang Y, Zhang Y, Peng C. (2014) Relationship between air pollutants and economic development of the provincial cities in China during the past decade. PLoS One 9(8): e104013. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104013

  2. Chen H, Yang G, Peng C, Zhang Y, Zhu D, Zhu Q, Hu J, Wang M, Zhan W, Zhu E, Bai Z, Li W, Wu N, Wang Y, Gao Y, Tian J, KangX, Zhao X, Wu J. (2014) The carbon stock of alpine peatlands on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau during the Holocene and their future fate. Quaternary Science Reviews 95 151-158

  3. Tian L, Li W., Zhang Y, Tian L, Zhu Q, Peng C, Chen H (2014) The Analysis of Snow Cover Information from 1979 to 2007 in Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Acta Ecologica Sinica. (20). doi:10.5846/stxb201303070365 (in Chinese with English Abstract)

  4. Zhang Y, Peng C, Li W, Fang X, Zhang T, Zhu Q, et al. (2013) Monitoring and estimating drought-induced impacts on forest structure, growth, function, and ecosystem services using remote-sensing data: recent progress and future challenges. Environmental Reviews 21(2): 103-115.

  5. Chen, H, Zhu, Q, Peng, C, Wu, N, Wang, Y, Fang, X, Gao, Y, Zhu, D, Yang, G, Tian, J, Kang, X, Piao, S, Ouyang, H, Xiang, W, Luo, Z, Jiang, H, Song, X, Zhang, Y, Yu, G, Zhao, X, Gong, P, Yao, T and Wu, J. (2013) The impacts of climate change and human activities on biogeochemical cycles on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Global Change Biology. 19(10): 2940–2955. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12277

  6. Li W, Yang G, Chen H, Tian J, Zhang Y, Zhu Q, Peng C, Yang J. (2013) Soil available nitrogen, dissolved organic carbon and microbial biomass content along altitudinal gradient of the eastern slope of Gongga Mountain. Acta Ecologica Sinica. 33(5): 266-271 doi: 10.1016/j.chnaes.2013.07.006

  7. Zhang Y, Feng X. (2012) Research on effect of NDVI to the snow information extraction threshold from NDSI. Journal of Water Resources and Water Engineering 23(4): 176-178. (in Chinese with English Abstract)

Awards and honors

  • National scholarship for graduate students, 2013

  • Recognition award of graduate academic forum in Northwest A&F University, 2012

  • First class graduate scholarship in Northwest A&F University, 2011-2014

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