Research fellow, Program 5: Social-ecological resilience, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies
Postdoc research fellow, School of Geography and Environment, University of Southampton (UK) (2011-2013).
PhD, Lanzhou Univeristy (China) (2010).
I am originally from China, where I completed his Ph.D degree in physical Geography in 2010, with special focus on paleoecology and paleoclimatology. I moved to UK to take up a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Southampton from 2011-2013, where I investigated the nonlinear interactions between ecosystem services and human wellbeing from an evolutionary (historical) perspective. I joined the CoE as a research fellow in late 2013. My work here will continue to focus on the dynamics of linked social-ecological systems. I will test and develop resilience theories and apply them to rapidly developing countries (mainly China) to understand the nonlinear interactions between ecosystem and society, such as regime shift, transient dynamic, and reinforce feedback and connectivity issues.
My research interest focuses on the dynamics of linked social-ecological system:
- Examine the key elements and mechanism underlying the regime shift: the connectivity, reinforce feedback loop, transient dynamics and recovery time.
- The connection between different regime shifts at temporal and spatial scale, and the social-ecological impacts of these shifts, such as social-ecological trap.
My current work mainly focuses on understanding the coastal and marine ecosystems and wellbeing in China from a complex system perspective. Specifically, I will address several fundamental research questions: how have key ecological and social process evolved through time? Which parts of the coastal/marine ecosystem are historically resilience in the face of social and biophysical drivers, and which part have been particularly sensitive? What are the potential boundaries or safe operating spaces for the coastal/marine social-ecological systems in order to make a sustainable and desirable future? I will test and develop resilience theories and apply them to rapidly developing countries to understanding the nonlinear interactions between ecosystem and society, such as regime shift, transition dynamics, feedback and connectivity.
Zhang, K., Dearing, J.A., Dawson, T.P., Dong, X., Yang, X.D., Zhang, W.G., 2014. Poverty alleviation strategies in eastern China lead to critical ecological dynamics. Science of the total Environment 506-507, 164-181.
Dearing, J.A., Wang, R., Zhang, K., Dyke, J., Haberl, H., Langdon, P.G., Lenton, T.,Raworth, K., Sohel, S., Brown, S., Carstensen, J., Cole, M., Cornell, S., Dawson, T.P., Doncaster, P., Eigenbrod, F., Eisner, S., Florke, M., Jeffers, E., Mackay, A., Nykvist, B., Poppy, G., ., 2014. Safe and just operating spaces for regional social-ecological systems. Global Environment Change 28, 227-238.
Dearing J.A., Yang, X., Dong, X.H., Chen, X., Langdon, P., Zhang, K., Zhang, W.G., Dawson, P., 2012. Extending the timescale and range of ecosystem services through paleoenvironmental analyses, exemplified in the lower Yangtze basin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109, E111-E1120.
Zhang, K., Zhao, Y., 2011.Conifer stomata analysis in paleoecological studies on the Loess Plateau: an example from Tianchi Lake, Liupan Mountains. Journal of Arid Environments 75, 1209-1213.
Zhang, K., Zhao, Y., Zhou, A.F., Sun, H.L., 2010. Late Holocene vegetation dynamics and human activities reconstructed from lake records in Western Loess Plateau, China. Quaternary International 227, 38-45.
Zhang, K., Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Zhou, A.F, 2010. A 2700-year high resolution pollen record of climate change from varved Sugan Lake in the Qaidam Basin, northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 297, 290-298.
Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Liu, X.J., Zhao, C., Chen, F.H., Zhang, K., 2010. Late Holocene vegetation and climate oscillations in the Qaidam Basin of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary Research 1, 59-69.
Zhao, Y., Chen, F.H., Zhou, A.F., Yu, Z.C., Zhang, K., 2010.Vegetation history, climate change and human activities over the last 6200 years on the Liupan Mountains in the southwestern Loess Plateau in central China.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 293, 197-205.
Li, F., Sun, J., Zhao, Y., Guo, X., Zhao,W., Zhang, K., 2010. Ecological significance of common pollen ratios: A review. Frontiers of Earth Science in China 4, 253-258.