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Gengping Zhu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Interest

Conservation biogeography, distributional ecology, ecology niche modeling, invasion biology

Faculty Advisor(s)

Drs. Paul Armsworth, Monica Papeş, and Xingi Giam


Ph.D. Zoology, Nankai University
B.S. Biology, Qufu Normal University


I'm an associate professor in the College of Life Sciences at Tianjin Normal University (TJNU). My research focuses on the applications of Ecological Niche Modeling in biodiversity conservation. I got my Ph.D. in Nankai University in 2011. During my Ph.D. study, I spent one year at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University as a visiting student. After two-years' postdoctoral research in Nankai University, I started to work in TJNU supported by a talent introduction program. During November 2015 to October 2016, I was working with Prof. A. Townsend Peterson in the Biodiversity Institute at The University of Kansas as a visiting scholar. Now I am a postdoctoral research associate, working with Drs. Paul Armsworth, Monica Papeş, and Xingi Giam. I like to study and working in a university, either instruction for student or doing research. During spare time, I like to play badminton, ride a bicycle and run.


I am a conservation focuses researches focuses on the applications of Ecological Niche Modeling in biodiversity conservation, most of my research was related to the insect, including true bugs, moth, dragonfly, et al. That is because i have an entomological background. However, i have extended my research topics to other animals, relic shrubs, disease transmissions and theoretical ecology issue. I am now familiar with Ecological Niche Modeling for analysis species’ ecological dimensions and potential distributions, especially model calibration in MaxEnt and GARP, and Biomod2. My GIS analysis skills covered processing remote sensing data, geospatial analysis in ArcGIS, Diva-GIS. Statistical analysis skills include R project, Sigmplot, SAS and SPASS.


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