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Yi Zou


Principal supervisor: Jan Axmacher

Second supervisor: Simon Lewis

10/2010 - 03/2014: PhD in Ecology, UCL Department of Geography, UK

01/2014 - present: Postdoc researcher, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

My research aims to establish the diversity patterns of insect assemblages in temperate forest in Northern China, and how these patterns in relation to vegetation and environmental conditions. The primary research area was located at Changbaishan Natural Reserve, a sleeping volcano located in the boundary between China and North Korean. I selected two insect taxa—ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and geometrid moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). The research forest ecosystem was an amazing place, and field work was always joyful.


Tianchi Lake—the top of Changbai Mountain (photo: Yi Zou)


Beck, J, McCain, C.M., Axmacher, J.C., Ashton, L., Bärtschi, F., Brehm, G., Choi, S.-W., Cizek, O., Colwell, R.K., Fiedler, K., Francois, C.L., Highland, S., Holloway, J.D., Intachat, J., Kadlec, T., Kitching, R.L., Maunsell, S.C., Merckx, T., Nakamura, A., Odell, E., Sang, W., Toko, P.S., Zamecnik, J., Zou, Y. & Novotny, V. (accepted) Elevational species richness gradients in a hyperdiverse insect taxon: a global meta-study on geometrid moths. Global Ecology and Biogeography. In press.

Zou, Y., Sang, W., Warren-Thomas, E., & Axmacher, J.C. (2016) Geometrid moth assemblages reflect high conservation value of naturally regenerated secondary forests in temperate China. Forest Ecology and Management, 374, 111-118.

Zou, Y., Sang, W., Hausmann, A., & Axmacher, J.C. (2016) High phylogenetic diversity is preserved in species-poor high-elevation temperate moth assemblages. Scientific Reports, 6, 23045.

Zou, Y., van Telgen, M.D., Chen, J., Xiao, H., de Kraker, J., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., & van der Werf, W. (2016) Modification and Application of a Leaf Blower-vac for Field Sampling of Arthropods. Journal of Visualized Experiment, e54655.

Zou, Y., Sang, W., Wang, S., Warren-Thomas, E., Liu, Y., Yu, Z., Wang, C., & Axmacher, J.C. (2015) Diversity patterns of ground beetles and understory vegetation in mature, secondary, and plantation forest regions of temperate northern China. Ecology and Evolution, 5, 531-542.

Zou, Y., Sang, W., & Axmacher, J.C. (2015) Resilience of insect assemblages to climate change in mature temperate mountain forests of NE China. Journal of Insect Conservation, 19, 1163-1172.

Zou, Y., Sang, W., Zhou, H., Huang, L., & Axmacher, J.C. (2014) Altitudinal diversity patterns of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the forests of Changbai Mountain, Northeast China. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 7, 161-171.

Warren-Thomas, E., Zou, Y., Dong, L., Yao, X., Yang, M., Zhang, X., Qin, Y., Liu, Y., Sang, W., & Axmacher, J.C. (2014) Ground beetle assemblages in Beijing’s new mountain forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 334, 369-376.

Zou, Y., Sang, W., Bai, F., & Axmacher, J.C. (2013) Relationships between plant diversity and the abundance and α-diversity of predatory ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in a mature Asian temperate forest ecosystem. PLoS ONE, 8, e82792.

Zou, Y., Feng, J., Xue, D., Sang, W., & Axmacher, J.C. (2012) A comparison of terrestrial arthropod sampling methods. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 3, 174-182.

Zou, Y., Feng, J., Xue, D., Sang, W., & Axmacher, J.C. (2011) Insect diversity: addressing an important but strongly neglected research topic in China. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 2, 380-384.

De Deyn, G.B., Quirk, H., Zou, Y., Oakley, S., Ostle, N.J., & Bardgett, R.D. (2009) Vegetation composition promotes carbon and nitrogen storage in model grassland communities of contrasting soil fertility. Journal of Ecology, 97, 864-875.