Yajun (Angie) Zhang
I joined the Isaacs lab in September 2015 as a postdoctoral research associate working on GIS pollinator modeling funded by the Michigan Pollinator Initiative (MPI). The goal of MPI is to find research-based solutions for beekeepers, growers, land managers, and policy makers to promote economic vitality and ecological stability. As part of this initiative, my research involves understanding and developing models for how local and landscape manipulations affect pollinators and pollination service provisioning, with plans to integrate additional ecosystem services into the framework as the research develops. Currently I am working on evaluating the effects of landscape-scale agricultural practices on pollinators and pollination service, and modeling the optimal habitat placement strategy for pollinator conservation in agricultural landscapes.
Prior to joining the Isaacs lab, I received my Ph.D. in Ecology from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEES, CAS) in 2015 and my B.S. in GIS from Wuhan University of Technology in 2009. My previous work focused on using Remote Sensing, GIS and Artificial Intelligence techniques for ecosystem management. For my Ph.D. research I addressed the relationships among multiple ecosystem services and how landscape heterogeneity (across time and space) impacts the relationships. My research interests include ecosystem services, climate and land use change, Remote Sensing, GIS modeling, and the integration of landscape ecology and landscape design for sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in agroecosystems.