Yi Zou


My research focuses on biodiversity and landscape ecology. In particular​, I am interested in how arthropod diversity response to environmental changes, and how living landscapes influence ecosystem services (e.g. pollination and biological pest control), food security and farmer incomes.
  • Qualifications

    • Ph.D. , University College London (UCL), - 2014
    • MSc , Lancaster University, - 2008
    • BSc , Shandong University, - 2007
  • Experience

    • Lecturer, Xi'an-Jiaotong Liverpool University - 2016 to Present
    • Postdoc research fellow, Wageningen University - 2014 to 2016
    • QA manager, Rikang Food and Beverage Co., Ltd. - 2009 to 2010
  • Articles

    • Zhou, S., Wu, N., Zhang, M., Peng, W., He, F., Guo, K., Yan, S., Zou, Y., & Qu, X. (2020) Local environmental, geo-climatic and spatial factors interact to drive community distributions and diversity patterns of stream benthic algae, macroinvertebrates and fishes in a large basin, Northeast China. Ecological Indicators, 117, 106673.
    • Zou, Y., Pan, S., Zhao, P., Han, L., Wang, X., Hemerik, L., Knops, J., & van der Werf, W. (2020) Outbreak analysis with a logistic growth model shows COVID-19 suppression dynamics in China. PLOS ONE, 15, e0235247.
    • Liu, R., Chen, D., Luo, S., Xu, S., Xu, H., Shi, X., & Zou, Y., Quantifying pollination efficiency of flower-visiting insects and its application in estimating pollination services for common buckwheat. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 301, 107011.
    • Faghihinia, M., Zou, Y., Bai, Y., Marrs, R., & Staddon, P. L. Seasonal variation in the response of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to grazing intensity. Mycorrhiza. Accepted.
    • Zou, Y. & Axmacher, J.C. (2020) The Chord-Normalized Expected Species Shared (CNESS)- distance represents a superior measure of species turnover patterns. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 273-280.
    • Zou, Y., van der Werf, W., Liu, Y., & Axmacher, J.C. (2020) Predictability of species diversity by family diversity across global terrestrial animal taxa. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29, 629–644.
    • Faghihinia, M., Zou, Y., Chen, Z., Bai, Y., Li, W., Marrs, R., & Staddon, P.L. (2020) Environmental drivers of grazing effects on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in grasslands. Applied Soil Ecology, 153, 103591.
    • Sun, X., Yang, X., Diekman, M., Zou, Y., Sang, W., & Axmacher, J. (2020) Diversity and seasonal changes in carabid assemblages of mature, secondary and plantation forests in the Zhangguangcai Mountains, North-eastern China. Insect Conservation and Diversity. 13, 340-350.
    • Faghihinia, M., Zou, Y., Chen, Z., Bai, Y., Li, W., Marrs, R. & Staddon, P.L. (2020) The response of grassland mycorrhizal fungal abundance to a range of long-term grazing intensities. Rhizosphere, 13, 100178.
    • Li, T., Luo, P., Luo, C., Yang, H., Li, Y., Zuo, D., Xiong, Q., Mo, L., Mu, C., Gu, X., Zhou, S., Huang, J., Li, H., Wu, S., Cao, W., Zhang, Y., Wang, M., Li, J., Liu, Y., Gou, P., Zhu, Z., Wang, D., Liang, Y., Bai, S. & Zou, Y. (2020) Long-term empirical monitoring indicates the tolerance of the giant panda habitat to climate change under contemporary conservation policies. Ecological Indicators. 110, 105886.
    • Zou, Y., de Kraker, J., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Xiao, H., Huang, J., Deng, X., Hou, L. & van der Werf, W. (2020) Do diverse landscapes provide for effective natural pest control in subtropical rice? Journal of Applied Ecology. 57, 170-180.
    • Dainese et al., (2019) A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production, Science Advances, 5, eaax0121.
    • Zou, Y., Sang, W., Bai, F., Brennan, E., Diekman, M., Liu, Y., Li, L., Marples, A., Shi, H., Sui, Z., Sun, X., Wang, C., Wang, X., Warren-Thomas, E., Yang, X., Yu, Z. & Axmacher, J.C. (2019) Large-scale α-diversity patterns in plants and ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) indicate a high biodiversity conservation value of China’s restored temperate forest landscapes. Diversity and Distributions, 25, 1613-1624.
    • Ma, C., Zhang, Y., Sun, J., Imran, M., Yang, H., Wu, J., Zou, Y., Li-Byarlay, H., & Luo, S. (2019) Impact of acute oral exposure to thiamethoxam on the homing, flight, learning acquisition and short-term retention of Apis cerana. Pest Management Science, 75, 2975-2980.
    • Woodcock, B.A., Garratt, M.P.D., Powney, G.D., Shaw, R.F., Osborne, J.L., Soroka, J., Lindström, S.A.M., Stanley, D., Ouvrard, P., Edwards, M.E., Jauker, F., McCracken, M.E., Zou, Y., Potts, S.G., Rundlöf, M., Noriega, J.A., Greenop, A., Smith, H.G., Bommarco, R., van der Werf, W., Stout, J.C., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Morandin, L., Bullock, J.M., & Pywell, R.F. (2019) Meta-analysis reveals that pollinator functional diversity and abundance enhance crop pollination and yield. Nature Communications, 10, 1481.
    • Hemerik, L., Bianchi, F., van de Wiel, I., Fu, D., Zou, Y., Xiao, H., & van der Werf, W. (2018) Survival analysis of brown plant hoppers (Nilaparvata lugens) in rice using video recordings of predation events. Biological Control, 127, 155-161.
    • Karp, D.S., Chaplin-Kramer, R., ...Zou, Y. (2018) Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, E7863-E7870.
    • Zou, Y., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Jauker, F., Xiao, H., Chen, J., Cresswell, J., Luo, S., Huang, J., Deng, X., Hou, L., & van der Werf, W. (2017) Landscape effects on pollinator communities and pollination services in small-holder agroecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 246, 109-116.
    • Zou, Y., Xiao, H., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Jauker, F., Luo, S., & van der Werf, W. (2017) Wild pollinators enhance oilseed rape yield in small-holder farming systems in China. BMC Ecology, 17, 6.
    • Zou, Y., de Kraker, J., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Xiao, H., van Telgen, M.D., & van der Werf, W. (2017) Video monitoring of brown planthopper predation in rice shows flaws of sentinel methods. Scientific Reports, 7, 42210.
    • Li, X., Zou, Y., Yang, H., Xiao, H., & Wang, J. (2017) Meteorological driven factors of population growth in brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens Stål (Hemiptera: Delphacidae), in rice paddies. Entomological Research, 47, 309–317.
    • Beck, J., McCain, C.M., Axmacher, J.C., Ashton, L.A., 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. (2017) Elevational species richness gradients in a hyperdiverse insect taxon: a global meta-study on geometrid moths. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 412-424.
    • 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., 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.
    • Chen, J., Fu, D., Zou, Y., Xiao, H., Hou, L., & van der Werf, W. (2016) Relationship between agricultural landscape composition and population density of Phytomyza nigricornis during bloom of oil seed rape. Plant Protection, 42, 165-170. (Chinese with English abstract)
    • 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.
  • Conference presentations

    • Zou, Y., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., de Kraker, J., Xiao, H. & van der Werf, W. (2019) Contribution of living landscapes on ecosystem services in small-holder farming systems. The 10th IALE World congress. Milano, Italy.
    • Zou, Y. & Liu, R. (2019) Quantifying insect pollination: from individual pollination efficiency to regional service evaluation. The 4th Pollinator Insects Forum. Beijing, China.
    • Fu, D., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Zou, Y., Xiao, H., Kraker, J.d. & Werf, W.v.d. (2019) Landscape composition affects frogs abundance and diversity in rice, but not their contribution to biocontrol. International Organisation for Biocontrol and Integrated Control - Landscape management for functional biodiversity. Wageningen, The Netherlands.
    • Zou, Y., Sang, W., & Axmacher, J.C. (2018) Insect diversity patterns in primary, secondary and plantation forests in temperate regions of north China. In The 17th academic conference of ecology society of China, Nanjing, China.
    • Zou, Y., Huang, S., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Cresswell, J., Fu, D., Xiao, H., & Werf, W.v.d. (2018) A comparison of pollinator exclusive methods in measuring pollination services for oilseed rape. In The 3rd Pollinator Insects Forum, Beijing, China.
    • Zou, Y., de Kraker, J., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Xiao, H., van Telgen, M.D., & van der Werf, W. (2017) Video monitoring of brown planthopper in rice shows importance of frogs for biological pest control. In International Organisation for Biocontrol and Integrated Control - West Palaearctic Regional Section, Dundee, UK.
    • Zou, Y., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Xiao, H., Luo, S., Deng, X., Hou, L., Huang, J., & Werf, W.v.d. (2017) Landscape effects on pollinator communities and pollination services in small-holder agroecosystems in South China. In The 2nd Pollinator Insects Forum, Beijing, China.
    • Zou, Y., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., de Kraker, J., Xiao, H., Luo, S., Deng, X., Hou, L., Huang, J., & van der Werf, W. (2017) The impact of agricultural landscapes on biodiversity, pollination and biocontrol. In 2017 Annual academic conference of ecology society of Beijing, Beijing, China.
    • Zou, Y., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., de Kraker, J., Xiao, H., Luo, S., Deng, X., Hou, L., Huang, J., & van der Werf, W. (2017) Small-holder living landscapes and agricultural ecosystem: biodiversity, pollination and biological pest control services. In The 9th IALE-China Conference, Guangzhou, China.
    • Zou, Y., Bianchi, F.J.J.A., Xiao, H., Jauker, F., Luo, S., Hou, L., Huang, J., & Werf, W.v.d. (2016) Agricultural landscapes and pollination services in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). In Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting, Lunteren, The Netherlands.
    • Axmacher, J.C., Zou, Y., & Sang, W. (2016) China’s new forests harbour diverse insect assemblages. In The Biogeography of Ecology; IBS (International Biogeography Society) Beijing, China.
    • Zou, Y. & Xiao, H. (2015) Living landscapes and agricultural ecosystem services: pollination and biological pest control. In Chinese National Insect Ecology and Pest Control Youth Scientists Conference, Hangzhou, China.
    • Zou, Y., Sang, W., & Axmacher, J.C. (2012) Elevational diversity pattern of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) on Changbaishan, North-eastern China. In The 10th Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Use, Haerbing, China.
  • Grants

    • PI, Industry project, “Agricultural biodiversity investigation in Chuodunshan, Kunshan” (2019 - 2021)
    • PI, XJTLU PGRS project “The impact of changing landscapes on arthropod diversity and biological pest control in agro-ecosystem” (2019-2022)
    • Co-I, NSFC project “The effects of landscape structure on the bee diversity and pollination service in the main apple producing areas of China” ( 2019 - 2022)
    • PI, Jiangsu-NSF project “Mechanisms of the impact of landscape diversity on biological pest control” (2018 – 2020)
    • PI, NSFC project “Effects of agricultural landscape pattern on pollinator insect diversity and pollination services” (2018 – 2020)
    • PI, XJTLU RDF project “Influence of agricultural landscape and environmental factors on pollinator diversity and pollination services” (2018-2020)
    • PI, XJTLU RDF project “Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil carbon fluxes in Citrus groves under different land management regimes” (2017-2019)
    • Co-I, NSFC project “Influence and regulating mechanism of agricultural landscape differences on ecosystem services during over-summering/over-wintering diapause in Pieris melete” (2017 - 2020)
    • Co-I, NSFC “Plant diversity and ecosystem functioning along altitudinal gradient in temperate forest ecosystem” (2014-2016)
    • Co-I, NSFC project “Biodiversity patterns in different trophic levels in temperate forest ecosystem and its response to environmental changes” (2013-2016)
  • Professional service activities

    • Journal Review
    • 2020: Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews; Forest Ecology and Management (2); Landscape Ecology; Insect Conservation and Diversity; Ecology Letters (3)
    • 2019: Ecology Letters (3); Biodiversity Science (Chinese); Journal of Biogeography (2); Global Ecology and Conservation; Insect Science (2); Ecological Entomology; Scientific Reports
    • 2018: Acta Oecologica
    • 2017: Journal of Applied Ecology; The Coleopterists Bulletin; Arid Land Research and Management
    • 2016: Scientific Reports; Annals of Forest Science
    • 2014: Insect Conservation and Diversity
  • Courses taught

    • ENV306, Ecology in a Changing World
    • ENV301, Final Year Project
    • ENV205, Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future
    • ENV201, Research Design
  • Professional memberships

    • Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)
    • Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CPS)
  • Awards and honours

    • 2018 Outstanding Educator of Suzhou
    • 2018 Suzhou SIP Dushu Lake Higher Education Town “SEID Key Educator”
    • 2017 Jiangsu Province Innovation & Entrepreneurship Talent Program, Jiangsu Province Department of Education
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 81880473
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  • Address

    ES 347
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park