I was trained as a field oceanographer. Supervised by Dr. Hongbin Liu, I obtained my PhD in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2009, focusing on field experiments of microzooplankton grazing. Then I worked as a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Andrew Irwin and Zoe Finkel at Mount Alison University, Canada.
From 2011-2015, I worked as an Associate Professor at Xiamen University, China, and had secured grants totaling £300K as a Principal Investigator from the National Science Foundation of China and other funding sources. As a Co-Principal investigator, I was also deeply involved in a China National Basic Research Program (“973” Program) entitled “Carbon cycling in China Seas-budget, controls and ocean acidification (CHOICE-C project)” led by Prof. Minhan Dai. In 2012, I was awarded the New Century Excellent Talent by the Ministry of Education of China. In 2015, I was awarded the David Cushing prize offered by the Journal of Plankton Research.
From 2015 to 2018, I worked at Japan Agency of Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) on a CREST project (PI: S. Lan Smith) funded by Japan Science and Technology Agency.
Since Nov 2018, I have been working as a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. Currently, I am supervising three PhD students.
I am an associate editor for the journal of Limnology and Oceanography, which is the flagship journal of Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).
The primary focus of my research is how biodiversity affects marine ecosystem functioning such as primary production and biological carbon pump, for which the primary producers particularly phytoplankton play the pivotal role. The main questions I ask are:
i) What are the main patterns of functional traits, diversity, biomass, and productivity of primary producers including phytoplankton and macroalgae in the ocean?
ii) What are the main processes determining these patterns?
iii) What are the fundamental roles of diversity on ecosystem functioning?
One specific question that has been intriguing me during the past several years is whether there exists a difference of temperature sensitivity between autotrophs and heterotrophs. While this appears a simple/trivial question, I have found that it can be a central theme linking statistics (regression), ecology (Metabolic Theory of Ecology and trait-based approaches), and earth sciences (biological pump and Glacial/inter-glacial CO2 fluctuations).
- GlobalHAB modeling workshop online webinar series
- Why primary production peaks at surface in the ocean desert?
- Limnology and Oceanography (Journal)
- Associate Editor
- Why the temperature dependence of zooplankton is greater than phytoplankton?
- Scientific Reports (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
- Diversity (Journal)
- Guest editor
More professional activities
- How does phytoplankton diversity affect primary production in the ocean?
- Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator) Banas, Neil (Co-investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
- Why phytoplankton are so diverse in the ocean desert?
- Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator)
- 01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2022
- Modelling phytoplankton diversity and productivity across the South China Sea continental slope
- Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator)
- 04-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
- Global warming, plankton functional diversity, and the biological ocean pump
- Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator) Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator)
- This project aims to understand the roles of plankton functional diversity on the biological ocean pump, a key process of the global carbon cycle, within the context of global warming.
We focus on the vast oligotrophic open ocean and our objective is to combine model development and observational data to address the key questions below:
What types of plankton functional traits will be the most important for primary production and carbon export?
What are the patterns of plankton functional diversity in the oligotrophic open ocean?
How will warming affect both plankton functional diversity and carbon export?
- 01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
- Life history and dispersal of the alien seaweed Sargassum muticum in Scottish coastal waters: an individual-based modelling approach
- Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator) Blight, Andrew (Co-investigator) Paterson, David (Co-investigator)
- This project will address the key factors driving the expansion of the invasive seaweed Sargassum muticum in Scottish coastal waters. As invasive species tend to have negative impacts on key ecosystem services such as aquaculture, recreation and marine transportation, elucidating the mechanisms that lead to the successful invasion of Sargassum muticum will contribute to our understanding of Sargassum muticum expansion and may allow management to preserve the key ecosystem services of our coastal seas.
- 01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
- Warming up the arm race: how temperature affects interactions between phytoplankton and microzooplankton
- Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator) Menden-Deuer, Susanne (Visiting Academic)
- This is a travel grant supported by FILAMO, University of Bergen, Norway. The main aim is to construct a trait-based model of both phytoplankton and microzooplankton that can incorporate the observed patterns of thermal traits and can reproduce the patterns of both trait identity and diversity of plankton.
- 01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Mathematics and Statistics
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