Dr Bingzhang Chen

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

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 five PhD students and 2 postdocs


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).



Role of nutrients and temperature in shaping distinct summer phytoplankton and microzooplankton population dynamics in the western North Pacific and Bering Sea
Liu Kailin, Nishioka Jun, Chen Bingzhang, Suzuki Koji, Cheung Shunyan, Lu Yanhong, Wu Huijun, Liu Hongbin
Limnology and Oceanography Vol 68, pp. 649-665 (2023)
Partitioning the apparent temperature sensitivity into within and across-taxa responses : revisiting the difference between autotrophic and heterotrophic protists
Chen Bingzhang, Montagnes David, Wang Qing, Liu Hongbin, Menden-Deuer Susanne
American Naturalist (2023)
Modelling approaches for capturing plankton diversity (MODIV), their societal applications and data needs
Acevedo-Trejos Esteban, Cadier Mathilde, Chakraborty Subhendu, Chen Bingzhang, Cheung Shun Yan, Grigoratou Maria, Guill Christian, Hassenrück Christiane, Kerimoglu Onur, Klauschies Toni, Lindemann Christian, Palacz Artur, Ryabov Alexey, Scotti Marco, Smith S, Våge Selina, Prowe Friederike
Frontiers in Marine Science Vol 9, pp. 975414 (2022)
Making comparable measurements of bacterial respiration and production in the subtropical coastal waters
Guo Cui, Ke Ying, Chen Bingzhang, Zhang Shuwen, Liu Hongbin
Marine Life Science & Technology (2022)
Evidence of partial thermal compensation in natural phytoplankton assemblages
Liu Kailin, Chen Bingzhang, Liu Hongbin
Limnology and Oceanography Letters Vol 7, pp. 122-130 (2022)
Quasi-antiphase diel patterns of abundance and cell size/biomass of picophytoplankton in the oligotrophic ocean
Li Changlin, Chiang Kuo-Ping, Laws Edward A, Liu Xin, Chen Jixin, Huang Yibin, Chen Bingzhang, Tsai An-Yi, Huang Bangqin
Geophysical Research Letters Vol 49 (2022)

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Research interests

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).

Professional activities

University Of Strathclyde (Organisational unit)
American Society of Naturalists (External organisation)
Thermal diversity dampens community temperature sensitivity
Different temperature sensitivity between autotrophic and heterotrophic processes – separating within- and across-taxa relationships
A machine-learning approach to modeling picophytoplankton abundances in the South China Sea
Journal of Plankton Research (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


Diversity and Superdiversity of Entrepreneurship
Gok, Abdullah (Co-investigator) Lassalle, Paul (Principal Investigator) Chen, Bingzhang (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
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
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
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

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