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).


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Area of Expertise

Theoretical Ecology; Biological oceanography; Ecosystem modeling;  R, Fortran, Matlab.

Prize And Awards

2015 David Cushing Prize

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Decomposing diversity into measures of evenness, similarity, and richness
Chen Bingzhang, Grinfeld Michael
Ecology and Evolution Vol 14 (2024)
Mesoscale eddy modulation of subsurface chlorophyll maximum layers in the South China Sea
Xu Wenlong, Wang Guifen, Cheng Xuhua, Xing Xiaogang, Qin Jianhuang, Zhou Guidi, Jiang Long, Chen Bingzhang
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences Vol 128 (2023)
Contrasting currents drive geographic variability in the biomass of Pacific saury (Cololabis saira), zooplankton, and phytoplankton in the northwestern Pacific
Wei Yuqiu, Cui Zhengguo, Shi Yongqiang, Shan Xiujuan, Chen Bingzhang, Qu Keming, Xin Quandong, Jiang Tao, Chen Jufa
Progress in Oceanography Vol 217 (2023)
High microeukaryotic diversity in the cold-seep sediment
Xu Zhimeng, Chen Jiawei, Li Yingdong, Shekarriz Erfan, Wu Wenxue, Chen Bingzhang, Liu Hongbin
Microbial Ecology Vol 86, pp. 2003-2020 (2023)
Upper ocean biogeochemistry of the oligotrophic North Pacific Subtropical Gyre : from nutrient sources to carbon export
Dai Minhan, Luo Ya‐Wei, Achterberg Eric P, Browning Thomas J, Cai Yihua, Cao Zhimian, Chai Fei, Chen Bingzhang, Church Matthew J, Ci Dongjian, Du Chuanjun, Gao Kunshan, Guo Xianghui, Hu Zhendong, Kao Shuh‐Ji, Laws Edward A, Lee Zhongping, Lin Hongyang, Liu Qian, Liu Xin, Luo Weicheng, Meng Feifei, Shang Shaoling, Shi Dalin, Saito Hiroaki, Song Luping, Wan Xianhui Sean, Wang Yuntao, Wang Wei‐Lei, Wen Zuozhu, Xiu Peng, Zhang Jing, Zhang Ruifeng, Zhou Kuanbo
Reviews of Geophysics Vol 61 (2023)
Do marine planktonic ciliates follow Bergmann's rule?
Liu Kailin, Jiang Siyu, Montagnes David J S, Liu Hongbin, Zheng Liping, Huang Bangqin, Liu Xin, Chen Bingzhang
Ecography Vol 2023 (2023)

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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

Partitioning the slope of the Ordinary Least-Squares regression into within- and between-group components and its application in understanding the metabolic asymmetry between autotrophs and heterotrophs
MASTS Marine Artificial Intelligence Forum Steering Group (External organisation)
How to write an academic paper?
MASTS Scientific Advisory Panel (External organisation)
Engage with Strathclyde
Modeling the effect of plankton temperature sensitivity on the efficiency of biological carbon pump

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

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Dr Bingzhang Chen
Senior Lecturer
Mathematics and Statistics

Email: bingzhang.chen@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3286