Dr. Huanyuan Zhang-Zheng is a Postdoctoral researcher with a profound interest in African forest ecology, carbon cycle modelling, and plant functional traits. Affiliated with both the University of Oxford and UC Berkeley, he is responsible for building the Global Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) Forests carbon cycle database. Huanyuan is a member of the Ecosystems Lab and NGEE-Tropics lab.  Huanyuan's primary research endeavours encompass the compilation of the GEM forests carbon cycle database, data-model comparisons of forests' gross primary productivity, and meta-analyses of forest productivity across a multitude of tropical sites. He is also the sole author of CRAN R package, ARTofR

Dr. Zhang-Zheng earned a BSc in Environmental Science from Sun Yat-sen University in China, and the University of Birmingham. He also holds an MRes in Ecosystem and Environmental Change (Distinction) from Imperial College London. In 2023, he was awarded DPhil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford with a thesis entitled Gross primary production of West African tropical forests. He has been the recipient of the Environmental Change Institute small grants from the University of Oxford, the Tang scholarships awarded by the China Oxford Scholarship Fund, and the Henfrey scholarship on Chinese studies from St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Additionally, his research was funded by Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden Open Funding, and African-Oxford Catalyst Grant, awarded by African-Oxford Initiative.

Born on a tropical island (Nan'ao Island, China) and passionate about tropical ecosystems, he has travelled to and conducted research in Mexico, Colombia, Ghana, Malaysia and Yunan, China. He is also a PADI qualified Free Diver and Dive Master.

See a full list of Huanyuan's publications on Researchgate


  • Zhang-Zheng, H., Malhi, Y., Gvozdevaite, A., Peprah, T., Boackye, M., Zieminska, K., ... & Oliveras, I. (2023). Photosynthetic and water transport strategies of plants along a tropical forest aridity gradient: a test of optimality theory. bioRxiv, 2023-01. doi: 10.1101/2023.01.10.523419 (Under review)
  • Zhang-Zheng, H., Adu-Bredu, S., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Moore, S., Addo-Danso, S. D., Ibrahim, F., ... & Malhi, Y. (2023). Contrasting carbon cycle along tropical forest aridity gradients in W Africa and Amazonia. bioRxiv, 2023-07. doi: 10.1101/2023.07.02.547401  (Under review)
  • Zhang, Z., Wang, W., Qi, J., Zhang, H., Tao, F., & Zhang, R. (2018). Priming effects of soil organic matter decomposition with addition of different carbon substrates. Journal of Soils and Sediments. doi: 10.1007/s11368-018-2103-3
  • Zhang, Z., Zhang, R., Zhou, Y., Cescatti, A., Wohlfahrt, G., Sun, M., … Chen, G. (2018). A temperature threshold to identify the driving climate forces of the respiratory process in terrestrial ecosystems. European Journal of Soil Biology, 89, 1–8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2018.08.001
  • Terrer, C., Phillips, R., Hungate, B., Rosende, J., Pett-Ridge, J., Craig, M., van Groenigen, K., Keenan, T., Sulman, B., Stocker, B., Reich, P., Pellegrini, A., Pendall, E., Zhang, H., Evans, R., Carrillo, Y., Fisher, J., Van Sundert, K., Vicca, S. and Jackson, R. (2021) A trade-off between plant and soil carbon storage under elevated CO2. Nature, 591(7851): 599-603.
  • Xin, H., Jackson, T., Cao, Y. et al. Spatial pattern analysis of forest trees based on the vectorial mark. Journal of Forestry Research, (2021). doi: 10.1007/s11676-021-01417-6
  • Zeeshan, M., Zhang, H., Sha, L., Palingamoorthy, G., Phyo, Z., Chen, Z., Quadros, G. and Azeez, P. (2021) Environmental change perception and engagement of mountainous people in Western Himalayas, at Rajouri District, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Weather, Climate, and Society, 13(4): 847-857.
  • Zhang, Z., Zhang, H., Cui, Z., Tao, F., Chen, Z., Chang, Y., Magliulo, V., Wohlfahrt, G. and Zhao, D. (2021) Global consistency in response of terrestrial ecosystem respiration to temperature. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 308-309. 108576.
  • Zhang, H., Prentice, I.C., Terrer, C., Keenan, T. and Franklin, O. (2020) Can elevated CO2 experiments explain the magnitude of the land carbon sink? EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4-8 May 2020, EGU2020-11589.
  • Zhang, H. (2021) ARTofR: make pretty comments and headers. R package version 0.2.