Yan Zhu, Assistant Professor

Yan Zhu
Email: zhuyan@ibcas.ac.cn
Phone: 86-10-62836141
Address: Institute of Botany, CAS ,No.20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, China

Research Interest: My general research interests are to understand how diverse species coexist and how these diverse-maintaining mechanisms operate in forest community.

  • Plant population and community ecology
  • Using point pattern analysis and experiments to understand different ecological processes maintaining plant species diversity
  • Neighborhood interactions; density dependence; seeds

  • CV
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Research Experiences

  • 2013.1 - 2013.7: Visiting Scholar. Dr. Liza S. Comita's Lab in The Ohio State University, US.
  • 2009.7 - present:Assistant professor, State Key Laboratory of Plant and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


  • Sep 2005–Jan 2009 Ph. D Degree, Institute of Botany of Chinese Academy of Science
  • Sep 2002–Jun 2005 Master Degree, Xinjiang Agriculture University
  • Sep 1998–Jun 2002 Bachelor Degree, Henan Agriculture University
  1. Liza S. Comita, Simon A. Queenborough, Stephen Murphy, Jenalle L. Eck, Kaiyang Xu, Meghna Krishnadas, Noelle Beckman, Yan Zhu (2014) Testing predictions of the Janzen-Connell hypothesis: A meta-analysis of experimental evidence for distance- and density-dependent seed and seedling survival. Journal of Ecology, 102, 845–856.
  2. Ting Wang, Siyuan Ren1, Zhiliang Yuan, Yan Zhu, Na Pan, Luxin Li, Yongzhong Ye.Effects of density dependence on the spatial patterns of Quercus aliena var. acuteserrata trees in deciduous broad-leaved forest in the Baotianman Nature Reserve, central China. Biodiversity Science, 2014, 22: 449–457. (in Chinese with English abstract)
  3. Siyuan Ren, Ting Wang, Yan Zhu, Yongzhong Ye, Zhiliang Yuan, Cong Li, Na Pan, Luxin Li. Phylogenetic structure of individuals with different DBH sizes in a deciduous broad-leaved forest community in the temperate-subtropical ecological transition zone, China. Biodiversity Science, 2014, 22: 574-582. (in Chinese with English abstract)
  4. Yan Zhu, Stephan Getzin, Thorsten Wiegand, Haibao Ren, Keping Ma. 2013. The relative importance of Janzen-Connell effects in influencing the spatial patterns at the Gutianshan subtropical forest. PLOS ONE, 8, e74560.
  5. Yan Zhu, Xiangcheng Mi, Haibao Ren, Keping Ma. 2010. Density dependence is prevalent in a heterogeneous subtropical forest. Oikos, 119: 109-119.
  6. Yan Zhu, Xiangcheng Mi, Keping Ma. 2009. A mechanism of plant species coexistence: negative density dependent hypothesis. Biodiversity Science, 17: 594-604. (in Chinese with English abstract)
  7. Yan Zhu, Xiangcheng Mi, Keping Ma. 2011. Point pattern analysis and its application for studying plant spatial distribution. 9th biodiversity conservation and sustainable development symposium.
  8. Yan Zhu, Fan Bai, Haifeng Liu, Wenchao Li, Liang Li, Guangqi Li, Shunzhong Wang, Weiguo Sang. 2011. Species composition and community structure of four deciduous broadleaved secondary forest in Dongling Mountain. Biodiversity Science, 19: 252-259. (in Chinese with English abstract)
  9. Yan Zhu, Gufeng Zhao, Liwen Zhang, Guochun Shen, Xiangcheng Mi, Haibao Ren, Mingjian Yu, Jianhua Chen, Teng Fang, Shnegwen Chen, Keping Ma. 2008.Community composition and structure of Gutianshan forest dynamic plot in a mid-subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest, east China. Journal of Plant Ecology, 32: 262-273. (in Chinese with English abstract)
  10. Zhu Yan. 2007. A survey of tourist preferences to plant landscapes that are aimed at species conservation in Xishaungbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China. Proceedings of The CTFS-AA International Field Biology Course 112-117.
  11. Manoon Pliosongnoen, Ng Wai Pak, Zhu Yan. 2007. The effect of distance from edge on seed predation in two Fagaceae fruits (Lithocarpus and Castanopsis). Proceedings of The CTFS-AA International Field Biology Course 60-62.