Zhiqiang "Jason" Zhao

Zhiqiang "Jason" Zhao

Research Associate


Peking University        Sept. 2006- Jul. 2013

Doctor of Philosophy in physical geography

Dissertation: Vegetation Dynamics and Climate Factors in Eco-geographical Transition Zones and Surrounding Areas of North China

Peking University         Sept. 2002- Jul. 2006

B.S. in geography

B.S. in economics


Zhiqiang Zhao received his doctoral degree in physical geography from Peking University in July 2013, Zhiqiang was a postdoctoral associate in the Sino-French Institute for Earth System Science, working on the structure and dynamics of interrelationship in climate systems, and quantifying the synergies and trade-offs between ecosystem services by taking complex network approach.

While at CSIS his research examined topics involving nature reserve networks, coupled human and natural systems (CHANS), and telecoupling.

Research Interests:

Coupled human and natural systems (CHANS), ecosystem service, climate change, ecological economics, telecoupling, complex networks, spatial modeling


Title Book/Journal Year
Effectiveness of China’s protected areas in reducing deforestation Environmental Science and Pollution Research 2019
Spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene: typology, methods, and governance for global sustainability Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2018
Uncertainty of future projections of species distributions in mountainous regions Plos ONE 2018
Range-wide evaluation of wildlife habitat change: A demonstration using Giant Pandas Biological Conservation 2017
Climate extremes in the Kobresia meadow area of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, 1961–2008 Environmental Earth Sciences 2016
Exploring spatially variable relationships between NDVI and climatic factors in a transition zone using geographically weighted regression Theoretical and Applied Climatology 2015
The distance decay of similarity in climate variation and vegetation dynamics Environmental Earth Sciences 2015
Nonlinear features and complexity patterns of vegetation dynamics in the transition zone of North China Ecological Indicators 2015
Investigating spatial variation in the relationships between NDVI and environmental factors at multi-scales: a case study of Guizhou Karst Plateau, China International journal of remote sensing 2012
Identifying spatial patterns of synchronization between NDVI and climatic determinants using joint recurrence plots Environmental Earth Sciences 2011
Identifying spatial patterns and dynamics of climate change using recurrence quantification analysis: a case study of Qinghai-Tibet plateau International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos 2011
Investigating spatial non-stationary and scale-dependent relationships between urban surface temperature and environmental factors using geographically weighted regression Environmental Modelling & Software 2010
Identifying spatial pattern of NDVI series dynamics using recurrence quantification analysis The European Physical Journal Special Topics 2008