Submitted by editor on 13 February 2020.

Oikos warmly welcomes our new Subject Editor Shurong Zhou, a Professor from Fudan University, China!  Check out her interview.


Keywords: Biodiversity maintenance, biodiversity-disease relationship, community assembly, community ecology, theory of biodiversity

1. What's your main research focus at the moment?

I am interested in investigating causes and consequences of biodiversity by combining field experiments with mathematical modelling. My main research focuses at the moment are: 1) the ecological mechanisms controlling community assembly and maintenance of biodiversity, and theory of biodiversity; 2) the effects of plant diversity on ecosystem productivity and its stability; 3) the effects of plant biodiversity on disease dynamics and herbivory.

2. Can you describe your research career? Where, what, when?

  • 2012.10-present Professor in ecology, Fudan University, China
  • 1995.06-2012.09 Lecture, associate professor, professor at Lanzhou University.
  • 2006.11-2007.10 Visiting scholar at University of Oxford, UK.
  • 2003.12-2006.02 Post-doctoral researcher at Beijing Normal University, China.
  • 2000.09 – 2003.12 PhD in Ecology, Lanzhou University, China. 
  • 1988.09 – 1995.06 BSc, MSc in Mathematics, Lanzhou, China.

3. How come that you became a scientist in ecology?

By chance, I found that ecology is more interesting to me than mathematics. So, I decided to pursue a PhD in Ecology and finally became a professor in ecology.

4. What do you do when you're not working?

I watch TV, read books, and plant flowers.