Hongyan Zhang

Assistant Research Scientist


PhD, The Ohio State University (ecology)

MS, Ocean University of China (aquatic ecology)

BS, Ocean University of China (marine aquaculture)

(734) 741-2354


Assistant Research Scientist Hongyan Zhang’s research interests focus on investigating ecosystem responses to singular or combined natural and anthropogenic stressors including eutrophication, invasive species, contaminants, climate change, and land-use change, and how the understandings of those responses will help to enhance lake resources management and habitat restoration.  Dr. Zhang has been using numerical models (e.g., water quality model, Ecopath with Ecosim, and the Atlantis Ecosystem Model) to study the Laurentian Great Lakes Ecosystems.

  • 2016-2017. Empowering communities with online action planning tools: Tipping points and indicators for improving water quality across the Great Lakes. US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

  • 2015-2017. Forecasting biological and economic impacts of aquatic invasive species in Lake Michigan. Great Lakes Fishery Trust.

  • 2014-2016. Decision support of western Lake Erie phosphorus concentration to mitigate harmful and nuisance algal blooms. US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

  • 2016. Impacts of Asian carp on Great Lakes food webs and R2X transition to USACE. NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

  • 2016. Using an ecosystem-based model to study the spatiotemporal impacts of remediation actions on the Lake Erie food web.  CILER/GLERL summer fellowship program.

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