Professor ZhiQiang Zhang

PhD (Entomology) Cornell University; BSc (Zoology) Fudan University

Research | Current

  • Diversity, systematics and evolution of invertebrates (esp. mites)
  • Ecology and evolution of mating and ageing in animals (esp. effects of sexual reproduction, diet and stress on life span)
  • Ecology of invasive species and pests (insects and weeds) and biocontrol-based integrated pest management
  • Behavioral and population ecology of predator-prey or parasite-host interactions
  • Ecology of animal-fungus-plant interactions
  • Biodiversity informatics

Postgraduate supervision

Current postgraduate students

Potential postgraduate student projects

  • Systematics and evolution: Life in amber: systematics and diversity of micro-arthropods (PhD)
  • Biosecurity and biocontrol: Tritrophic interactions in weed biocontrol: predatory mites, gall mites and Galium aparine in New Zealand (MSc or PhD)
  • Biosecurity and biosystematcs: Native and naturalised nematode fauna of Pinus radiata in New Zealand (MSc, co-superviser Dr Z.Q. Zhao of Landcare Research)
  • Ecology and evolution: Sexual conflict and ageing: experimental studies using arthropods (PhD)
  • Ecology and evolution: Sexual dimorphism and mating behavior in arthropods (MSc or PhD)
  • Ecology and evolution: Evolution of aging: integrating behavioural and genomic studies (PhD)
  • Ecology and evolution: Rapid evolution in the laboratory: mites as model systems (PhD)
  • Biodiversity and ecology: Does diversity promote persistence of meta-populations? Experiments using mites in microcosms (PhD)
  • Biodiversity and ecology: Living in leaf domatia: complex trophic interactions among fungivores, phytophages and predators (MSc or PhD)
  • Biodiversity, ecology and systematics: Insect-mite interactions: candidate selecting a particular taxonomic group or topic of interest (MSc or PhD)
  • Biodiversity, ecology and systematics: Mite systematics and ecology: candidate selecting a particular taxonomic group of interest (MSc or PhD)

Potential postgraduate students are encouraged to bring his/her own topics of interest in systematics, ecology and evolution (not limited to these listed above) for discussion. I love to hear from motivated students who are interested in joining the lab. Please first check if you meet the University of Auckland requirements for MSc or PhD programmes. Honour students are welcome to participate in research projects in the lab. 

 

Completed postgraduate students

Summer students

Visiting postgraduate students

Visiting researchers (post-doc level)

Areas of expertise

 

  • Biodiversity
  • Biosecurity
  • Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Zoology

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Secretary-General and Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Member, Top 10 New Species International Committee

President, Systematic and Applied Acarology Society

Chief editor, Zootaxa

Chief editor, Fauna of New Zealand

Editor-in-Chief, Systematic and Applied Acarology

Managing editor, Phytotaxa

Vice Director of Editorial Committee, Entomotaxonomia

Editoral board member, Experimental and Applied Acarology

Editorial board member, Zoological Systematics

Editorial board member, Oriental Insects

Editorial board member, Acarological Studies

Editorial board member, Palaeoentomology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Liu, J.-F., Zhang, Z.-Q., & Beggs, J. R. (2019). Tri-partite complexity: odour from a psyllid's mutualist ant increased predation by a predatory mite on the psyllid. Pest management science, 75 (5), 1317-1327. 10.1002/ps.5246
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • Liu, J.-F., Zhang, Z.-Q., Beggs, J. R., & Zou, X. (2019). Provisioning predatory mites with entomopathogenic fungi or pollen improves biological control of a greenhouse psyllid pest. Pest management science10.1002/ps.5438
  • Zhang, Z.-Q. (2018). Repositories for mite and tick specimens: acronyms and their nomenclature. SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY, 23 (12), 2432-2446. 10.11158/saa.23.12.12
  • Liu, J.-F., Beggs, J. R., & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2018). Population development of the predatory mite Amblydromalus limonicus is modulated by habitat dispersion, diet and density of conspecifics. Experimental & applied acarology, 76 (1), 109-121. 10.1007/s10493-018-0292-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • Lee, M. H., & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2018). Assessing the augmentation of Amblydromalus limonicus with the supplementation of pollen, thread, and substrates to combat greenhouse whitefly populations. Scientific reports, 8 (1)10.1038/s41598-018-30018-3
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45755
  • Prathapan, K. D., Pethiyagoda, R., Bawa, K. S., Raven, P. H., Rajan, P. D., & 172 co-signatories from 35 countries (2018). When the cure kills-CBD limits biodiversity research. Science (New York, N.Y.), 360 (6396), 1405-1406. 10.1126/science.aat9844
  • Thomson, S. A., Pyle, R. L., Ahyong, S. T., Alonso-Zarazaga, M., Ammirati, J., Araya, J. F., ... Bailly, N. (2018). Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLoS biology, 16 (3)10.1371/journal.pbio.2005075
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44764
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Costello
  • Xie, L., Yan, Y., & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2018). Development, survival and reproduction of Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Acari: Laelapidae) on four diets . Systematic and Applied Acarology, 23 (4), 779-779. 10.11158/saa.23.4.16

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Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 1, Room 101
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

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