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 lifespan)
  • 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

  • Biosecurity and biocontrol: Tritrophic interactions in weed biocontrol: predatory mites, gall mites and Galium aparine in New Zealand (MSc or PhD)
  • Systematics and evolution: Life in amber: systematics and diversity of micro-arthropods (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

Completed summer students

Visiting postgraduate students

Visiting researchers (post-doc level)

Areas of expertise


  • Biodiversity
  • Biosecurity
  • Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Zoology

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Commissioner, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

President, Systematic and Applied Acarology Society

Chief editor, Zootaxa

Chief editor, Megataxa

Chief editor, Fauna of New Zealand

Editor-in-Chief, Systematic and Applied Acarology

Managing editor, Phytotaxa

Vice Director of Editorial Committee, Entomotaxonomia

Editorial 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)

  • Li, G.-Y., & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2019). Development, lifespan and reproduction of spider mites exposed to predator-induced stress across generations. Biogerontology, 20 (6), 871-882. 10.1007/s10522-019-09835-0
  • 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 science, 75 (12), 3200-3209. 10.1002/ps.5438
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • Liu, J.-F., Zhang, Z.-Q., Beggs, J. R., & Wei, X.-Y. (2019). Influence of pathogenic fungi on the life history and predation rate of mites attacking a psyllid pest. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 18310.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.109585
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • 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
  • Li, G.-Y., & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2019). The sex- and duration-dependent effects of intermittent fasting on lifespan and reproduction of spider mite Tetranychus urticae. Frontiers in zoology, 1610.1186/s12983-019-0310-4
  • Xu, Y., & Zhang, Z. (2018). Tenuipalpus (Acari: Trombidiformes: Tetranychoidea: Tenuipalpidae). Lincoln, New Zealand: Landcare Research. Pages: 163. 10.7931/J2/FNZ.77
  • 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


Contact details

Alternative contact

Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research

231 Morrin Road

St Johns, Auckland

Primary office location

COMMERCE A - Bldg 114
Level 1, Room 119
New Zealand

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