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Peng Zechen

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Present position: 07/2015 - Present: Lecturer, College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology

Present employer: Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.

Education:

09/2010 - 06/2015 Ph.D. Ecology, Lanzhou University, China.

09/2006 - 06/2010 B.Eng. Computer Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, China.

Work address:

Address:768 West Jiayuguan Road, Lanzhou 730020, P.R.China State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystems,College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University

Post code 730020

E-mail: pengzch@lzu.edu.cn

Research:

Plant community assembly, Contrary to classical niche theory, the neutral theory proposed by Hubbell in 2001 has attracted much attention by ecologists because of its mathematical simplicity and predictive power. However, the basic assumption of neutral theory is the ecological equivalence among individuals of different species, i.e. individuals irrespective of species identity share same probability of birth, death, migration and speciation, is obviously at odds with empirical observations. I am interest in explaining the maintenance of species diversity within communities by computer simulations, models and field work.

Publications:

(1) Shurong Zhou*, Zechen Peng, Dayong Zhang, Dispersal limitation favors more fecund species in the presence of fitness-equalizing demographic tradeoffs, American Naturalist, 2015, 185(5) :620-630

(2)Zechen Peng, Shurong Zhou*, Community assembly rules affect the diversity of expanding communities, Ecology and Evolution, 2014, 4(21): 4041-4052

(3)Zechen Peng, Shurong Zhou*, Dayong Zhang, Dispersal and recruitment limitation contribute differently to community assembly, Journal of Plant Ecology, 2012, 5(1): 89-96

(4) Hui Zhang, Robert John, Zechen Peng, Jianli Yuan, Chengjin Chu, Guozhen Du, Shurong Zhou*, The Relationship between Species Richness and Evenness in Plant Communities along a Successional Gradient: A Study from Sub-Alpine Meadows of the Eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China, PLoS ONE, 2012, 7(11): e49024

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