Kai Zhu

Beginning in July 2017, I will be an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the Department of Environmental Studies. Please visit the new website.


I am a global ecologist and quantitative environmental scientist, interested in global change biology across space and time. My research centers on the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem. My goal is to merge observations, experiments, and models to inform new knowledge of global significance. My study systems include forest, grassland, and human disease.

I was a Huxley Faculty Fellow at Rice University. I completed my postdoc with Chris Field, Nona Chiariello, and Tad Fukami at Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University. I received my PhD in ecology with Jim Clark and MS in statistics with Alan Gelfand from Duke University.

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