Xiong Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ocean Leaders
Project Seahorse



Research Interests

  1. Marine ecology: species-habitat relationships, climate change impacts,
  2. Marine conservation planning: threat & habitat mapping, data-poor species, socioeconomic scenarios,
  3. Marine fishery policy: Currently focusing on policy analysis for China’s bottom trawling fisheries, based on statistical models and insights drawn from the history of the past seven decades.


Feb. 2019 – present Postdoctoral Fellow, Project Seahorse & Ocean Leaders Program, The University of British Columbia.
Sep. 2013 – Feb. 2019 Ph.D. program on Zoology, studying conservation prioritization and ecology of marine fishes, Project Seahorse, Institute of the Oceans and Fisheries, The University of British Columbia.
Sep. 2010 – June 2013 Master of Biological Engineering, specialized in fish ecology and conservation prioritization. The Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation of Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Hydrobiology.
Sep. 2006 – June 2010 Bachelor of Environmental Sciences, specialized in wetland ecology. College of Resource and Environmental Science, Chongqing University.

Contact Information

2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
Email: x.zhang@oceans.ubc.ca

Project Seahorse

Social media
Twitter: @Harry01301
Facebook: xiong.zhang.1614

Selected Publications

  1. Zhang, X., A.C.J. Vincent. 2019. Conservation prioritization for seahorses (Hippocampus spp.) at broad spatial scales considering socioeconomic costs. Biological Conservation 235:79 – 88.
  2. Zhang, X., A.C.J. Vincent. 2019. Using cumulative-human-impact models to reveal threat patterns for seahorses (Hippocampus spp.). Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13325
  3. Laurence, M., Lian Jiansheng, Lei Xinming, Chen Zhu, Xue Guifang, Put Ang, Xiong Zhang, Huang Hui. 2019. MPAs in southern China: Upgrading conservation effectiveness in the “Eco-civilisation” era. Accepted by Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.
  4. Zhang, X., A.C.J. Vincent. 2018. Predicting distribution, habitat preferences and associated conservation implications for a genus of rare fishes, seahorses (Hippocampus spp.). Diversity and Distributions 24(7):1005-1017.
  5. Zhang, X., A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Integrating multiple datasets with species distribution models to inform conservation of the poorly-recorded Chinese seahorses. Biological Conservation 211: 161-171.