I am the data manager and GIS specialist in the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology at UWUE. I have expertise in the construction and management of data infrastructure for environmental research data. I am also proficient in spatial analysis in the field of Landscape Ecology. I have over 10 years of experience and special interest in data management coordination for international joint research projects (DFG project KiLi, StMWK funded project LandKliF, EU Horizon 2020 project Upscale, EU Horizon 2020 project Safeguard). I also have good connection and close cooperation with European data archive centers such as PANGAEA and GFBio.
In the spare time of data research, I like to design and develop websites for research projects and groups (WIR, DorfBienen, ANDIV, DIFFCacao), as dissemination and linking are important parts of research.
- Geo-information and spatial data analysis
- Data curation, data archiving and mining
- Web and information systems, database systems, metadata, open data, data reuse
Safeguard: Safeguarding European wild pollinators. Funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Upscale: upscaling the benefits of push-pull technology for sustainable agricultural intensification in east africa. Funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
DorfBienen: Wildbienen in Dörfern - Artenvielfalt, Lebensräume und Förderung. Funded by Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt, Biodiversitätszentrum Rhön.
LandKlif: Effects of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-natural, agricultural and urban landscapes and strategies for management of climate change. Funded by Bayerische Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.
KiLi: Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change: Linking biodiversity, biotic interactions and biogeochemical ecosystem processes. Funded by DFG.
- 09/2022 - present External expert at European Commission in the field of Data Curation for project STING II
- 03/2022 - present Developer of the homepage for the DFG Project ANDIV at University of Würzburg
- 09/2021 - present Data Manager in EU Horizon 2020 Project: Safeguard - Safeguarding European wild pollinators. Project leader: Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter.
- 10/2020 - present Data Manager and GIS analyst in EU Horizon 2020 Project: Upscale - Upscaling the benefits of Push-Pull technology for sustainable agriculture intensification in East Africa. Project leader: Prof. Dr. Emily Martin-Poppenbourg.
- 12/2019 - present GIS analyst and web developer of Project: DorfBienen - Förderung von Wildbienen und anderen Bestäubern in Dörfern. Project leader: Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter.
- 09/2019 - present Developer of the homepage for WIR - Würzburg Insect Research at Biocenter of University of Würzburg
- 03/2018 - present Data Manager in Project: LandKlif - Effects of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-natural, agricultural and urban landscapes and strategies for management of climate change. Project leader: Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter.
- 04/2014 - present Developer and administrator of Zoo3 online data archive portal.
- 07/2010 - 07/2018 Data Manager in Project: DFG Research Group Kilimanjaro - Central data base project: Central database and communication platform of the research unit KiLi. Project leader: Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter.
- 07/2010 - present Scientific staff at Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology in University of Würzburg.
- 01/2010 - 06/2010 Scientific assistant at Institute for Landscape Planning and Ecology in University of Stuttgart. Project: Execution of GIS- supported analysis to the sustainable area management in Baden-Württemberg on the basis of the NBBW area systematic. Project leader: Dr. Hans-Georg Schwarz-v.Raumer.
- 11/2009 - 02/2010 Scientific assistant at Institute of Hydraulic Engineering in University of Stuttgart. Project: GLOWA-Danube: Impact of Global Change on the Upper Danube. Project leader: Dr. Roland Barthel.
- 09/2006 - 12/2009 Master degree of Geomatics in Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.
- 09/2002 - 07/2006 Bachelor degree of Civil Engineering at Dalian University of Technology, China.
Diversity and specialization responses to climate and land use differ between deadwood fungi and bacteria. Ecography: e06807.(2023)
Plant species composition and local habitat conditions as primary determinants of terrestrial arthropod assemblages. Oecologia.(2023)
Interactive effects of climate and land use on pollinator diversity differ among taxa and scales. Science Advances 8.(2022)
Modelling the Relative Abundance of Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus L.) along a Climate and Land-Use Gradient. Animals 12: 222.(2022)
Potential of Airborne LiDAR Derived Vegetation Structure for the Prediction of Animal Species Richness at Mount Kilimanjaro. Remote Sensing 14: 786.(2022)
Spatiotemporal Fusion Modelling Using STARFM: Examples of Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 NDVI in Bavaria. Remote Sensing 14: 677.(2022)
Diverse Effects of Climate, Land Use, and Insects on Dung and Carrion Decomposition. Ecosystems.(2022)
Plant richness, land use and temperature differently shape invertebrate leaf-chewing herbivory on plant functional groups. Oecologia 199: 407-417.(2022)
Landscape diversity and local temperature, but not climate, affect arthropod predation among habitat types. PLOS ONE 17: 1-15.(2022)
Dung-visiting beetle diversity is mainly affected by land use, while community specialization is driven by climate. Ecology and Evolution 12.(2022)
Earlier flowering of winter oilseed rape compensates for higher pest pressure in warmer climates. Journal of Applied Ecology 60: 365-375.(2022)
Relationship of insect biomass and richness with land use along a climate gradient. Nature communications 12: 1-9.(2021)
Species richness is more important for ecosystem functioning than species turnover along an elevational gradient. Nature Ecology & Evolution.(2021)
Disentangling effects of climate and land use on biodiversity and ecosystem services: A multi-scale experimental design. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.(2021)
Climate–land-use interactions shape tropical mountain biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Nature 568: 88-92.(2019)
Contribution of European forests to safeguard wild honeybee populations. Conservation Letters 13: e12693.(2019)
Predictors of elevational biodiversity gradients change from single taxa to the multi-taxa community level. Nature Communications 7: 13736.(2016)
Combination of soil-water balance models and water-table fluctuation methods for evaluation and improvement of groundwater recharge calculations. Hydrogeology Journal 19: 1487-1502.(2011)
Zhang J., Steffan-Dewenter I. (2015) An infrastructure to innovate data intensive science. Proceeding of 45th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Gesellschaft für Ökologie), 31 August - 04 September 2015, Göttingen. Download
Zhang J., Owonibi M., Ratcliffe S., Stefan-Dewenter I. (2013): Ecological data management through its life cycle. Proceeding of 43th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Gesellschaft für Ökologie), 9 - 13 September 2013, Potsdam. Download
Zhang J., Böhning-Gaese K., Fischer M., Hemp A., Nauss T., Peters M.K., Steffan-Dewenter I. (2012): Central database design and data synthesis in the DFG Research Unit FOR1246 - Kilimanjaro ecosystems under global change (KiLi). Proceeding of 42nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Gesellschaft für Ökologie), 10 - 14 September 2012, Lüneburg. Download
Peters MK, Hemp A, Fischer M, Böhning-Gaese K, Nauss T, Hemp C, Zhang J, Keyyu J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2011) The KiLi project: Biodiversity and ecosystem processes on Mt. Kilimanjaro under global change. Poster. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Ökologie, 5-9 September 2011, Oldenburg (Germany).
Peters MK, Hemp A, Fischer M, Böhning-Gaese K, Nauss T, Hemp C, Zhang J, Keyyu J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2011) The KiLi project: Biodiversity and ecosystem processes on Mt. Kilimanjaro under global change. Poster. International joint meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) & Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), 12-16 June 2011, Arusha (Tanzania).
Zhang, J., Barthel, R., van Heyden, J. und D. Bendel (2010): Development and application of a modified Water-Table Fluctuation (WTF) method to estimate groundwater recharge. In: Leven, C., Grathwohl, P., Kappler, A., Kaufmann-Knoke, A., Rügner, H. (eds.): Grundwasser für die Zukunft - Tagung der FH-DGG (12. - 16. Mai 2010, Tübingen). Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 67. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, Fachsektion Hydrogeologie in der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft: p 190. ISBN: 978-3-510-49213-8.
2018 - present: Animal Ecology II (Tierökologie 2): "Introduction of GIS and analysis of landscape variables", Bachelor course, 5th semester (winter semester)
2018 - present: Ecology and Nature Conservation (Ökologie und Naturschutz): "Introduction of GIS and its role in Ecology", Bachelor course, 4th semester (summer semester)
2012 - 2017: Landscape Ecology (Landschaftsökologie): "The role of GIS in Landscape Ecology", Master course, 2nd semester (summer semester)