Area of Taxonomic Interest: Acari
Country: New Zealand
Elected: December 2006, see BZN 63 (4): 222–223.
Zhi-Qiang Zhang's research is centred around the systematics, diversity and ecology of the Acari. Some 55,000 species of mites have been described but this group of the most successful arachnids is estimated to have half to one million living species. Zhi-Qiang's research is represented in over 200 publications on mites.
Summary of Research & Education:
Born in Shanghai, Zhi-Qiang was educated at Fudan University in China (BSc in zoology in 1985). He completed his PhD in entomology at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, USA) in 1993 and worked as an insect ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA from 1992 to 1994. During 1994-1999, he was an acarologist for the CABI International Institute of Entomology based in the Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London, UK. He also served as a Technical Officer for the Secretariat of the BioNET-International (The Global Network for Taxonomy) during 1998–1999. Since 1999, he has been a researcher and curator of Acari at the New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research, Auckland, New Zealand. Zhi-Qiang is an honorary research fellow at the Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum (London, UK), an adjunct professor at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and Hebei Normal University (Shijiazhuang, China), an honorary professor at Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (Fuzhou, China), and a guest professor at Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University (Fuzhou, China) as well as Northwest A&F University (Yangling, China). Zhi-Qiang is the president of the Systematic & Applied Acarology. He is the editor/founder of several international journals of biodiversity research, including Zootaxa.
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