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Associate Professor

Brief CV

  • BS in Biology, Beijing Normal University (2002-2006)

  • MS in Ecology, Beijing Normal University (2006-2009)

  • PhD in Ecology and Evolution, Institute of Plant Science, University of Bern (2009-2013)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Plant Science, University of Bern (2013-2015)

  • Assistant Professor, College of the Environment & Ecology, Xiamen University (2016-2019)

  • Associate Professor, College of the Environment & Ecology, Xiamen University (2019-)

Research Interests

  • Plant epigenetics

  • Evolutionary ecology

  • Biological invasion

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

Selected Publications

  • Yin J, Zhou M, Lin Z, Li QQ, Zhang Y-Y*. (2019) Transgenerational effects benefit offspring across diverse environments: a meta-analysis in plants and animals. Ecology Letters, 22: 1976-1986.

  • Qiao H#, Liu W#, Zhang Y*, Zhang Y-Y*, Li QQ*. (2019) Genetic admixture accelerates invasion via provisioning rapid adaptive evolution. Molecular Ecology, 28: 4012–4027.

  • Zhang Y-Y*, Latzel V, Fischer M, Bossdorf O. (2018) Understanding the evolutionary potential of epigenetic variation: a comparison of heritable phenotypic variation in epiRILs, RILs, and natural ecotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana. Heredity, 121: 257-265.

  • Zhang Y-Y, Parepa M, Fischer M, Bossdorf O. (2016) Book Chapter 19 “Epigenetics of colonizing species? A study on Japanese knotweed in Central Europe” in “Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy”, John Wiley&Sons , Ltd.

  • Zhang Y-Y*, Fischer M, Colot V, Bossdorf O. (2013) Epigenetic variation creates potential for evolution of plant phenotypic plasticity. New Phytologist, 197: 314-322

  • Zhang Y-Y, Zhang D-Y, Barrett SCH*. (2010) Genetic uniformity characterizes the invasive spread of water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a clonal aquatic plant. Molecular Ecology, 19: 1774-1786

  • Hong L, Su W, Zhang Y-Y, Ye C, Shen Y, Li QQ.# (2018) Transcriptome profiling during mangrove viviparity in response to abscisic acid, Scientific Reports, 8, 770

  • Manning P*, Gossner MM, Bossdorf O, Allan E, Zhang Y-Y, …., Fischer M (2015) Grassland management intensification weakens the associations among the diversities of multiple plant and animal taxa. Ecology, 96: 1492-1501.

  • Latzel V*, Zhang Y-Y, Moritz KK, Fischer M, Bossdorf O. (2012) Epigenetic variation in plant responses to defence hormones. Annals of Botany, 110: 1423-1428

  • Bossdorf O*, Zhang Y-Y. (2011) A truly ecological epigenetics study. Molecular Ecology, 20: 1572-1574

Teaching Experience

  • Genetics and evolutionary biology

  • Plant science

  • Global change seminar