I am interested in soil and plant ecology, especially in how plants respond to the environmental disturbance, for example, drought and strong wind. I am also interested in plant decomposition and its interaction with soil animals and microbial communities. My future research at VU Amsterdam will be focusing on the interactions between coarse wood debris, beetle and fungal attack, abiotic disturbances, decomposition, and fire behavior.
Hu D, Zhang SD, Baskin JM, Baskin CC, Wang Z, Liu R, Du J, Yang X, Huang Z. 2018. Seed mucilage interacts with soil microbial community and physiochemical processes to affect seedling emergence on desert sand dunes. Plant, Cell & Environment.
Saixiyala, Yang D, Zhang SD, Liu GF, Yang XJ, Huang ZY, Ye XH. 2017. Facilitation by a Spiny Shrub on a Rhizomatous Clonal Herbaceous in Thicketization-Grassland in Northern China: Increased Soil Resources or Shelter from Herbivores. Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 9.
Zhang WW, Cao J, Zhang SD, Wang C. 2016. Effect of earthworms and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the microbial community and maize growth under salt stress. Applied Soil Ecology 107: 214-223.