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Zutao Ouyang

Research Associate, Michigan State University
Landscape Ecology & Ecosystem Science (LEES)

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Zutao's regards himself as a researcher who is related to ecological informatics or environmental informatics. His research focuses on using remote sensing techniques, GIS, and mathematical and statistical tools to explore existing data to discover solutions for environmental and ecological problems. In the near future, he plans to continue research in synthesizing data from different sources with wavelet analysis, classical and bayesian statistics, and computer models/simulations in an effort to study the driving factors of the water and carbon fluxes of Lake Erie and the interaction between social, economic, and natural factors in human-nature coupled systems.


Research Associate | 2015 — Present
Geography, Michigan State University, MI, United States

PhD Student | 2014 — 2015
Geography, Michigan State University, MI, United States

PhD Student | 2011 — 2014
Environmental Science, University of Toledo, OH, United States

MS | 2010
Ecology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

BS | 2007
GIS, Sun Yet-Sen University, Guangzhou, China


Journal Paper

  1. Meimei He, Bin Zhao, Zutao Ouyang, Yaner Yan, Bo Li; 2010. Linear spectral mixture analysis of Landsat TM data for monitoring invasive estuarine vegetation. International Journal of Remote Sensing 31, 4319-4333.
  2. Yaner Yan, Zutao Ouyang, Haiqiang Guo, Shusong Jin, Bin Zhao; 2010. Detecting the spatiotemporal changes of tidal flood in the estuarine wetland by using MODIS time series data. Journal of Hydrology 384 (1), 156-163
  3. Shenglan Zeng, Tingting Zhang, Zutao Ouyang, Yu Gao, Jiakuan Chen, Bo Li, Bin Zhao,2010. Effects of Road Disturbance on Plant Biodiversity, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 42
  4. Zutao Ouyang, MoQian Zhang, Xiao Xie, Qi Shen, HaiQiang Guo, Bin Zhao; 2011. A comparison of pixel-based and object-oriented approaches to VHR imagery for mapping saltmarsh plants. Ecological Informatics 6, 136-146
  5. Senglan Zeng, Tingting Zhang, Yu Gao, Zutao Ouyang, Jiakuan Chen, Bo Li B, Bin Zhao. 2011. Effects of road age and distance on plant biodiversity: a case study in the Yellow River Delta of China. Plant Ecology. 7, 1213-1229
  6. Tingting Zhang, Senglan Zhen, Yu Gao, Zutao Ouyang, Bo Li, Changming Fang, Bin Zhao. 2011. Assessing impact of land uses on land salinization in the Yellow River Delta, China using an integrated and spatial statistical model. Land Use Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol
  7. Tingting Zhang, Senglan Zhen, Yu Gao, Zutao Ouyang, Bo Li, Changming Fang, Bin Zhao. 2011. Using hyper spectral vegetation indices as a proxy to monitor soil salinity. Ecological Indicators,6, 1552-1562
  8. Zutao Ouyang, Richard Becker, Wade Shaver, Jiquan Chen. 2013. Evaluating the sensitivity of wetlands to climate change by remote sensing techniques. Hydrological Processes 28 (4), 1703-1712
  9. Zutao Ouyang, Yu Gao, Xiao Xie, Haiqiang, Guo, Tingting Zhang, Bin Zhao.2013. Spectral Discrimination of the Invasive Plant Spartina alterniflora at Multiple Phenological Stages in a Saltmarsh Wetland. PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067315
  10. Ranjeet John, Jiquan Chen, Zutao Ouyang, Jingfeng Xiao, Richard Becker, Arindam Samanta, Sangram Ganguly, Wenping Yuan, and Ochirbat Batkhishig,2013. Vegetation response to extreme climate events on the Mongolian Plateau from 2000 to 2010, Environmental Research Letters,8:3
  11. Jing Xie, Ge Sun, Housen Chu, Junguo Liu, Steven G McNulty, Asko Noormets, Ranjeet John, Zutao Ouyang, Tianshan Zha, Haitao Li, Wenbin Guan, Jiquan Chen,2013. Long‐term variability in the water budget and its controls in an oak‐dominated temperate forest, Hydrological Processes 28 (25), 6054-6066
  12. Jing Xie, Jiquan Chen, Ge Sun, Housen Chu, Asko Noormets, Zutao Ouyang, Ranjeet John, Shiqiang Wan, Wenbin Guan,2014. Long-term variability and environmental control of the carbon cycle in an oak-dominated temperate forest, Forest Ecology and Management 313, 319-328
  13. Moqian Zhang, Haiqiang Guo, Xiao Xie, Tingting Zhang, Zutao Ouyang, Bin Zhao,2014. Identification of Land-Cover Characteristics Using MODIS Time Series Data: An Application in the Yangtze River Estuary. PloS one, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0070079
  14. Zutao Ouyang, Jiquan Chen, Richard Becker, Housen Chu, JingXie, Changliang Shao, Ranjeet John.2014, Disentangling the confounding effects of PAR and air temperature on net ecosystem exchange in time and frequencies, Ecological complexity,19,46-58
  15. Housen Chu, Jiquan Chen, Johan F Gottgens, Zutao Ouyang, Ranjeet John, Kevin Czajkowski, Richard Becker.2014, Net ecosystem methane and carbon dioxide exchanges in a Lake Erie coastal marsh and a nearby cropland, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences,5,722-740
  16. Housen Chu, Johan Gottgens, Jiquan Chen, Ge Sun, Ankur Desai, Zutao Ouyang, Changliang Shao, Kevin Czajkowski. 2015.Climatic variability, hydrologic anomaly, and methane emission can turn productive freshwater marshes into net carbon sources, Global change biology, 21 (3), 1165-1181
  17. Changliang Shao, Jiquan Chen, Carol A Stepien, Housen Chu, Zutao Ouyang, Thomas B Bridgeman, Kevin P Czajkowski, Richard H Becker, Ranjeet John.2015. Diurnal to annual changes in latent, sensible heat, and CO2 fluxes over a Laurentian Great Lake: A case study in Western Lake Erie, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 120 (8), 1587-1604
  18. Jiquan Chen, Ranjeet John, Yaoqi Zhang, Changliang Shao, Daniel G Brown, Ochirbat Batkhishig, Amartuvshin Amarjargal, Zutao Ouyang, Gang Dong, Dan Wang, Jiaguo Qi.2015, Divergences of two coupled human and natural systems on the Mongolian Plateau, Bioscience, 65 (6), 559-570
  19. Ranjeet John, Jiquan Chen, Youngwook Kim, Zutao Ouyang, Jingfeng Xiao, Hoguen Park, Changliang Shao, Yaoqi Zhang, Amartuvshin Amarjargal, Ochirbat Batkhshig, Jiaguo Qi .2015. Differentiating anthropogenic modification and precipitation-driven change on vegetation productivity on the Mongolian Plateau, Landscape Ecology, 1-20
  20. Jing Xie, Jiquan Chen, Ge Sun, Tianshan Zha, Bai Yang, Housen Chu, Junguo Liu, Shiqiang Wan, Caixian Zhou, Hong Ma, Charles P-A Bourque, Changliang Shao, Ranjeet John, Zutao Ouyang. 2016. Ten-year variability in ecosystem water use efficiency in an oak-dominated temperate forest under a warming climate. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 218, 209-217
  21. Rong Zhang, Zutao Ouyang, Xiao Xie, Haiqiang Guo, Dunyan Tan, Xiangming Xiao, Jiaguo Qi, Bin Zhao.2016. Impact of Climate Change on Vegetation Growth in Arid Northwest of China from 1982 to 2011, Remote Sensing 8 (5), 364
  22. Housen Chu, Jiquan Chen, Johan F Gottgens, Ankur R Desai, Zutao Ouyang, Song S Qian. 2016. Response and biophysical regulation of carbon dioxide fluxes to climate variability and anomaly in contrasting ecosystems in northwestern Ohio, USA, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 220, 50-68
  23. Zutao Ouyang, Peilei Fan, Jiquan Chen. Urban built-up areas in transitional economies of Southeast Asia: spatial Extent and dynamics. 2016, Remote Sensing. 8(10),819
  24. Zutao Ouyang, Changliang Shao, Housen Chu, Richard Becker, Thomas Bridgeman, Carol A Stepien, Ranjeet John, Jiquan Chen. The Effect of Algal Blooms on Carbon Emissions in Western Lake Erie: An Integration of Remote Sensing and Eddy Covariance Measurements. 2017, Remote Sensing. 9(1),44
  25. Peilei Fan, Zutao Ouyang, Corina Basnou, Joan Pino, Hogeun Park, Jiquan Chen. Nature-based solutions for urban landscapes under post-industrialization and globalization: Barcelona versus Shanghai. 2017, Environmental Research,156, 272-283
  26. Hilary A Dugan, Sarah L Bartlett, Samantha M Burke, Jonathan P Doubek, Flora E Krivak-Tetley, Nicholas K Skaff, Jamie C Summers, Kaitlin J Farrell, Ian M McCullough, Ana M Morales-Williams, Derek C Roberts, Zutao Ouyang, Facundo Scordo, Paul C Hanson, Kathleen C Weathers. Salting our freshwater lakes. 2017, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(17), 4453-4458
  27. Yizhou Wu, Peilei Fan, Bo Li, Zutao Ouyang, Yong Liu, Heyuan You. The Effectiveness of Planning Control on Urban Growth: Evidence from Hangzhou, China. 2017, Sustainability, 9(5), 855
  28. Changliang Shao, Jiquan Chen, Housen Chu, Raffaele Lafortezza, Gang Dong, Michael Abraha, Ochirbat Batkhishig, Ranjeet John, Zutao Ouyang, Yaoqi Zhang, Jiaguo Qi. Grassland productivity and carbon sequestration in Mongolian grasslands: The underlying mechanisms and nomadic implications. 2017, Environmental Research, 159, 124-134
  29. Nguyen Dinh Duong, Le Minh Hang, Tran Anh Tuan, and Zutao Ouyang, Development of a spectral-pattern-analysis-based method for automated water body extraction using Landsat image data – a case study in central Vietnam and southern Laos, 2017, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 15: 945–959. doi:10.1002/lom3.10215
  30. Wenli Zhang*, Jiquan Chen, Ju Liu, Fangqing Chen, Quanfa Zhang, Zutao Ouyang, Changliang Shao,Yi Fan, Wennian Xu. Spatialtemporal variations of CO2 fluxes in a Cynodon-dominated riparian zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR),2017, Journal of Plant Ecology Journal of Plant Ecology, rtx054,
  31. Peilei Fan, Jiquan Chen, Zutao Ouyang. (2017). Urbanization in Siberia: A Satellite View. All Russia Economic Journal 2017(7), 20-33 (In Russian). Фан П., Чен Дж., Уанг З (2017). Урбанизация в Сибири. Взгляд со спутника// ЭКО. – 2017. – № 7. – С. 20-33.
  32. Hong Li, Shengqi Dai, Zutao Ouyang, Xiao Xie, Haiqiang Guo, Caihong Gu, Xiangming Xiao, Zhenming Ge, Changhui Peng, Bin Zhao. Multi-scale temporal variation of methane flux and its controls in a subtropical tidal salt marsh in eastern China, 2018, Biogeochemistry,137,163-179
  33. Yu Gao, Zutao Ouyang, Changliang Shao, Chu Housen, Yahn-Jauh Su, Haiqiang Guo, Jiquan Chen, and Bin Zhao, Field observation of lateral detritus carbon flux in a coastal wetland, 2018, Wetlands(accepted)


Book Chapter

  1. Chen, J.  R. John, G. Qiao, O. Batkhishig, W. Yuan, Y. Zhang, C. Shao, Z. Ouyang, L.Li, K. Guo, and G. Sun. 2013. State and Change of Dryland East Asia (DEA). In Chen et al., Pages 3-22. Dryland East Asia (Dea): Land Dynamics Amid Social and Climate Change. HEP and De Gruyter. 470 pp


Transitional economies in Southeast, East, and North Asia (SENA), including Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, and the Asian part of Russia (Siberia), have experienced liberalization, macroeconomic stabilization, restructuring and privatization, and legal and institutional reforms over the past three decades. Building upon our previous research on urban systems in the region, rich databases of collaborators, and diverse experience and expertise of team members, we set our objective toward synthesizing the data and knowledge on urban sustainability to the socioeconomic transformation and changing climate in transitional economies in SENA.


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