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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. Zeng S-L, Zhang T-T, Ouyang Z-T, Gao Y, Chen J-K, Li B, Zhao B*,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. Zeng S-L, Zhang T-T, Gao Y, Ouyang Z-T, Chen J-K, Li B, Zhao B*. 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. Zhang T-T, Zeng S-L, Gao Y, Ouyang Z-T, Li B, Fang C-M, Zhao B*. (accept on Mar. 1, 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. Zhang T-T, Zeng S-L,Gao Y, Ouyang Z-T, Li B, Fang C-M, Zhao B*. 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. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9685
  9. Zu-Tao Ouyang, Yu Gao, Xiao Xie, Haiqiang, Guo, Ting-Ting 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, Zu-Tao Ou-Yang, 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, Hou‐Sen 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, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10079
  12. Jing Xie, Jiquan Chen, Ge Sun, Housen Chu, Asko Noormets, Zutao Ouyang, Ranjeet John, Shiqiang Wan, Wenbin Guan,2013. Long-term variability and environmental control of the carbon cycle in an oak-dominated temperate forest, Forest Ecology and Management, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.10.032
  13. Mo-Qian Zhang, Hai-Qiang Guo, Xiao Xie, Ting-Ting Zhang, Zu-Tao Ouyang, Bin Zhao,2013. 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. Chu, Housen; Gottgens, Johan; Chen, Jiquan; Sun, Ge, Desai, Ankur, Ouyang, Zutao, Shao, Changliang; Czajkowski, Kevin. Climatic variability, hydrologic anomaly, and methane emission can turn productive freshwater marshes into net carbon sources, Global Change Biology 21(3):1165-81
  17. Jiquan Chen, Ranjeet, John, Yaoqi Zhang, Daniel G. Brown, Ochirbat, Batkhishig, Amartuvshin, Amarjargal, Zutao Ouyang, Gang Dong, Jiaguo Qi. 2014. Divergences of Two Coupled Human and Natural Systems on the Mongolia Plateau. Bioscience (Accepted).
  18. Ting-Ting Zhang, Jia-Guo Qi, Yu Gao, Zu-Tao Ouyang, Sheng-Lan Zeng, Bin Zhao. 2015. Detecting soil salinity with MODIS time series VI data. Ecological Indicator,52, 480-489


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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