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Bin Zhu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biology Department

Bio Chem Building 160A


PhD   Syracuse University   |   MPA   Syracuse University   |   MS   Nanjing University   |   BS   Nanjing University

Research Interests

My research focuses on several ecological and environmental issues. I study ecology and management strategies of invasive animals and plants including zebra mussels, European frogbit, and Eurasian watermilfoil. I also investigate impacts of human activities such as urbanization and land use on water quality, specifically water pollution associated with excessive nitrogen and phosphorus, chemical waste, and heavy metals. Additionally, I am interested in biodiversity and distribution of aquatic plants and interspecific interactions in the aquatic plant communities. Currently I am an Associate Editor of Journal of Plant Ecology and Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. 

Recent Publications

(* denotes student advisees)

Zhu, B, J. Kopco* and L.G. Rudstam. Effects of invasive European frogbit and its two physical control methods on macroinvertebrates. Freshwater Science, returned for revision. 

Zhu, B. 2014. Investigating snails as potential biological control agents for invasive European frogbit. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management, in press.

Zhu, B. M.S. Ellis*, K.L. Fancher*, and L.G. Rudstam. 2014. Shading as a control method for invasive European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae L.). PLOS One, in press.

Zhu, B. 2014. Small zebra mussels make big troubles in North America. In J. Tang, X. Pang, and Y. Wu (editors), Ecological Wisdom, Higher Education Press (China), in press.

Fitzgerald, D.G., B. Zhu (Corresponding author), E.L. Mills, L.G. Rudstam, S.B. Hoskins, D.E. Haddad, N.R. Burtch, J.T. Coleman, and D.L. Crabtree. 2014. Dynamics of aquatic vegetation in Oneida Lake, 1915-2005: a response to ecosystem change. In L. G. Rudstam, E.L. Mills, J. R. Jackson and D. J. Stewart, editors. Oneida Lake: Long-term dynamics of a managed ecosystem and its fisheries. American Fishery Society, Bethesda, Maryland, in press.  

Mayer, C.M., B. Zhu, and R. Johnson. 2014. The zebra mussel invasion of Oneida Lake: benthification of a eutrophic lake. L. G. Rudstam, E.L. Mills, J. R. Jackson and D. J. Stewart, editors. Oneida Lake: Long-term dynamics of a managed ecosystem and its fisheries. American Fishery Society, Bethesda, Maryland, in press.

Zhu, B., and S.E. Georgian*. 2014. Interactions between invasive Eurasian watermilfoil and native water stargrass in Cayuga Lake, NY, USA, Journal of Plant Ecology, doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtt063.

Mayer, C.M., L.E. Burlakova, P. Eklöv, D. Fitzgerald, A. Karatayev, S.A. Ludsin, S. Millard, E.L. Mills, A.P. Ostapenya, L.G. Rudstam, B. Zhu (Co-2nd author), and T.V. Zhukova. 2013. The benthification of freshwater lakes: Exotic mussels turning ecosystems upside down. T.F. Nalepa and D. Schloesser, editors, Quagga and Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impacts, and Control, Second Edition, CRC Press. Pp 575-585.

Zhu, B., C.M. Mayer, L.G. Rudstam, E.L. Mills, and M.E. Ritchie. 2008. A comparison of irradiance and phosphorus effects on the growth of three submerged macrophytes. Aquatic Botany 88: 358-362.

Zhu, B., M.E. Eppers, and L.G. Rudstam. 2008. Predicting Invasion of European frogbit in the Finger Lakes of New York. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 46: 186-189.

Zhu, B., C.M. Mayer, S.A. Heckathorn, and L.G. Rudstam. 2007. Can dreissenid attachment and biodeposition affect submerged macrophyte growth? Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 45: 71-76.

Zhu, B., D.G. Fitzgerald, C.M. Mayer, L.G. Rudstam, and E.L. Mills. 2006. Alteration of ecosystem function by zebra mussels in Oneida Lake, NY: impacts on submerged macrophytes. Ecosystems 9: 1017-1028.

Fitzgerald, D.G., B. Zhu, S. Hoskins, D. Haddad, K. Green, L. Rudstam, and E. Mills. 2006. Quantifying fish habitat in freshwater ecosystems with aerial photograph interpretation. Fisheries 31(2): 9-21.