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Zhiliang Zhu, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhiliang Zhu is a senior physical scientist with USGS. He works in the Ecosystem Mission Area and focuses on ecosystem carbon management research including carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reduction, and landscape vulnerability assessment.


My areas of expertise are in climate change mitigation, carbon cycle research, GHG emission accounting, ecosystem ecology (wildfire, wetland, and forest ecology), remote sensing, land use change, land cover mapping. I have experiences leading interdisciplinary science (in positions of a research scientist, principal investigator, chief scientist, and program manager) in several environmental fields: climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration, global change ecology, land use change, wildfire.



Professional Experience

  • 2008-present: Senior physical scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

  • 2007-08: National remote sensing leader, USDA Forest Service, Washington DC 

  • 2000-07: Research physical scientist, USGS EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD 

  • 1994-2000: Principal scientist, Raytheon, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD 

  • 1990-94: Research forester, USDA Forest Service, Starkville, MS

Education and Certifications

  • 1989, PhD in natural resource management, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • 1984, MS in forestry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • 1982, BS in forestry, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China

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