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Zhiliang Zhu

Deputy Program Coordinator
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


I am the chief of USGS Biologic Carbon Sequestration Program. The program focuses on assessment of carbon stocks, fluxes, and sequestration potential in major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, understanding the effects of both natural and anthropogentic driving forces, developing carbon monitoring methods and capabilities, and providing technical support for increasing carbon sequestration in public land management. My responsiblities include developing program strategy, coordinating for research activities, tracking progress and achievements, making funding decisions, publishing results, and communicating about the program within USGS and with external stakeholders. In addition, I represent USGS as a lead scientist in external activities, including USGCRP Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group, other interagency or international working groups, university committees, and collaborations.

Research Interest

land surface characteristics biodiversity biogeography ecosystem diversity ecosystem functions


  • Chang, Y., Zhu, Z., Bu, R., Li, Y., and Hu, Y. 2015. Environmental controls on the characteristics of mean number of forest fires and mean forest areas burned (1987-2007) in China, Forest Ecology and Management, doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2015.07.012

  • Reddy, A.D., Hawbaker, T.J., Wurster, F., Zhu, Z., Ward, S., Newcomb, D., and Murray, R., 2015. Quantifying carbon loss and uncertainty from a peatland wildfire using multi-temporal LiDAR. Remote Sensing of Environment, 170:306-316

  • Zhu, Zhiliang, and McGuire, A.D., eds., 2016, Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1826, 196 p.

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