Biology Department - Associate Chair
Bio Chem Building 160A
PhD Syracuse University | MPA Syracuse University | MS Nanjing University | BS Nanjing University
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.
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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. 2016. 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 fishery, American Fishery Society, Bethesda, Maryland, Pp 181-199.
Mayer, C.M., B. Zhu and R. Johnson. 2016. 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 fishery, American Fishery Society, Bethesda, Maryland, Pp 161-179.
Zhu, B., J. Kopco* and L.G. Rudstam. 2015. Effects of invasive European frogbit and its two physical control methods on macroinvertebrates. Freshwater Science 34(2):497-507.
Zhu, B. 2015. Small zebra mussels make big troubles in North America. In J. Tang, Y. Wu and X. Pan, editors, Ecological Wisdom-Water Bodies and Watersheds, China Higher Education Press. Pp 87-92.
Zhu, B. 2014. Investigating snails as potential biological control agents for invasive European frogbit. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 52: 102-105.
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 9(6): e98488. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098488.
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 7: 499-508.
Mayer, C.M., L.E. Burlakova, P. Eklov, 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.