Bin Zhu

Bin Zhu headshot

Chair, Department of Biology; Program Director, Environmental Science/Environmental Studies Programs; Professor


College of Arts and Sciences
860.768.4367 BC 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.

(* denotes student advisees)

Dai Z., B. Zhu, J.S. Wan, and S. Rutherford. 2022. Editorial: Global changes and plant invasions. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10:845816. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2022.845816.

Zhu B. and A.A. Levesque. 2021. A longitudinal study of iPads on undergraduate learning in an ecology laboratory. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching 47(2): 36-43.

Qi S., S. Rutherford, F. He, B. Dong, B. Zhu, Z. Dai, W. Fu, H. Mao, and D. Du. 2021. Opposing effects of plant growth regulators via clonal integration on apical and basal performance in alligator weed. Journal of Plant Ecology. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtab098.

Ryu H. and B. Zhu (co-first author). 2021. Creating and assessing an academic learning community between biology and statistics courses. PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2020.1861141.

Xia W.*, B. Zhu, X. Qu, H. Liu, Y. Liu, X. Chen, L.G. Rudstam, L. Ni, and Y. Chen. 2020. Effects of salinity on sprouting and growth of three submerged macrophytes. Ecohydrology 2020:e2235. DOI:10.1002/eco.2235.

Xia W.*, R. Wang, B. Zhu, L.G. Rudstam, Y. Liu, Y. Xu, W. Xin, and Y. Chen. 2020. Heavy metal gradients from rural to urban lakes in central China. Ecological Processes 9:47. DOI: 10.1186/s13717-020-00251-8.

Wang Y., M. Yuan, Z. Li, Y. Niu, Q. Jin, B. Zhu, and Y. Xu. 2020. Effects of ethylene biosynthesis and signaling on oxidative stress and antioxidant defense system in Nelumbo nucifera G. under cadmium exposure. Environmental Science and Pollution Research: DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-09918-3.

Wan L., S. Qi, C.B. Zou, Z. Dai, G. Ren, Q. Chen, B. Zhu, and D. Du. 2019. Elevated nitrogen deposition may advance invasive weed Solidago canadensis in calcareous soils. Journal of Plant Ecology 12: 846-856.

Wan L., S. Qi, Z. Dai, C.B. Zou, Y. Song, Z. Hu, B. Zhu, and D. Du. 2018. Growth responses of Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis L.) to increased nitrogen supply correlate with bioavailability of insoluble phosphorus source. Ecological Research 33: 261-269.

Zhu, B., D.S. Smith*, A.P. Benaquista*, D.M. Rossi*, B.M. Kadapuram*, M. Yu*, A.S. Partlow*, and N.R. Burtch. 2018. Water quality impacts of small-scale hydromodification in an urban stream in Connecticut, USA. Ecological Processes 7:11

Zhu, B., C.C. Ottaviani*, R. Naddafi , Z. Dai, and D. Du. 2018. Invasive European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae L.) in North America: an updated review 2003–16. Journal of Plant Ecology 11(1): 17–25.

Wan, L., S. Qi, C.B. Zou, Z. Dai, B. Zhu, Y. Song, and D. Du. 2018. Phosphorus addition reduces the competitive ability of the invasive weed Solidago canadensis under high nitrogen conditions. Flora 240: 68–75.

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, 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.