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Hongcheng Zeng

Hongcheng Zeng

Post Doctoral Fellow

Address: University of Windsor, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4, Canada

Telephone: +1-519-253-3000 ext. 4847
Office:  GLIER Room 315
Lab:  GIS Lab, GLIER, Room 302
email:  Hongcheng Zeng


Geographical information systems
Spatial modelling
Remote sensing
Spatial decision making and decision support system
Spatial heuristic optimization
Monte Carlo simulation


PhD 2006 University of Joensuu, Finland
MSc 1999, Chengdu Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences. China
BSc 1996 Chongqing Normal University, China

Work Experience:

Postdoc Tulane University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, USA, 2007-2009
Research associate Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 1999-2002

Research interests:

Spatial modeling in ecology and environmental science
The wind disturbance in forest ecosystem
Ecological and environmental appraisal
The optimization of ecological and environmental management
Application of GIS and remote sensing in ecology and environmental science

Software skills:

GIS and remote sensing software: i) ARCGIS; ii) MapInfo; iii) MGE; iv) ENVI.
Programming software: i) Visual Basic; ii) Java; iii) C;
Statistic software: i) SAS; ii) SPSS.

Referee of peer-review journals:

Forestry; Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory systems; Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment; Natural Hazards; Remote Sensing


Zeng, H., Garcia-Gonzalo, Peltola, H., J. and Kellomäki, S. 2010. The effects of forest structure on the risk of wind damage in a boreal forest ecosystem. Annals of Forest Science. 67: 111.

Jiang, X., Ji, W., Zeng, H., and Chen, L. Using GIS to quantify mountains in China. 2010. Computing in Science and Engineering. 12(1): 36-42.

Zeng, H., Chambers, J.Q., Negron-Juarez, R.I., Hurtt, G.C., Baker, D.B. and Powell, M.D. 2009. Impacts of tropical cyclones on U.S. forestg tree mortality and carbon flux from 1851 to 2000. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106:7888-7892.

Zeng, H., Peltola, H., Väisänen, H. and Kellomäki, S. 2009. The effects of forest fragmentation on the risk of wind damage in a boreal forest at patch and landscape level. Forest Ecology and Management. 257: 1165-1173.

Jiang, X. and Zeng, H. 2009. The quantification of mountain regions in China—a case study at Sichuan province. Journal of Mountain Science. 27(1): 33-40 (in Chinese).

Negrón-Juárez,R., Chambers,J., Zeng,H. and Baker, D. 2008. Hurricane driven changes in land cover create biogeophysical climate feedbacks. Geophysical Research Letters. 35: L23401.

Chapman, E.L., Chambers., J.Q., Ribbeck, K.F., Baker, D.B., Tobler, M.A., Zeng, H. and White, D.A. 2008. Hurricane Katrina impacts on forest trees of Louisiana’s Pearl River basin. Forest Ecology and Management. 256: 883-889.

Chambers, J.Q., Fisher, J., Zeng, H., Chapman, E., Baker, D. and Hurtt, G. 2007. Hurricane Katrina’s footprint on Gulf Coast forests. Science 316:1107.

Zeng, H., Peltola, H. and Kellomäki, S. 2007. Interactive clear-cut regime selection for wind damage management using reference point approach. Ecological Informatics. 2: 150-158.

Zeng, H., Pukkala, T., Peltola, H. and Kellomäki, S. 2007. Application of ant colony optimization for the risk management of wind damage in forest planning. Silva Fennica. 41(2): 315-332.

Zeng, H., Pukkala, T. and Peltola, H. 2007. The use of heuristic optimization in risk management of wind damage in forest planning. Forest Ecology and Management. 241:189-199.

Zeng, H., Talkkari, A., Peltola, H. and Kellomäki, S. 2007. A GIS-based Support System for Risk Assessment of Wind Damage in Forest Management. Environmental Modeling and Software. 22:1240-1249.

Zeng, H., Peltola, H., Talkkari, A.,Strandman, H., Venäläinen, A., Wang, K., and Kellomäki, S. 2006. Simulations of long-term influence of clear-cuttings on the risk of wind damage on a regional scale. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 36: 2247-2258.

Zeng, H., Peltola, H., Talkkari, A., Venäläinen, A., Strandman, H., Kellomäki, S., and Wang, K. 2004. Influence of clear-cutting on the risk of wind damage at forest edges. Forest Ecology and Management 203: 77-88.

Venäläinen, A., Zeng, H., Peltola, H., Talkkari, A., Strandman, H., Wang, K., and Kellomäki, S. 2004. Simulations of the influence of forest management on wind climate on a regional scale. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 123: 149-158.

Zeng, H. 2001. Dynamic mapping of provincial urbanization: Sichuan Province as an example. Mapping. 25-28 (in Chinese).

Zeng, H. and Sun, Y. 1999. Ranking mapping of provincial urbanization: Sichuan Province as an example. Sichuan Survey. 22: 68-70, 76 (in Chinese).


Zeng, H., Peltola, H. and Kellomaki, S. The use of irregular cellular automaton optimization for the risk management of wind damage in forest planning. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Negron-Juarez, R., Baker, D., Zeng, H., Henkel, T. and Chambers, J. Assessing hurricane-induced tree mortality in U. S. Gulf Coast Ecosystems. Journal of Geophysical Research.

Negrón-Juárez, R.I., Chambers, J.Q., Guimaraes, G., Zeng, H., Raupp, C.F.M. Marra, D.M., Ribeiro, G.H., Saatchi, S.S., Nelson, B.W., Higuchi, N. Widespread Amazon tree mortality from a single cross-basin squall line event. Science.

Conferences, workshop presentations:

Zeng, H., Chambers, J. and Negron-Juarez, R. 2008. The spatial pattern of the correlation between forest mortality and precipitation in Amazon watershed. International Scientific Conference Amazon in Perspective: Integrated Science for a Sustainable Future. Nov. 17-20, 2008. Manaus, Brazil.

Zeng, H., Chambers, J., Negron-Juarez, R. and Hurtt, G. 2008. The temporal dynamics of the impacts of U.S. tropical cyclones on forest tree mortality and carbon flux. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Dec. 15-19, 2008. San Francisco, USA.