Dr Lulu Zhang is a Senior Research Associate with the Soil and Land-Use Management Unit at UNU-FLORES. She has a background in hydrology and soil science. This led her to be particularly interested in trans- and interdisciplinary research related to soil, water, and land-use management and their cross-sectoral linkages. She has wide and in-depth knowledge of soil and water resources management across multiple spatial scales. She has expertise in evaluating the state of land and water resources and potential environmental and socioeconomic consequences of their uses under global change conditions. She conducts fieldwork and works with models.
Prior to joining UNU, Dr Lulu Zhang worked at Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and was a personal grant holder from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). While at TU Dresden, she worked in and coordinated several international cooperation projects. She conducted research on the assessment of soil and land-use management in forest and agricultural ecosystems in subtropical and drought-prone areas. These experiences help cultivate her special expertise and interests in land-based and regional specific management of ecosystem and natural resources, particularly in the ecological conservation–vegetation–hydrology interface. Dr Zhang holds a doctorate of natural science from TU Dresden. Her dissertation assessed the effects of land use and climate change on hydrological ecosystem services in a dryland area.