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ZHU Chaodong
+86-10-64807085  /  +86-10-64807099
zhucd@ioz.ac.cn, zhucd2005@gmail.com
Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Group on Evolution of Functional Insect Groups      

Born in Mar. 1971, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province. Professor. Advisors of PostDoc, Ph.D. and M.S. candidates. Leader of the Research Group of Evolutionary Biology of Functional Insects, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

1993, Nanjing Normal University, Biology Education, Bachelor Degree.
1996, Nanjing Normal University, Zoology, Master Degree.
1999, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zoology, Ph.D. Degree.
2003.02-2003.10, University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum, Senior Visiting Scholar.
2004.02-2006.01, Imperial College London and Natural History Museum, London, UK, Senior Visiting Scholar, PostDoc and Research Fellow.
1999.07-present, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor.

Till now, with my lab members, I found and described more than 80 new species, 16 new record genera and 186 new record species in Hymenoptera in China. Since 2006, I have been working mainly on species diversity and systematics on Apoidea. One new record genus, 14 new species and 11 new record species were discovered. After cataloguing species, we raised the record of bees to 1342 ones. I have more than 130 research articles published, cited at 936 times.
We developed an automatic pipeline and novel method for bee species clustering and heuristic optimization of parameters basing on multiple loci. We developed the automatic taxonomic annotation of sequences in large public database of genes. With this approach, we can delimit labeled or unlabeled species, correct wrong taxonomic annotations and build up large, multiple loci datasets simultaneously. We proposed 4 index, simulated large datasets and did some real case studies on gene evolutionary models. Preferred selection was proposed in a paper published in BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2010. We set up bioinformatics approaches and evaluation criteria to compare all protein coding genes in MtGenome for species delimitation. We found all PNGs have higher accuracy above 90% and confirmed the efficiency of the popular DNA barcode for animal species.
We are studying on taxonomy, species delimitation, phylogenetic relationships and mechanisms of diversity patterns of Hymenoptera at different levels including species and above basing on single locus, multiple genes, mitochondrial genomes and large data banks.

Research Interests:
(1) Molecular taxonomy
  • Molecular taxonomy pipeline and methodology;
  • Species delineation with information from single locus or multiple loci;
  • The automatic approaches basing on public database.
(2) Molecular systematics
  • Screening multiple genes for insect phylogenetic reconstruction;
  • Integrate the laboratory data and the public database, data mining, build the super matrix, and reconstructing phylogenetic tree at the species level;
  • Data simulation and case study on common basic questions in molecular systematics.
(3) Hymenoptera Systematics
  • The research of systematics and functional morphology on Chalcidoidea (Eulophidae, Encyrtidae) and Apoidea;
  • Focusing on Hymenoptera, study the insect molecular taxonomy and molecular systematics via data mining and integration of the laboratory data and the public database.
  • Reconstruction of the phylogenetic tree to study the evolutionary relationship between parasitic Chalcidoidea and host insects, bees and host plants.
  • Develop the China-Australia Virtual Laboratory on Taxonomy to promote international collaboration among taxonomists to study Hymenoptera in China;
  • Via different sampling methods, especially the host baits, Malaise traps, artificial nest etc. to set up a long-term species sampling and monitoring network of Hymenoptera in different ecological zones in China.

Awards and Honors:

Professional Activities:
Member of Beijing Entomological Society
Member of Beijing Ecological Society
Chair of Youth Committee, Chinese Entomological Society

Research Grants:
My team has been supported by programs from National Science Foundation, China, Ministry of Science and Technology, China, Ministry of Agriculture and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Selected Publications:
  1. Douglas Chesters, Chao-Dong Zhu*. 2014. A Protocol for Species Delineation of Public DNA Databases, Applied to the Insecta. Systematic Biology: 10.1093/sysbio/syu038. (JCR: 2/47, Evolutionary Biology; IF: 12.169)
  2. Douglas Chesters, Fang Yu, Huan-Xi CaoQing-Yan DaiQing-Tao Wu,Weifeng ShiWeimin ZhengChao-Dong Zhu*. 2013. Heuristic optimization for global species clustering of DNA sequence data from multiple loci. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(10): 961-970. (JCR: 12/136, Ecology; IF: 5.924)
  3. Ze-Qing NiuChao-Dong Zhu*, Michael Kuhlmann. 2013. Bees of the Colletes clypearis-group (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Colletidae) from China with descriptions of seven new species. Zootaxa, 3745(2): 101-151. (JCR: 83/151, Zoology; IF: 0.974)
  4. Arong LuoAibing ZhangSimon Yw HoWeijun XuYanzhou ZhangWeifeng ShiStephen L Cameron*, Chaodong Zhu*. 2011. Potential efficacy of mitochondrial genes for animal DNA barcoding: a case study using eutherian mammals. BMC Genomics, 12: 84. (JCR: 31/161, Genetics; IF: 4.397)
  5. Arong LuoHuijie QiaoYanzhou ZhangWeifeng ShiSimon Yw HoWeijun XuAibing Zhang*, Chaodong Zhu*. 2010. Performance of criteria for selecting evolutionary models in phylogenetics: a comprehensive study based on simulated datasets. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10: 242. (JCR: 19/47, Evolutionary Biology; IF: 3.285)