Dr. Lulu Zhang is a Research Associate in Unit of Soil and Land Management at UNU-FLORES. She has a background of hydrology and soil science. This led her particularly interested in interdisciplinary research related to soil, water, and land management. One of her current research interests is multifunctional land-use system in water-stress area that is able to balance ecosystem services supply – demand under a changing environment. She conducts field work and works with hydrological models.
Prior to joining UNU-FLORES, Dr. Lulu Zhang worked at Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) from 2010 to 2015. During her time at TU Dresden, her research focused on impact assessment of soil and land-use management in forest and agricultural ecosystems across subtropical and drought-prone areas. These experiences gave her special expertise and interests in land-based and regional specific management of ecosystem and natural resources, particularly in ecological conservation – vegetation – hydrology interaction. Dr. Lulu Zhang obtained her PhD in 2015 from the TU Dresden as a scholar funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Her dissertation assessed the impacts of land use and climate change on hydrological ecosystem services in a dryland area.