Zhang, Lulu

Research Associate

  • Lulu Zhang
    UNU-FLORES, Ammonstrasse 74, Dresden, 01067, Germany
    +49 351 7999 3806

    Research Interests

    • Characterization and management of coupled human-environmental system (biophysical processes and socioeconomic feedbacks)
    • Ecosystem services of soils and water
    • Multifunctional forest and agricultural systems for socio-ecological benefits
    • Optimizing payment for ecosystem services
    • Soil, water and land-use management under global change


    • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in hydrological ecosystem services and ecological conservation management in catchment, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
    • Diplom in Environmental Protection and Regional Planning, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

    Biographical Statement

    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.

  • Articles


    Book Chapters

    Conference Publications

    • Zhang, L., Feger, K.H., Schwärzel, K. (2014). Large-scale soil conservation measures contribute to water insecurity in NW China, EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 16, 3653
    • Wahren, A., Zhang, L., Feger, K.H. (2010). Assessment of scenario-driven landscape water budget – embedded in a model framework for decision support in land-use planning in mountainous Southwest China. In: Langenberger, G. (eds.): Land use in the Greater Mekong Subregion – A challenge for Society, Economy and Biodiversity, LILAC Symposium, October 11 – 14, Xishuangbanna, P.R. China, 56.

    Conference Proceedings

    • Zhang, L. (2014): Nexus Approaches to Soil, Water and Land-use Management in China. In: Hülsmann, S., Ito, M., Ardakanian, R. (eds.): Proceedings of International Kick-off Workshop “Advancing a Nexus Approach to the Sustainable Management of Water, Soil and Waste”. Dresden, UNU-FLORES.
    • Zhang, L., Feger K.H., Wang, Y., Schwärzel, K. (2014): Ein Top-down-Ansatz zur Abschätzung des jährlichen Abflusses eines mesoskaligen Einzugsgebietes im Mittellauf des Gelben Flusses. In: Cyffka, B. (Hrsg.): Beiträge zum Tag der Hydrologie 2014 in Eichstätt, Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, Heft 34.14, Hennef, 261-266.