Xiao Feng


Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2017

Research Activities

-Developing biogeographic theories that explain species distribution patterns
-Modeling and forecasting species’ distribution dynamics under environmental changes
-Building computational infrastructures (e.g. database) to catalogue global biogeographic patterns across space and time
-Large-scale simulations that quantify the teleconnections induced by human-caused environmental changes
-Software developments that use novel methods to analyze big-data based on HPC facilitie

Selected Publications

– Feng et al. (2022). A review of the heterogeneous landscape of biodiversity databases: Opportunities and challenges for a synthesized biodiversity knowledge base. Global Ecology and Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/GEB.13497


– Feng et al. (2021). How deregulation, drought and increasing fire impact Amazonian biodiversity. Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03876-7


– Feng & Qiao (2021). Accounting for dispersal using simulated data improves understanding of species abundance patterns. Global Ecology and Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13412


– Feng et al. (2020). Doubling demands in programming skills call for ecoinformatics education. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2179


– Park & Feng et al. (2020). Darwin’s naturalization conundrum can be explained by spatial scale. PNAS. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1918100117


– Feng et al. (2019). A checklist for maximizing reproducibility of ecological niche models. Nature Ecology & Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0972-5


– Enquist & Feng et al. (2019). The commonness of rarity: Global and future distribution of rarity across land plants. Science Advances. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaz0414


– Feng & Papeş (2015). Ecological niche modelling confirms potential north-east range expansion of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in the USA. Journal of Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12427

Xiao Feng

Assistant Professor

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