B.S. Zhejiang University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Maryland
Qiongyu Huang is a wildlife biologist at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI) Conservation Ecology Center, which strives to find ways to restore and protect at-risk wildlife species and their supporting ecosystems. Huang is interested in utilizing geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and spatial analysis to analyze the spatial pattern of wildlife and their habitat. His research emphasis on these methodologies allows him to better understand the ecology and conservation of a wide range of rare and endangered species such as the giant panda and the Mongolian gazelle.
Huang is committed to GIS and conservation capacity building in different reserve and protected areas around the world. He believes that disseminating conservation science knowledge will benefit the conservation practices on the ground tremendously.
Huang earned his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Zhejiang University. He also holds a master's degree in conservation biology and sustainable development and a doctorate in geographical sciences from the University of Maryland. He also held a pre-doctoral research fellow position at SCBI between 2014 and 2015. His doctoral dissertation focused on continental scale avian biodiversity distribution and the long term change of avian distribution in North America on which he worked closely with remote sensing scientists at University Maryland and ornithologists at USGS-Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
Huang, Qiongyu, Fleming, Christen H., Robb, Benjamin, Lothspeich, Audrey and Songer, Melissa A. 2018. How different are species distribution model predictions?--Application of a new measure of dissimilarity and level of significance to giant panda Ailuropoda melanoleuca. Ecological Informatics, 114-124. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2018.06.004
Wang, Fang, Zhao, Qing, McShea, William J., Songer, Melissa, Huang, Qiongyu, Zhang, Xiaofeng and Zhou, Lingguo. 2018. Incorporating biotic interactions reveals potential climate tolerance of giant pandas. Conservation Letters. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12592
Huang, Qiongyu, Sauer, John R. and Dubayah, Ralph O. 2017. Multidirectional abundance shifts among North American birds and the relative influence of multifaceted climate factors. Global Change Biology, 3610-3622. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13683