Zou, Dinghui





Admissions Major

  • Master's admissions major:

  • Master of academic degree: 083000| Environmental science and engineering.

  • Master of professional degree: 085700| Resources and environment.

  • Doctoral admissions major:

  • Doctor of academic degree: 083000| Environmental science and engineering.

  • Doctor of professional degree: 085700| Resources and environment.

Working experience

  • 07/2001-04/2009: Assistant Researcher, Associate Researcher, Researcher, Distinguished Professor and Doctoral Supervisor (Marine Biology), Guangdong Key Laboratory of Marine Biology, Shantou University

  • 04/2009-now: Professor and Doctoral Supervisor, School of Environment and Energy, South China University of Technology

Educational experience

  • July 1992: Graduated from Hunan Agricultural University with a bachelor's degree in tea science, Department of Horticulture.

  • August 1995: Received his M.S. degree in Plant Physiology from Nanjing Agricultural University

  • July 2001: PhD in Aquatic Biology from the Institute of Aquatic Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Field of research

  • The research direction is marine environment and biological oceanography and the main research content includes

  • ①The relationship between seaweeds and global change, mainly to study the relationship between macroalgae and the increase of atmospheric CO2 concentration, global warming and eutrophication or pollution in near-shore waters, and the bioremediation of eutrophication in near-shore waters or inland water bodies

  • ②Mechanism and regulation of photosynthetic inorganic carbon acquisition by macroalgae and their roles in the carbon cycle of nearshore marine ecosystems

  • ③Applied seaweed science, mainly the growth and development mechanism of economic seaweeds and its regulation, seaweed cultivation physiological ecology. The core of the research is the relationship between seaweeds and global climate change, and the mechanism and regulation of seaweed carbon metabolism.

Recent research projects

  • He has been in charge of more than 10 national and provincial research projects, including 6 National Natural Science Foundation of China projects and the Ministry of Education's "New Century Excellent Talent Support Program" project. In addition, he has participated in many national and provincial level projects, including the major projects of the National 863 Program and the National 973 Program.

Academic achievements

  • Prof.Zou has been exploring the physiological ecology of seaweed cultivation, carbon sink processes and their relationship with climate change by:

  1. revealing the mechanism of photosynthetic inorganic carbon acquisition and its regulation in important seaweed cultivation species in the southern waters of China, and resolving the cyanobacterial carbon function driven by macroalgae in nearshore marine ecosystems

  2. elucidatuing the seasonal pattern of sexual reproduction and reproductive allocation of the sheep sedge population in Nan'ao Island, Shantou, China

  3. elucidating the physiological and ecological mechanisms of photosynthetic response and adaptation of seaweeds under climate change.

  • He has published more than 80 papers in core journals as first or corresponding author, including more than 40 papers in SCI journals, and co-authored 4 books. In 2015, he won the second prize of the Ocean Science and Technology Award of the State Oceanic Administration.

Recent papers

  • Chen BB, Zou DH, Zhu MJ. 2017. Growth and photosynthetic responses of Ulva lactuca (Ulvales, Chlorophyta) germlings to different pH levels. Marine Biology Research. 13(3): 351-357. 【SCI】

  • Chen BB, Zou DH, Yang YF. 2017. Increased iron availability resulting from increased CO2 enhances carbon and nitrogen metabolism in the economical marine red macroalga Pyropia haitanensis (Rhodophyta). Chemosphere. 173: 444-451. 【SCI】

  • Liu CX, Zou DH, Yang YF, Chen BB, Jiang H. 2017. Temperature responses of pigment contents, chlorophyll fluorescence characteristics, and antioxidant defenses in Gracilariopsis lemaneiformis (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta) under different CO2 levels. Journal of Applied Phycology.29: 983-991. 【SCI】

  • Chen BB, Zou DH, Ma JH. 2016. Interactive effects of elevated CO2 and nitrogen–phosphorus supply on the physiological properties of Pyropia haitanensis (Bangiales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology. 28(2): 1235-1243. 【SCI】

  • Jiang H, Zou DH, Chen BB. 2016. Effects of lowered carbon supplies on two farmed red seaweeds, Pyropia haitanensis (Bangiales) and Gracilaria lemaneiformis (Gracilariales), grown under different sunlight conditions. Journal of Applied Phycology. 28(6): 3469–3477. 【SCI】

  • Jiang H, Zou DH, Li XH. 2016. Growth, photosynthesis and nutrient uptake by Grateloupia livida (Halymeniales, Rhodophyta) in response to different carbon levels. Phycologia. 55(4): 462-468. 【SCI】

  • Chen BB, Zou DH, Jiang H. 2015. Elevated CO2 exacerbates competition for growth and photosynthesis between Gracilaria lemaneiformis and Ulva lactuca. Aquaculture. 443: 49-55. 【SCI】

  • Chen BB, Zou DH. 2015. Altered seawater salinity levels affected growth and photosynthesis of Ulva fasciata (Ulvales, Chlorophyta) germlings. Acta Oceanologica Sinica. 34(8): 108-113.【SCI】

  • Liu CX, Zou DH. 2015. Responses of elevated CO2 on photosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism in Ulva lactuca (Chlorophyta) at different temperature levels. Marine Biology Research. 11(10): 1043-1052.【SCI】

  • Liu CX, Zou DH. 2015. Effects of elevated CO2 on the photosynthesis and nitrate reductase activity of Pyropia haitanensis (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) grown at different nutrient levels. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology. 33: 419-429. 【SCI】

  • Liu CX, Zou DH. 2015. Do increased temperature and CO2 levels affect the growth, photosynthesis, and respiration of the marine macroalga Pyropia haitanensis (Rhodophyta)? An experimental study. Hydrobiologia. 745: 285–296. 【SCI】

  • Chen BB, Zou DH. 2014. Growth and photosynthetic activity of Sargassum henslowianum (Fucales, Phaeophyta) seedlings in responses to different light intensities, temperatures and CO2 levels under laboratory conditions. Marine Biology Research. 10(10):1019-1026. 【SCI】

  • Zou DH and Gao KS. 2014. Temperature response of the photosynthetic light- and carbon- use characteristics in the red seaweed Gracilaria lemaneiformis (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology. 50: 366-375.【SCI】

  • Zou DH. 2014. The effects of severe carbon limitation on the green seaweed, Ulva conglobata(Chorophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology. 26: 2417-2424. 【SCI】

  • Zou DH and Gao KS. 2014. The photosynthetic and respiratory responses to temperature and nitrogen supply in the marine green macroalga, Ulva conglobata(Chlorophyta). Phycologia. 53: 86-94【SCI】

  • Zou DH and Gao KS. 2013. Thermal acclimation of respiration and photosynthesis in the marine macroalga Gracilaria lemaneiformis (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology. 49: 61-68【SCI】

  • Zou DH, Liu SX, Du H and Xu JT. 2012. Growth and photosynthesis in seedlings of Hizikia fusiformis (Harvey) Okamura (Sargassaceae, Phaeophyta) cultured at two different temperatures. Journal of Applied Phycology. 24:1321-1327. 【SCI】

  • Zou DH, Gao KS and Luo HJ. 2011. Short- and long-term effects of elevated CO2 on photosynthesis and respiration in the marine macroalga Hizikia fusiformis (Sargassaceae, Phaeophyta) grown at low and high N supplies. Journal of Phycology. 47: 87-97.【SCI】

  • Zou DH, Gao KS and Chen WZ. 2011. Photosynthetic carbon acquisition in Sargassum henslowianum (Fucales, Phaeophyta), with special reference to the comparison between the vegetative and reproductive tissues. Photosynthesis Research. 107: 159-168. 【SCI】

  • Zou DH, Gao KS, Xia JR. 2011. Dark respiration in the light and in darkness of three marine macroalgal species grown under ambient and elevated CO2 concentrations. Acta Oceanologica Sinica. 30(1): 106-112. 【SCI】

  • Zhu XF, Zou DH, Du H. 2011.Physiological responses of Hizikia fusiformis to copper and cadmium exposure. Botanica Marina. 54(5): 431-439. 【SCI】

  • Zou DH and Gao KS. 2010. Physiological responses of seaweeds to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations. In: Seaweeds and their role in globally changing environment, edited by A. Israel, R. Einav and J. Seckbach, Springer, pp 115-126.【Book Chapters】

  • Zou DH and Gao KS. 2010. Acquisition of inorganic carbon by Endarachne binghamiae (Scytosiphonales, Phaeophyta). European Journal of Phycology. 45: 119-128【SCI】

  • Zou DH and Gao KS. 2010. Photosynthetic acclimation to different light levels in the brown marine macroalga, Hizikia fusiformis (Sargassaceae, Phaeophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology. 22:395-404.【SCI】

  • Xu ZG, Zou DH and Gao KS. 2010. Effects of elevated CO2 and phosphorus supply on growth, photosynthesis and nutrient uptake in the marine macroalga Gracilaria lemaneiformis (Rhodophyta). Botanica Marina. 53: 123-129. 【SCI】

  • Zou DH and Gao KS. 2009. Effects of elevated CO2 on the red seaweed Gracilaria lemaneiformis (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) grown at different irradiance levels. Phycologia. 48: 510-517. 【SCI】

  • Wu HY, Zou DH and Gao K. 2009. Marine photosynthetic response to increased atmospheric CO2 concentration and oceanic acidification. In: New Plant Physiology Research. Editor Robert T. Devane, pp. 217-227. Nova Science Publishers. 【Book Chapters】