Xiao Feng

Assistant Professor

Bellamy 314
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Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2017

Research Interests

Biogeography, ecological niche modeling/species distribution modeling, biodiversity informatics, macroecology, human-caused environmental changes, ecoclimate teleconnection, big-data, high performance computing, GIS

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, X., Qiao, H., & Enquist, B. J. (2020). Doubling demands in programming skills call for ecoinformatics education. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 18(3), 123–124. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2179

Park, D. S., Feng, X., Maitner, B. S., Ernst, K. C., & Enquist, B. J. (2020). Darwin’s naturalization conundrum can be explained by spatial scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117(20), 10904–10910. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1918100117

Feng, X., Park, D. S., Walker, C., Peterson, A. T., Merow, C., & Papeş, M. (2019). A checklist for maximizing reproducibility of ecological niche models. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0972-5

Qiao, H., Feng, X., Escobar, L. E., Peterson, A. T., Soberón, J., Zhu, G., & Papeş, M. (2019). An evaluation of transferability of ecological niche models. Ecography, 42(3), 521–534. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.03986

Feng, X., Park, D. S., Liang, Y., Pandey, R., & Papeş, M. (2019). Collinearity in ecological niche modeling: Confusions and challenges. Ecology and Evolution, (March), ece3.5555. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5555

Feng, X., Liang, Y., Gallardo, B., & Papeş, M. (2019). Physiology in ecological niche modeling: using zebra mussel’s upper thermal tolerance to refine model predictions through Bayesian analysis. Ecography, 270–282. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04627

Enquist, B. J., Feng, X., Boyle, B., Maitner, B., Newman, E. A., Jørgensen, P. M., … McGill, B. J. (2019). The commonness of rarity: Global and future distribution of rarity across land plants. Science Advances, 5(11), eaaz0414. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaz0414

Feng, X., Castro, M. C., Linde, E., & Papeş, M. (2017). Armadillo Mapper: A Case Study of an Online Application to Update Estimates of Species’ Potential Distributions. Tropical Conservation Science, 10, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1177/1940082917724133

Feng, X., & Papeş, M. (2017). Can incomplete knowledge of species’ physiology facilitate ecological niche modelling? A case study with virtual species. Diversity and Distributions, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12606

Feng, X., Castro, M. C., McBee, K., & Papeş, M. (2017). Hiding in a Cool Climatic Niche in the Tropics? An Assessment of the Ecological Biogeography of Hairy Long-Nosed Armadillos (Dasypus pilosus). Tropical Conservation Science, 10, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1177/1940082917697249

Feng, X., & Papeş, M. (2017). Physiological limits in an ecological niche modeling framework: A case study of water temperature and salinity constraints of freshwater bivalves invasive in USA. Ecological Modelling, 346, 48–57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.11.008

Feng, X., Anacleto, T. C. S., & Papeş, M. (2016). Climatic Similarity of Extant and Extinct Dasypus Armadillos. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10914-016-9336-y

Feng, X., & Papeş, M. (2015). Ecological niche modelling confirms potential north-east range expansion of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in the USA. Journal of Biogeography, 42(4), 803–807. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12427

Courses Taught

GIS 5103: GIS Programming

GEO1330: Environmental Science

GEO5934: Species Distribution Modeling/Ecological Niche Modeling