Shan Huang






Dr. Shan Huang

Postdoctoral Researcher
Member of Emmy Noether Research Group 'Macroevolution of birds and mammals'

Research interests

Biodiversity -- Macroecology & Macroevolution

I am interested in understanding broad-scale biodiversity dynamics, in space and time. My research approach is synthesizing large ecological and evolutionary data sets to investigate processes that give rise to the dramatic temporal and spatial variation in different aspects of biodiversity, with an emphasis on deciphering the role of history in shaping the modern biota, including evolutionary history of the biotic components and historical environmental transitions.

I have found that different systems have advantages for answering different questions about biodiversity, so I integrate knowledge from studying various organismal systems, including terrestrial mammals, marine bivalves, and parasites. Here at BiK-F, I combine cross-continent paleontological and neontological data of living and extinct terrestrial large mammals to investigate the various effects of climatic conditions on how biodiversity has been generated and maintained, and how overall biodiversity has been ‘partitioned’ and ‘assembled’ into regional faunas.


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Selected Publications

Huang, S., Eronen, J.T., Janis, C.M., Saarinen, J J., Silvestro, D. and Fritz, S.A. (2017) Mammal body size evolution in North America and Europe over 20 million years: Similar trends generated by different processes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Jablonski D., Huang S., Roy K., Valentine J.W. (2017) Shaping the latitudinal diversity gradient: New perspectives from a synthesis of paleobiology and biogeography. The American Naturalist.

Stephens, P. R., Altizer, S., Smith, K. F., Aguirre, A. A., Brown, J. H., Budischak, S. A., Byers, J. E., Dallas, T. A., Davies, T. J., Drake, J. M., Ezenwa, V. O., Farrell, M. J., Gittleman, J. L., Han, B. A., Huang, S., Hutchinson, R. A., Johnson, P., Nunn, C. L., Onstad, D., Park, A., Vazquez-Prokopec, G. M., Schmidt, J. P., Poulin, R. (2016) The macroecology of infectious diseases: A new perspective on global-scale drivers of pathogen distributions and impacts. Ecology Letters.

Tomasovych, A., Kennedy, J.,Betzner, T., Bitler Kuehnle, N., Edie, S., Kim, S., Supra, K., White, A., Rahbek, C., Huang, S., Price, T. and Jablonski, D. (2016) Unifying latitudinal gradients in range size and richness across marine and terrestrial systems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Huang, S., Roy, K. Valentine, J. W. and Jablonski, D. (2015) Convergence, divergence, and parallelism in marine biodiversity trends: Integrating present-day and fossil data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Huang, S., Drake, J. M., Gittleman, J. L. and Altizer, S. (2015)  Parasite diversity declines with host evolutionary distinctiveness: a global scale analysis of carnivores. Evolution.

Huang, S., Roy, K. and Jablonski, D. (2015) Origins, bottlenecks, and present-day diversity: Patterns of morphospace occupation in marine bivalves. Evolution.

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