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RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Aeolian sand dunes or subaqueous bed forms, which are developed in air, river and ocean, are the signature of the action of fluid flow on a granular sedimentary layer. These morphologies constantly adapt to the flow as grains are put into motion by basal shear stress. Reciprocally, the flow is sensitive to the sand bed topography and the motion of the grains. Therefore, there are complex interaction between landscape and flow dynamics. My research interests include aeolian processes and landforms, especially centered on the emergence of bedforms using a new cellular automaton dune model.
 
Email: dgzhang@zju.edu.cn
 
EDUCATIONS:
2007 - 2011 Ph.D., Geophysic, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris(IPGP), Paris, France;
2005 - 2007 M.S., Geology, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris(IPGP), Paris, France;
1999 - 2003 B.S., Geology, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China.
 
APPOINTMENTS:
Oct. 2017 - Present, Research Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China;
2014 - 2017 Associate Professor, The Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China;
2011 - 2013 Post-doctoral Scientist, The Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China;
2010 - 2011 Assitant Teacher, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France.
 
TECHNICAL SKILLS:
Matlab experience:   linear algebra, nonlinear numerical methods, polynomials, statistics, visualization.
Programming:   C, C++, UNIX shell scripting(bash, csh), svn, python.
Computer Applications:   TeX (LaTeX, BibTeX, PSTricks), most common productivity packages (for Windows and Linux platforms), Vim.
Web Programming:   html,css, php.
 
PUBLICATIONS
C. Narteau, D. Zhang, O. Rozier and P. Claudin. Setting the length and time scales of a cellular automaton dune model from the analysis of superimposed bedforms, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, F03006(2009).
D. Zhang, C. Narteau and O. Rozier. Morphodynamics of barchan and transverse dunes using a cellular automaton model. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2010, 115: F03041.

D. Zhang, C. Narteau, O. Rozier and S. Courrech du Pont. Morphology and dynamics of star dunes from numerical modelling. Nature Geoscience, 2012, 5: 463-467.

D. Zhang, X. Yang, O. Rozier and C. Narteau. Mean sediment residence time in barchan dunes. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2014, 119(3): 451-463.

X. Gao, D. Zhang, O. Rozier and C. Narteau. Transport capacity and saturation mechanism in a real-space cellular automaton dune model. Advance in Geosciences, 2014, 37: 47–55.

X. Yang, LA. Scuderi, X. Wang, LJ. Scuderi, D. Zhang, H. Li, S. Forman, Q. Xu, R. Wang and S. Yang. Groundwater sapping as the cause of irreversible desertification of Hunshandake Sandy Lands, Inner Mongolia, northern China. PNAS, 2015, 112(3): 702-706.

X. Yang, S. Forman, F. Hu, D. Zhang, Z. Liu and H. Li. Initial insights into the age and origin of the Kubuqi Sand sea of northern China. Geomorphology, 2016, 259: 30-39.
 
SUPPORTED PROJECTS:
National Natural Science Foundation of China Fellowship (NSFC grant No: 41771022), PI (2018-2021);  
National Natural Science Foundation of China Fellowship (NSFC grant No: 41302146), PI (2014-2016);
China Postdoctoral Science Foundation Fellowship, PI (2013-2014).  
  
AWARDS:
2011  Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Student Abroad
2013  IAG GRANTS for the 8th International Conference on Geomorphology