Current Research:

  • Institutional timberland investment
  • Economics of forest ecosystem services (biodiversity and wetland conservation)
  • Policy process
  • Forest products trade

Zhang is an expert in the areas of forest management, trade, investment and finance, economic development, and international forestry.

Research Interests: Economic and policy aspects of natural resource management: Property rights, environmental regulations, institutional economics, political economy, private forest management, forest products trade, land use, forest-based economic development, forest investment and finance, and international forestry 

Subject areas:

  • Forest Policy and Economics
  • Forestry
Past Affiliations

Professor, Forest Economics, Management and Policy

Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

Associate Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

Teaching and Research Assitant, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (past)

Ministry of Forestry, China

Assistant Professor and Forestry Extension Specialist, Forestry, Auburn University

Forest Economist, Department of International Cooperation

Research Assistant, Faculty of Forestry, Lakehead University (past)

Wildlife and Wetlands Science, Forestry
PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada, Forest Economics and Policy, 1994
MS, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China, Forest Economics and Management, 1989
BS, Central South University, Changsha, China, Forest Science, 1984
agricultural planning or policy forest economics land management or land use agricultural economics political economics or economy natural resource economics tariff policy economic analysis economic policy economic development international trade and finance natural resources
Chinese, Mandarin, English

Director's Award (Research), Alabama Agricultural Experimental Station (Auburn University), 2002

Research Recognition Award (Research), Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (Auburn University), 2001

Excellence for Exceptional Programming (Journal Publication), Southenr Extension Forest Resource Specialist Association, 1996

Alabama Forestry Association
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Society of American Foresters