Shan Huang


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Shan is happy to supervise projects on large-scale dynamics of biodiversity, from the deep-time history to the future, especially:
- the ecology and evolution of body size
- extinction mechanisms
- morphological consequences of extinctions
- the future of our blue food
- macroecology in parasites


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Research interests

Macroecology & Macroevolution: Biodiversity dynamics in time and space.

Shan is broadly interested in understanding broad-scale biodiversity dynamics, in space and time, particularly the dramatic temporal and spatial variation in different aspects of biodiversity. She investigates the processes underlying biodiversity patterns, with an emphasis on the role of history in shaping global and regional biota, including evolutionary history of the organisms (e.g. extinction, range dynamics and morphological evolution) and historical environmental transitions (e.g. landscape evolution and paleoclimate change).

Shan takes an interdisciplinary approach to research by synthesising large datasets from ecology, evolution, palaeontology, geoscience, etc. She also integrates knowledge from studying various organismal systems, including terrestrial mammals, marine bivalves, and infectious diseases.

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2023-present Assistant Professor in Paleobiology, University of Birmingham

2019-2022 Postdoc fellow funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG; an Eigene Stelle grant), Senckenberg Biodiversity & Climate Research Centre.

2015-2019 Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Senckenberg Biodiversity & Climate Research Centre.

2012-2015 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago (Advisor: Dr. David Jablonski)

2012 PhD, Unviersity of Georgia (Advisor: Dr. Sonia Altizer & Dr. John Gittleman)


  • PhD in Ecology, University of Georgia
  • MSc in Scientific, Technical & Medical Translation with Translation Technology, Imperial College London
  • MSc in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation, Imperial College London
  • BSc in Biological Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • QH301 Biology
  • QL Zoology
  • GB Physical geography
  • QE Geology
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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