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Zhiqiang (Dylan) Xia

Academic Address:

Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9B 3P4
ph. (519) 253-3000 ext. 4243


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  • 2014-2019: Ph.D. Environmental Science, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, Windsor ON, Canada.

  • 2011-2014: MSc. Microbiology. College of Resources and Environment, Southwest University, Chongqing China

  • 2006-2010: BSc. Biotechnology. Department of Biology and Chemistry Engineering, Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu, China



  • 16. Zhang X., … Xia Z., … Zhang Y. (2021). Effect of thermocline strength on internal phosphorus cycling and chlorophyll-a during algal blooms in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area. Water Research (in review, MS #: WR-S-21-00348).

  • 15. Xia, Z., Barker, J.R., Zhan, A., Haffner, G.D., MacIsaac, H.J. (2021). Golden mussel (Limnoperna fortunei) survival during winter at the northern invasion front implies a potential high latitude distribution. Diversity and Distributions, doi: 10.1111/ddi.13289.

  • 14. Xia, Z., Zhan, A., Johansson, M.L., DeRoy, E., Haffner, G.D., MacIsaac, H.J. (2021). Screening marker sensitivity: optimizing eDNA-based low abundance species detection. Diversity and Distributions, doi: 10.1111/ddi.13262.

  • 13. Coughlan, N.E., … Xia, Z., … Sylvester, F. (2020). Biometric conversion factors as a unifying platform for comparative assessment of invasive freshwater bivalves. Journal of Applied Ecology, (revision submitted, MS #: APPL-2020-00955.R2).

  • 12. Xia, Z., MacIsaac, H.J., Hecky, R.E., Depew, D.C., Haffner, G.D., Weidman, R.P. (2021). Multiple factors regulate filtration by invasive mussels: implications for whole-lake ecosystems. Science of The Total Environment, 765, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144435

  • 11. Zhang, L., Xia, Z., Zhou, C., Fu, L., Yu, J., Taylor, W.D., Hamilton, P., Van Cappellen, P., Ji, D., Liu, D., Xie, D., Zeng, B., McLeod, A., Haffner, G.D. (2020). Unique surface density layers promote harmful algal blooms in Pengxi River, Three Gorges Reservoir. Freshwater Science, 39(4), 722-734. Doi: 10.1086/710332.

  • 10. Xia, Z., Cao, X., Hoxha, T., Zhan, A., Haffner G.D., MacIsaac, H.J. (2019). Functional response and size-selective clearance of suspended matter by an invasive mussel. Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134679.

  • 9. Xia, Z., Johansson, M.L., Gao, Y., Zhang, L., Haffner, G.D. MacIsaac, H.J. Zhan, A. (2018). Conventional versus real-time quantitative PCR for rare species detection. Ecology and Evolution, 8, 11799-11807. Doi: 10.1002/ece3.4636.

  • 8. Li, S., Chen, Y., Gao, Y., Xia, Z., Zhan, A. (2019). Chemical oxidants affect byssus adhesion in the highly invasive fouling mussel Limnoperna fortunei. Science of The Total Environment, 646, 1367-1375. Doi: org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.434.

  • 7. Li, S., Xia, Z., Chen, Y., Gao, Y., Zhan, A. (2018). Byssus structure and protein composition in the highly invasive fouling mussel Limnoperna fortunei. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 418. Doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00418.

  • 6. Xia, Z., Zhan, A., Gao, Y., Zhang, L., Haffner, G.D., MacIsaac, H.J. (2017). Early detection of a highly invasive bivalve based on environmental DNA (eDNA). Biological Invasions, 20, 437-447. Doi: 10.1007/s10530-017-1545-7.

  • 5. Zhan, A., Zhang, L., Xia, Z., Ni, P., Xiong, W., Chen, Y., Haffner, G.D., MacIsaac, H.J. (2015). Water diversions facilitate spread of non-native species. Biological Invasions, 17, 3073-3080. Doi: 10.1007/s10530-015-0940-1.

  • 4. Zhang, L., Xia, Z., Zhou, W., Hamilton, P.B., Haffner, G.D. (2015). Spatial characteristics of nutrient and phytoplankton and the causes for their differences of the Three Gorges Reservoir in spring season (in Chinese with English abstract), Research of Environmental Sciences, 28, 1069-1077.

  • 3. Zhu, D., Zhang, L., Wei, Z., Liu, X., Zhou, Z., Dai, X., Wang, X., Xia, Z., Wu, X., Yu, J., Fu, L. (2014). Effects of bacterial manure on soil physicochemical properties and microbial community diversity in rhizosphere of highland barley. Acta Pedologica Sinica (in Chinese with English abstract), 51, 627-637. Doi: 10.11766/trxb201311030512.

  • 2. Wang, J., Zhai, S., Xia, Z., Zhang, L. (2013). Summary of hydrogen production via fermentation on solid waste. Chinese Agriculture Science Bulletin (in Chinese), 29, 139-148.

  • 1. Preparations of Ca2+ and P on N-fixation of alfalfa-rhizobia after acid aluminum stress. (2012). Acta Prataculturae Sinica, 21(6), 108-116.


  • (Nominated) Governor General’s Gold Medal (2019), U of Windsor, Canada

  • Lum Clark Research Excellence Award (2018), GLIER, U of Windsor, Canada

  • 2015: Mitacs Globe Research

  • China Scholarship Council Scholarship (2014-2018), China


  • 3. Marine and Freshwater Invasive species: solutions for water security. Beijing, China. Aug. 2018Title: Early detection of rare species based on environmental DNA (eDNA): Methods development and optimizations (Oral)

  • 2. The 20th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS). Coral Springs, FL, US. Oct. 2017. Title: Early detection of a highly invasive bivalve based on environmental DNA (eDNA) (Oral)

  • 1. The 58th IAGLR Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Burlington, VT. US. May 2015Title: Spatial characteristics of nutrient and phytoplankton and their causes of the Three Gorges Reservoir (Poster)


  • 3-6. Annual workshops on OCRIF project “Water Supply and Safety in Beijing”. London, CA; Beijing, CN; Guelph, CA; London, CA. 2015-2018Titles: Biological invasion of the Limnoperna fortunei (golden mussel) and their potential impacts in the South to North Water Diversion Project.

  • 2. The 1st Sino-Canada Workshop on Plateau Lakes Research, Kunming, China. Jul. 21, 2015. Title: Early detection of Limnoperna fortunei from environmental samples via DNA-based methods.

  • 1. The 3rd China-Canada Three Gorges Reservoir workshop for non-point pollution and water quality innovative monitoring. Chongqing, China. Aug.13, 2013. Title: Phytoplankton composition of the Three Gorges Reservoir in algal bloom sensitive season

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