Prof. Zhang is Professor of Geography, director of International Network for Environment and Health (INEH) at University of Galway. He teaches geographic information system (GIS) courses at the University. Prof. Zhang’s academic background covers both GIS and environmental geochemistry. His research focuses on spatial analyses of geochemical variables, especially metals and nutrients in soils, using GIS, geostatistics and other spatial statistical techniques, to identify hotspots and quantify spatial variation, providing scientific bases for improved environmental management, mineral exploration, precision agriculture and human health. Prof. Zhang has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals (Google Scholar H-index: 56; SCOPUS H-index: 47).
Prof. Zhang has research experience in China, Sweden, USA, Australia, Jamaica and Ireland. He is chair and organizer of several internationally leading conferences in environment, health and GIS. Prof. Zhang received National Conference Ambassador Award from Failte Ireland in 2018; Galway City Mayor’s Award in “Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge” in 2021, and “Distinguished Service Award” from International Medical Geology Association in 2021.
Prof. Zhang is co-chair of International Medical Geology Association (IMGA), past president of Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH), chair of International Board of International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry (ISEG) and founder of ISEH International Symposium on Environment and Health. Prof. Zhang serves as associate editor of Journal of Geochemical Exploration, associate editor of Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and a member of editorial board of Science of the Total Environment.