Dr Feng Mao BSc, MRes, MPhil, PhD, FRGS

Dr Feng Mao

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Feng is a water scientist with key research interests in the intersection of water, ecosystems, society and technologies, focusing on three main themes: (i) hydro-ecosystems and ecosystem services under change, (ii) pathways to socio-hydrological resilience, and (iii) low-cost water sensor networks and citizen science.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil in Politics, University of Cambridge
  • MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Leeds
  • BSc in Natural Sciences and Biology, Zhejiang University

Biography

Feng is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on interdisciplinary water sciences, with the aim of achieving water sustainability in the Anthropocene through ecological, social and technical innovations, such as new tools for data collection and environmental modelling, improved knowledge of water-centred dynamics and interactions, and more adaptive governance strategies for global change.

Feng did his PhD in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. His PhD research focused on the science-policy interface in the area of hydroecology and integrated river basin management in the European Union and China. He investigated how the existing integrated river basin management methods could be supported by scientific evidence, quantitative methods and visualisation tools, and how scientific evidence as a source of knowledge was balanced by subjective management considerations.

Feng holds a BSc in Natural Sciences and Biology from the Zhejiang University, an MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds, and an MPhil in Politics from the University of Cambridge. He intended to do research on environmental issues with both natural and social science understanding.

Other activities

  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, European Geosciences Union

Publications

Journal papers

  • Mao, F., Zhao, X., Ma, P., Chi, S., Richards, K., Clark, J., Hannah, D. M., Krause, S. (2019) Developing composite indicators for ecological water quality assessment based on network interactions and expert judgment. Environmental Modelling and Software, 115: 51-62. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.01.011
  • Mao, F., Richards, K., Toland, M., Shi, Y., Hannah, D. and Krause, S. (2019) rivervis: a tool for visualising river ecosystems. Computers and Geosciences, 123: 59-64. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2018.11.007
  • Regmi, S., Bhusal, J., Gurung, P., Zulkafli, Z., Karpouzoglou, T., Ochoa, B., Buytaert, W. and Mao, F. (2019). Learning to cope with water variability through participatory monitoring: The case study of the Mountainous region, Nepal. Meteorol. Hydrol. Water Manag. 7. doi:10.26491/mhwm/106021.
  • Mao, F., Clark, J., Buytaert, W., Krause, S., and Hannah, D. (2018) Water sensor network applications: Time to move beyond the technical? Hydrological Processes, 32:2612–2615. doi:10.1002/hyp.13179
  • Du, Y., Ge, Y., Ren, Y., Fan, X., Pan, K., Lin, L, Wu, X., Min, Y., Meyerson, L., Heino, M., Chang, S., Liu, X., Mao, F., Yang, G., Peng, C., Qu, Z., Chang, J., and Didham, R. (2018) A global strategy to mitigate the environmental impact of China’s ruminant consumption boom, Nature Communications, 9:4133. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06381-0
  • Mao, F., Clark, J., Karpouzoglou, T., Dewulf, A., Buytaert, W., and Hannah, D. (2017) A conceptual framework for assessing socio-hydrological resilience under change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, doi:10.5194/hess-2016-499.
  • Clark, J., Gurung, P., Chapagain, P. S., Regmi, S., Bhusal, J. K., Karpouzoglou, T., Mao, F. and Dewulf, A. (2017) Water as “Time-Substance”: The Hydrosocialities of Climate Change in Nepal. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, doi: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1329005
  • Pandeya, B., W. Buytaert, Z. Zulkafli, Karpouzoglou, T., Mao, F., Hannah, D. (2016) A comparative analysis of ecosystem services valuation approaches for application at the local scale and in data scarce regions. Ecosystem Services, 22: 250–259, doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.10.015.
  • Grainger, S., Mao, F., Buytaert, W. (2016) Environmental data visualisation for non-scientific contexts: Literature review and design framework. Environmental Modelling and Software, 85: 299–318, doi:dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.09.004.
  • Mao, F. and Richards, K.S. (2012) Irreversible river water quality and the concept of the reference condition. Area, 44: 423–431, doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01124.x.

Conference papers

  • Mao, F., Krause, S., Ullah, S., Gorelick, S., Hannah, D. M. (2019) Global N2O emission from mangrove ecosystems: a likely upsurge under increasing nutrients from rivers. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
  • Docherty, J. M., Mao, F., Clark, J., Hannah, D. M. (2019) Understanding water-related multi-hazards in a sustainable development context.European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
  • Zhang, X., Mao, F., Gong, Z., Wu, J.(2019) Urban resilience to waterlogging: a multi-city comparison in China. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
  • Mao, F., Hannah, D. M., Krause, S., Clark, J. (2018) A toolbox for participatory-based low-cost sensor network design and evaluation. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington DC, USA.
  • Mao, F., Hannah, D. M., Krause, S., Clark, J., Buytaert, W., Ochoa-Tocachi, B. (2017)Designing wireless sensor networks for hydrological and water resource applications: A purpose-oriented approach. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, USA.
  • Hannah, D. M., Mao, F., Karpouzoglou, T., Clark, J., Buytaert, W. (2017) Measuring resilience of coupled human-water systems using ecosystem services compatible indicators. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, USA.
  • Mao, F., Clark, J., Karpouzoglou, T., Dewulf, A., Buytaert, W., Hannah, D. M. (2017) Socio-hydrology, resilience, and a framework to connect two wicked problems. 6th International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology, Birmingham, UK
  • Mao, F., Richards, K., Zhao, X., Chi, S. (2017)Considering networks in assessment: Integrated evaluation for water management based on ecological networks and the Analytic Network Process. 6th International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology, Birmingham, UK
  • Mao, F., Clark, J., Buytaert, W., Karpouzoglou, T., Dewulf, A., Hannah, D. M. (2016) Resilience canvas: a heuristic tool for socio-hydrological management under change. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA
  • Mao, F.,Clark, J., Buytaert, W., Ochoa-Tocachi, B., Hannah, D. M. (2016) Designing for knowledge: bridging socio-hydrological monitoring and beyond. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA
  • Buytaert, W., Hannah, D. M., Dewulf, A., Clark, J., Zulkafli, Z., Karpouzoglou, T., Mao, F., Ochoa-Tocachi, B. (2016) Community-based Monitoring of Water Resources in Remote Mountain Regions. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA
  • Mao, F., Clark, J., Karpouzoglou, T., Hannah, D. M., Dewulf, A., Buytaert, W. (2016) Hydro-social resilience: an integrated concept for adaptive water management under change. Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London, UK
  • Mao, F. (2015) A paradigm for ecological water quality assessment in the European Union and China. Annual Research Postgraduate Conference, The University of Hong Kong
  • Mao, F. and Richards, K. S. (2014) Developing hydromorphological assessments in new regions: a synthetic approach. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, USA
  • Mao, F. and Richards, K. S. (2012) Ecological and Biological Monitoring in the EU and China: Theory and Practice. 5th International Yellow River Forum, Zhengzhou, China
  • Mao, F. and Richards, K. S. (2011) Looking Backward or Forward? Considering climate change in water quality classification. British Hydrological Society's Young Hydrologist Symposium, Loughborough, UK

Book chapter

  • Karpouzoglou, T. and Mao, F. (2018) What lies ahead? The future of the earth and society as an adaptive system, in Climate Changes in the Holocene: Their Impacts and Human Adaptation, edited by Chiotis, E., CRC Press. ISBN: 9780815365938

Software

  • Mao, F., Shi, Y. and Richards, K.S. (2014) rivervis: River Visualisation Tool. R package. URL http://cran.r-project.org/package=rivervis

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