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

Dr Feng Mao

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

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

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.


  • 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

Other activities

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


Recent publications


Mao, F, Khamis, K, Krause, S, Clark, J & Hannah, D 2019, 'Low-cost environmental sensor networks: recent advances and future directions', Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 7, 221. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00221

Mao, F, Zhao, X, Ma, P, Chi, S, Richards, K, Clark, J, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2019, 'Developing composite indicators for ecological water quality assessment based on network interactions and expert judgment', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 115, pp. 51-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.01.011

Mao, F, Richards, KS, Toland, M, Shi, Y, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2019, 'Rivervis: a tool for visualising river ecosystems', Computers and Geosciences, vol. 123, pp. 59-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2018.11.007

Mao, F, Zhao, X, Ma, P, Chi, S, Richards, KS, Clark, J, Hannah, D & Krause, S 2019, 'Calibration of biological sensitivity values using environmental conditions and ridge regression methods', Ecological Indicators. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105478

Regmi, S, Bhusal, J, Gurung, P, Zulkafli, Z, Karpouzoglou, T, Ochoa-Tocachi, BF, Buytaert, W & Mao, F 2019, 'Learning to cope with water variability through participatory monitoring: The case study of the Mountainous region, Nepal', Meteorology Hydrology and Water Management, vol. 7.

Ochoa-Tocachi, BF, Bardales, JD, Antiporta, J, Perez, K, Acosta, L, Mao, F, Zulkafli, Z, Gil-Ríos, J, Angulo, O, Grainger, S, Gammie, G, Bièvre, BD & Buytaert, W 2019, 'Potential contributions of pre-Inca infiltration infrastructure to Andean water security', Nature Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0307-1

Dewulf, A, Karpouzoglou, T, Warner, J, Wesselink, AJ, Mao, F, Vos, J, Tamas, P, Groot, A, Heijmans, A, Ahmd, F, Hoang, L, Vij, S & Buytaert, W 2019, 'The power to define resilience in social-hydrological systems: towards a power-sensitive resilience framework', WIREs Water. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1377

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 & Didham, R 2018, 'A global strategy to mitigate the environmental impact of China’s ruminant consumption boom', Nature Communications, vol. 9, no. 4133.

Mao, F, Clark, J, Karpouzoglou, T, Dewulf, A, Buytaert, W & Hannah, D 2017, 'HESS Opinions: A conceptual framework for assessing socio-hydrological resilience under change', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 21, no. 7, pp. 3655-3670. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3655-2017

Clark, J, Gurung, P, Regmi, S, Bhusal, J, Mao, F, Dewulf, A & Karpouzoglu, T 2017, 'Water as "time-substance": the hydrosocialities of climate change in Nepal', Annals of the American Association of Geographers. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2017.1329005

Pandeya, B, Buytaert, W, Zulkafli, Z, Karpouzoglou, T, Mao, F & Hannah, DM 2016, 'A comparative analysis of ecosystem services valuation approaches for application at the local scale and in data scarce regions', Ecosystem Services, vol. 22, no. Part B, pp. 250-259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.10.015


Karpouzoglou, T & 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. CRC Press.


Mao, F, Clark, J, Buytaert, W, Krause, S & Hannah, DM 2018, 'Water sensor network applications: Time to move beyond the technical?', Hydrological Processes, vol. 32, no. 16, pp. 2612-2615. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13179

Review article

Grainger, S, Mao, F & Buytaert, W 2016, 'Environmental data visualisation for non-scientific contexts: Literature review and design framework', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 85, pp. 299-318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.09.004


Mao, F, Shi, Y & Richards, KS, rivervis: River Visualisation Tool, 2014, Software, CRAN. <http://cran.r-project.org/package=rivervis>

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