Faculty and Staff
Title: Associate Professor
Research Field: Marine Biology
Department: Department of Marine Organism Taxonomy & Phylogeny
Tel/Fax: +86 532 82898725

Jan 2017 – present Associate professor, IOCAS
Dec 2016 – Nov 2017 Post Doctor, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Jun 2013 – Dec 2016 Assistant professor, IOCAS

Sept 2008 – Jun 2013 Ph.D. Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS)
Sept 2004 – Jun 2008 B.S. Northeast Agriculture University

Research Interests:
Ciliate diversity; Protist; Microbial interaction;

Selected Publications:
F. Zhao, S. Filker *. 2018. Characterization of protistan plankton diversity in ancient salt evaporation ponds located in a volcanic crater on the island Sal, Cape Verde. Extremophiles, 22:943-956.
F. Zhao, S. Filker, K. Xu*, P. Huang, S. Zheng. 2017. Patterns and drivers of vertical distribution of the ciliate community from the surface to the abyssopelagic zone in the Western Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8: 2559.
F. Zhao, S. Filker, T. Stoeck, K. Xu*. 2017. Ciliate diversity and distribution patterns in the sediments of a seamount and adjacent abyssal plains in the tropical Western Pacific Ocean. BMC Microbiology, 17:192.
F. Zhao, K. Xu*. 2017. Distribution of ciliates in intertidal sediments across geographic distances: a molecular view. Protist, 168:171-182.
F. Zhao, K. Xu*. 2016. Molecular diversity and distribution pattern of ciliates in sediments from deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Okinawa Trough and adjacent sea areas. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 116: 22-32.
F. Zhao, K. Xu*. 2016. Biodiversity patterns of soil ciliates along salinity gradients. European Journal of Protistology, 53: 1-10.
F. Zhao, K. Xu*. 2015. Microbial genetic diversity in soils along saline-alkaline gradients on the coast of Laizhou Bay. Protistology, 9: 88-98.
F. Zhao, K. Xu*, D. Zhang. 2013. Spatio-temporal Variations in the Molecular Diversity of Microeukaryotes in Particular Ciliates in Soil of the Yellow River Delta, China. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 60: 282-290.
F. Zhao, K. Xu*. 2013. Microbial genetic diversity and ciliate community structure along an environmental gradient in coastal soil. European Journal of Protistology, 49: 516-525.
F. Zhao, K. Xu*, Y. He, 2012. Application of the Ludox-QPS method for estimating ciliate diversity in soil and comparison with direct count and DNA fingerprinting. European Journal of Soil Biology, 49:112-118.