I am interested in understanding broad-scale biodiversity dynamics, in space and time, particularly the dramatic temporal and spatial variation in different aspects of biodiversity. I investigate the processes underlying biodiversity patterns, with an emphasis on the role of history in shaping global and regional biota, including evolutionary history of the organisms and historical environmental transitions (e.g. landscape evolution and paleoclimate change).
I take an interdisciplinary approach to research by synthesising large datasets from ecology, evolution, palaeontology, geoscience, etc. I also integrate knowledge from studying various organismal systems, including terrestrial mammals, marine bivalves, and parasites.
Funded by a DFG Eigene Stelle grant, my current work combines cross-continent paleontological and neontological data of terrestrial large mammals to investigate the macroevolution of body size in relation to ecological functions and environmental transitions.
2012 PhD University of Georgia, USA
2006 MSc Imperial College London, UK
2015-2019 Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Senckenberg Biodiversity & Climate Research Centre, Germany
2012-2005 Postdoctoral scholar, University of Chicago, USA
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Song, H., Huang, S., Jia, E., Dai, X., Wignall, P. B., Dunhill, A. M., (2020). “Flat latitudinal diversity gradient caused by the Permo-Triassic mass extinction”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. URL: https: //doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1918953117.
Teitelbaum, C. S., Amoroso, C. R., Huang, S., Davies, T. J., Rushmore, J., Drake, J. M., Stephens, P. R., Byers, J. E., Majewska, A. A., Nunn, C. L., (2020). “A comparison of diversity estimators applied to a database of host- parasite associations”. Ecography. URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.05143.
Huang, S., Meijers, M. J., Eyres, A., Mulch, A., Fritz, S. A., (2019). “Unravelling the history of biodiversity in moun- tain ranges through integrating geology and biogeography”. Journal of Biogeography 46.8, pp. 1777–1791. URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13622.
Edie, S. M., Huang, S., Collins, K. S., Roy, K., Jablonski, D., (2018). “Loss of biodiversity dimensions through shifting climates and ancient mass extinctions”. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58.6, pp. 1179–1190. URL: https: //doi.org/10.1093/icb/icy111.
Huang, S., Eronen, J. T., Janis, C. M., Saarinen, J. J., Silvestro, D., Fritz, S. A., (2017). “Mammal body size evolution in North America and Europe over 20 Myr: similar trends generated by different processes”. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284, p. 20162361. URL: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.2361.
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