Xiang Zhao

Masters Student

Xiang Zhao is a research student working on applying systematic conservation planning tools on management and development of Antarctica’s Protected Areas.

He worked on a project protecting the giant panda’s habitats from degradation caused by free-ranging livestock in three IBAs (Wanglang, Xuebaoding, and Xiaohegou Nature Reserves) located in Southwest China, with financial support from Birdlife International Young Conservation Leaders Awards. He also initiated, managed, and coordinated a marine conservation program – Blue Pioneers Program– which aims to empower China’s local marine NGOs and young leaders working on the frontline of marine and coastal protection.