Anthony Zhao


I am a first-year M.S. student in the Department of Geography at Penn State. I graduated with a B.S. in 2017 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where I studied ecology and evolution and GIS. My research interests include landscape ecology, vegetation dynamics, and GIS/modeling, and I plan to conduct my thesis research on social-ecological mismatches for fire use in firescapes throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Research Focus

fire ecology, vegetation dynamics, prescribed burning



  • B.S. Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolution, University of Maryland, College Park (2017)


Fusco NA, Zhao A, Munshi-South J. (2017) Urban forests sustain diverse carrion beetle assemblages in the New York City metropolitan area. PeerJ 5:e3088


High Departmental Honors in Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park (2017)

Ernest N. Cory Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000), Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park (2016)