Ruilei Zhang

Ruilei Zhang

Email: [email protected]

University of Minnesota Contact:
Department of Entomology,
University of Minnesota
219 Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55108, U.S.A.

Shanghai Ocean University Contact:
College of Fisheries and Life Science,
Shanghai Ocean University,
999 Hucheng Huan Road, 
Shanghai, China, 201306


Associate degree: Biological Education; Liyi Univeristy: Shangdong Province, China

Bachelor of Science: Biological Sciences; Ludong University: Shangdong Province, China

Doctor of Philosophy: Zoology; Nankai University: Tianjin City, China

Research Interests

I’m very interested in the taxonomy of aquatic invertebrates, especially the family Chironomidae and freshwater ecology.  So far, I have described 25 new species of Chironomidae and some new species await description.  Some of my research involves water quality assessment using biological indicators, such as aquatic macroinvertebrates, phytoplankton, and zooplankton.


  1. Taxonomic revision and biogeographic study of the genus Polypedilium (Chironmidae: Diptera) from China [funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China]
  2. Guides to reconstruction of ecological rives in Shanaghai City [funded by Shanghai Municipal  Water  Conservancy Bureau]


  1. Zhang Ruilei, Wang Xinhua, etc, 2004. Advances in the studies on infesting and controlling chironmids in municipal water system. Entomological Knowledge, 41(3):223-226.
  2. Zhang Ruilei & Wang Xinhua, 2004. Polypedilum (Uresipedilum) Oyewo and Sæther from China (Diptera: Chironomidae). Zootaxa, 565: 1-38.
  3. Zhang Ruilei & Wang Xinhua, 2004. A Review of the genus Acricotopus Kieffer in China (Diptera: Chironomidae). Entomologica Sinica. 11(4): 285-291.
  4. Zhang Ruilei & Wang Xinhua, 2005. Polypedilum (Cerobregma) Sæther & Sundal from China (Insecta: Diptera: Chironomidae). Aquatic Insects. 27(1): 47-55.
  5. Zhang Ruilei & Wang Xinhua, 2005. Description of new species of Polypedilum (Pentapedilum) Kieffer from China (Diptera: Chironomidae: Chironomini). Studia Dipterologica., 12, 63-67.
  6. Zhang Ruilei, Wang Xinhua & O. A. Sæther. 2006, Two unusual species of Polypedilum Kieffer (Diptera: Chironomidae) from Oriental China. Zootaxa, 1282 : 39-48.
  7. Zhang Ruilei & Wang Xinhua, 2007. A new species of subgenus Polypedilum (s. str.) Kieffer (Diptera: Chironomidae) from China. Entomotaxonmia, 29 (4): 293-296.
  8. Zhang Ruilei & Wang Xinhua, 2007. Two new species of Polypedilum (Tripodura) Townes from Oriental China (Diptera, Chironomidae). Acta Zootaxonmica Sinica, 32(4): 787-791.
  9. Zhang Ruilei & Wang Xinhua, 2008. Three new species of Polypedilum s. str. Kieffer from China, with L-shaped superior volsella (Diptera: Chironomidae). Zootaxa, 1702: 61-68.
  10. Li Yan, Wang Liqing & Zhang Ruilei, 2008. Nutrient Releasing Dynamics during Decomposition Process for Five Species of Submerged Macrophytes. Shanghai Environmental Sciences, 27(2):68-72.
  11. Li Yan, Wang Liqing & Zhang Ruilei, 2008. The purification of Lake Dianshan Water Quality with Six Species of Submerged Macrophyte Systems. Journal of Agro-Environment Science, 27(3): 1134-1139.
  12. Zhang Shihai, Zhang Ruilei & Wang Liqing, 2010. Study on zoobenthos community composition and evaluation of water quality in Dianshan Lake, 29(3):451-458.
  13. Wang Xinhua, Zhang Ruilei, Guo Yuhong, Tang Hongqu, Liu Zhen, and Yan Chuncai. The History, Present Status and Future Prospects of Chironomidae Research in China. 2010. Proceedings of the XV International Symposium on Chironomidae, pp. 342-356,
  14. Wang Liqing,Wu Liang, Zhang Ruilei, & Zhang Yimin, 2012. Spatiotemporal variation of zoobenthos community and bio-assessment of water quality in Gehu Lake. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 31(8):1990-1996.

Poster Presentations

  1. Taxonomy of Atyidae (Crustace: Decapoda) in China. Workshop on “Freshwater invertebrates of Southeast Asia: Biodiversity and Origin”; Mahasharakham University, Thailand, July 30th-August 4th, 2012.
  2. Community structure on aquatic insects and water quality assessment in Eastern Tiaoxi stream. 12th National Conference on Taxonomy of Insects, Xi’an City, Shannxi Province, China, July 5th-13th.