Chuliang Song

Chuliang Song

(Incoming) Asssistant Professor

University of California, Los Angeles

I am a theoretical and computational ecologist. My research program aims to forecast the dynamics of ecological systems under unforeseen environmental conditions, and under incomplete information about the entire system. To this end, my work centers on developing rigorous theory through interdisciplinary tools, devising monitoring-applicable metrics, and validating these approaches with empirical data from a broad range of ecosystems.

I will join the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an Assistant Professor in Summer 2024. I am currently a postdoc with Jonathan Levine at Princeton University. I was previously a postdoc co-supervised by Andrew Gonzalez at McGill University and Marie-Josée Fortin at University of Toronto. I received a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT under the supervision of Serguei Saavedra, and a BS in Mathematics from Zhejiang University under the supervision of Yang-Yu Liu.

I am currently a subject-matter editor at Ecological Monographs and a data editor at Ecology Letters. I have served as a council member of Ecological Society of America and as the secretary of Theoretical Ecology Section.

You can reach me via email: clsong.ecology AT gmail DOT com.


  • Species coexistence
  • Priority effects
  • Spatial ecology
  • Effective biomonitoring


  • PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016 - 2020

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BSc in Mathematics, 2013 - 2016

    Zhejiang University