Ecological Adaptation and Conservation Biology Group —— Principal Investigator
DU, Wei-Guo
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
+86-10-64806279 / +86-10-64807099
Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Group of Ecological adaptation and conservation biology    中文


2000-2003  Ph.D in Ecology, Zhejiang University

1991-1994  Master of ecology degree, East China Normal University

1987-1991 Bachelor of biology degree, Zhejiang Normal University


2010-present Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2007-2010 Post-doc research fellow, The University of Sydney

2005-2006 Professor in Ecology, Hangzhou Normal University

2003-2004 Visiting scholar, The University of Sydney

1997-2003 Lecturer and Associate professor in Biology, Hangzhou Normal College

1994-1997 Assistant professor of Biology, Zhejiang Normal University

Research Interests:

We are interested in temperature-mediated phenotypic plasticity and thermal adaptation in reptiles. We combine different methods, including inter- and intra-specific comparisons, manipulative experiments, and ecological modelling, to understand how reptiles respond to temperature variation and climate change as well. We are particularly interested in the underlying mechanism and ecological consequence of developmental plasticity in reptile embryos and the impact of climate warming on reptiles. More specifically, we focus on the following three topics:

(1)Phenotypic and evolutionary adaptation of reptiles in response to climate change

(2)The adaptive significance and molecular mechanisms of temperature-dependent sex determination

(3)Ecological and genetic mechanisms underlying the endangered process of reptiles

Professional Activities:
Chinese Society of Herpetologists, Chinese Society of Ecologists, Society for the study of Amphibians and reptiles.
Research Grants:
  • Latitudinal variation in the response of lizards to climate warming: behavioral and physiological mechanisms and population dynamic prediction, International (Regional) Joint Research Project from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2018-2022
  • Ecological mechanism underlying endangered process and adaptive strategy of threaten animals, National Key Research and Development Program of China, 2016-2020
  • The physiological and biochemical bases of thermal adaptation in grass lizards of mainland China. National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2014-2017
  • The role of maternal effects in the physiological process of temperature-dependant sex determination in Chinese three-keeled pond turtle, Chinemys reevisii. National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2010-2012
  • Temperature-dependent sex determination in Chinese fresh water turtles. Zhejiang Provincial Nature Science Foundation, 2009-2011
  • The phenotypic response of life-history traits to climate warming and its physiological mechanism in Takydromus septentrionalis. National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2008-2010
Selected Publications:
  • Ye YZ, Ma L, Sun BJ, Li T, Wang Y, Shine R Du WG. 2019. The embryos of turtles can influence their own sexual destinies. Current Biology, 29, 2597-2603.
  • Sun BJ, Li SR, Ma L, Williams CM, Wang Y, Hao X, Du WG. 2018. Phenology and the physiological niche are co-adapted in a desert dwelling lizard. Functional Ecology, 32, 2520-2530.
  • Ma L, Buckley LB, Huey RB , Du WG. 2018. A global test of the cold-climate hypothesis for the evolution of viviparity. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27, 679-689.
  • Li SR, Hao X, Wang Y, Sun BJ, Bi J H, Zhang YP, Janzen FJ Du WG. 2018. Female lizards choose warm, moist nests that improve embryonic survivorship and offspring fitness. Functional Ecology, 32, 416-423.
  • Wang Y, Li SR, Zeng ZG, Liang L & Du WG. 2017. Maternal food availability affects offspring performance and survival in a viviparous lizard. Functional Ecology, 31, 1950-1956.
  • Sun BJ, Li T, Mu Y, McGlashan JK, Georges A, Shine R, Du WG. 2016. Thyroid hormone modulates offspring sex ratio in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 283, 20161206.
  • Du W G. and Shine R. 2015. The behavioral and physiological strategies of bird and reptile embryos in response to unpredictable variation in nest temperature. Biological Reviews, 90, 19-30.
  • Li T, Zhao B, Zhou YK, Hu R and Du W G. 2014. Thermoregulatory behavior is widespread in the embryos of reptiles and birds. American Naturalist, 183, 445-451.
  • Gao J, Zhang W, Dang W, Mu Y, Gao Y, Sun BJ, Du WG. 2014. Heat shock protein expression enhances heat tolerance of reptile embryos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281, 20141135.
  • Du WG, Zhao B, Chen Y and Shine R. 2011. Behavioral thermoregulation by turtle embryos. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 9513-9515.