Diversity and Spatial Ecology Research Group —— Principal Investigator
LI, Yi-Ming
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Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Group of Diversity and Spatial Ecology Research    中文
Research Interests:

The ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and macroecology of vertebrates: particularly causes for population declines of amphibians, alien herpetofauna invasion biology, spread of chytrid fungus infecting amphibians, and effects of long-term habitat insularity and climate change on population declines and life-history traits of amphibians, the range dynamics of vertebrates and threats to vertebrates at large scales

The function and service of ecological systems.  

Research Grants:
  • “Effects of experimental warming on phenology and life-history traits of rice frog and black spotted frog and their competition relationship”, a grant from National Natural Science foundation of China (No. 31172111), 2011-2015.
  • “Control effects of pheromone and red banded snake on invasive American bullfrogs”, a grant from National Natural Science foundation of China (No. 31172111), 2014-2017.
  • “The impact of the invasive American bullfrog to the biotic homogenization of native amphibian community structure and function”, a grant from National Natural Science foundation of China (for youths, No. 31200416), 2013-2015.
  • “Amphibian endemics and their distribution in Aletai area along Sino-Russia-Mongolia-Kazakhstan borders”, a grant from national key fundamental survey programs from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (No. 2013FY110300), 2013-2017.
  • “Biodiversity monitoring program - amphibians at Wuling Mountains and Zhoushan Archipelago”, a grant from the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, 2011-2021.
  • “Study on the infection of an emerging chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in amphibians in Beijing area”, a grant from Beijing Natural Science Foundation (No. 5132026), 2013-2015.
Selected Publications:
  • Liu, X, Li XP, Liu ZT, Tingley R, Kraus F, Guo ZW and Li YM*. 2014. Congener diversity, topographic heterogeneity and human-assisted dispersal predict spread rates of alien herpetofauna at a global scale. Ecology Letters 17:821-829
  • Li YM*, Liu X, Li XP, Petitpierre B and Guisan A. 2014. Residence time, expansion toward the equator in the invaded range and native range size matter to climatic niche shifts in non-native species. Global Ecology and Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/geb.12191
  • Wang SP, Zhu W, Gao X, Li XP, Yan S, Liu X, Yang J, Gao ZX and Li YM* 2014. Population size and time since island isolation determine genetic diversity loss in insular frog populations. Molecular Ecology 23:637-648
  • Liu X, JR Rohr and Li YM*. 2013. Climate, vegetation, introduced hosts and trade shape a global wildlife pandemic. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 280:20122506. (very good paper, F1000 recommendation).
  • Bai CM, Liu X, Fisher FC, Garner TWJ and Li YM*. 2012. Global and endemic Asian lineages of the emerging pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis widely infect amphibians in China. Diversity and Distributions 18:307-318.
  • Liu X, McGarrity ME and Li YM*. 2012. The influence of traditional Buddhist wildlife release on biological invasions. Conservation Letters 5:107-114.
  • Li YM*, Xu F, Guo ZW, Liu X, Jing CN and Wang SP. 2011. Reduced predator species richness drives the body gigantism of a frog species on the Zhoushan Archipelago in China. Journal of Animal Ecology 80:171-182.
  • Guo ZW*, Zhang L and Li YM. 2010. Increased dependence of humans on ecosystem services and biodiversity.PLoS ONE 5:e13113. (very good paper, F1000 recommendation).
  • Wu ZJ, Li YM* & Murray B. 2006. Insular shifts in body size of rice frogs in the Zhoushan Archipelago, China. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:1071-1080.
  • Li, YM.* & Wilcove, D. 2005. Threats to vertebrate species in China and the United States. BioScience 55:147-152. (very good paper, F1000 recommendation)