Theoretical Ecology Group —— Principal Investigator
Selected Publications:
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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 Theoretical Ecology    中文
Dr. Tao got his Ph.D degree in theoretical evolutionary biology in Lanzhou University in 1992. In 2005 he joined the Key Lab of Animal Ecology and Conservational Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences as a professor in theoretical biology (“one-hundred talents” project, Chinese Academy of Sciences). Now his research interests mainly focus on the evolutionary game theory and behavior ecology, computational biology (stochastic dynamics of gene expression).
Research Interests:
Evolutionary Game Theory, Behavior Ecology, and Computational Biology (stochastic dynamics of gene expression).

Selected Publications:
  • Wu J-J., Li C., Zhang B-Y., Xiao H-D., He Q-Q., Cressman R. and Tao Y. (2014) The role of exemplar in promoting cooperation, Scientific Reports (in press).
  • Xue Y., Zheng X-D., Huang L., Xu P-F., Ma Y-Q., Min Z-Y., Tao Q-H., Tao Y. and Meng A-M. (2014) Organizer-derived Bmp2 is required for forming an appropriate Bmp activity gradient during embryonic dorsoventral patterning,Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4766 .
  • Cressman R. and Tao Y. (2014) The replicator equation and other game dynamics, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1400823111.
  • Huang S., Zhang Z., Zhang C., Lv X., Zheng X., Chen Z., Sun L., Wang H., Zhu Y., Zhang J., Yang S., Lu Y, Sun Q., Tao Y., Liu F., Zhao Y. and Chen D. (2013) Activation of sumurf E3 ligase promoted by smoothened regulates hedgehod signaling through targeting turnover, PLoS Biology, 11(11): e1001721.
  • Ji T. Wu J-J., He Q-Q., Xu J-J., Mace R. and Tao Y. (2013) Reproduction competition between females in the matrilineal Mosuo of southwest China, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 368, 20130081.
  • Wu J-J., He Q-Q., Deng L-L., Wang S-C., Mace R., Ji T. and Tao Y. (2013) Communal breeding in a saturated habitat generates a matrilineal social system where husband and wife live apart, Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 280, 20130010.
  • Xia L-X., Zheng X-D., Zhang G-Q., Zhen W-J., Wang H-L., Tao Y. and Chen D-H. (2012) The niche-dependent feedback loop determines a gradient of BMP activity that controls the asymmetric division of germline stem cells in Drosophila, Current Biology, 22, 515-521.
  • Zheng X-D., Cressman R. and Tao Y. (2011) The diffusion approximation of stochastic evolutionary game dynamics: Mean effective fixation time and the significance of the one-third law, Dynamic Games and Applications, DOI 10.1007/s13235-011-0025-4.
  • Tao Y., Li C., Wu J-J. and Cressman R. (2009) The efficiency ratio of costly punishment, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, E136.
  • Wu J-J., Zhang B-U., Zhou Z-X., He Q-Q., Zheng X-D., Cressman R. and Tao Y. (2009) Costly punishment does not always increase cooperation, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA106, 17448-17451.