Location: Home > Scientists
  Associate Professor
QIAO Huijie
+86-10-64807129  / 
Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Group of Biodiversity Informatics      
Dr Qiao's research is focused broadly on macroecology. He works to clarify the theory and methodology behind ecological niche modeling and species distribution modelling. In this realm, he has conducted pioneering work in understanding those modelling algorithms that perform best under different model configuration scenarios, and in examining how spatial bias affects model outcomes.
Dr Qiao has also developed a state-of-the-art simulation framework designed to understand the causal mechanisms that structure biodiversity on both long and short time scales. This simulation framework was written in C++, Java and R and uses realistic climate change scenarios and geographic landscapes combined with information on virtual species to test various hypotheses about how niche breadth, dispersal ability, and climate can generate differential patterns of biodiversity. Current projects include testing how palaeogeography may influence extinction rates during climatic transitions.

Research Interests:

Awards and Honors:

Professional Activities:

Research Grants:

Selected Publications:
  1. Erin E. Saupe, et.al., Huije Qiao*. (2019) Non-random latitudinal gradients in range size and niche breadth predicted by spatial patterns of climate Global Ecology and Biogeography. Accepted
  2. Huijie Qiao, Xiao Feng*, Luis E. Escobar, A. Townsend Peterson, Jorge Soberón, Gengping Zhu, Monica Papes. (2018) An evaluation of transferability of ecological niche models. Ecography (accepted).
  3. Huijie Qiao, A. Townsend Peterson, Liqiang Ji, Junhua Hu*. (2017) Using data from related species to overcome spatial sampling bias and associated limitations in ecological niche modeling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 8(12): 1804-1812.
  4. Huijie Qiao*, Luis E. Escobar*, Erin Saupe, Liqiang Ji and Jorge Soberon. (2017) A cautionary note on the use of hypervolume kernel density in ecological niche modeling. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 26(9): 1066–1070.
  5. Huijie Qiao, Erin Saupe*, Corinne Myers, A. Townsend Peterson, Jorge Soberón. (2016) Impacts of niche breadth and dispersal ability on macroevolutionary patterns under changing environments. American Naturalist. 188: 149-162.
  6. Luis E. Escobar#, Huijie Qiao#*, A. Townsend Peterson. (2016) Forecasting Chikungunya (Alphavirus) spread in the Americas via data-driven, empirical approaches. Parasites and Vectors. 9: 112.
  7. Huijie Qiao*, A. Townsend Peterson, Lindsay P. Campbell, Jorge Soberón, Liqiang Ji, Luis E. Escobar*. (2016) NicheA: creating virtual species and ecological niches in multivariate environmental scenarios. Ecography. 39: 805-813.
  8. Huijie Qiao, Jorge Soberón, A. Townsend Peterson*. (2015) No silver bullets in correlative ecological niche modeling: The need for testing among many potential algorithms for niche estimation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 1126-1136.
  9. Erin Saupe*, Huijie Qiao, Jonathan Hendricks, Roger Portell, Stephen Hunter, Jorge Soberón, Bruce Lieberman. (2015) Niche breath and geographic range size as determinants of species survival on geological time scales. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 24: 1159-1169. (N/A)
  10. Luis E. Escobar, Muhammad N. Awan, Huijie Qiao*. (2015) Anthropogenic disturbance and habitat loss for the red-listed Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus): Using ecological niche modeling and nighttime light satellite imagery. Biological Conservation. 191: 400-407.