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LUO Arong
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1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Group on Evolution of Functional Insect Groups      
LUO Arong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, member of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In year 2006, she was granted the bachelor degree (Base Program) in Biological Sciences from Shaanxi Normal University. In year 2011, she was conferred the Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and then began to work as an assistant professor in the Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution. In 2019, she was promoted to an associate professor. She had also worked as a visiting student/scholar at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and the University of Sydney in Australia, respectively.

Research Interests:
Using molecular, morphological, and fossil information to carry out systematic studies on animals, while advancing relevant theories and methods.

Awards and Honors:

Professional Activities:

Research Grants:
  • Youth Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, 31201701;
  • Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017118;
  • Projects of International Cooperation and Exchanges, NSFC, 41761144068;
  • Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, XDB31000000.

Selected Publications:
  1. Arong Luo#, David Duchene, Chi Zhang, Chao-Dong Zhu, Simon YW Ho, 2020. A simulation-based evaluation of tip-dating under the fossilized birth-death process. Systematic Biology, 69:325–344.
  2. Feng Zhang#, Yinhuan Ding, Qing-Song Zhou, Jun Wu, Arong Luo#, Chao-Dong Zhu, 2019. A high-quality draft genome assembly of Sinella curviseta, a soil model organism (Collembola). Genome Biology and Evolution, 11:521–530.
  3. Arong Luo#, Cheng Ling, Simon YW Ho, Chao-Dong Zhu, 2018. Comparison of methods for molecular species delimitation across a range of speciation scenarios. Systematic Biology, 67:830–846.
  4. Arong Luo, Simon YW Ho#. The molecular clock and evolutionary timescales. Biochemical Society Transactions, 46:1183–1190.
  5. Arong Luo, Haiqiang Lan, Cheng Ling, Aibing Zhang, Lei Shi, Simon YW Ho#, Chao-Dong Zhu#, 2015. A simulation study of sample size for DNA barcoding. Ecology and Evolution, 5:5869–5879.
  6. Arong Luo, Aibing Zhang, Simon YW Ho, Weijun Xu, Yanzhou Zhang, Weifeng Shi, Stephen L Cameron#, Chao-Dong Zhu#, 2011. Potential efficacy of mitochondrial genes for animal DNA barcoding: a case study using eutherian mammals. BMC Genomics, 12:84.
  7. Arong Luo, Huijie Qiao, Yanzhou Zhang, Weifeng Shi, Simon YW Ho, Weijun Xu, Aibing Zhang#, Chao-Dong Zhu#, 2010. Performance of criteria for selecting evolutionary models in phylogenetics: a comprehensive study based on simulated datasets. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10:242.
  8. Arong Luo, Yangzhou Zhang, Huijie Qiao, Weifeng Shi, Robert W Murphy, Chao-Dong Zhu#, 2010. Outgroup selection in tree reconstruction: a case study of the family Halictidae (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Acta Entomological Sinica, 53:192–201.