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WEI Fuwen
Conservation Biology
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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 Animal Ecology and Conservation Genetics      

Ph. D, Wildlife ecology and conservation biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997
M. S., Wildlife ecology, Department of Biology, Sichuan Normal College, Sichuan, 1987.
B. S., Biology, Department of Biology, Sichuan Normal College, Sichuan, 1984.

Current Occupation:
Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science
Deputy Director, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interests:
Using state of the art methods based on macro-ecology and micro (molecular)-ecology, we are interested in assessing the past, present and future status of endangered species in China, especially the giant and red pandas, inferring their evolutionary and demographic processes and proposing targeted strategies for their future survival.

Awards and Honors:
2002: National Allowance Award by State Council of People Republic of China
2001: National Natural Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Professional Activities:
Vice-Chair, 23th International Conference of Conservation Biology, July, 2009, Beijing (1200 participants)
Secretary–general, 19th International Congress of Primatology, 2002, Beijing (500 participants)
Biodiversity Conservation Consultant, State Forestry Administration, PRC (2000-)
Giant Panda Conservation Consultant, State Forestry Administration (SFA), PRC (2000-)
Chair, Technical Committee, The Fourth National Survey of the Giant Panda(SFA) (2012-)
Member, IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group (2000-)
Member, IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (2005-)
Member, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group (2005-)
Secretary General, China Zoological Society (2005-)
Vice president, Mammalogical Society of China (2005-)
Vice-president, China Ecological Society (2011-)
Vice-Chair, Endangered Species Scientific Commission, PRC (2009-)

Research Grants:

MOST-973 Programme: Endangered mechanism and conservation strategy of endangered species, 2007-2012.
NSFC-Key Project: The dispersal and its evolutionary mechanism of the giant panda, 2009-2012.
San Diego Zoological Society: Giant panda ecology and conservation in Foping Reserve, 2007-2010.

Selected Publications:
  1. Hu YB, Wu Q, Ma S, Ma TX, Shan L, Wang X, Nie YG, Ning ZM, Yan L, Xiu YF, Wei FW*. 2017. Comparative genomics reveals convergent evolution between the bamboo-eating giant and red pandas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(5):1081–1086.
  2. Nie YG, Speakman JR, Wu Q, Zhang CL, Hu YB, Xia MH, Yan L, Hambly C, Wang L, Wei W, Zhang JG, Wei FW*. 2015. Exceptionally low daily energy expenditure in the bamboo-eating giant panda. Science, 349(6244):171-174.
  3. Wei FW*, Wang X, Wu Q. 2015. The giant panda gut microbiome. 2015. Trends in Microbiology, 23(8):450-452.
  4. Wei FW*, Swaisgood RR, Hu YB, Nie YG, Yan L, Zhang ZJ, Qi DW, Zhu LF. 2015. Progress in the ecology and conservation of giant pandas. Conservation Biology, DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12582.
  5. Wei FW*, Hu YB, Yan L, Nie YG, Wu Q, Zhang ZJ. 2014. Giant pandas are not an evolutionary cul-de-sac: evidence from multidisciplinary research. Molecular Biology and Evolution, doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu278.
  6. Shan L, Hu YB, Zhu LF, Yan L, Wang CD, Li DS, Jin XL, Zhang CL, Wei FW*. 2014. Large-scale genetic survey provides insights into the captive management and reintroduction of giant pandas. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31:2663-26. 
  7. Nie YG, Zhang ZJ, Raubenheimer D, Elser J, Wei W, Wei FW*. 2014. Obligate herbivory in an ancestrally carnivorous lineage: the giant panda and bamboo from the perspective of nutritional geometry. Functional Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12302.
  8. Zhang L, Wu Q, Hu YB, Wu H, Wei FW*. 2014. Major histocompatibility complex alleles associated with parasite susceptibility in wild giant pandas. Heredity, doi:10.1038/hdy.2014.73.
  9. Wu Q, Zheng PP, Hu YB, Wei FW*. 2014. Genome-scale analysis of demographic history and adaptive selection. Protein Cell, 5:99-112.
  10. Zhu LF, Hu YB, Qi DW, Wu H, Zhan XJ, Zhang ZJ, Bruford MW, Wang JL, Yang XY, Gu XD, Zhang L, Zhang BW, Zhang SN, Wei FW*. 2013. Genetic consequences of historical anthropogenic and ecological events on giant pandas. Ecology, 94: 2346-2357.
  11. Zhao SC, Zheng PP, Dong SS, Zhan XJ, Wu Q, Guo XS, Hu YB, He WM, Zhang SN, Fan W, Zhu LF, Li D, Zhang XM, Chen Q, Zhang HM, Zhang ZH, Jin XL, Zhang JG, Yang HM, Wang J, Wang J, Wei FW*. 2013. Whole genome sequencing of giant pandas provides insights into demographic history and local adaptation. Nature Genetics, 45:67-71.
  12. Zhu LF, Wu Q, Dai JY, Zhang SN, Wei FW*. 2011. Evidence of cellulose metabolism by the giant panda gut microbiome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(43): 17714-17719.
  13. Zhan XJ, Li M, Zhang ZJ, Goossens B, Chen YP, Wang HJ, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2006. Molecular censusing doubles giant panda population estimate in a key nature reserve. Current Biology, 16: R451-452.
  14. Zhang BW, Li M, Zhang ZJ, Goossens B, Zhu LF, Zhang SN, Hu JC, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2007. Genetic viability and population history of the giant panda, putting an end to the evolutionary dead end? Molecular Biology and Evolution, 24:1801–1810.
  15. Wei FW*, Hu YB, Zhu LF, Bruford MW, Zhan XJ, Zhang L. 2012. Black and white and read all over: the past, present and future of giant panda genetics. Molecular Ecology, 21:5660-5674.
  16. Zhu LF, Zhang SN, Gu XD, Wei FW*. 2011. Significant genetic boundaries and spatial dynamics of giant pandas occupying fragmented habitat across southwest China. Molecular Ecology, 20:1122–1132.
  17. Hu YB, Guo Y, Qi DW, Zhan XJ, Wu H, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2011. Genetic structuring and recent demographic history of red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) inferred from microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA. Molecular Ecology, 20: 2662–2675.
  18. Zhan XJ, Zhang ZJ, Wu H, Goossens B, Li M, Jiang SW, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2007. Molecular analysis of dispersal in giant pandas. Molecular Ecology, 16:3792-3800.
  19. Zhu LF, Zhan XJ, Wu H, Zhang SN, Meng T, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2010. Drastic reduction of the smallest and most isolated giant panda population: implications for conservation. Conservation Biology, 24: 1299–1306.
  20. Li RQ, Fan W, Tian G, Zhu HM, He L, Cai J,…..., Wei FW,……Wang J, Wang J. 2010. The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome. Nature, 463:311-317.
  21. Nie YG, Swaisgood RR, Zhang ZJ, Hu YB, Ma YS, Wei FW*. 2012. Giant panda scent-marking strategies in the wild: role of season, sex and marking surface. Animal Behaviour, 84:39-44.
  22. Nie YG, Swaisgood R, Zhang ZJ, Liu XB, Wei FW*. 2012. Reproductive competition and fecal testosterone in wild male giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66:721-730.
  23. Nie YG, Zhang ZJ, R. Swisgood, Wei FW*. 2012. Effects of season and social interaction on fecal testosterone metabolites in wild male giant pandas: implications for energetics and mating strategies. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 58(1):235-241.
  24. Qi DW, Zhang ZJ, Hu YB, Yang XY, Wang HJ, Wei FW*. 2012. Measures of giant panda habitat selection across multiple spatial scales for species conservation. Journal of Wildlife Management, 76:1092-1100.
  25. Qi DW, Hu YB, Gu XD, Yang XY, Yang G, Wei FW*. 2012. Quantifying landscape linkages among giant panda subpopulations in regional scale conservation. Integrative Zoology, 7:165-174.
  26. Zhang L, Yang XY, Wu H, Gu XD, Hu YB, Wei FW*. 2011. The parasites of giant pandas: individual-based measurement in wild animals. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 47:164-71.
  27. Guo Y, Hu YB, Qi DW, Zhan XJ, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2011 Genotyping faeces of red pandas (Ailurus fulgens): implications for population estimation. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57:1231–1235.
  28. Zhang ZJ, Swaisgood R, Zhang SN, Nordstrom LA, Wang HJ, Gu XD, Hu JC, Wei FW*. 2011. Old-growth forest is what giant pandas really need. Biology Letters, 7: 403-406.
  29. Qi DW, Zhang SN, Zhang ZJ, YB Hu, Yang XY, Wang HJ, Wei FW*. 2011. Different habitat preferences of male and female giant pandas. Journal of Zoology, London, 285:205-214.
  30. Zhu LF, Zhan XJ, Meng T, Zhang SN, Wei FW*. 2010. Landscape features influence gene flow as measured by cost-distance and genetic analyses: a case study for giant pandas in the Daxiangling and Xiaoxiangling Mountains. BMC Genetics, 11:72.
  31. Hu YB, Qi DW, Wang HJ, Wei FW*. 2010. Genetic evidence of recent population contraction in the southernmost population of giant pandas. Genetica, 138:1297–1306.
  32. Hu YB, Zhan XJ, Qi DW, Wei FW*. 2010. Spatial genetic structure and dispersal of giant pandas on a mountain-range scale. Conservation Genetics, 11:2145-2155.
  33. Swaisgood RR, Wei FW, Wildt DE, Kouba AJ, Zhang ZJ. 2010. Giant panda conservation science: How far we have come. Biology Letters, 6:143-145.
  34. Feng TT, Van Manen FT, Zhao NX, Li M, Wei FW*. 2009. Habitat assessment for giant pandas in the Qinling mountain region of China. Journal of Wildlife Management, 73:852–858.
  35. Zhang ZJ, Zhan XJ, Yan L, Li M, Hu JC, Wei FW*. 2009. What determines selection and abandonment of a foraging patch by wild giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in winter? Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 16:79-84.
  36. Qi DW, Hu YB, Gu XD, Li M, Wei FW. 2009. Ecological niche modeling of the sympatric giant and red pandas on a mountain-range scale. Biodiversity and Conservation, 18:2127–2141.
  37. Zhan XJ, Zheng XD, Bruford BW, Wei FW, Tao Y. 2009. A new method for quantifying genotyping errors for noninvasive genetic studies. Conservation Genetics, 11:1567-1571.
  38. Zhan XJ, Tao Y., Li M, Zhang ZJ, Goossens B, Chen YP, Wang HJ, Bruford MW, Wei FW. 2009. Accurate population size estimates are vital parameters for conserving the giant panda. Ursus, 20:56-62.
  39. Wu H, Zhan XJ, Zhang ZJ, Zhu LF, Yan L, Li M, Wei FW*. 2009. Thirty-three microsatellite loci for noninvasive genetic studies of the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Conservation Genetics, 10:649-652.
  40. Zhang ZJ, Swaisgood RR, Wu H, Li M, Yong YG, Hu JC, Wei FW. 2007. Factors predicting den use by maternal giant pandas. Journal of Wildlife Management, 71:2694–2698.
  41. Zhang SN, Pan RL, Li M, Oxnard C, Wei FW*. 2007. Mandible of the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) compared with other Chinese carnivores: functional adaptation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 92:449-456.
  42. Zhang ZJ, Wei FW, Li M, Hu JC. 2006. Winter microhabitat separation between giant and red pandas in Bashania faberi bamboo forest in Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve. Journal of Wildlife Management, 70:231-235.
  43. Zhang BW, Li M, Ma LC, Wei FW*. 2006. A widely applicable protocol for DNA isolation from fecal samples. Biochemical Genetics, 44:503-511.