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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, China West Normal University, Sichuan, 1987.
B. S., Biology, Department of Biology, China West Normal University, Sichuan, 1984.

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

Research Interests:
Using state of the art methods based on macro-ecology and micro (molecular, genomic and metagenomic)-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. Our research falls in all areas of conservation biology, including conservation evolutionary biology, conservation ecology, conservation behavior, conservation physiology, conservation genetics and genomics, conservation metagenomics and conservation management.

Awards and Honors:
2019: Second Prize of National Natural Science Award of China, State Council of China
2019: Lifetime Achievement Award for Giant Panda Research and Conservation, Bureau of Sichuan Forestry and Grassland, Sichuan Governmental News Office, WWF and SEE
2018: Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize of Chinese Academy of Sciences
2018: Elected Academician of The World Academy of Sciences
2017: Elected Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences
2012: National Outstanding Worker of Science and Technology, China Association for Science and Technology
2009: National Outstanding Field Worker of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology of China
2002: National Allowance Award, State Council of China
2001: National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, National Natural Science Foundation of China
1999: Outstanding Young Scientist Grant of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professional Activities:
Vice Chair and Executive Vice Chair, Endangered Species Scientific Commission, PRC, 2008-now
Chair, China Chapter, International Society of Conservation Biology, 2009-now
Vice president and Secretary General, China Zoological Society, 2004-now
Vice president, China Ecological Society, 2011-now
President, China Mammalogical Society, 2013-now
Deputy Director, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2008-2017
Director, CAS Key Lab of Animal Ecology & Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, CAS, 2003-2013
Member, International Federation of Mammalogists, 2007-now
Member, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, 2000-now
Member, IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group, 2000-now
Member, IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, 2005-2010

Editorial Boards:

Asian Regional Editor, Conservation Biology
Associate Editor-in-Chief, Science China-Life Sciences
Editor, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Editor, Integrative Zoology
Editor, Current Zoology

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. Wei FW*, Fan HZ, Hu YB. 2020. Ailuropoda melanoleuca (Giant Panda). Trends in Genetics, 36, 68–69.
  2. Hu YB, Thapa A, Fan HZ, Ma TX, Wu Q, Ma S, Zhang DL, Wang B, Li M, Yan L, Wei FW*. 2020. Genomic evidence for two phylogenetic species and long-term population bottlenecks in red pandas. Science Advances, 6, eaax5751.
  3. Han H, Wei W, Hu YB, Nie YG, Ji XP, Yan L, Zhang ZJ, Shi XX, Zhu LF, Luo YB, Chen WC, Wei FW*. 2019. Diet evolution and habitat contraction of giant pandas via stable isotope analysis. Current Biology, 29, 664-669.
  4. Nie YG, Wei FW*, Zhou WL, Hu YB, Senior AM, Wu Q, Yan L, Raubenheimer D. 2019. Giant pandas are macronutritional carnivores. Current Biology, 29, 1677–1682.
  5. Wei FW*, Wu Q, Hu YB, Huang GP, Nie YG, Yan L. 2019. Conservation metagenomics: a new branch of conservation biology. Science China-Life Sciences, 62, 168–178.
  6. .Wei FW*, Shan L, Hu YB, Nie YG. 2019. Conservation evolutionary biology: a new branch of conservation biology. Scientia Sinica Vitae, 49, 498-508.
  7. Ameca EI, Dai Q, Nie YG, Gu XD, Wei FW*. 2019. Implications of flood disturbance for conservation and management of giant panda habitat in human-modified landscapes. Biological Conservation, 232, 35-42.
  8. Fan HZ, Wu Q, Wei FW, Yang FT, Ng BL, Hu YB. 2019. Chromosome-level genome assembly for giant panda provides novel insights into Carnivora chromosome evolution. Genome Biology, 20, 267.
  9. Nie YG, Zhou WL, Gao K, Swaisgood, RR, Wei FW*. 2019. Seasonal competition between sympatric species for a key resource: Implications for conservation management. Biological Conservation, 234, 1-6.
  10. Tian DX, Xie Y, Barnosky AD, Wei FW*. 2019. Defining the balance point between conservation and development. Conservation Biology, 33, 231-238.
  11. Wei FW*, Costanza R, Dai Q, Stoeckl N, Gu XD, Farber S, Nie YG, Kubiszewski I, Hu YB, et al. 2018. The value of ecosystem services from giant panda reserves. Current Biology, 28(13), 2174-2180.
  12. Albert Min-Shan K, Zhang YQ, Yang MA, Hu YB, Cao P, Feng XT, Zhang LZ, Wei FW, Fu QM. 2018. Mitochondrial genomes of a 22,000-year-old giant panda from southern China reveals a new panda lineage. Current Biology, 28, R693–R694.
  13. Ma TX, Hu YB, Russo IRM, Nie YG, Yang TY, Xiong LJ, Ma S, Meng T, Han H, Zhang XM, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2018. Walking in a heterogeneous landscape: Dispersal, gene flow and conservation implications for the giant panda in the Qinling Mountains. Evolutionary Applications, 11, 1859-1872.
  14. Swaisgood RR, Wang DJ, Wei FW. 2018. Panda downlisted but not out of the woods. Conservation Letters, 11(1), e12355.
  15. Thapa A, Hu YB, Wei FW*. 2018. The endangered red panda (Ailurus fulgens): Ecology and conservation approaches across the entire range. Biological Conservation, 220, 112-121.
  16. Yang ZS, Gu XD, Nie YG, Huang F, Huang Y, Dai Q, Hu YB, Yang Y, Zhou X, Zhang HM, Yang XY, Wei FW*. 2018. Reintroduction of the giant panda into the wild: A good start suggests a bright future. Biological Conservation, 217, 181-186.
  17. Albert Min-Shan K, Zhang YQ, Yang MA, Hu YB, Cao P, Feng XT, Zhang LZ, Wei FW, Fu QM. 2018. Mitochondrial genomes of a 22,000-year-old giant panda from southern China reveals a new panda lineage. Current Biology, 28(12), R693-R694.
  18. 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 USA, 114(5), 1081-1086.
  19. Hu YB, Nie YG, Wei W, Ma TX, Van Horn R, Zheng XG, Swaisgood RR, Zhou ZX, Zhou WL, Yan L, Zhang ZJ, Wei FW*. 2017. Inbreeding and inbreeding avoidance in wild giant pandas. Molecular Ecology, 26(20), 5793-5806.
  20. Wu Q, Wang X, Ding Y, Hu YB, Nie YG, Wei W, Ma S, Yan L, Zhu LF, Wei FW*. 2017. Seasonal variation in nutrient utilization shapes gut microbiome structure and function in wild giant pandas. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284(1862), 20170955.
  21. 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.
  22. Wei FW*, Swaisgood R, Hu YB, Nie YG, Yan L, Zhang ZJ, Qi DW, Zhu LF. 2015a. Progress in the ecology and conservation of giant pandas. Conservation Biology, 29(6), 1497-1507.
  23. Wei FW*, Hu YB, Yan L, Nie YG, Wu Q, Zhang ZJ. 2015b. Giant pandas are not an evolutionary cul-de-sac: evidence from multidisciplinary research. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(1), 4-12.
  24. Wei FW*, Wang X, Wu Q. 2015c. The giant panda gut microbiome. Trends in Microbiology, 23(8), 450-452.
  25. Nie YG, Zhang ZJ, Raubenheimer D, Elser J, Wei W, Wei FW*. 2015. Obligate herbivory in an ancestrally carnivorous lineage: the giant panda and bamboo from the perspective of nutritional geometry. Functional Ecology, 29(1), 26-34.
  26. Wei W, Nie YG, Zhang ZJ, Hu YB, Yan L, Qi DW, Li XH, Wei FW*. 2015. Hunting bamboo: Foraging patch selection and utilization by giant pandas and implications for conservation. Biological Conservation, 186, 260-267.
  27. 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(10), 2663–2671.
  28. 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(1), 67-71.
  29. 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(10), 2346-2357.
  30. 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(23), 5660-5674.
  31. 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(1), 39-44.
  32. 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(5), 721–730.
  33. 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. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 76(5), 1092–1100.
  34. 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.
  35. 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(6), 1122–1132.
  36. 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(13), 2662–2675.
  37. 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(3), 403-406.
  38. 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(1),164-171.
  39. Qi DW, Zhang SN, Zhang ZJ, Hu YB, Yang XY, Wang HJ, Wei FW*. 2011. Different habitat preferences of male and female giant pandas. Journal of Zoology, 285(3), 205-214.
  40. Zhu LF, Zhan XJ, Wu H, Zhang SN, Meng T, Bruford MW, Wei FW*. 2010. Conservation implications of drastic reductions in the smallest and most isolated populations of giant pandas. Conservation Biology, 24(5), 1299–1306.
  41. Li RQ, Fan W, Tian G, Zhu HM, He L…Wei FW…Wang J, Wang J. 2010. The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome. Nature, 463(7279), 311-317.
  42. 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(6), 2145-2155.
  43. 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(6), 852–858.
  44. 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(8), 1801–1810.
  45. 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(18), 3792-3800.
  46. 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(3), 449-456.
  47. 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(12), R451-452.