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XIAO Zhishu
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The State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China

2014.1-Present, Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2006.4-2013.12, Associate Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2003.7-2006.3, Assistant Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2000.9-2003.6, PhD, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

1997.9-2000.8 MS, Hunan Agricultural University, Hunan Province

1994.7-1994.8, Lecturer, Taojiang Middle School, Hunan Province

1991.9-1994.6, Department of Biology, Haihua Teachers’ College, Hunan Province

Research Interests:
Animal Behavior, Animal-Plant Interactions, Integrative Pest Management and Biodiversity Conservation.

  1. Foraging behavior (scatter-hoarding) by rodents (squirrels)
  2. Ecology and evolution of multiple-species interactions (seed predation and seed dispersal)
  3. Anthropogenic impacts (forest fragmentation) on forest dynamics and biodiversity conservation
  4. Integrative pest management (rodents) in grassland ecosystems

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Selected Publications:
  1. Xiao ZS*, Holyoak M, Krebs CJ, Huang XQ. 2021. Palatability and profitability of co-occurring seeds alter indirect interactions among rodent-dispersed trees. Integrative Zoology, in press.
  2. Li HD, Tang LF, Jia CX, Holyoak M,; Fründ J, Huang XQ, Xiao ZS*. 2020. The functional roles of species in metacommunities, as revealed by metanetwork analyses of bird-plant frugivory networks. Ecology Letters, 23, 1252-1262.
  3. Xiao Z-S*, Xiangcheng Mi, Marcel Holyoak, Wenhua Xie, Ke Cao, Xifu Yang, Xiaoqun Huang, Charles J. Krebs. 2017. Seed-predator satiation and Janzen-Connell effects vary with spatial scales for seed-feeding insects. Annals of Botany, 119: 109-116.
  4. Xiao Z-S*, Zhang Z-B. 2016. Contrasting patterns of short-term indirect seed-seed interactions mediated by scatter-hoarding rodents. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85, 1370–1377.
  5. Xiao Z-S*, Zhang Z-B, Krebs CJ. 2015. Seed size and number make contrasting predictions on seed survival and dispersal dynamics: A case study from oil tea Camellia oleifera. Forest Ecology and Management, 343:1-8.
  6. Xiao Z-S, Gao X, Zhang Z-B*. 2013. The combined effects of seed perishability and seed size on hoarding decisions by Pére David's Rock squirrels. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67:1067-1075.
  7. Xiao Z-S, Zhang Z-B*, Krebs CJ. 2013. Long-term seed survival and dispersal dynamics in a rodent-dispersed tree: Testing the predator satiation hypothesis and the predator dispersal hypothesis. Journal of Ecology, 101: 1256–1264.
  8. Xiao Z-S, Zhang Z-B*. 2012. Behavioural responses to acorn germination by tree squirrels in an old forest where white oaks have long been extirpated. Animal Behaviour 83, 945-951.
  9. Xiao Z-S, Gao X, Steele M, Zhang Z-B*. 2010. Frequency-dependent selection by tree squirrels: adaptive escape of nondormant white oaks. Behavioral Ecology 21: 169-175. 
  10. Xiao Z-S, Gao X, Jiang M-M, Zhang Z-B*. 2009. Behavioral adaptation of Pallas’s squirrels to germination schedule and tannins in acorns. Behavioral Ecology, 20: 1050–1055.