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QU Yanhua
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Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Research Group of Avian Adaptation and Functional Genomics      

Oct. 2003 - Dec. 2005: Postdoctoral scholarship holder of the Max-Planck-Society at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Andechs, Germany
Major: The genetic and physiological adaptation of migratory birds
Sept. 2000 – June 2003: Ph. D. Candidate. Supervisor: Prof. Lei Fumin. Research Center of Evolutionary Zoology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China
Major: Molecular ecology
Title of Ph. D. Dissertation: Study on molecular ecology and phylogeography of alpinespecies of the Tibetan plateau
Sept. 1997- July 2000: M. S. candidate. Supervisor: Professor Zheng Zhemin. Department of Biology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China. Professor Lei Fumin. Research Center of Evolutionary Zoology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China
Major: Molecular evolution
Title of M. S. Thesis: The study on molecular phylogeny of Montifringilla

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July 2004 - present: Manager of project of Chinese National Science Foundation. Studies on the ecological and genetic adaptation of endemic birds of the Tibetan Plateau.
Oct. 2003 - Dec. 2005: Postdoctoral scholarship holder of the Max-Planck-Society at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Andechs, Germany
May 2002 - July 2002: Cooperation research with Swedish Natural History Museum. Study on phylogenetic and phygeography of snow finches (Montifringilla).
May 2000 – July 2003: Manager of the Talent Scholar Training Project of Chinese National Science Foundation. Studies on the ecological and morphological adaptation of alpine birds to extremely environments of the Tibetan Plateau.
July 2000-July 2002: A key number in CAS President Grant. The breeding ecology and conservation of the Black-faced Spoonbill in north China
Sept. 2000 – July 2003: A key number in Knowledge Innovation Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Study on distribution pattern and micro-ecological adaptation of snow finches (Montifringilla) to the extremely changing environment.
May, 1998 - Sept. 2000: A key number in Project of Chinese National Science Foundation (NSFC). Study on the systematic of the endemic animal groups from the surrounding areas of the Tibetan Plateau

Selected Publications:
  1. Qu Y, Song G, Gao B, Qing Qu, Ericson P, Lei F*. 2015. The influence of geological events on the endemism of East Asian birds studied through comparative phylogeography. Journal of Biogeography. 42: 179-192 (IF2013: 4.969).
  2. Lei F*, Qu Y, Song G, Alstr?m P. and Fjelds? J. 2015. On mechanism determining high species richness and endemism in east Himalaya-Mountains of Southwest China. Integrative Zoology. 10: 171-181. (IF2013: 1.419).
  3. Qu Y, Ericson PGP, Quan Q, Song G, Zhang R, Gao B, Lei F*. 2014. Long-term isolation and stability explain high genetic diversity in the Eastern Himalaya. Molecular Ecology. 23: 705-720 (IF2013: 5.84).
  4. Lei F*, Qu Y, Song G. 2014. Species diversification and phylogeographica patterns of birds in response to the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and Quaternary glaciations. Current Zoology. 60: 149-161 (IF2013: 1.814).
  5. Wang W, Dai C (co‐first author), Alstr?m P, Zhang C, Qu Y, Li S, Yang X, Zhao N, Song G and Lei F*. 2014. Past hybridization between two East Asian long-tailed tits (Aegithalos bonvaloti and A. fuliginosus). Frontiers in Zoology. 11: 40 (IF2013: 2.304).
  6. Wu Y, Colwell R, Han N, Zhang R, Wang W, Quan Q, Zhang C, Song G, Qu Y, Lei F*. 2014. Understanding the species richness pattern of babblers along an elevational gradient from historical and ecological viewpoints. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23, 1167-1176 (IF2013: 7.242).
  7. Qu Y, Zhao H (co‐first author), Han N, Zhou G, Song G. Gao B, Tian S, Zhang, Y, Zhang R, Meng X, Zhang Y, Zhang Y, Zhu X, Wang W, Lambert D, Ericson P, Subramanian S, Yeung C, Zhu H, Jiang Z, Li R*, Lei F*. 2013. Ground tit genome reveals avian adaptation to living at high altitudes in the Tibetan plateau. Nature Communications. 4: 2071 (IF2013: 10.742).
  8. Song G, Yu L (co‐first author), Gao B, Zhang R, Qu Y, Lambert DM, Li SH, Zhou T, Lei F*. 2013. Gene flow maintains genetic diversity and colonization potential in recently range-expanded populations of an Oriental bird, the Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis, Aves: Pycnonotidae). Diversity and Distributions. 19: 1248-1262 (IF2013: 5.469).
  9. Wang W, McKay BD, Dai C, Zhao N, Zhang R, Qu Y, Song G, Li SH, Liang W, Yang X, Pasquet E, Lei F*. 2013. Glacial expansion and diversification of an East Asian montane bird, the green-backed tit (Parus monticolus). Journal of Biogeography. 40: 1156-1169 (IF2013: 4.969).
  10. Qu Y, Zhang R, Quan Q, Song G, Li SH, Lei F*. 2012. Incomplete lineage sorting or secondary admixture: disentangling historical divergence from recent gene flow in the Vinous-throated parrotbill (Paradoxornis webbianus). Molecular Ecology. 21: 6117-6133 (IF2012: 6.275).
  11. Gao B, Qu Y, Song G, Liu H, Lei F*. 2012. Anonymous singleccopy nuclear DNA (scnDNA) markers for Grey-cheeked Fulvetta (Alcippe morrisonia) and Rufous-capped babbler (Stachyridopsis ruficeps). Conservation Genetics Resources. 4: 777-781(IF2012: 0.708).
  12. Liu H, Wang W, Song G, Qu Y, Li SH., Fjeldas J, Lei F*. 2012. Integrating the phylogeography and ecological niche models of the Stachyridopsis ruficeps. Plos One. 7: e46761 (IF2012: 3.73).
  13. Zhao N, Dai C, Wang W, Zhang R, Qu Y, Lei F*. 2012. Pleistocene climate changes shaped the divergence and demography of Asian populations of the great tit Parus major: evidence from phylogeographic analysis and ecological niche models. Journal of Avian Biology. 43: 297-310 (IF2012: 2.02).
  14. Zhang R, Song G, Qu Y, Alstrom P, Ramos R, Xing X, Ericson PGP, Fjeldsa J, Wang H, Yang X, Kristin A, Shestopalov AM, Choe JC, Lei F*. 2012. Comparative phylogeography of two widespread magpies: importance of habitat of preference and breeding behavior on genetic structure in China. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 65: 562-572 (IF2012: 4.066).
  15. Qu Y, Zhang R, Cui P, Song G, Duan Z, Lei F*. 2011. Evolutionary genomics of the pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza viruses (pH1N 1v). Virology Journal. 8: 250 (IF2011: 2.343).
  16. Qu Y, Luo X, Zhang R, Song G, Zou F, Lei F*. 2011. Lineage diversification and historical demography of a montane bird Garrulax elliotii - implications for the Pleistocene evolutionary history of the eastern Himalayas. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 11: 174 (IF2011: 3.521).
  17. Gao B, Yu L, Qu Y, Song G, Dai C, Zhang R, Yin Z, Wang K, Gao X, Li SH, Lei F*. 2011. An Unstructured Phylogeographic Pattern with Extensive Gene Flow in an Endemic Bird of South China: Collared Finchbill (Spizixos semitorques). International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 12: 3635-3647 (IF2011: 2.598).
  18. Li T, Zhang M, Qu Y, Ren Z, Zhang J, Guo Y, Heong KL, Villareal B, Ma E*. 2011. Population genetic structure and phylogeographical pattern of rice grasshopper, Oxya hyla intricata, across Southeast Asia. Genetica. 139: 511-524 (IF2011: 2.148).
  19. Qu Y, Lei F*, Zhang R, Lu X. 2010. Comparative phylogeography of five avian species: implications for Pleistocene evolutionary history in the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. Molecular Ecology. 19: 338-351 IF2010: 6.547).