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SUN Yuehua
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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 Avian Ecology      

During 1991-1994, worked on the bird community ecology and the population ecology of the Hazel Grouse at Changbai Mountain in northeast China. Studying “Comparative studies on the population ecology of the Hazel Grouse between China and Scandinavia”. 26 Hazel Grouse were radio-tracked and got good results on the home range, habitat selection, brood movement, chick dispersal and winter social behaviour.

I started to work in northwest China in 1995, for the past 17 years, I did a long-term study on the endemic Chinese Grouse (Bonasa sewerzowi), including population biology, behaviour, landscape ecology and conservation biology. More than 100 birds were radio-tracked, this is the largest-scale wildlife radiotelemetry study in China, and got international praise. This study is cooperated with Dr. Siegfried Klaus, Dr. Wolfgang Scherzinger and Prof. Jon Swenson in Germany and Norway.

Since 1998, my team made several bird surveys in the conifer forests of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, including Changdu, Jiali in Tibet, Jiuzhaigou, Emei Shan, Wawu Shan etc. in Sichuan, Zhuoni, Wenxian in Gansu, and Beishan in Qinghai. We also investigated the water birds in the Yangzuoyong Lake in Tibet and the Qinghai Lake in Qinghai. We cooperated with Prof. Jochen Martens in Germany and together published two new species of birds in China, the Emei Golden Spectacled Warbler (Serceicus emeiensis) and Sichuan Treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis).

In August 2002, as the president, I  and my research group successfully organized the 9th International Grouse Symposium in Beijing.

Research Interests:
I am now mainly studying the endemic birds in the forest of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and current projects including studies on the Chinese grouse, Sichuan Jay and other endemic birds. Besides these, I am also intersted in breeding biology and behaviour ecology of small passerine birds, our team will start to explore the predator effect on breeding success of small passerine birds and the life history stragtegy of these small birds in a highly fragmented habitats.

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Selected Publications:
  1. Lyn N, Martin P, Thomas T D, Sun Y-H. 2015. Uncommon paleo-distribution patterns Chrysolophus pheasants in East Asia: explanations and implications. Journal of Avian Biology(Accepted): DOI:10.1111/jav.00590.
  2. Lyu N, & Sun Y-H* 2014. Predicting threat of climate change to the Chinese grouse on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Wildlife Biology, 20(2):73-82.
  3. Hu Y-B, Hao G, Jiang Y-X, Peter P. Sun Y-H* 2014. Breeding ecology of Fulvous Parrotbill (Paradoxornis fulvifrons) in Wawushan Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China. Journal of Natural History, 48(15-16):975-982.
  4. Zhu L. Yang X-N, Hao G, …….Sun Y-H*. 2014. A review of the distribution of Black Eagle Ictinaetus malaiensis in mainland China. Forktail, 30:45-49.
  5. Thomas T*., Martin P. Martens J. Lehmann H. Sun Y-H* 2013. Complete phylogeny and historical biogeography of true rosefinches (Aves: Carpodacus). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 169: 215-234.
  6. Yang C, Wang J, Fang Y, Sun Y-H*. 2013. Is sexual ornamentation an honest signal of male quality in the Chinese Grouse? PLoS ONE 8(12): e82972.
  7. Hu Y-B, Wang X-P, Chang H-Z, Sun Y-H* 2013. Breeding Notes of the Large Hawk Cuckoo in Nests of Elliot’s Laughingthrush. Chinese J. of Zoology 48 (2):292-203
  8. Hu Y-B, Jiang Y-X, Chang H-Z, Wang D-J, Sun Y-H* 2013. Brood Parasitism on White-bellied Redstart by Common Cuckoo. Chinese J. of Zoology 48(5):769-773..
  9. Wang J, Fang Y, Klaus S & Sun Y-H* 2012. Winter foraging strategy of the Chinese Grouse (Bonasa sewerzowi): ecological and physiological factors. J. of Ornithology 153: 257-264.
  10. Lu N, Jia C-X, Lloyd H & Sun Y-H* 2012. Species-specific habitat fragmentation assessment, considering the ecological niche requirements and dispersal capability. Biological Conservation 152: 102-109.
  11. Lu N, Ji T, Zhang J-H, Sun Y-H & Tao Y 2012. Evolutionary Dynamics of Fearfulness and Boldness: A Stochastic Simulation Model. PLoS ONE 7: e32258
  12. Lu N, Jing Y, Lloyd H & Sun Y-H* 2012. Assessing the distributions and potential risks from climate change for Sichuan Jay. Condor 114 (1): 265-376.
  13. Lu N & Sun Y-H* 2011. Population viability analysis and conservation of Chinese Grouse Bonasa sewerzowi in Lianhuashan Nature Reserve, north-west China. Bird Conservation International 21: 49-58.
  14. Yang C, Fang Y & Sun Y-H* 2011. Winter space use and social behaviors of the Chinese Grouse (Bonasa sewerzowi) at Lianhuashan Mountains, Gansu, China. J. of Ornithology 152: 297-305.
  15. Wang J, Jia C-X, Tang S-H, Fang Y & Sun Y-H* 2011. Breeding biology of the Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush (Garrulax sukatschewi). Wilson J. of Ornithology 123 (1): 146-150.
  16. Tietze DT, Martens J, Sun YH, Severinghaus LL & Packert M 2011. Song evolution in the coal titParus ater. Journal of Avian Biology 42 (3): 214-230.
  17. Jing Y, Lu N, Fang Y & Sun Y-H* 2011. Home range, population density, and habitat utilization of the Sichuan Jay (Perisoreus internigrans). Chinese Birds 2 (2): 94-100.
  18. Wang J, Yang C, Lu N, Fang Y & Sun Y-H* 2010. Diet of Chinese Grouse (Tetrastes sewerzowi) during Preincubation. The Wilson J. of Ornithology 122(1): 177-180.
  19. Wang J, Jia C-X, Tang S-H, Fang Y & Sun Y-H* 2010. Breeding of the Giant Laughingthrush (Garrulax maximus) at Lianhuashan, Southern Gansu, China. The Wilson J. of Ornithology 122(2): 388-391.
  20. Jia C-X, Sun Y-H* & Swenson JE 2010. Unusual incubation behavior and embryonic tolerance of hypothermia by the Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus). AUK 127(4): 926-931.
  21. Packert M*, Martens J and Sun Y-H* 2010. Phylogeny of long-tailed tits and allies inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear markers (Aves: Passeriformes, Aegithalidae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 55: 952-967.