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LI Yiming
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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 Diversity and Spatial Ecology Research      

Research Interests:

The ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and macroecology of vertebrates: particularly causes for population declines of amphibians, alien herpetofauna invasion biology, spread of chytrid fungus infecting amphibians, and effects of long-term habitat insularity and climate change on population declines and life-history traits of amphibians, the range dynamics of vertebrates and threats to vertebrates at large scales
The function and service of ecological systems.

Awards and Honors:

Professional Activities:

Research Grants:
  1. “Effects of experimental warming on phenology and life-history traits of rice frog and black spotted frog and their competition relationship”, a grant from National Natural Science foundation of China (No. 31172111), 2011-2015.
  2. “Control effects of pheromone and red banded snake on invasive American bullfrogs”, a grant from National Natural Science foundation of China (No. 31172111), 2014-2017.
  3. “The impact of the invasive American bullfrog to the biotic homogenization of native amphibian community structure and function”, a grant from National Natural Science foundation of China (for youths, No. 31200416), 2013-2015.
  4. “Amphibian endemics and their distribution in Aletai area along Sino-Russia-Mongolia-Kazakhstan borders”, a grant from national key fundamental survey programs from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (No. 2013FY110300), 2013-2017.
  5. “Biodiversity monitoring program - amphibians at Wuling Mountains and Zhoushan Archipelago”, a grant from the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, 2011-2021.
  6. “Study on the infection of an emerging chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in amphibians in Beijing area”, a grant from Beijing Natural Science Foundation (No. 5132026), 2013-2015.

Selected Publications:
  1. Wang S,Liu C,Wilson A,Zhao N, Li X,Zhu W, Gao X, Liu X and Li YM*. 2017. Pathogen richness and abundance predict patterns of adaptive major histocompatibility complex variation in insular amphibians. Molecular Ecology doi.org/10.1111/mec.14242
  2. Liu X, Petitpierre B, Broennimann O, Li X, Guisan A and Li YM*. 2017. Realized climatic niches are conserved along maximum temperatures among herpetofaunal invaders. Journal of Biogeography 44:111-121.
  3. Xu Y, Lin S, He J, Yu X, Zhang L, Jiang H* and Li YM* 2017. Tropical birds are declining in the Hainan Island of China. Biological Conservation 210: 9-18.
  4. Li YM*, Li X, Sandel B, Blank D, Liu Z, Liu X and Yan S. 2016. Climate and topography explain range sizes of terrestrial vertebrates. Nature Climate Change 6: 498-502.
  5. Li X, Liu X, Kraus F, Tingley R and Li YM*. 2016. Risk of biological invasions is concentrated in biodiversity hotspots. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14: 411-417. (featured and cover article)
  6. Liu, X, Li X, Liu T, Tingley R, Kraus F, Guo Z and Li YM*. 2014. Congener diversity, topographic heterogeneity and human-assisted dispersal predict spread rates of alien herpetofauna at a global scale. Ecology Letters 17:821-829.
  7. Li YM*, Liu X, Li XP, Petitpierre B and Guisan A. 2014. Residence time, expansion toward the equator in the invaded range and native range size matter to climatic niche shifts in non-native species. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23: 1094-1104.
  8. Wang S, Zhu W, Gao X, Li X, Yan S, Liu X, Yang J, Gao Z and Li YM* 2014. Population size and time since island isolation determine genetic diversity loss in insular frog populations. Molecular Ecology 23:637-648.
  9. Liu X, JR Rohr and Li YM*. 2013. Climate, vegetation, introduced hosts and trade shape a global wildlife pandemic. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 280:20122506. (Very good paper, F1000 recommendation).
  10. Bai CM, Liu X, Fisher FC, Garner TWJ and Li YM*. 2012. Global and endemic Asian lineages of the emerging pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis widely infect amphibians in China. Diversity and Distributions 18: 307-318.
  11. Liu X, McGarrity ME and Li YM*. 2012. The influence of traditional Buddhist wildlife release on biological invasions. Conservation Letters 5:107-114.
  12. Li YM*, Xu F, Guo ZW, Liu X, Jing CN and Wang SP. 2011. Reduced predator species richness drives the body gigantism of a frog species on the Zhoushan Archipelago in China. Journal of Animal Ecology 80:171-182.
  13. Wu ZJ, Li YM* & Murray B. 2006. Insular shifts in body size of rice frogs in the Zhoushan Archipelago, China. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:1071-1080.
  14. Li YM*, Wu, Z and Duncan R. 2006. Why islands are easier to invade: human influences on bullfrog invasion in the Zhoushan archipelago and neighboring mainland China. Oecologia 148: 129-136.
  15. Li, YM.* & Wilcove, D. 2005. Threats to vertebrate species in China and the United States. BioScience 55:147-152. (Very good paper, F1000 recommendation)
  16. Li YM*, Guo Z, Yang Q, Wang Y and Niemela¨ J. 2003. The implications of poaching for giant panda conservation. Biological Conservation 111: 125-136.
  17. Li YM*, Niemela J and Li D. 1998. Nested distribution of amphibians in the Zhoushan archipelago, China: can selective extinction cause nested subsets of species? Oecologia 113:557-564