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LI Ming
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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 Primate Ecology      

Ph.D.  Zoology,  Department of Biology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 1996
M. Sc.  Zoology, Department of Biology, Anhui University, Hefei, 1991
B. Sc.  Biology,  Department of Biology, Anhui University, Hefei, 1988
Current Occupation:  Professor in Primate Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science

Professional Experience:
2004-, Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2000-2004, Associate Professo, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2002, Visit scholar at University of Durham and Ishinomaki Senshu University of Japan
1999-2001, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Ishinomaki Senshu University, Japan
1997-1999, Postdoc, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interests:
Primate Ecology Research Group investigates issues related to evolutionary biology and conservation biology in primates, with a special emphasis on primates endemic to China, especially the highly endangered Chinese snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus spp.) and some other langurs. My current major research interests focused on the following broad topics. 1) phylogeny and adaptive evolution: elucidating the phylogenetic relationships, and understanding genetic and behavioral adaptive evolutionary mechanism based on genomic data and some function genes in primates; 2) population structure, phylogeography and conservation: modeling the demographic history of primate populations, analysis of the ecological factors influencing the current distribution of and temporal changes, inference of likely geographical barriers and landscape factors to gene flow, dispersal and evolution; and 3) behavioral ecology: mainly concerning reproductive behaviour, cooperation and competition, habitat use.

Awards and Honors:

Professional Activities:

President of Animal Ecological Society of China
Vice President of China Primatological Society
Members of IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group
Member of International Primatological Society
Member of "Editorial Board" of Integrative Zoology
Member of "Editorial Board" of Biodiversity Sciences
Associate editor of "Editorial Board" of Acta Theriologica Sinica
Member of "Editorial Board" of Chinese Journal of Zoology

Research Grants:
2018-2023: Principal investigator, Evolutionary pattern and adaptive strategy of non-human primates (B Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS)
2019-2022: Principal investigator, Impacts of climate change and human activities on the population genetic structure and distribution shift of Sichuan snub–nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) (NSFC).
2019-2024: Key member, Evolutionary Conservation Biology of Endangered Animals (Innovative Research Group Project of NSFC).
2018-2022: Principal investigator, Big data of non-human primates (A Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS)
2018-2020: Principal investigator, Speciation without a good reason: disentangling the radiation of primates living in limestone habitat (NSFC).
2016-2020: Principal investigator, Phylogeny and adaptive evolution of Macaca spp. (Key project of NSFC)
2016-2020: Principal investigator, Endangered mechanism and conservation strategy of snub-nosed monkeys (National Key Program of Research and Development, Ministry of Science and Technology of China)
2015-2018: Principal investigator, Complexity of social structure, variations in individual relationships and population maintain mechanism in snub-nosed monkeys (NSFC).
2013-2017: Principal investigator, Conservation of genetic diversity and key technology of management for Snub-nosed monkey in Shennongjia (National Key Technology R&D Program of China)
2013-2016: Principal investigator, Adaptive Evolution of Snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus spp.) in extreme environment of arctic-alpine and hypoxemia (NSFC)

Selected Publications:
  1. Xiang ZF*, Fan PL, Chen HC, Liu RS, Zhang B, Yang WJ, Yao H, Grueter CC, Garber PA, Li M*. 2019. Routine allomaternal nursing in a free-ranging Old World monkey. Science Advances, 5: eaav0499.
  2. Zhao XM, Ren BP, Li DY, Garber PA, Zhu PF, Xiang ZF, Grueter CC, Liu ZJ, Li M*. 2019. Climate change, Grazing and collecting accelerate habitat contraction in an endangered primate. Biological Conservation, 231:88-97.
  3. Zhao XM, Ren BP, Li DY, Xiang ZF, Garber PA, Li M*. 2019. Effects of habitat fragmentation and human disturbance on the population dynamics of the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey from 1994 to 2016. Peer J, 7:e6633.
  4. Zhu PF, Grueter CC, Garber PA, Li DY, Xiang ZF, Ren BP, Li M*. 2018. Seasonal changes in social cohesion among males in a same-sex primate group. American Journal of Primatology, 80:e22914.
  5. Liu ZJ, Tan XX, Pablo Orozco-terWengel, Zhou XM, Zhang LY, Tian SL, Yan ZZ, Xu HL, Ren BP, Zhang P, Xiang ZF, Sun BH, Roos C, Bruford M, Li M*. 2018. Population genomics of wild Chinese rhesus macaques reveals a dynamic demographic history and local adaptation, with implications for biomedical research. GigaScience, 7:1-14.
  6. Liu BJ, Wu CF, Garber PA, Zhang P, Li M*. Effects of group size and rank on mother-infant relationships and reproductive success in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology, 80:e22881.
  7. Zhao XM, Ren BP, Garber PA, Li XH, Li M*. 2018. Impacts of human activities and climate change on the distribution of snub–nosed monkeys in China during the past 2000 Years. Diversity and Distribution, 24:92–102.
  8. Fan PF*, Liu Y, Zhang ZC, Zhao C, Li C, Liu WL, Liu ZJ, Li M*. 2017. The Phylogenetic position of the white-cheeked macaque (Macaca leucogenys), a newly described species from Modog, Southeastern Tibet. Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution, 107: 80-89.
  9. Grueter CC, Qi XG, Li BG, Li M. 2017. Multilevel societies. Current Biology, 27, R979–R1001
  10. Zhou XM, Meng XH, Wang BS, Chang J, Liu ZJ ……Li M*. 2016. Population genomics reveals low genetic diversity and adaptation to hypoxia in snub-nosed monkeys. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33: 2670–2681.
  11. Liu ZJ*, Liu GJ, Hailer F, Orozco-Wengel P, Tan XX, Tian JD, Zhang BW, Wang BS, Li M*. 2016. Dietary specialization drives multiple independent losses and gains in the bitter taste gene repertoire of Laurasiatherian Mammals. Frontiers in Zoology, 13:28.
  12. Zhu PF, Ren BP, Garber PA, Xia F, Grueter CC, Li M*. 2016. Aiming low: a resident male’s rank predicts takeover success by challenging males in Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti). American Journal of Primatology,78:974-982.
  13. Fan PF*, Liu Y, Zhang ZC, Zhao C, Li C, Liu WL, Li M*. 2016. The Phylogenetic position of the white-cheeked macaque (Macaca leucogenys), a newly described species from Modog, Southeastern Tibet. Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution, 107: 80-89.
  14. Zhou XM, Xu SX, Yang G, Li M*. 2015. The position of tree shrews in the mammalian tree: Comparing multi-gene analyses with phylogenomic results leaves monophyly of Euarchonta doubtfu. Integrative Zoology, 10:186-198.
  15. Liu ZJ, Liu GJ, Wang BS, Ren BP, Shi FL, Pan HJ, Li M*. 2015. Implications of genetics and current protected areas for conservation of 5 endangered primates in China. Conservation Biology, 29: 1508-1517
  16. Chen YX, Wang XW, Xiao W, Xiao ZS, Li M, Xiang ZF, Li M*. 2015. Preliminary study by infra-red camera traps of a newly discovered primate species Rhinopithecus strykeri at Pianma, Yunnan, China. International Journal of Primatology, 36:679-690.
  17. Grueter CC, Zhu PF, Allen WL, Higham JP, Ren BP, Li M*. 2015. Sexual selection of the snub-nosed monkey lip: Redness signals group holding status in the mating season. Royal Society Open Science, 2: 150490.
  18. Chang ZF, Yang BH, Vigilant L, Liu ZJ, Ren BP, Yang JY, Xiang ZF, Garber P, Li M*. 2014. Evidence of male‐Biased dispersal in the endangered Sichuan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithexus roxellana). American Journal of Primatology, 76:72-83.
  19. Zhou XM, Wang BS…….Li M*. 2014. Whole-genome sequencing of the snub-nosed monkey provides insights into folivory and evolutionary history. Nature Genetics, 46:1303-1310.
  20. Yang BH, Ren BP, Chang ZF, Yao H, Yang JY, Li M*. 2014. Major histocompatibility complex and mate choice in a wild polygynous primate: the Sichuan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana). Integrative Zoology, 9: 598-612.
  21. Liu GJ, Walter L, Shi FL, Pan HJ, Roos C, Liu ZJ, Li M. 2014. Personalized adaptive evolution and episodic selection constraints relaxation of umami and sweet taste receptor genes Tas1rs in old world primates. Frontiers in Zoology, 11: 79 
  22. Xiang ZF, Yang BH, Yu Y, Yao H, Yang JY, Grueter CC, Li M*. 2014. Males collectively defend their one-male units against bachelor males in a multi-level primate society.American Journal of Primatology, 76:609-617.
  23. Liu ZJ, Wang BS, Nadler T, Liu GJ, Sun T, Huang CM, Zhou QH, Zhou J, Wang ZM, Roos C, Li M*. 2013. Relatively recent evolution of pelage coloration in Colobinae: Phylogeny and phylogeography of three closely related langur species. PLoS One, 8: e61659.
  24. Li TF, Ren BP, LI DY, Zhu PF, Li M*. 2013. Mothering style and infant behavioral development in Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) in China. International Journal of Primatology, 34:681–695.
  25. Luo MF, Liu ZJ, Pan HJ, Yang JY, Li M*. 2012. Balancing Selection and Genetic Drift at MHC Genes in Isolated Populations of Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12:207.
  26. Chang ZF, Luo MF, Liu ZJ, Yang JY, Xiang ZF, Li M*, Linda Vigilant. 2012. Human influence on the population decline and loss of genetic diversity in a small and isolated population of Sichuan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana). Genetica, 140:105-114.
  27. Xiang ZF, Liang WB, Nie SG, Li M*. 2012. Diet and feeding behavior of Rhinopithecus brelichi at Yangaoping, Guizhou. American Journal of Primatology, 74: 551-560.
  28. Luo MF, Liu ZJ, Pan HJ*, Zhao L, Li M*. 2012. Historical geographic dispersal route of golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) and influence of climatic oscillations. American Journal of Primatology, 74:91-101.
  29. Li DY, Ren BP , Grueter CC, Li BG, Li M*. 2010. Nocturnal sleeping habits of the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey at Xiangguqing in Yunnan, China. American Journal of Primatology, 72: 1092-1099.
  30. Xiang ZF, Nie SG, Chang ZF, Wei FW, Li M*. 2010. Sleeping sites of gray snub-nosed monkeys, Rhinopithecus brelichi, at Yangaoping, Guizhou. International Journal of Primatology, 31:59-71.
  31. Ren BP, Li DY, Liu ZJ, Li BG, Wei FW, Li M*. 2010. First evidence of prey capture and meat eating by wild Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys Rhinopithecus bieti in Yunnan, China. Current Zoology, 56:227-231.
  32. Liu ZJ, Ren BP, Wu RD,Zhao L, Hao YL, Wang BS, Long YC, Wei FW, Li M*. 2009. The effect of landscape features on population genetic structure of Yunnan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) implies an anthropogenic genetic discontinuity.  Molecular Ecology, 18: 3831-3846.
  33. Xiang ZF, Nie SG, Lei XP, Chang ZF, Wei FW, Li M*. 2009. Current status and conservation of the gray snub-nosed monkey Rhinopithecus brelichi (Colobinae) in Guizhou, China. Biological Conservation, 142: 469-476
  34. Liu ZJ, Ren BP, Wei FW, Long YC, Hao YL, Li M*. 2007. Phylogeography and population structure of the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) inferred from mitochondrial control region DNA sequence analysis. Molecular Ecology, 16: 3334-3349
  35. Li M, Liu ZJ, Gou JX, Ren BP, Pan RL, Su YJ, Funk SM, Wei, FW. 2007. Population structure and phylogeography of Golden monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) as inferred from Mitochondrial DNA sequences. American Journal of Primatology,69: 1195 - 1209.