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Prof. Yang Qisen
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Prof. Yang Qisen

YANG, Qi-Sen
+86-10-64807225  /  +86-10-64807099
Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China
Group of Mammalogy    中文

BSc, 1986, From Sichuan Teachers' College.
MSc, 1989, Institute of rare animals and plants, Sichuan Teachers' College.
Ph.D: 1996, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Scienses.

1989 - 1994  Research assistant, Northwest Plateau Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, Qinghai.
1996 - 2005  Associate professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Scienses.
2007 -        Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests:

Systematics, evolution, biogeography, Molecular systematics and Conservation of mammals in China.

Research Grants:
  1. Survey and assess the wild animals before the building of Sichuan-Tibet railway (Tibet part). Commission by China Railway, 2019-, Principle Investigator.
  2. Ministry of Science and Technology: Biodiversity of Wuling Mountains, China, 2014-2019, Principle Investigator.
  3. Ministry of Science and Technology: Biodiversity of Southeastern Tibet, China, 2014-2019, Major Participant.
  4. Key programm of the National Natural Science Fundation of China: Compiling the fauna of China (Rodentia: Murinae).2014-, Principle Investigator.
Selected Publications:
  1. Feijó, A., Wang, Y., Sun, J., Li, F., Wen, Z., Ge, D.Y., Xia, L., Yang, Q. S*. 2019. Research trends on bats in China: a twenty-first century review. Mammalian Biology. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2019.09.002
  2. He, Y., Hu, S. Z., Ge, D. Y*, Yang, Q. S., Connor, T., Zhou, C. Q*. 2019. Evolutionary history of Spalacidae inferred from fossil occurrences and molecular phylogeny. Mammal Review. doi: 10.1111/mam.12170.
  3. Kumar, B. K., Cheng, J. L., Ge, D. Y., Xia, L, Yang, Q, S*. 2019. Phylogeography and ecological niche modeling unravel the evolutionary history of the Yarkand hare, Lepus yarkandensis (Mammalia: Leporidae), through the Quaternary. BMC Evolutionary Biology 19(1):113.
  4. Ge, D. Y., Feijó, A., Cheng, J., Lu, L., Liu, R., Abramov, A.V., Xia, L., Wen, Z., Zhang, W., Shi, L., Yang, Q. S*. 2019. Evolutionary history of field mice (Murinae: Apodemus), with emphasis on morphological variation among species in China and description of a new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 187: 518–534.
  5. Ge, D. Y., Lu, L., Xia, L., Du, Y. B., Wen, Z. X., Cheng, J. L., Abramov, A. V., Yang, Q. S*. 2018. Molecular phylogeny, morphological diversity, and systematic revision of a species complex of common wild rat species in China (Rodentia, Murinae). Journal of Mammalogy, 99(6): 1350–1374.
  6. Ge, D. Y., Lu, L., Abramov, A. V., Wen, Z. X., Cheng, J. L., Xia, L., Vogler, A. P., Yang, Q. S*. 2018. Coalesence Models reveal the rise of the white-bellied rat (Niviventer confucianus) following the loss of Asian megafauna. Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 26:423–434.
  7. Zhu, K.L., Ge, D. Y., Wen, Z.X., Xia, L, Yang, Q. S*. 2018. Evolutionary Genetics of Hypoxia and Cold Tolerance in Mammals. Journal of Molecular Evolution 86(9):618-634.
  8. Feijó, A., Wen, Z., Cheng, J., Ge, D. Y., Xia, L., Yang. Q. S*. 2019. Divergent selection along elevational gradients promotes genetic and phenotypic disparities among small mammals populations. Ecology and Evolution. 10.1002/ece3.5273.
  9. Ge, D. Y., Lu, L., Cheng, J. L., Xia, L., Chang, Y. B., Wen, Z. X., Lv, X., Du, Y. B., Liu, Q. Y., Yang, Q. S*. 2017. An endemic rat species complex is evidence of moderate environmental changes in the terrestrial biodiversity centre of China through the late quaternary. Scientific Reports, 7, 46127.
  10. Cheng, J. L., Ge, D. Y., Xia, L., Lu, L., Yang, Q. S*.2018. Phylogeny and taxonomic reassessment of jerboa, Dipus (Rodentia, Dipodinae), in inland Asia. Zoologica Scripta, DOI:00:1–15. https://doi.org/10.1111/zsc.12303.
  11. Wen, Z. X., Cheng, J. L., Ge, D. Y., Xia, L., Lv, X., Yang, Q. S*. 2018. Abundance–occupancy and abundance–body mass relationships of small mammals in a mountainous landscape. Landscape Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-018-0695-z.
  12. Lv, X., Cheng, J. L., Meng, Y., Chang, Y. B., Xia, X., Wen, Z.X., Ge, D. Y., Liu, S.Y., Yang Q, S*.2018.. Disjunct distribution and distinct intraspecific diversification of Eothenomys melanogaster in South China. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2018) 18:50 DOI.org/10.1186/s12862-018-1168-3.
  13. Wen, Z. X., Wu, Y. J., Cheng, J. L. Cai, T. L., Du, Y. B., Ge, D. Y. Xia, L., Yang, Q. S*. 2018. Abundance of small mammals correlates with their elevational range sizes and elevational distributions in the subtropics. Ecography, 41: 1888–1898.
  14. Du, Y., Wen, Z., Zhang, J., Lv, X., Cheng, J., Ge D. Y., Xia, L., Yang, Q. S*. 2017. The roles of environment, space, and phylogeny in determining functional dispersion of rodents (Rodentia) in the Hengduan Mountains, China. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 10941-10951.
  15. Lissovsky, A.A., Obolenskaya, E. V., Ge, D. Y., Yang, Q. S. 2017. Phylogeny and distribution of Palaearctic chipmunks Eutamias (Rodentia: Sciuridae). Hystrix, Italian Journal of Mammalogy, 28: 12172.
  16. Ma, H. D., Ge, D. Y., Shenbrot, G., Pisano, J., Yang, Q. S., Zhang, Z. Q*. 2016. Hypsodonty of Dipodidae (Rodentia) in correlation with diet preferences and habitats. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, DOI: 10.1007/s10914-016-9352-y.
  17. Lv, X., Xia, L., Ge, D. Y., Wu, Y. J., Yang, Q. S*. 2016. Climatic niche conservatism and ecological opportunity in the explosive radiation of arvicoline rodents (Arvicolinae, Cricetidae). Evolution, 70, 1094-1104.
  18. Fontanesi, L., Di Palma, F., Flicek, P., Smith, A.T., Thulin, C.G., Alves, P.C., Lagomorph Genomics Consortium. 2016. LaGomiCs—Lagomorph Genomics Consortium: An international collaborative effort for sequencing the genomes of an entire mammalian order. Journal of Heredity,107, 295-308.
  19. Lv, X., Xia, L., Ge, D. Y., Wen, Z. X., Qu, Y. H., Lu, L., Yang, Q. S*. 2016. Continental refugium in the Mongolian Plateau during Quaternary glacial oscillations: phylogeography and niche modelling of the endemic desert hamster, Phodopus roborovskii. PLoS ONE, 11, e0148182.
  20. Wen, Z. X., Yang, Q. S*, Quan, Q., Xia, L., Ge, D. Y., Lv, X. 2016. Multiscale partitioning of small mammal b-diversity provides novel insights into the Quaternary faunal history of Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau and Hengduan Mountains. Journal of Biogeography, 43, 1412-1424.
  21. Wen, Z. X., Quan, Q., Du, Y.B , Xia, L., Ge, D. Y., Yang, Q. S*. 2016. Dispersal, niche, and isolation processes jointly explain species turnover patterns of nonvolant small mammals in a large mountainous region of China. Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1002/ece3.1962.
  22. Ge, D. Y., Yao, L., Xia, L., Zhang, Z. Q., Yang, Q. S*. 2015. Geometric morphometric analysis of skull morphology reveals loss of phylogenetic signal at the generic level in extant lagomorphs (Mammalia: Lagomorpha). Contributions to Zoology, 84 (4) 267-284.
  23. Lu, L., Ge, D. Y., Chesters, D., Simon, Y. W. Ho, Ma, Y., Li, G. C., Wen, Z. X., Wu, Y. J., Wang, J., Xia, L., Liu, J. L., Guo, T. Y., Zhang, X. L., Zhu, C. D., Yang, Q. S*., Liu, Q. Y*. 2015. Molecular phylogeny and the underestimated species diversity of the endemic white-bellied rat (Rodentia: Muridae: Niviventer) in Southeast Asia and China. Zoologica Scripta, 44(5): 475-494.
  24. Wen, Z.X., Wu, Y. J., Du, Y. B. Xia, L., Ge, D. Y., Yang, Q. S*, Shen L. M. 2014. Seasonal change of species diversity patterns of Non-volant small mammals along three subtropical elevational gradients. Biotropica, 46(4): 479-488.
  25. Ge, D. Y., Liu, X., Lv, X.F, Xia, L., Zhang, Z. Q., Yang, Q. S*. 2014. Historical Biogeography and Body Form Evolution of Ground Squirrels (Sciuridae: Xerinae). Evolutionary Biology, 41:99-114.
  26. Ge, D. Y., Wen, Z. X., Xia, L., Zhang, Z. Q., Erbajeva M., Huang, C.M., Yang, Q. S. 2013. Evolutionary history of lagomorphs in response to global environmental change. PLoS ONE. 8(4):e59668.
  27. Lv, X. F., Ge, D. Y., Xia, L., Huang, C.M., Yang, Q. S. 2013.A geometric morphometric study of the skull shape diversification in squirrels (Mammalia, Rodentia). Integrative Zoology. 9(3):231-45.
  28. Lv, X. F., Ge, D. Y., Xia, L., Zhang, Z. Q. Li S., Yang Q. S*. 2013. The evolution and paleobiogeography of flying squirrels (Sciuridae, Pteromyini) in response to global environmental change. Evolutionary Biology, 40:117–132.
  29. Wu, Y. J., Yang, Q. S*, Wen, Z. X., Xia, L., Zhang, Q., Zhou, H. M. 2013. What drive the species richness patterns of non-volant small mammals along a subtropical elevational gradient? Ecography, 36:185-196.
  30. Zhang, Q., Xia, L., Kimura, Y., Shenbrot, G., Zhang, Z. Q., Ge, D. Y., Yang, Q. S*. 2012. Trace the Origin and Diversification of Dipodoidea (Order: Rodentia): Evidence from both Fossil Records and Molecular Phylogeny. Evolutionary Biology, 40:32–44.
  31. Ge, D. Y., Zhang, Z. Q., Xia, L., Zhang, Q., Ma, Y., Yang, Q. S*. 2012. Did the expansion of C4 plants drive extinction and massive range contraction of micromammals? A case inferred from food preference and historical biogeography of pikas. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 320-328(2012): 160-171.
  32. Ge, D. Y., Lissovsky, A. A., Xia, L., Cheng, C., Smith, A., Yang Q. S*. 2012. Reevaluation of several taxa of Chinese lagomorphs (Mammalia: Lagomorpha) described on the basis of pelage phenotype variation. Mammalian Biology, 77(2): 113-123.
  33. Wu, Y. H., Xia, L., Zhang, Q., Yang, Q. S*., Meng X. X. 2011. Bidirectional introgressive hybridization between Lepus capensis and Lepus yarkandensis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59: 545-555.
  34. Wu, Y. H., Xia, L., Zhang, Q., Lei, F. M., Yang, Q. S*. 2010. Genetic diversity in the male-specific SRY gene of Lepus yarkandensis. Chinese Science Bulletin, 55(9): 834-840.
  35. Zhang, Q., Xia, L., He, J. B., Wu, Y. H., Fu, J. Z., Yang, Q. S*. 2010. Comparison of phylogeographic structure and population history of Phrynocephalus species in the Tarim Basin and adjacent areas. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 57(3): 1091-1104.
  36. Wu, Y. H., Xia, L., Zhang, Q., Yang, Q. S*. 2010. Habitat fragment affected genetic diversity and differentiation of the Yarkand Hare. Conservation Genetics, 11(1): 183-194.
  37. Zhang, Q., Xia, L., Ma, J., Wu, P. W., Yang, Q. S*. 2009. Effects of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway on the community structure of rodentsin Qaidam desert region. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 29(5): 267-271.
  38. Meng, X. X., Perkins, G., Yang, Q. S., Feng, Z. J., Feng, J. 2009. The relationship between the behavioral mode of endangered female musk deer and reproduction potential next year. Sibirskii Ekologicheskii Zhurnal, 16: 489-493.
  39. Yang, Q. S., Xia, L. 2008. Tibetan wildlife is getting used to the railway. Nature, 452:810-811.
  40. Feng, Z., Fan, B., Li, K., Zhang, Q. D., Yang, Q. S., Liu B. 2008. Molecular characteristics of Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii) mitochondrial DNA control region and phylogenetic inferences with related species. Small Ruminant Research,75:236-242.
  41. Lissovsky, A. A., Yang, Q. S., Pilnikov A. E. 2008. Taxonomy and distribution of the pikas (Ochotona, Lagomorpha) of alpina-hyperborea group in North-East China and adjacent territories. Russian Journal of Theriology ,7: 5-16.
  42. Meng, X. X., Perkins, G., Yang, Q. S., Feng, Z. J., Xu, H. F., Feng, J. C., Zhao, C. J., Hui, C. Y. 2008. Relationship between behavioral frequency and reproductive potential of female Alpine musk deer in captivity. Agricultural Sciences in China, 7: 1497-1502.
  43. Meng, X. X., Feng, J., Yang, Q. S., Feng Z. J., Xu H. 2008. The impact of seasons on behavioral pattern of endangered alpine musk deer in captivity. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 40: 389-395.
  44. Meng, X. X., Perkins, G. C., Yang, Q. S., Feng, Z. J., Meng, Z. B., Xu, H. F. 2008. Relationship between estrus cycles and behavioral durations of captive female alpine musk deer. Integrative Zoology, 3: 143-148.
  45. Meng, X. X., Yang, Q. S., Feng, Z. J., Feng, J. C., Perkins, G., Xu, H. F. 2008. Using behavioral data to predict reproductive success in captive female musk deer. North-Western Journal of Zoology, 4: 263-269.
  46. Meng, X. X, Yang, Q. S, Feng Z. J., Xu H. F., Perkins G. C., Feng J. C., Zhang D. J. 2008. Seasonal behavioral patterns of captive alpine musk deer (Moschus sifanicus): rut and pre-rut comparisons. Biologia, 63, 594-598.
  47. Meng, X. X, Yang, Q. S., Feng, Z.J., Xu, H. F., Perkins, G.C., Zhao, C. J., Hui, C. Y., Feng, J. C., Zhou, Y. J. 2008. Gender specific behavioural patterns of captive alpine musk deer (Moschus sifanicus). Belgian Journal of Zoology,138: 101-105.
  48. Xia, L., Yang Q. S., Li, Z. C., Wu, Y. H. 2007. The effect of the Qinghai-Tibet railway on the migration of Tibetan Antelopes in Hoh-xil National Nature Reserve, China. Oryx, 41(3): 352-357.
  49. Li, Z. C., Xia, L., Li, Y. M., Yang Q. S., Liang M. Y. 2006. Mitochondrial DNA variation and population structure of the yarkand hare Lepus yarkandensis. Acta Theriologica, 51(3): 243-253.
  50. Peng, Y., Jiang, G. M., Liu, M. Z., Niu, S. L., Yu, S.L., Biswas, D. K., Zhang, Q., Shi, X., Yang, Q. S. 2005. Potentials for Combating Desertification in Hunshandak Sandland Through Nature Reserve. Environmental Management, 35(4):453-460.
  51. Li, Y. M., Guo, Z. W., Yang, Q. S., Wang, Y. S., Niemela, J. 2003. The implications of poaching for giant panda conservation. Biological Conservation, 111:125-126.
  52. Zhou, Y. J., Meng, X. X., Feng, J. C., Yang, Q. S., Feng, Z. J., Xia, L., Bartos, L. 2004. Review of the distribution, status and conservation of musk deer in China. Folia zoologica, 53(2):129-140
  53. Meng, X. X., Yang, Q. S., Feng, Z. J., Xia, L. 2003.Timing and synchrony of parturition in Apline musk deer. Folia Zoologica, 52(1):39-50.
  54. Meng, X. X., Yang, Q. S., Xia, L., Feng, Z. J. 2003 The temporal estrous patterns of femal Alpine musk deer in captivity. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 82(1):75-85.
  55. Yang, Q. S., Meng, X. X., Xia, L. 2003. Conservation status and causes of decline of musk deer in China. Biological Conservation,109(3):333~342.
  56. Braun, A., Groves, C. P., Grubb, P., Yang, Q. S., Xia L. 2001. Catalogue of the Museum Heude collection of mammals skulls. Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica, 26(4): 608-660.
  57. Tao, Y., Yang, Q. S., Jiang Z. G., Wang Z. W. 1997. Evolutionarily stable Strategy, Periodic cycle and chaos in a simple discrete time two-phenotype model. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 188: 21-27.
  58. Yang, Q. S. 1994. Further Study on the Geographical Distribution and Conservation of Snow Leopard in Qinghai, China. Proceedings of the seventh international snow leopard symposium, 72-77.


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