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Prof. Yang Qisen
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Our group made significant contributions to the taxonomy, evolutionary biology and conservation of mammals in China. We published about 100 academic articles and 10 editions of monographs.

Selected Publications:

  1. 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, doi:10.1111/zsc.12117. (*Joint first authorship)
  2. 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 (In press).
  3. 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.
  4. 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, 2014(41):99-114.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Yang, Q. S., Xia, L. 2008. Tibetan wildlife is getting used to the railway. Nature, 452:810-811.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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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