My primary research talent is animal behavioral ecology and evolution. I mainly use lizard as model system to answer questions around animal social interaction, communication, local adaptation and evolution.The streamline of my research generally starts with social interaction, then I would focus on methods of animals maintaining their social dominance, such as aggression and signals. I would use playback and genetic methods to figure out the function and fitness consequence of different signal element. After understanding the social behaviours of many related species, I would gradually consider the evolution of social behaviours by comparative methods based on phylogenetic methods.
Yin Qi, Ph.D
Department of Herpetology,Chengdu Institute of Biology,CAS