Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Wu Yayong

I am interested in reptile ecology and behavior. In particular, I would like to answer questions around lizard behavioral variation and adaptation to arid environment, such as desert and high elevation, through integration of behavior, ecology and genetic approaches. My current research focuses on the associations between personality and motion signals and its potential fitness consequence using toad-headed agama Phrynocephalus vlangalii.

Up to now, I have built cooperations with Dr. Jinzhong Fu, Dr.Martin Whiting, Dr. Richard Peters, Dr.Daniel Nobel and Dr.Bin Lv. I will do my best to establish more relationships in lizard behaviorial ecology and evolutionary field.

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Dr.Jinzhong Fu

Jinzhong is an associate professor at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.His academic interests include Applications of Molecular Systematics; Species and Speciation; Landscape and Conservation Genetics; Evolutionary Relationships of Amphibians and Reptiles; Phylogenetic Theory and Methodology. He is now working as a visiting professor in Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and I am one of his research assistant in CIB. His broad eyesight and scientific logic have greatly modified my research career.


Dr.Martin Whiting

Martin is an associate professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on animal communication, sexual selection, life histories and cognition, using lizards,frogs and snakes as model systems. He is crazy about field work and has visited many places in the world, including USA, Africa, Hawai’i, Australia and China. In 2011, I invited Martin to China and worked at my Zoige field station for three weeks, then I visited Martin’s lab for three months in the same year. Since then, we have maintained a very intimate cooperation relationship, I choosed lizard behavior as my research area largely because of him and his Ph.D student Daniel Noble.


Dr.Richard Peters

Richard is the leader of Animal Behaviour Group at La Trobe University (Australia).He interests in many facets of behaviour and on a range of study organisms. His primary research interests, however, focuses on the structure, function and evolution of animal signals. In 2014, I invited Richard to China and worked with me at Zoige field station for three weeks. We have worked out the methods of digitizing the tail displays and tried animation playback in the field. In 2016, I visited Ricahrd’s lab for three months in Melbourne and worked out more on animation playback and also started a plan for lizard robot making, which will make our signal reserach very novel.


Dr.Daniel Noble

Daniel is an Ph.D student of Martin Whiting, and now works as postdoc at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is particularly interested in sexual signals, the information that they convey and how these signals influence the reproductive success of individuals through mate choice and intrasexual competition. His research is highly integrative and draws on tools from physiology and molecular biology to answer questions in this research area. He also combines observational and experimental work, both in the wild and in the lab. I know him because he is Jinzhong’s master student in Canada, and I invited Daniel to China in 2011 with Martin. He has given me lots of help in experiment design and data analysis using R.


Dr.Bin Lv

Bin Lv is an associate professor at the Chengdu Institut of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is another research asistant of Jinzhong in CIB and we worked in the same office. His research interests focus on phylogenomics and local adaptation. He has many interest discover in amphibian divergence and regeneration. I always need to use molecular data to answer my questions, Lvbin contributes a lot for my molecular methods.

Behavior, ecology and evolution of reptiles and amphibians