My primary research tanlent is animal behavioral ecology and evolution. I mainly use lizard as model system to answer questions around animal social interactions, communications, local adaptations and evolution.The streamline of my research generally starts from social interaction, then I would focus on methods of animals maintaining their specific social dominance, such as aggression and signal. I would use playback and field mark-recapture methods to figure out the functions 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