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Research group: Avian ecology and evolution
Time:2017-10-20 Views:

Research interests: The research interests encompass bird community ecology, population genetics, and bird diversity conservation by field survey and molecular technique, mainly includes:
(1) Forest bird community assembly and succession, especially want to explain what factor driver forest bird community assembly. We are interested in using mixed-species flocks as model system very much. We have surveyed forest bird community and collected samples of bird species richness and abundance, louse samples, malaria samples, in South China including Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Jianxi, Hunan, Yunnan etc.These studies will benefit forest biodiversity conservation.
(2) Mangrove and coastal wetland avian diversity, particular focus on bird migratory dynamic and response to climate changes and rare species conservation.
(3) Molecular phylogeny and population genetics of passerine, particularly focus on babbler species. We have sequenced many species, such as Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulaxmonileger), Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush (Garrulaxpectoralis), Black-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulaxchinensis), Grey-cheeked Fulvetta (Alcippemorrisonia), Red-flanked Bush Robin (Tarsigercyanurus).

E-mail: zoufs@giabr.gd.cn
Address: 105 Xingang West Road, Guangzhou 510260, China.

Research People:
Principal Investigator: Fasheng Zou
Associate Professor: Qiang Zhang:
Assistant Professor: Min Zhang, Xueli Lu
Research Assistant: Xincai Wang, Xingzhi Chu
Postdoctor: Qing Quan, Xuebing Zhao
Present students:
PhD candidate: XianliChe
Master candidate: Wangming Li, Quanwen Zhang, DaojianChen (co-superviser with Professor TailinYu), JiamiXie (co-superviser with Professor YouguiPeng), Kaixing Chen,Xuan Tang (co-superviser with Professor Yi Wu).


Laboratory Alumni
Hui Li, Qiang Zhang (associate professor in Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources), Junhui Huang, Hongmin Fan, Site Luo (PhD candidate in Xiamen Univeristy, co-superviser with Professor Qing Chang), Sihai Yan (co-superviser with Professor Zhengwang Zhang), Jianyun Gao (Research Assistant in KunmingInstitute of Zoology, CAS, co-superviser with Professor Zhaolu Wu), Dongdong Su (Research Assistant in Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, co-superviser with Professor Zhaolu Wu),Yanhua Zhang (PhD candidate in Sun Yet-sen University), Zhanghai Xi (co-superviser with Professor Dongmei Wan).


Achievement Awards
1.The third prize of progress of science and technology of Guangdong province as the fouth accomplisher for “Artificial Breeding of Silver Pheasant” in 1997.
2.The third prize of progress of science and technology of Guangdong province as the first accomplisher for “Wetland Resource Survey and Study of Hainan Island” in 2006.
3.The two prize of progress of science and technology of Guangdong province as the first accomplisher for “Biological Study and Application on the Wild Terrestrial Vertebrate of Guandong” in 2016.


1.One method on artificial rearingof Spinosa(Rana spinosa)tadpole (201010505305.X).
2.One method on breeding of Siberian Tree Frog (Rana amurensis) in North Guangdong (200810027085.7).
3.One method on young frog artificial rearing of Siberian Tree Frog (Rana amurensis) in North Guangdong (200910193320.2).


1.QuanQ.,CheX. L., Wu Y. J.,Wu Y. C., Zhang Q., Zhang M.,Zou F. S*. Effectiveness of protected areas for vertebrates based on taxonomic andphylogenetic diversity. Conservation Biology, 2017, doi: 10.1111/cobi.12986.
2.Zhang Q., Hong Y. M., Zou F. S.*, Zhang M., Lee T. M., Song X. J., Rao J. T. Avian responses to an extreme ice storm are determined by a combination of functional traits, behavioral adaptations and habitat modifications. Scientific Reports, 2016, 6, 22344; doi: 10.1038/srep22344 (2016).
3.Zhang Q., Wu J. P., Sun Y. X., Zhang M., Mai B. X., Mo L., Lee T. M., Zou F. S*. Do bird assemblages predict susceptibility by e-waste pollution? A comparative study based on species- and guild-dependent responses in China agroecosystems. PLoS ONE, 2015, 10(3): e0122264. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122264.
4.Zhang Y. H., Wu Y. C., Zhang Q., Su D. D., Zou F. S*. Prevalence patterns of avian Plasmodium and Haemoproteus parasites and the influence of host relative abundance in Southern China. PLoS ONE, 2014, 9(6): e99501. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099501
5.Luo S. T., Wu Y. C., Chang Q., Liu Y., Yang X. J., Zhang Z. W., Zhang M., Zhang Q., Zou F. S*. Deep Phylogeographic divergence of a migratory passerine in Sino-Himalayan and Siberian forests: the Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsigercyanurus) complex. Ecology and Evolution, 2014, doi: 10.1002/ece3.967.
6.Zou F. S., Yang Q. F., Lin Y. B.,Xu G. L., Greenberg R. Bird community comparisons of four plantations and conservation concerns in South China. Integreated Zoology, 2014, 9: 98-107.
7.Gao J. Y., Wu Z. L., Su D. D., Zhong P. S., Peng Y. S., Zou F. S*. Observations on breeding behavior of the White-eared Night Heron (Gorsachiusmagnificus) in northern Guangdong, China. Chinese Birds, 2013, 4 (3): 253-259.
8.McKay B. D., Mays H. L., Wu Y. C., Li H., Yao C. T., Nishiumi I., Zou F. S*. An empirical comparison of character-based and coalescent-based approaches to species delimitation in a young avian complex. Molecular Ecology, 2013, 22: 4943-4957.
9.Zhang Q., Han R. C., Huang Z. L., Zou F. S*. Linking vegation structure and bird organization: response of mixed-species bird flocks of forest succession in southern China. Biodiversity and Conservation, 2013, 22:1965-1989.
10.Li S. N., Zou F. S*., Zhang Q., Sheldon F. H. Species richness and guild composition in rubber plantations compared to secondary forest on Hainan Island, China. Agroforestry systems. 2013, 87:1117-1182.
11.Zhang M., Cheong K. T., Leong K. F., Zou F. S*.Effect of traffic noise on black-faced spoonbills in the Taipa-Coloane Wetland Reserve, Macao. Wildlife Research, 2012. 39:603-610.
12.Wu Y. C., Huang J. H., Zhang M., Luo S. T., Zhang Y. H., Lei F. M., Frederick H. S., Zou F. S*.Genetic divergence and population demography of the Hainan endemic Black-throated Laughingthrush (Aves: Timaliidae, Garrulaxchinensismonachus) and adjacent mainland subspecies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2012, 65:482-489.
13.Zou F. S., Chen G. Z., Yang Q. F., Li Y. D. Bird species richness along an elevational gradient in forest at Jianfengling, Hainan Island, China. Zoological Studies, 2012, 51(3):362-371.
14.Wu Y. C., Li H., Zou F. S.*, Hsu Y. C. Lineages differentiation and population structure of the light-vented bulbul Pycnonotussinensisin China based on mitochondrial DNA and microsatellite analysis. Integreated Zoology, 2011, 6:387-398.
15.Zou F. S., Chen G. Z., Yang Q. F. & Fellowes, J. R. Composition of mixed-species flocks and shifts in foraging location of flocking species at Hainan Island, China. Ibis, 2011, 153:269-278.
16.Zhang Q., Han R. C. &Zou F. S*. Effects of artificial afforestation and successional stage on a lowland forest bird community in southern China. Forest Ecology and Management, 2011, 261:1738-1749.
17.Zou F. S., Chen G. Z., Yang Q. F. Impact of abundance, activity height and light intensity on capture number of birds in mist netting. Chinese Birds, 2010, 1(4): 221-229.
18.Zou F. S., Zhang H. H., Dahmer T., Yang Q. F., Cai J. X., Zhang W., Liang C. Y. The Effect of benthos and wetland area on shorebird abundance and species richness in coastal mangrove wetland of Leizhou Peninsula, China. Forest Ecology and Management, 2008,255:3813-3818 (SCI)
19.Zou, F. S., Lim, H. C., Marks, B., Moyle, R. G., Sheldon, F. H. Molecular phylogenetic analysis of the Grey-cheeked Fulvetta (Alcippemorrisonia) of China and Indochina: A case of remarkable genetic divergence in a “species”. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2007, 44:165-174.
20.Zou, F. S., Yang, Q. F., Dahmer, T., Cai, J.X., Zhang, W. Habitat use of waterbirds in coastal wetland on Leizhou Peninsula, China. Waterbirds, 2006,29(4):459-464.


1.Fasheng Zou, 2005, Wetland in Hainan Island, GuangdongScience & Technology Press.
2.Fasheng Zou, 2010, Birds of Macao. Department of Gardens and Green Areas, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macao Special Administrative Region.
3.Fasheng Zou, 2016, The Checklist and Distribution of Amphibian, Reptile, Bird, Mammal in Guangdong, GuangdongScience & Technology Press.




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