Center for Aquatic Biodiversity and Resource Conservation

Research Group of Fish Ecology and Resources Conservation



PI: Prof. LIU Huanzhang, PhD 

Members: Wenxuan Cao (Professor, Academician), Jianwei Wang (Professor), Hong Cao(Professor), Zhonghua Duan (Associate professor), Xin Gao (Associate professor), Futie Zhang (Associate professor),Yong Long (Associate professor), Yongfeng He (Associate professor), Dan Yu (Associate professor), Qing Li, Shengguo Dan, Mingzheng Li, Pengcheng Lin, Tao Chang, Guili Song, Chunling Wang. 

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General Introduction:    

The Research Group of Fish Ecology and Resources Conservation conducts long-term researches on fish ecology and conservation biology in the Yangtze River Basin. Its research interests lie in fish biology, population ecology, community ecology, conservation genetics, toxicology, etc. It also pays attention to the application of new theories, such as metacommunity and regime shift, and new techniques, such as environmental DNA, hydroacoustics and remote sensing.   

What’s more, our group also study fish behavior and fish evolutionary biology, innate immunity in response to viral infection, and try to demonstrate the molecular mechanisms of temperature tolerance in fish.  

Current Research Interests:   

* Reproductive environmental conditions, population dynamics, population genetic diversity and mating strategies of rare fish like Chinese sturgeon  

* Reproductive status and environmental conditions of the four Chinese major carps in the Yangtze River  

* Influence of the Three Gorges Project and other large dams on the fish in the Yangtze River and conservation measures  

* Mechanism of fish community assembly in the huge lakes connected to the main stream and ecological restoration for the disconnected lakes in the middle-lower Yangtze River basin.   

* Structure, function and process of the Chishui river ecosystem, basic biological traits and ecological evolutionary dynamics of the endemic fish in the upper Yangtze  

* Artificial reproduction and population restoration of the endemic fish in the upper Yangtze  

* Effects of environmental changes on fish community  

* Researches on Gobiocypris rarus, a small cyprinid fish and an experimental animal endemic to China, including the cultivation of various strains, environmental chemical tests and response mechanism, genetic manipulation of gene function, etc.  

* Molecular mechanisms of innate immunity in response to virus infection in fish.  

* Origin and evolution of East Asian freshwater fishes 

* The molecular regulatory mechanism of cold resistance in fish.  

Recent Publications:  

1. Qin X., Lin P., Li S., Wang X, Guo Z., Liu, H. Length–weight and length–length relationships of 26 fish species from the Yiluo River, a tributary of the Yellow River, China. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2017, 33(6):1270-1273.  

2. Wang T., Gao X., Ivan, J., Liu, H. Life tables and elasticity analyses of Yangtze River fish species with implications for conservation and management. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 2017, 27:255-266.  

3. Chang T., Lin P., Gao X., Liu F., Duan Z., Liu, H. Using adaptive resolution imaging sonar to investigate Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis Gray, 1835) behaviour on its only spawning ground in the Yangtze River. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 2017, 33(4): 681-688.   

4. Chang T., Gao X., Danley P. D., Lin P., Li M., Liu, H. Longitudinal and temporal water temperature patterns in the Yangtze River and its influence on spawning of the Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis Gray 1835). River Research and Applications, 2017, 33:144-145.   

5. Xiong X., Luo S., Wu B., Wang J. Comparative Developmental Toxicity and Stress Protein Responses of Dimethyl Sulfoxide to Rare Minnow and Zebrafish Embryos/Larvae. Zebrafish, 2017, 14(1): 60-68.  

6. Qin, X., Wang, T., Lin, P., Wang, X., Liu, H. Age, growth, mortality and movement patterns of shortjaw tapertail anchovy, Coilia brachygnathus, in the channel connecting Dongting Lake and the Yangtze River in central China. Aquatic Living Resources, 2018, 31, 3.   

7. Gong, Z., Lin, P., Liu, F., Liu, H. Exostoma tibetana, a new glyptosternine catfish from the lower Yarlung Tsangpo River drainage in southeastern Tibet, China (Siluriformes: Sisoridae). Zootaxa, 2018, 4527(3), 392-402.   

8. Gong, Z., Freyhof, J., Wang, J, Liu, M., Liu, F., Lin, P., Jiang, Y., Liu, H. Two new species of Garra (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from the lower Yarlung Tsangpo River drainage in southeastern Tibet, China. Zootaxa, 2018, 4532(3), 367-384.   

9. Wang, H., Wang, T., Li, W., Liu, H. The genetic diversity, individual relatedness and possible mating system of an isolated population of the Cyprinid species Megalobrama pellgrini in upper reaches of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River, China. Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 2018, 37(3), 1042-1050.   

10. Shi, L., Zhang, C., Wang, Y., Tang, Q., Danley, P., Liu, H. Evolutionary relationships of two balitorids (Cypriniformes, Balitoridae) revealed by comparative mitogenomics. Zoologica Scripta, 2018, 47(3), 300-310.  

11. Zhang, F., Liu, F., Qin, Q., Liu, H., Cao, W., Gao, X. Diet composition and trophic guild structure of fish assemblage in headwaters of the Chishui River, a tributary of the upper Yangtze River, China. Environmental biology of fishes, 2018, 101(8), 1235-1248.  

12. Lin, P., Liu, F., Li, M., Gao, X., Liu H. Spatial pattern of fish assemblages along the river-reservoir gradient caused by the Three Gorge Reservoir (TGR). 水生生物学报, 2018, 42(6), 1124-1134.  

13. Lin, P., Gao, X., Liu, F., Li, M., Liu, H. Long-term monitoring revealed fish assemblage zonation in the Three Gorges Reservoir. Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 2019, 37(4): 1258-1267.   

14. Gao, X., Fujiwara, M., Winemiller, K. O., Lin, P., Li, M., Liu, H. Regime shift in fish assemblage structure in the Yangtze River following construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Scientific Reports, 2019, 9(1), 4212.   

15. Wang, T., Fujiwara, M., Gao, X., Liu, H. Minimum viable population size and population growth rate of freshwater fishes and their relationships with life history traits. Scientific reports, 2019, 9(1), 3612.   

16. Qin, X., Gong, Z., Liu, H. Lateral migration of fish between China’s second largest freshwater lake (Dongting Lake) and the mainstem of the Yangtze River. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 2019, 102: 527-539.   

17. Ma, Q., Li, M., Qin, X., Liu, H., Cao, W. Ichthyoplankton recruitment from mainstream of the Changjiang River into the Dongting Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in China. Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 2019, 37(3), 1090-1101.   

18. Liu, F., Wang, X., Wang, M., Liu, H., Wang, J. Diet partitioning and trophic guild structure of fish assemblages in Chishui River, the last undammed tributary of the upper Yangtze River, China. River Research and Applications. 2019, 35: 1530-1539.   

19. Zhai, D., Li, W., Liu, H., Cao, W., Gao, X. Genetic diversity and temporal changes of an endemic cyprinid fish species, Ancherythroculter nigrocauda, from the upper reaches of Yangtze River. Zoological research. 2019, 40(5): 427-438.   

20. Liu, F., Wang, J., Liu, H. Seasonal variations in food resource partitioning among four sympatric gudgeon species in the upper Yangtze River. Ecology and Evolution, 2019, 9(12), 7227.   

21. Zhai, D., Zhang, Z., Zhang, F., Liu, H., Cao, W., Gao, X. Genetic diversity and population structure of a cyprinid fish (Ancherythroculter nigrocauda) in a highly fragmented river. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 2019, 35(3), 701-708.   

22. Zhang, F., Liu, F., Gao, X., Liu, H., Zhang, X., Wang, X., Cao, W. Feeding ecology of Acrossocheilus yunnanensis (Regan, 1904), a dominant fish in the headwaters of the Chishui River, a tributary of the Yangtze River. Iranian Journal of Fisheries Sciences, 2020, 19(5), 2688-2704.  

23. Xiong X., Li H., Qiu N., Su L., Huang Z., Song L., Wang J. Bioconcentration and depuration of cadmium in the selected tissues of rare minnow (Gobiocypris rarus) and the effect of dietary mulberry leaf. Environment Toxicology and Parmacology, 2020.  

24. Chang, T., Gao, X., Liu, H. Potential hydrological regime requirements for spawning success of the Chinese sturgeon Acipenser sinensis in its present spawning ground of the Yangtze river. Ecohydrology, 2021, e2339.  

25. Qin, Q., Zhang, F., Liu, F., Wang, C., Liu, H. Food web structure and trophic interactions revealed by stable isotope analysis in the midstream of the Chishui River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, China. Water, 2021, 13, 195.   

26. Zhang, C., Li, Z., Chang, T., Gao, X., Liu, H., Cao, X. The interaction processes of the fish assemblages between the Yangtze river and Poyang lake, China. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 2021, 00: 1-10.  

27. Li, W., Zhai, D., Wang, C., Gao, X., Liu, H., Cao, W. Relationships among trophic niche width, morphological variation, and genetic diversity of Hemiculter Leucisculus in China. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2021, 9: 691218.   

28. Liu, F., Lin, P., Liu, H., Wang, J. Spatial and seasonal patterns of fish assemblages in mountain streams of the Ren river, southwest China. Ecology and Evolution, 2021, 11: 11323-11332.   

29. Hu, X., Li, H., Lin, Y., Wang, Z., Feng, H., Zhou, M., Shi, Li., Cao, H., Ren, Y. Genomic deciphering of sex determination and unique immune system of a potential model species rare minnow (Gobiocypris rarus). SCIENCE ADVANCES, 2022, 8: eabl7253.