Research

Center for Aquatic Biodiversity and Resource Conservation

Research Group of Biological Invasion and Adaptive Evolution

 

 

PI: Prof. CHEN Yifeng, PhD

Academic Advisor: Prof. CHEN Yiyu (CAS member) 

Members: HE Dekui (Ph.D., Associate Scientist) 

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Tel: +86-27-68780808 (Prof. Chen); +86-27-68780115 (Office)
Fax: +86-27-68780808 

General Introduction:  

The Research Group of Biological Invasion and Adaptive Evolution focuses on the ecology and evolution of freshwater fishes, especially on the tracking of nonnative fish species, the relationship between environmental changes and the differentiation of endemic fishes, and the impacts of climate changes on fish ecology and evolution on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP). In recent years, researchers from this group, oriented to the national demands and international scientific frontiers, also performed studies related to the ecological river health evaluation, the systematic planning of protection areas, and the evolution of fish characters.   

Current Research Interests: 

* Biological invasions: Assessing the influence of nonnative fishes on the China’s freshwater fish fauna, surveying nonnative fish species on the QTP, understanding the phenotypic plasticity of nonnative fishes and developing early warning systems. 

* Adaptive evolution: Elucidating life history traits of native fish species on the QTP, studying the response of plateau fish to global changes, and exploring the association between changes in plateau environments and the evolution of fish traits. 

* Biodiversity: Analyzing the temporal and spatial changes in distributions of freshwater fish in China, and assessing the influences of the uplift of the QTP and global climate cooling on the differentiation of fish species. 

* River health evaluation: Understanding the influences of anthropogenic activities on fish distributions and fish communities, conducting researches on the systematic planning of river protections, and developing the method of evaluating river ecosystem health based on fish populations and communities. 

Major Publications (*corresponding author): 

1.  Hao Qiu, YiFeng Chen*. 2009. Age and growth of Schizothorax waltoni in the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Tibet, China. Ichthyological Research, online publication (DOI 10.1007/s10228-009-0096-z) 

2.  Yunzhi YAN, Yifeng CHEN*. 2009. Variations in reproductive strategies between one invasive population and two native populations of Pseudorasbora parva. Current Zoology, 55(1): 5660 

3.  Feng Chen, Yifeng Chen*, Dekui He. 2008. Age and growth of Schizopygopsis younghusbandi younghusbandi in the Yarlung Zangbo River in Tibet, China. Environmental Biology of Fishes, online publication (DOI 10.1007/s10641-008-9370-6) 

4.  Xiuqi Li, Yifeng Chen*, Dekui He, Feng Chen. 2008. Otolith characteristics and age determination of an endemic Ptychobarbus dipogon (Regan, 1905) (Cyprinidae: Schizothoracinae) in the Yarlung Tsangpo River, Tibet. Environmental Biology of Fishes, online publication (DOI 10.1007/s10641-008-9420-0) 

5.  Xiuqi Li, Yifeng Chen*. 2008. Age structure, growth and mortality estimates of an endemic Ptychobarbus dipogon (Regan, 1905) (Cyprinidae: Schizothoracinae) in the Lhasa River, Tibet. Environmental Biology of Fishes, online publication (DOI 10.1007/s10641-008-9371-5) 

6.  FuHua Hao, YiFeng Chen*. 2008. The reproductive traits of brown trout (Salmo trutta fario L.) from the Yadong River, Tibet. Environmental Biology of Fishes, online publication (DOI 10.1007/s10641-008-9363-5) 

7.  Yintao Jia, Yifeng Chen*. 2008. Otolith microstructure of Oxygymnocypris stewartii (Cypriniformes, Cyprinidae, Schizothoracinae) in the Lhasa River in Tibet, China. Environmental Biology of Fishes, online publication (DOI 10.1007/s10641-008-9334-x) 

8.  Jia YJ, Chen YF*, Xie SQ, et al. 2008. Physiological advantages may contribute to successful invasion of the exotic Cyprinus carpio into the Xingyun Lake, China. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 81(4): 457463 

9. YAN Yunzhi, CHEN Yifeng*. 2007. Changes in the life history of Abbottina rivularis in Lake Fuxian. Journal of Fish Biology, 70: 959964 

10.  HE DeKui, CHEN YiFeng*. 2007. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the highly specialized grade schizothoracine fishes (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) inferred from cytochrome b sequences. Chinese Science Bulletin, 52(6): 777788 

11.  Yongxia Chen and CHEN YiFeng*. 2007. Bibarba bibarba: A new genus and species of Cobitinae (Pisces: Cypriniformes: Cobitidae) from Guangxi Province (China). Zoologischer Anzeiger, 246: 103113 

12.  Kun Li, Jing-long Yao, Yi-feng Chen*. 2006. Age and growth of an endemic Cyprinid fish, Spinibarbus yunnanensis, from Lake Fuxian, China. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 21(3): 405409 

13.  He D, Chen Y*. 2006. Biogeography and molecular phylogeny of the genus Schizothorax (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) in China inferred from cytochrome b sequences. Journal of Biogeography, 33: 14481460  

14.  YIFENG CHEN* and YONGXIA CHEN. 2005. Revision of the genus Niwaella in China (Pisces, Cobitidae), with description of two new species. Journal Natural History, 39(19): 16411651 

15.  He Dekui, CHEN Yifeng*, CHEN Yiyu, CHEN Ziming. 2004. Molecular phylogeny of the specialized schizothoracine fishes (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), with their implications for the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Science Bulletin, 49(1): 2948