Center for Aquatic Biodiversity and Resource Conservation

Research Group of Biological Invasion and Adaptive Evolution



PI: Prof. CHEN Yifeng, PhD

Academic Advisor: Academician CHEN Yiyu 

Faculty Members: SUI Xiaoyun, JIA Yintao, LIU Chunlong, FENG Xiu, ZHU Ren 

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Tel: +86-27-68780928 (Prof. Chen); +86-27-68780808; +86-27-68780189

+86-27-68780115 (Student Office)

General Introduction:   

The Research Group focuses on the ecology and evolution of freshwater fishes, especially on the monitoring of nonnative fish species, the relationship between environmental changes and the differentiation of endemic fishes, and the impacts of climate changes on fish on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP). In recent years, researchers from this group, orienting 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. 

Main Research Directions:  

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

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

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

(4) 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:

1. Liu, C., Diagne, C., Angulo, E., Banerjee, A.-K., Chen, Y., Cuthbert, R.N., …, Courchamp F. Economic costs of biological invasions in Asia. Neobiota, 2021, 67: 53-78. 

2. Jia, Y., Jiang, Y., Liu, Y., Sui, X., Feng, X., Zhu, R., Chen, Y. Understanding trophic structure variation in fish assemblages of subtropical shallow lakes: Combined effects of ecosystem size, productivity, and disturbance. Ecological Indicators, 2021, 129: 107924. 

3. Zhang, C., Zhu, R., Sui, X., Li, X., Chen, Y. Understanding patterns of taxonomic diversity, functional diversity, and ecological drivers of fish fauna in the Mekong River. Global Ecology and Conservation, 2021, 28: e01711. 

4. Jia, Y., Jiang, Y., Liu, Y., Sui, X., Feng, X., Zhu, R., Li, K., Chen, Y. Unravelling fish community assembly in shallow lakes: Insights from functional and phylogenetic diversity. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 2021, DOI: 10.1007/s11160-021-09688-2. 

5. Jia, Y., Jiang, Y., Liu, Y., Sui, X., Feng, X., Zhu, R., Chen, Y. Understanding invasion success of Pseudorasbora parva in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Insights from life-history and environmental filters. Science of the Total Environment, 2021, 694:133739. 

6. Ding, C., He, D., Chen, Y., Jia, Y., Tao, J. Otolith microstructure analysis based on wild young fish and its application in confirming the first annual increment in Tibetan Gymnocypris selincuoensis. Fisheries Research, 2020, 221: 105386. 

7. Sun, H., He, D., Sui, X., Chen, Y. Predicting impacts of future climate change and hydropower development towards habitats of native and non-native fishes. Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 707: 135419. 

8. Chen, K., Jia, Y., Xiong, X., Sun, H., Zhu, R., Chen, Y. Integration of taxonomic distinctness indices into the assessment of headwater streams with a high altitude gradient and low species richness along the upper Han River. Ecological Indicators, 2020, 112: 101106. 

9. Jia, Y., Sui, X., Chen, Y., He, D. Climate change and spatial distribution shaped the life-history traits of schizothoracine fishes on the Tibetan Plateau and its adjacent areas. Global Ecology and Conservation, 2020, 22: e01041. 

10. Zhang, C., Zhu, R., Sui, X., Chen, K., Li, B., Chen, Y. Ecological use of vertebrate surrogate species in ecosystem conservation. Global Ecology and Conservation, 2020, 24: e01344. 

11. Feng, X., Chen, Y., Sui, X., Chen, Y. The complete mitochondrial genome of Triplophysa sellaefer (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 2019, 4(1): 536-537. 

12. Feng, X., Chen, Y., Sui, X., Chen, Y. The complete mitochondrial genome of Triplophysa cuneicephala (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae) with phylogenetic consideration. Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 2019. 4(1): 1239-1240. 

13. Jia, Y., Liu, Y., Chen, K., Sun, H., Chen, Y. Climate, habitat and human disturbance driving the variation of life-history traits of the invasive goldfish Carassius auratus (Linnaeus, 1758) in a Tibetan Plateau river. Aquatic Invasions, 2019, 14(4): 724-737. 

14. Feng, X., Jia, Y., Zhu, R., Chen, K., Chen, Y. Characterization and analysis of the transcriptome in Gymnocypris selincuoensis on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau using single-molecule. DNA Research, 2019, 26(4): 353-363. 

15. Liu, C., Comte, L., Xian, W., Chen, Y., Olden, J. D. Current and projected future risks of freshwater fish invasions in China. Ecography, 2019, 42:2074–2083.  

16. Tao, J., Kennard, M. J., Jia, Y., Chen, Y. Climate-driven synchrony in growth-increment chronologies of fish from the world's largest high-elevation river. Science of The Total Environment, 2018, 645: 339-346. 

17. Feng, X., He, D., Sui, X., Chen, Y., Chen, Y. Morphological and genetic divergence between lake and river populations of Triplophysa in Ngangtse Co, Tibet. Mitochondrial DNA Part A, 2018, 29(5): 778-784. 

18. Liu, C., Comte, L., Olden, J. D. Heads you win, tails you lose: Lifehistory traits predict invasion and extinction risk of the world's freshwater fishes. Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst, 2017, 1-7. 

19. Liu, C., He D., Chen Y., Olden J. D. Species invasions threaten the antiquity of China’s freshwater fish fauna. Diversity and Distributions, 2017, 23:556–566. 

20. Liang, Y., He, D., Jia, Y., Sun, H., Chen, Y. Phylogeographic studies of schizothoracine fishes on the central Qinghai-Tibet Plateau reveal the highest known glacial microrefugia. Scientific Reports, 2017, 8: 1-9. 

21. Tao, J., He, D., Kennard, M. J. Strong evidence for changing fish reproductive phenology under climate warming on the Tibetan Plateau. Global Change Biology, 2017, 24:2093-2103.  

22. Sui, X., Chen, Y. Lu, Z. Chen, Y. A bibliometric analysis of research papers related to the Mekong River. Scientometrics, 2015, 105(1): 419-434. 

23. Xiong, W., Sui, X., Liang, S., Chen, Y. Non-native freshwater fish species in China. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 2015, 25(4): 651-687.