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     Prof. WANG Ding

    Principal Investigator: Prof. WANG Ding

    Staff

    Prof. Xianfeng Zhang; Associated Professor Kexiong Wang, Drs. Jinsong Zheng, Yujiang Hao, Songhai Li;

    Senior engineers Qingzhong Zhao, Daoquan Chen; Engineers Xin’an Kuang, Weiming Gong, Xiaoqiang Wang; Senior technician Bingfang Yu; Assistant engineers Zhangbing Kou, Kangkang Feng; 10 Ph.D students and 7 M.Sc. students

    General Introduction

    Originally founded in 1978 with the name of “Baiji Dolphin Research Group”, this group was renamed as “Research Group of Conservation Biology of Aquatic Animals” in 2001. The research fields of the group are quite extensive, including animal ecology, animal behavior, bioacoustics, conservation genetics, physiology and reproductive biology, etc. All these dedicate to conservation biology of endangered aquatic animals, such as baiji, finless porpoise, Chinese white dolphin and Chinese alligator etc.

    The group mainly focuses on: internal and external mechanisms of species’ extinction; theoretics and methods of population dynamics monitoring; biology of small population and theoretics for population recovery; and reproductive theoretics and technique for endangered species. It has a 20000 m2of dolphinarium with 6 finless porpoises and a 3000 m2of research building.

    Current on-going projects include: 

     
     

    1. Reproductive theoretics and technique for finless porpoise in captivity and semi-natural condition.

    2. Population dynamics monitoring and habitat conservation of Yangtze cetaceans and Chinese white dolphin in wild.

    3. Conservation genetics of Yangtze cetaceans and Chinese white dolphin.

    4. Endangered mechanism and conservation strategy for finless porpoise and Chinese white dolphin.

    5. Sonar mechanism and behavioural ecology of finless porpoise.

    6. Acoustic communication and vocal behaviour of finless porpoise, Chinese white dolphin, Chinese alligator, giant salamander and seals.

    7. Assessment on hydro-project’s impact on aquatic mammals and conservation strategy.

    Equipments

    A variety of molecular biology equipments, micrograph and recording system, sound recording and analysis system, behaviour recording and data storage system, blood biochemical auto-analysing system, field investigation and data sampling system etc.

     
     Yangtze Freshwater Dolphin Expedition 2006
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    Prof WANG Ding(wangd@ihb.ac.cn)

    Research Group on Conservation Biology of Aquatic Animals

    Institute of Hydrobiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

    7# South Donghu Road, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 430072

    Tel: +86-27-87800371

    Fax: +86-27-87491267

     

    Recent Publications (2005-2008) (*corresponding author):

    Publications in 2005

    1.Akamatsu T., Akihiko M., Shiro S., Wang D., Wang K., Michihiko S., Hiroyuki M., Naoki S., Katsunori O. New stereo acoustic data logger for tagging on free-ranging dolphins and porpoises. Marine Technology Society Journal, 2005, 39(2): 3-9. (SCI)

    2.Akamatsu T., Wang D., Wang K. Off-axis sonar beam pattern of free-ranging finless porpoises measured by a stereo pulse event data logger. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2005, 117(5): 3325-3330. (SCI)

    3.Akamatsu T., Wang D., Wang K., Yasuhiko N. Biosonar behaviour of free-ranging porpoises. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2005, 272: 797-801. (SCI)

    4.Hao Y., Wang D*., Wei Z. et al. Problems and countermeasures in conservation of Tian-E-Zhou oxbow wetland of the Yangtze River. Proceedings of the Sixth National Symposium on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in China, 2005, 319-328. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    5.He S., Wang W., Chen D., Zhao Q., Gong W., Wang D*. Genetic diversity in the Yangtze finless porpoise by RAPD analysis. High Technology Letters, 2005, 11(2): 207-210. (EI)

    6.Hua Y., Shi L., Li H., Zhang X*. Age discrimination of Takifugu obscurus ABE. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 29(3): 279-284.(In Chinese with English abstract).

    7.Li D., Lin G., Zheng J. et al. Preliminary analysis on genetic diversity of two finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) populations with ISSR marker. Journal of Nangchang University (Natural Science), 2005, 29(6): 546-550. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    8.Li H., Zhang X*., Kato H. et al. Age determination and growth of spotted dolphins Stenella attenuate of Pacific coast of Japan. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 2005, 51(3): 476-485. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    9.Li S., Wang K., Wang D*., Akamatsu T. Echolocation signals of the free-ranging Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientialis). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,2005, 117(5): 3288-3296. (SCI)

    10.Li S., Wang K., Wang D*., Akamatsu T. Origin of the double- and multi-pulse structure of echolocation signals in Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientialis). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,2005, 118(6): 3934-3940. (SCI)

    11.Popov V.V*., Supin A.Y*., Wang D*., Wang K*., Xiao J., Li S. Evoked-potential audiogram of the Yangtze finless porpoise Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2005, 117(5): 2728-2731. (SCI)

    12.Wang D. Aquatic animal conservation: challenges and perspectives. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2005, 12(6): 323-324. (SCI)

    13.Wang D., Hao Y., Wang K., Zhao Q., Chen D., Wei Z., Zhang X. The first Yangtze finless porpoise successfully born in captivity. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2005, 12 (5): 247-250. (SCI)

    14.Wang K., Wang D*., Akamatsu T. Bio-logging technology and its applications on aquatic mammals. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2005, 29(1): 91-96. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    15.Wang K., Wang D*., Akamatsu T., Li S., Xiao J. A passive acoustical monitoring method applied to observation and abundance estimation of finless porpoises. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2005, 118(2): 1180-1185. (SCI)

    16.Wang L., Hu H*., Wang D*. Ecological impacts of disconnection from the Yangtze on fish resources in ZhangDu Lake. Resources and Environment in the Yangtze Basin, 2005, 14(3): 287-297. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    17.William E.E., Wang D. Underwater sounds and associated behavior of the Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2005, 29(5): 545-549.

    18.Xia J., Zheng J., Wang D*. Ex situconservation status of an endangered Yangtze finless porpoise population, Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis, as measured from microsatellites and mtDNA diversity. ICES Journal for Marine Science, 2005, 62: 1711-1716. (SCI).

    19.Xia J., Zheng J., Wang D*. Individual identification of the Yangtze finless porpoises Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis inhabiting the Tian-e-Zhou Natural Reserve based on microsatellite finger-prints. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 2005, 51(1): 142-148. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    20.Xia J., Zheng J., Wang D*. Study on the sex-related AFLP marker of the Yangtze finless porpoise. High Technology Letter, 2005, 11(3): 325-328. (EI).

    21.Xia J., Zheng J., Xu L., Wang D*. Parentage determination of an isolated Yangtze finless porpoise population (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) in the Yangtze Tian-e-Zhou Baiji National Natural Reserve based on molecular data.Progress in Natural Science, 2005, 15(2): 149-156. (SCI)

    22.Xiao J., Wang D*. Construction of ethogram of the captive Yangtze finless porpoises Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2005, 29(3): 253-258. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    23.Xiao J., Wang K., Wang D*. Diurnal changes of behavior and respiration of Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) in Captivity. Zoo Biology, 2005, 24: 531-541. (SCI)

    24.Xu L., Wan Q., and Wang D*. DNA extraction from formalin-fixed tissues and genetic diversity of baiji (Lipotes vexillifer).Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2005, 29(3): 272-278. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    25.Yang J., Yin J., Xu H. et al. The ingestion and accumulation of zinc, copper, lead, cadmium and Arsenic in the Yangtze finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2005, 29(5): 557-563. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    26.Zheng J., Xia J., He S., Wang D*. Population genetic structure of the Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis): implications for management and conservation. Biochemical Genetics, 2005, 43: 307-320. (SCI)

    Publications in 2006

    1.Chen D., Hao Y., Zhao Q., Wang D*. Reproductive seasonality and maturity of male Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis in captivity: a case study based on the hormone evidence. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 2006, 39(2): 163-173. (SCI)

    2.Dong W., Xu Y., Wang D*., Hao Y. Mercury concentrations in Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) from eastern Dongting Lake, China. Fresen Environ Bull, 2006, 15(5): 441-447. (SCI)

    3.Du B., Wang D*. C-values of seven marine mammal species determined by flow cytometry. Zoological Science, 2006, 23: 1017-1020. (SCI)

    4.Du B., Wang D*., Zhang X., Guo Z., Zhang J. Genome size determination of Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis). Acta Zoologica Sinica, 2006, 52(4): 731-737. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    5.Hao Y., Wang D*., Zhang X. Review on breeding biology of Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis). Acta Theriologica Sinica, 2006, 26(2): 191-200. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    6.Li S., Wang D*., Wang K., Akamatsu T. Sonar gain control in echolocating finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) in an open water (L). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2006, 120(4): 1803-1806. (SCI)

    7.Popov V.V*., Supin A.Y*., Wang D*., Wang K*. Nonconstant quality of auditory filters in the porpoises, Phocoena phocoena and Neophocaena phocaenoides (Cetacea, Phocoenidae). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2006, 119(5): 3173-3180. (SCI)

    8.Ran C., Long H., Wang D., Yang J*. Serum transferrins of Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) and bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates). Acta Theriologica Sinica, 2006, 26(4): 411-416. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    9.Wang D*., Zhang X., Wang K., Wei Z., Wüsig B., Braulik G.T., Ellis S. Conservation of the baiji: no simple solution. Conservation Biology, 2006, 20(3): 623-625. (SCI)

    10.Wang D., Hao Y. Special subject: a brief introduction of rare aquatic animal species in Hubei Province. Wetlands in Hubei edited by Tuo D. and Liu S., Hubei Science and Technology Press, 2006, 80-89. (In Chinese).

    11.Wang K., Wang D*., Zhang X., Pfluger A., Barrett L. Range-wide Yangtze freshwater dolphin expedition: the last chance to see baiji? Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2006, 16(3): 418-424. (SCI)

    12.Wang K., Wang D., Akamatsu T*., Fujita K., Shiraki R. Estimated detection distance of a baiji’s (Chinese river dolphin, Lipotes vexillifer) whistles using a passive acoustic survey method. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2006, 120(3): 1361-1365. (SCI)

    13.Wang X., Wang D*., Wu X., Wang R., Wang C. Congregative effect of Chinese alligator’s bellowing chorus in mating season and its function in reproduction. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 2006, 52(4): 731-737. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    14.Xiao J., Wang D*. Respiratory pattern of captive Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis). Journal of Ethology, 2006, 24: 205-212. (SCI)

    Publications in 2007

    1.Akamatsu T*., Teilmann J., Miller L.A., Tougaard J., Dietz R., Wang D., Wang K., Siebert U., Naito Y. Comparison of echolocation behaviour between coastal and riverine porpoises. Deep-Sea Research , 2007, 54: 290-297. (SCI)

    2.Chen P. An Unusual Working Experience of Fifty Years in the Yangtze River: Professor Chen Peixun and Her Studies on Chinese River Dolphin. Ocean Press, 2007. (In Chinese).

    3.Du B., Zhang X., Fang S., Wang D*. Construction and characterization of a lipotes vexillifer genomic DNA BAC library. Zoological Science, 2007, 24: 401-407. (SCI)

    4.Guo Z., Zhao Q., Zhang X*. Diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a Yangtze finless porpoise. Acta Theriologica Sinica, 2007, 27(1): 86-91. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    5.Hao Y., Chen D., Zhao Q., Wang D*. Serun concentrations of gonadotropins and steroid hormones of Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis in middle and lower regions of the Yangtze River. Theriogenology, 2007, 67(4): 673-680. (SCI)

    6.Kimura S., Akamatsu T., Wang D., Wang K., and Li S. Monitoring local migration of Yangtze finless porpoises by acoustic gate. Journal of the Marine Acoustics Society of Japan, 2007, 34 (4): 40-45.

    7.Li S., Wang D*., Wang K., Akamatsu T., Ma Z., Han J. Echolocation click sounds from wild inshore finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides sunameri) with comparisons to the sonar of riverine N. p. asiaeorientalis. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2007, 121(6): 3938-3946. (SCI)

    8.Li S., Wang D*., Wang K., Xiao J., Akamatsu T. The ontogeny of echolocation in a Yangtze finless porpoise (Noephocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) (L). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2007, 122(2): 715-718. (SCI)

    9.Turvey S.T. , Pitman R.L., Taylor B.L, Barlow J., Akamatsu T., Barrett L.A., Zhao X., Reeves R.R., Stewart B.S., Wang K., Wei Z., Zhang X., Pusser L.T., Richlen M., Brandon J.R., Wang D*. First human-caused extinction of a cetacean species? Biology Letters, 2007, 3(5): 537-540. (SCI)

    10.Wang D, Wang K. Save the last survivals of the Baiji. Chinese Journal of Nature, 2007, 29(2): 115-118. (In Chinese).

    11.Wang D. The protection of the diversity of Yangtze River’s aquatic animals. Taking Stock of Integrated River Basin Management in China edited by Chen Y. et al. Science Press, 2007, 396-406. (In Chinese).

    12.Wang K., Peng J., Wang D*., Xiao J. A quantitative assessment of dominance relations among the captive Yangtze finless porpoises. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2007, 31(3): 107-114. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    13.Wang X., Wang D*., Wu X., Wang R., Wang C. Acoustic signals of Chinese alligators (Alligator sinensis): Social communication. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2007, 121(5): 2984-2989. (SCI)

    14.Wei Q., Wang D., Wang L. The protection of the diversity of Yangtze River’s aquatic animals. Yangtze Conservation and Development Report. Changjiang Press, 2007, 90-113. (In Chinese).

    15.Wei Z. The Legend of the Yangtze River’s Endangered Animals. Hubei Science and Technology Press, 2007. (In Chinese).

    Publications in 2008

    1.Akamatsu T., Wang D., Wang K., Li S., Dong S., Zhao X., Barlow J., Stewart B.S., Richlen M. Estimation of the detection probability for Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocoena phocoenoides asiaeorientalis) with a passive acoustic method. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2008, 123: 4403-4411. (SCI)

    2.Gao B., Zhang X., Wang X. In a Twinkling: Keeping the Endangered Animals in the Yangtze with Lens. Science Press. Beijing, 2008. (In Chinese).

    3.Li S., Akamatsu T., Wang D*., Wang K., Dong S., Zhao X., Wei Z., Zhang X., Taylor B., Barrett L.A., Turvey S.T., Reeves R.R., Stewart B.S., Richlen M., Brandon J.R. Indirect evidence of boat avoidance behavior of Yangtze finless porpoises. Bioacoustics- The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording, 2008, 17: 174-176.

    4.Li S., Wang K., Wang D*., Dong S., Akamatsu T. Simultaneous production of low-and high-frequency sounds by neonatal finless porpoises (L). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2008, 124: 716-718. (SCI)

    5.Lin G, Hao Y, Wang D*. Determination of serum amino acid concentration in free-ranging and captive Yangtze finless porpoise. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2008, 32(2): 244-251.(In Chinese with English abstract).

    6.Müller B*., Berg M., Yao Z., Zhang X., Wang D., Pfluger A. How polluted is the Yangtze River? Water quality downstream from the Three Gorges Dam. Science of the Total Environment, 2008, 402: 232-247. (SCI)

    7.Wang D., Wang K. The Loss of the Yangtze Dolphin. Phoenix Science Press. Nanjing, 2008. (In Chinese).

    8.Wang K., Akamatsu T., Wang D*. Recent advances in bio-logging science and technology in Asia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2008, 15(3):173-175. (SCI)

    9.Yang F., Zhang Q., Xu Y*., Jiang G., Wang Y., Wang D. Preliminary hazard assessment of polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and plochlorinated pibenzo-p-dooxins and pibenzofurans to Yangtze finless porpoises in Dongting Lake, China. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2008, 27(4): 991-996. (SCI)

    10.Zhao X., Barlow J., Taylor B.L., Pitman R.L., Wang K., Wei Z., Stewart B.S., Turvey S.T., Akamatsu T., Reeves R.R., Wang D*. Abundance and conservation status of the Yangtze finless porpoise in the Yangtze River, China. Biological Conservation, 2008, 141: 3006-3018. (SCI)

    11.Zheng J, Liao X, Tong J, Wang D*. A pilot study on isolation of microsatellite DNA in the Yangtze finless porpoise. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 2008, 32(1): 18-24. (In Chinese with English abstract).

    12.Zheng J., Liao X., Tong J., Du H., Milinkovitch M.C., Wang D*. Development and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis). Conservation Genetics, 2008, 9: 1007-1009. (SCI)

    Honors and Patents

    1.Chen P., et al. 1987. “Studies on Rearing Biology of Baiji”(Second Grade Prize of the Advanced Science and Technology Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)

    2.Chen P., et al. 1988. “The Population Status and Conservation of Baiji” (Second Grade Prize of the Advanced Science and Technology Award of Hubei Province)

    3. Chen P., et al. 1989. “The Population Status and Conservation of Baiji” (Third Grade Prize of the Advanced Science and Technology Award of Hubei Province)

    4. Wei Z., Gong W. 2004. “Award of Ford Automobile Environmental Protection” (National Bureau of Environmental Protection and Corporation of Ford Automobile)

    5. Zhang X. 2004. “Environmental Protection Ambassador” of Wuhan City (Wuhan Bureau of Environment Protection)

    6. Wang K. 2007. “Annual Award for Outstanding Ecology Research”(SEE/TNC)

    7.Wang D., et al. 2008. Ex situ Conservation of Yangtze Finlesss Porpoise (First Grade Prize of the Advanced Science and Technology Award of Hubei Province)

    8.Zhang X., 2006. Participating in writing “Occupational Standards of Aquatic Mammals Trainer” (National Department of Labor and Social Security)

    9.Zhang X., Li H., Gong W. 2004. Patent name: Dyeing method of Odontoceti’s dental slice (patent number: ZL 02 1 15578.X, international patent number: G01N 1/30)

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