DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 28 September 1983, Hongze, Jiangsu Province
FIRST DEGREE: Bachelor of Biology (4 year course); Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, Shaanxi Province.
POST-GRADUATE DEGREE: MSc at University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230027, Anhui Province (Completed and degree awarded December 2009)
When I was a Masters student, my research mainly focused on the Swan Goose Anser cygnoides which mainly winters in the Yangtze Floodplain. My work was carried at Shengjin Lake National Nature Reserve, Anhui Province. The focus of my study was to answer why the number of Swan Geese had declined greatly at Shengjin Lake in recent years.
Now my PhD study focuses on herbivore-vegetation interactions and my research title is “Impact of water level, forage quality and quantity on Anatidae distribution”. Explaining and predicting the distribution of individuals is one of the central objectives in ecology, as spatial distribution is an important process in understanding population regulation and stability. It has attracted widespread attention in ecological studies. Since foragers’ spatial distribution is, among other factors, a consequence of adaptive foraging behaviour, it is important to obtain a comprehensive understanding of such spatial distributions through investigating the way in which animals use patches in relation to the availability of food resources. This relationship is what affects the temporal-spatial distribution of organisms, how the organisms are affected, and hence the relationships between the forage and the biotic and abiotic environments are one of the cornerstones of ecological research. Using Anatidae with different body masses, I want to find out how different species distribute themselves and what are the important factors impacting on herbivore-vegetation interactions.
Zhang, Y., Cao, L., Barter, M., et al. 2011. Changing distribution and abundance of Swan Geese Anser cygnoides in the Yangtze River floodplain: the likely loss of a very important wintering site. Bird Conservation International. 21: 36-48.
Cao, L., Zhang, Y., Barter, M. and Lei, G. 2011. Anatidae in eastern China during the non-breeding season: geographical distributions and protection status. Biological Conservation. 143: 650-659.
Fox, A.D., Cao, L., Zhang Y, et al. 2011. Declines in the tuber-feeding waterbird guild at Shengjin Lake National Nature Reserve, China-a barometer of submerged macrophyte collapse. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 21: 82–91.
Fox, A.D., Cao, L., Barter, M., Rees, E.C., Hearn, R., Cong, P.H., Wang, X., Zhang, Y., Dou S.T. and Shao, X.F. 2008. The functional use of East Dongting Lake, China, by wintering geese. Wildfowl 58: 3-19.
Fox, A.D., Hearn, R., Cao, L., Cong, P.H., Wang, X., Zhang, Y., Dou S.T., Shao, X.F., Barter, M. and Rees, E.C. 2008. Preliminary observations of diurnal feeding patterns of Swan Geese Anser cygnoides using two different habitats at Shengjin Lake, Anhui Province, China. Wildfowl 58: 20-30.
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