Yifei Jia

Yifei Jia
Beijing Forestry University · School of ecology and Nature Conservation

PhD

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Introduction
Waterbird ecology (behavior, migration, habitat selection, population dynamic, etc.); Modeling the relationship (environment and waterbirds, environment and vegetation, habitat and waterbirds, etc.); Assessment the Wetland system service and function; Wetland management. Focus on Cranes and Shorebirds.
Education
September 2009 - January 2014
Beijing Forestry University
Field of study
  • Wetland ecology

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Publications (45)
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1. Poyang Lake is the largest freshwater lake in China and is of global importance for the conservation of migratory waterbirds of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway. Recent dam construction on the Yangtze River and its tributaries for agriculture and hydroelectric power has affected the hydrological regimes in downstream lakes. The Three Gorges...
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In the last 15 years, the west population of white-naped crane (Antigone vipio) decreased dramatically despite the enhanced conservation actions in both breeding and wintering areas. Recent studies highlighted the importance of protecting the integrity of movement connectivity for migratory birds. Widespread and rapid landcover changes may exceed t...
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The study of habitat selection and diet has a long history in ecology. This is often used to assess the functional roles of wetland in biodiversity conservation. Shifting habitat and diet may be one of the survival strategies during extremely adverse conditions. Therefore, sudden changes in habitat selection may indicate the deterioration of the ha...
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As natural wetlands are degrading worldwide, artificial wetlands can operate as a substitute to provide waterbirds with refuge, but they cannot replace natural wetlands. Reservoirs, one of the most common artificial wetlands in China, can be of great importance to waterbirds. Miyun reservoir in Beijing, China, has undergone a process similar to a n...
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Climate change has become an important cause of the loss of bird habitat and changes in bird migration and reproduction. The lesser white-fronted goose (Anser erythropus) has a wide range of migratory habits and is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. In this study, the distribution of suitable...
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Leizhou Bay in Guangdong Province is the most important wintering site in China for the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers ( Calidris pygmaea ). As food is usually a strong predictor of presence, in the winters of 2019-2022 we studied arthropod food resources and diet on the intertidal mudflats at the Tujiao and Hebei mudflats in Leizhou...
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By combining satellite tracking, land-cover extracted from Landsite 8 images, and the traditional stable isotope analysis, we studied the habitat selection and food preference of a vulnerable migratory waterbird, the White-naped Cranes (Grus vipio), in one of its key stagging sites, the Shandian River Basin in the semi-arid northern China, to provi...
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There are many challenges in biodiversity conservation, especially for migratory waterbirds because their survival depends on the availability of a suite of interconnected sites at different stages of their annual cycle. Due to habitat loss and degradation, the population of Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri), a migratory diving-duck, has declined to an...
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The middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River are the most important areas for geese to overwinter in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway, where about 180,000 geese fly to overwinter each year. Over the past 20 years, the region has experienced extensive and rapid land cover changes that may have exceeded the adaptability of geese, and have led...
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Estimates of migratory waterbirds population provide the essential scientific basis to guide the conservation of coastal wetlands, which are heavily modified and threatened by economic development. New equipment and technology have been increasingly introduced in protected areas to expand the monitoring efforts, among which video surveillance and o...
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Estimates of migratory waterbirds population provide the essential scientific basis to guide the conservation of coastal wetlands, which are heavily modified and threatened by economic development. New equipment and technology have been increasingly introduced in protected areas to expand the monitoring efforts, among which video surveillance and o...
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Migratory waterbirds concentrated in freshwater ecosystems in mosaic environments rely on quality habitats for overwintering. At West Dongting Lake National Nature Reserve (WDLNNR), China, land-use change and hydrology alternation are compounding factors that have affected important wintering areas for migratory waterbirds. Presently, changes in th...
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Studies of algal bloom early warning systems have rarely paid attention to the dynamics of excessive proliferation of phytoplankton (EPP), which occurs prior to algal blooms, or to the sensitivity of a lake to EPP based on multiple environmental factors. In this study, we investigated EPP dynamics in large lakes and identified major factors that in...
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Background In the past decades, birdwatching as a hobby developed rapidly and produced ample scientific records that have aided conservation efforts. Therefore, it is increasingly attractive to promote avian research by providing data from birdwatching. Methods We compared records from 16 years of community birdwatching and a 1-year formalized bir...
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• The decline of submerged macrophytes in shallow lakes and wetlands has cascade effects on regional and global biodiversity. In the last two decades, the rapid disappear of macrophyte beds in the floodplain lakes of the middle lower Yangtze River has become a great concern for the ecological security of the region. • This study aims to quantify th...
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Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers Calidris pygmaea migrate from their breeding grounds in Arctic and subarctic Russia along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway to winter in coastal habitats in south-east Asia. To describe the use of migration stopover and wintering sites during the post-breeding migration, we tracked six adults equipped...
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In this study, we explored different methods to build methane emissions prediction models of temperate reservoirs on a regional field scale, and then we examined the performances and adaptation of these prediction models. First, four statistical model learning methods and two machine learning methods were used to develop methane emissions predictio...
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Geographical gradients in species diversity have long fascinated biogeographers and ecologists. However, the extent and generality of the effects of the important factors governing functional diversity (FD) patterns are still debated, especially for the freshwater domain. We examined the relationship between lake productivity and functional diversi...
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Coastal zones are key interconnectors of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Due to the degradation and fragmentation of coastal wetlands, there is an urgent need to develop assessment methodology to compare the health of wetland ecosystems at different spatial scales. This will help efficiently develop and implement protections using easy-to-access...
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Plateau zokor (Myospalax baileyi) and plateau pika (Ochotona curzoniae) are endemic fossorial vertebrates in the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau alpine meadow ecosystem. Their different burrowing activities together transform soil structure and then significantly change the landscape of meadow ecosystem. However, how their burrowing activities impact green...
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Most migratory birds depend on stopover sites, which are essential for refueling during migration and affect their population dynamics. In the East Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF), however, the stopover ecology of migratory waterfowl is severely under-studied. The knowledge gaps regarding the timing, intensity and duration of stopover site usages...
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• The accelerated rate of human‐induced environmental change poses a significant challenge for wildlife. The ability of wild animals to adapt to environmental changes has important consequences for their fitness, survival, and reproduction. Behavioural flexibility, an immediate adjustment of behaviour in response to environmental variability, may b...
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Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China, is one of two lakes that maintain a natural hydrological link with the Yangtze River. The lake system is critical for biodiversity conservation globally, harboring large number of migratory waterbirds. During the dry season, Poyang Lake fragments in to numerous sub-lakes, and different sub-lakes ha...
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Fire causes disturbance of wetland ecosystems and has a major influence on soil microbial communities, plant growth and ecosystem function. However, the impact of fire disturbance on soil microbial metabolism and its relationship with plant growth remains poorly understood. Burned zones, unburned zones and transition zones with low intensity fire w...
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Floodplain wetlands are valuable ecosystems for maintaining biodiversity, but are vulnerable to hydrological modification and climatic extremes. The floodplain wetlands in the middle Yangtze region are biodiversity hotspots, particularly important for wintering migratory waterbirds. In recent years, extremely low winter water level events frequentl...
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Poyang Lake is one of the most important wintering habitats for cranes in China, and thousands of cranes including Siberian Crane (leucogeranus leucogeranus), White-naped Crane (Grus vipio), Hooded Crane (G. monacha) and Common Crane (G. grus) winter here annually. Despite their different conservation status, the four cranes have substantial ecolog...
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Dams and reservoirs, regulating water levels for irrigation, hydropower and flood control, are sometimes considered as artificial managed wetlands. Recent research has shown that increased water surface of reservoirs have become habitats for some species of migratory waterbird. However, hydraulic engineering can be a Sword of Damocles for birds. Re...
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Wuliangsuhai Lake is one of the key wetlands in the vast arid region of northwest P.R. China, and provides critical breeding and staging habitats for waterbirds in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway and the Central Asian Flyway. It also provides livelihoods for local communities through fishing, reed harvesting and tourism. Balancing conservation a...
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The Poyang Lake is a Ramsar site and is the important over-wintering site for migratory waterbirds along the East Asian–Australasian Fly way. Examining the effects of water level fluctuations on waterbird abundance and analyzing the influencing mechanism is critical to waterbird protection in the context of hydrological alteration. In this study, t...
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An alteration in the hydrological connectivity reduces the synergistic processes and interactions between rivers and their floodplains, and changes the distribution of waterbirds that rely on floodplains as foraging grounds. Recent river and wetland conservation and restoration efforts have been partially focused on reinstating the natural river–fl...
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Siberian crane (Leucogeranus leucogeranus) is one of the most endangered species in the world. The ecological integrity of its main wintering ground at Poyang Lake in China is crucial for the future of the species because Poyang Lake accommodates 99% of its global population. With the Three Gorges Dam fully operational, science-based adaptive strat...
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Many waterbird species, in particularly migratory shorebirds, on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway depend on the intertidal areas of coastal China. In recent years, these habitats have suffered severe shrinkage as a result of wetland loss and degradation. Identifying critical areas for waterbirds and assessing conservation status has become an urg...
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The littoral zone of freshwater ecosystems is believed to be a hotspot for methane (CH4) emissions, but in situ measurements are rare. This paper reports a study of CH4 fluxes from the Miyun Reservoir near Beijing in China based on an integrated observational and modelling approach. CH4 fluxes were measured at three sites with different water level...
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The species-area relationship, which is closely linked with the more general species-energy theory, is one of the most well-known patterns in geographical ecology, but the underlying causes remain contentious. The more individuals hypothesis (MIH) articulates a causal path from resource availability to population abundance to species richness. The...
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There have been few studies of greenhouse gas emissions from reservoirs, despite the remarkable growth in the number of reservoirs in developing countries. We report a case study that focuses on the littoral zone of a major Chinese reservoir, where we established measurements of N2O fluxes using the static chamber technique at five different water...
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There have been only a few studies that allow us to estimate the contribution of newly-created reservoirs to greenhouse gas budgets. In particular, information is limited for understanding the spatiotemporal variation of N2O flux and the underlying mechanisms in the littoral zone where complex biochemical processes are induced by water level fluctu...
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Wuliangsuhai wetland is one of the representative wetlands in arid—semiarid region. It is also a key breeding site as well as a stepping site for both East Asia—Australasia Flyway and Central Asia Flyway. From 2009 to 2012, surveys on migratory water birds and their habitat were carried out by using transects census and spot count methods. The surv...
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Zoning is a fundamental tool for the effective management of nature reserves. A three-zone model (core zone, buffer zone, and experimental zone) has been applied to nature reserves in China since 1980s; however, this model appears not fit for all types of nature reserves, especially wetlands. Wuliangsuhai is such a typical wetland reserve, which ca...

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