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Hong Li Professor

Research Interests: 
  • Animal Behavior
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Thermal Biology
  • Phenotypic variation in lizards
  • Evolution of viviparity in reptiles

Educational Background

  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, USA (Collaborative supervisor: John J. Wiens) (2016-2017)
  • Visiting Scholar, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia (Collaborative supervisor: Prof. Richard Shine)(Sponsored by Jiangsu Overseas Research & Training Program for University Prominent Young & Middle-aged Teachers and Presidents Plan) (2014-2015)
  • Master-Doctor Combined Program in Zoology, Nanjing Normal University, P. R. China (Supervisor: Prof. Xiang Ji) (2004-2009)
  • Joint Ph.D. Program in Zoology (Sponsored by CSC), Universidad de Oviedo, Spain (Supervisor:Prof. Florentino Braña) (2008-2009)

Research Projects


Calcium provision to embryos in skinks with different reproductive modes and its molecular mechanism (#31670422, Natural Science Foundation of China)


The genetic base of phenotypic variation in Plestiodon chinensis: inferences from Pst-Fst correlation analysis (#16KJB180011, Natural Science Foundation of the Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions of China)


Phenotypic variation across Chinese skink (Plestiodon chinensis) populations: identification of phenotypes selected. (#31400341, Natural Science Foundation of China)


The genetic base of phenotypic variation in Eremias argus: inferences from Qst-Fst correlation analysis (#BK2012849, Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province)


The pattern and general rules of phenotypic variation in Eremias argus. (#11KJB180004, Natural Science Foundation of the Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions of China)


Environmental correlates and adaptation implications of morphological variation in lizard Eremias velox in China. (#20103207120009, Chinese Ministry of Education)


The evolution of reptilian viviparity and its adaptive significance: using lizards as the model systems. Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Training Program of Nanjing Normal University

Journal Articles

  1. Li, H., and Wiens, J. J. 2019. Time explains regional richness patterns within clades more often than diversification rates or area. American Naturalist. 193:514–529.
  2. Chen, L., Liang, S.-Y., Nian, R., Li, H., Li, P., Qu, Y.-F., Wu, T., Meng, Q.-G., and Ji, X. 2018. Molecular cloning and characterization of the cathepsin L gene in Pelodiscus sinensis and its expression in response to bacterial challenge. Aquaculture Research. 49:30713082.
  3. Li, H., Elphick M., and Shine, R. 2017. Potential targets for selection during the evolution of viviparity in cold-climate reptiles. Oecologia. 183: 21–30.
  4. Li, H., Holleley C.E., Elphick M., Georges A., and Shine, R. 2016. The behavioural consequences of sex reversal in dragons. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 283(1832): 20160217.
  5. Li, H., Zhou, Z.-S., Wu, Ting., Wu, Y.-Q., and Ji, X. 2013. Do fluctuations in incubation temperature affect hatchling quality in the Chinese soft-shelled turtle Pelodiscus sinensis? Aquaculture. 406/407: 91–96.
  6. Li, H., Zhou, Z.-S., Ding, G.-H., and Ji, X. 2013. Fluctuations in incubation temperature affect incubation duration but not morphology, locomotion and growth of hatchlings in the sand lizard Lacerta agilis (Lacertidae). Acta Zoologica (Stockholm). 94: 11–18.
  7. Li, H., Wang, Z., Chen, C., and Ji, X. 2012. Does the variance of incubation temperatures always constitute a significant selective force for origin of reptilian viviparity? Current Zoology. 58: 812–819.
  8. Li, H., Qu, Y.-F., Ding, G.-H., and Ji, X. 2011. Life-history variation with respect to the experienced thermal environments in a lizard, Eremias multiocellata (Lacertidae). Zoological Science, 28: 332-338.
  9. Li, H., Mao, L.-X., Shi, L.-Q., and Ji, X. 2010. Many-lined sun skinks (Mabuya multifasciata) shift their thermal preferences downwards when fasted. Asian Herpetological Research, 1: 36–39.
  10. Li, H., Qu, Y.-F., Hu, R.-B., and Ji, X. 2009. Evolution of viviparity in cold-climate lizards: testing the maternal manipulation hypothesis. Evolutionary Ecology, 23: 777–790.
  11. Li, H., Wang, Z., Men, W.-B., and Ji, X. 2009. Temperature acclimation affects thermal tolerance and preference in three species of Eremias lizards (Lacertidae). Current Zoology, 55: 258–265.
  12. Li, H., Ji, X., Qu, Y.-F., Gao, J.-F., and Zhang, L. 2006. Sexual dimorphism and female reproduction in the multi-ocellated racerunner, Eremias multiocellata (Lacertidae). Acta Zoologica Sinica, 52: 250–255.

Honors and Awards

  1. 2016: Excellent Youth of Animal Physiological Ecology
  2. 2011: Excellent Doctoral Dissertation in Jiangsu Province.
  3. 2010: Excellent Doctoral Dissertation in Nanjing Normal University.
  4. 2008: Joint PhD Student Training Program sponsored by Chinese Scholarship Council.
  5. 2008: President Scholarship, Nanjing Normal University.
  6. 2008: Excellent graduate Student Award, Nanjing Normal University.
  7. 2007: First Rank Award, Presentation at Chinese Herpetological Society Conference, 2007, Changsha, China.
  8. 2006: Excellent graduate Student Award, Nanjing Normal University.
  9. 2006: Third Rank Award, Light of Life Scholarship, Nanjing Normal University.

Academic Title

Professor in Ecology and Zoology

Secretary General of China Society of Animal Physiological Ecology

Council Member of China Society of Animal Physiological Ecology

Council Member of Chinese Herpetological Society


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