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Wildlife Management and Ecosystem Health lab, YUFE.

June, 16 - 2017


Created in 2012, the Wildlife Management and Ecosystem Health lab (WMEH) is a research lab of the School of Urban and Environment of the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics. It carries out research in wildlife ecology and biological conservation in Yunnan. It focuses on wildlife and humans conflicts and how they can be avoided, reduced or mitigated. Our research is grounded on field studies and mobilizes networks of forestry professionals and nature reserve managers. It integrates methods of landscape ecology and ecohealth paradigms. Our aim is to provide vulnerability and risk models and scenarios to stakeholders to help decision and environmental management in the context of global changes.

We are currently developing programmes on:

Field stations

They are all located in the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, one of the most biodiverse and least disturbed mountain ecosystems in the world, according to UNESCO, in the uppers of the Nu Jiang - 怒江 (Salween), LanCang Jiang - 澜沧江 (upper Mekong), and JinSha Jiang - 金沙江 (upper YangTse).

BaiMa XueShan Nature Reserve
National Plateau Wetland Research Center Station
XiangGuQing (Tacheng) field station
LaoJun Shan Nature Reserve
LaoJun Shan Nature Reserve station
GaoLiGong Shan Nature Reserve
GaoLiGong Shan Nature Reserve Station

Lab members


LI Li - 李丽

Professor, Dr Director, Vice-dean of the school of Urban and Environment, Chinese coordinator (ecology) of the GDRI EHEDE Landscape ecology, wildlife ecology and ecosystem health, wildlife habitat analysis, conservation biology, wildlife - humans conflicts, GIS, remote sensing and spatial modelling
Patrick GIRAUDOUX Distinguished Professor, Dr Foreign director, researcher Landscape and wildlife ecology, ecohealth, sampling strategy, data mining, applied statistics and spatial modelling
WU GongSheng - 吴巩胜 Lecturer Researcher GIS
Guo HongYan - 国洪艳 Lecturer Researcher GIS

Associated primate research group at large

name Position Affiliation
Li DaYong - 黎大勇 Professor Western China Normal University,Nanchon, Sichuan
Ren BaoPing - 任宝平 Professor Institute of Zoology, Beijing
Zhou QiHai - 周岐海 Professor Guanxi Normal University, Guilin

Visiting PhD students

PhD students registered in other universities can be co-supervised by professors at their registration institutions and LWMH members (Pr. Li Li and Pr. Patrick Giraudoux). They are in permanent contact with LWMH professors and regularly participate to workshops at the LWMH and in the GDRI EHEDE network.

Dai YunChuan - 代云川 Wildlife - human conflicts in Sanjiangyuan National Park (wolf, brown bear, snow leopard) Chinese Academy of Forestry Li DiQiang
Li WenWen - 李雯雯 Human-elephant conflict in Xishuangbanna Prefecture, China: Distribution, diffusion, and mitigation Beijing Normal University Zhang Li
Zhang Yu - 张宇 Genetic Management and Impact of Different Scenarios on Golden Snub-nosed Monkey in Hubei Province Chinese Academy of Forestry Li DiQiang
Tang RuChun - 唐如春 Tang RuChung Conservation physiology of wild Asian elephants in China under environmental stresses Beijing Normal University Zhang Li

See also GDRI EHEDE Doctorates and masters...


WMEH is a member of research groups, develops collaborations and contribute to and benefits from networking also at this level.

GDRI Ecosystem Health and Environmental Disease Ecology


Associate-Professor, Dr., at Chrono-environment, University of Franche-Comté, France. Population genetics/molecular ecology


Associate-professor, Dr., at Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France. Mammal and lagomorph types curator, archaeozoology


Associate-Professor, Dr., at LADYSS, University Paris-Diderot, France. Spatial modelling and graph theory


Professor, Dr., Honorary Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, at Chrono-environnement, Coordinator of the GDRI EHEDE, University of Franche-Comté/CNRS, France; Landscape and wildlife ecology, ecohealth


Researcher, Dr., UMR UMMISCO, IRD/UPMC, invited-researcher at FEMTO-ST, France; Multi-agent systems

Honorary members/academics

namePositionActivity field
LI DiQiang - 李迪强 Chief researcher of the Chinese Forestry Science Research Institute, of the Forest Ecological Environment Protection Institute of Nature Reserves President of the Ministry of Science and three Technology support project sub-projects. He successively presided over the Ministry of Science and Technology of natural science and technology resource platform project, the nature of biological specimens consolidation and sharing of pilot, social welfare project endangered animal protection technology, the National Natural Science Foundation project Przewalski gazelle population dynamics and landscape heterogeneity research, the State Forestry Administration Project nature reserve social economy and ecological value research, nature reserve monitoring technology research, wild animal value assessment research and international cooperation projects in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River forest ecological zone system protection plan and the Northeast Inner Mongolia forest nature reserve planning project.
LONG YongCheng - 龙勇诚 Chief Scientist at the Alashan Society of Enterprenor Ecology (SEE)’s Southwest China Center, and at The Nature Conservancy Primate ecology and conservation
ZHANG Li - 张立 Professor at the Beijing Normal University. Member of the ethics committee of the International Union of Biological Science (IUBS), member of the Chinese national committee of IUBS, general secretary of the Chinese committee of the International Society for Conservation Biology, director and deputy general secretary of the Chinese Animal Society, general secretary of the Alashan SEE foundation Animal behaviour and conservation biology, Asian elephant population and behavioural ecology,、habitat restoration and conservation genetics, monitoring and enforcement for the wildlife trade

Recent international articles

Giraudoux P (edt). 2021. Socio-écosystèmes. ISTE, Londres. In press.

Afonso E, Fu R, Dupaix A, Goydadin AC, Yu ZH, Callou C, Villette P, Giraudoux P, Li L 2021 Feeding sites promoting wildlife-related tourism might highly expose the endangered Yunnan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) to parasite transmission. Scientific Reports 11, 15817

Afonso E., Fu R., Dupaix A., Goydadin A.-C., Yu Z., Li D., Giraudoux P., Li L. (2021). Creating small food-habituated groups might alter genetic diversity in the endangered Yunnan snub-nosed monkey. Global Ecology and Conservation, 26, e01422.

Giraudoux P, Zhao YM, Afonso E, Yan HB, Knapp J, Rogan M, Shi DZ, Jia WZ, Craig PS 2019 Long-term retrospective assessment of a transmission hotspot for human alveolar echinococcosis in mid-west China. PLoS NTD, 13(8): e0007701.

Craig PS, Giraudoux P, Wang ZH, Wang Q 2019. Echinococcosis transmission on the Tibetan Plateau. Advances in parasitology, 104: 165-246.

Zhang Y., Clauzel C, Li J, Xue YD, Zhang YG, Wu GS, Giraudoux P, Li L, Li DQ, 2018. Identifying refugia and corridors under climate change conditions for the Sichuan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) in Hubei Province, China. Ecology and Evolution, 9(4) : 1680-1690.

Li, W., Liu, P., Guo, X., Wang, L., Wang, Q., Yu, Y., Dai, Y., Li, L., Zhang, L., 2018. Human-elephant conflict in Xishuangbanna Prefecture, China: Distribution, diffusion, and mitigation. Global Ecology and Conservation 16, e00462.

Fu R, Li L, Yu ZH, Afonso E, Giraudoux P 2018. Spatial and temporal distribution of Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus bieti, indices. Mammalia. 83 (2).

Li WW, Clauzel C, Dai YC, Wu GS, Giraudoux P, Li L 2017 Improving landscape connectivity for the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey through cropland reforestation using graph theory. Journal for Nature Conservation, 38: 46-55.

Clauzel C, Deng X, Wu G, Giraudoux P, Li L 2015 Assessing the impact of road developments on connectivity across multiple scales: application to Yunnan snub-nosed monkey conservation. Biological Conservation. 192: 207–217.

Li L, Xue YD, Wu GS, Li DQ, Giraudoux P 2015. Potential habitat corridors and restoration areas for the black-and-white snub-nosed monkey Rhinopithecus bieti in Yunnan, China. Oryx 49: 719-726.

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