Dr. Qi Yin


I am an Associate Researcher in the Chengdu Institute of Biology, which is a division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. My primary research area is behavioural ecology. I use lizards to answer questions about sexual selection and signalling. My specific research interests are:

1)     Lizards visual signals and its sexual and natural selection.

2)     Lizards aggression and its sexual and natural selection

3)     Lizards mating systems , reproductive strategy and mating tactics.

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Ph.D. 2007- 2010, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu

Thesis title: Territory and Home Range Study on Agamad Toad-headed Lizard Phrynocephalus Vangalii

Supervisor: Professor Yuezhao Wang

M.Sc. 2005-2007, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu.

Thesis title: Seasonal Migration of High Elevation Brown Frog Rana kukunoris.

Supervisor: Professor Yuezhao Wang

B.Sc. 2001-2005, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin.

Research Grants

2012-13     ¥1,00,000. Female aggression and its relationship with male competition. Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2012-14  ¥1,00,000. Sex-biased dispersal and its relationship with mating systems and social organization. West Light Foundation
of The Chinese Academy of Sciences.



Qi Y.*, D. Noble, J. Fu and M.J. Whiting. 2012. Spatial and social organization in a burrow-dwelling lizard (Phrynocephalus vlangalii) from China. PloS ONE 7(7):e41130.

Hu D., J.Fu, F.Zou and Y. Qi*. 2012. The impact of the Qinghai Tibet Railway on population genetic structure of the Qinghai toad-headed lizard. Submitted to Asian Herpetological Research (in press).

Qi Y., Z. Felix, Y. Wang, H. Gu and Y. Wang*. 2011. Post-breeding movement and habitat use of plateau brown frog Rana kukunoris in a high-elevation wetland. Journal of Herpetology 45(4):421-427 (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1670/10-171.1 ).

Qi Y., S.Li, L.Suo, H.Li, Y.Wang*. 2011. An ethogram of the toad-headed lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii during the breeding season. Asian Herpetological Research 2:111-116.

Qi Y., H. Wan, H. Gu and Y. Wang*. 2011. Do displays and badges function in establishing the social dominance of resident male toad-headed lizards, Phrynocephalus vlangalii? Journal of Ethology 29:381-387

Noble D., Y. Qi, and J. Fu*. 2010. Species delineation using Bayesian Model based Assignment Tests: A test using sympatric sister species Phrynocephalus vlangalii and Phrynocephalus putjatia. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 197 (p.1-15)