Lab projects

The lab currently focuses mostly on zoogeography, behavioural ecology, communication and research on collections.

实验室目前主要专注于动物地理学, 行为生态学, 动物的交流藏品研究

Most projects are developed on the corresponding pages, with the part on herpetology summarised on the following page: distribution, behaviour, ecology and conservation of northeast Asian amphibians and reptiles.

大多数项目都在相应的页面展开,关于爬虫学的部分总结在此页: 东北亚两栖和爬行动物的分布、行为、生态和保护

Knowledge on the distribution, behaviour, ecology and habitat preferences of a species is critical for its conservation. For instance, when the entire range of a species is threatened by habitat modification, the risk of extinction increases exponentially. As a result, the assessment of extinction risks is based on threat levels, which may guide optimal conservation efforts to prevent extinction. The lack of knowledge on species’ distributions has already resulted in extinctions that could have been easily avoided.


The behavioural ecology of most herp species is still undescribed in North East Asia, and no precise distribution maps have been drawn. This lack of knowledge, in relation with the increasing threats to reptiles and amphibians through rapid urbanisation and deforestation will result in the inability to conserve species adequately.


The purpose of this project is to scientifically document the distribution, behaviour, ecology and conservation status of all amphibian and reptile species in North East Asia.


Anyone interested in joining the project and collaborating is most welcome. All data points have values, and making them accessible for species assessment and political decisions can greatly help conservation in the long term.