Systematics and Conservation Genetics of Birds


2005-2009, BSc, Beijing Normal University, China

2009-2012, MSc, Beijing Normal University, China

2012-2015, Ph.D., Beijing Normal University, China

2015-2017, Postdoc., Beijing Normal University, China

2017-present, Lecture, Beijing Normal University, China


Research Interests

1. Systematics of birds: I use genetic markers and genomes to study the systematics of birds. By determining the phylogenetic relationships of certain birds, to answer questions about their evolutionary history, phenotype evolution, biogeographic process, and comparative genomics.

2. Conservation Genetics of endangered pheasants: I use genetic markers and genomes to study the Conservation Genetics of endangered pheasants in China, including their genetic diversity, population structure, demography, and adaptive evolution. Based on these information, our lab propose suitable conservation strategy for endangered pheasants in China.


Selected Publications

♦ Research Articles

1. Chen, D., Liu, Y., Davison, G., Yong, D.L., Gao, S., Hu, J., Li, S.-H., Zhang, Z., 2020. Disentangling the evolutionary history and biogeography of hill partridges (Phasianidae, Arborophila) from low coverage shotgun sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 151, 106895.

2. Chen, D., Braun, E.L., Forthman, M., Kimball, R.T., Zhang, Z., 2018. A simple strategy for recovering ultraconserved elements, exons, and introns from low coverage shotgun sequencing of museum specimens: Placement of the partridge genus Tropicoperdix within the galliformes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 129, 304-314.

3. Yang, A., Chen, D., Wang, P., Fu, Y., Zhang, Z., 2017. Characterization of novel microsatellite markers of the Emei Shan Liocichla using restriction site-associated DNA sequencing. Avian Research 8, 13.

4. Chen, D., Liu, Q., Chang, J., Jiang, A., Zhou, F., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Z. 2016. Multi-locus analysis supports the taxonomic validity of Arborophila gingica guangxiensis Fang Zhou & Aiwu Jiang, 2008. ZooKeys 555, 125–136.

5. Chen, D., Chang, J., Li, S.H., Liu, Y., Liang, W., Zhou, F., Yao, C.T., Zhang, Z. 2015. Was the exposed continental shelf a long-distance colonization route in the ice age? The Southeast Asia origin of Hainan and Taiwan partridges. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 83, 167-173.

6. Chen, D., Liu, Y., Davison, G.W.H., Dong, L., Chang, J., Gao, S., Li, S.H., Zhang, Z. 2015. Resurrection of the genus Tropicoperdix Blyth 1859 (Phasianidae, Aves) using multilocus sequence data. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175, 429-438.

7. Chang, J., Chen, D., Liang, W., Li, M., Zhang, Z. 2013. Molecular demographic history of the Hainan Peacock Pheasant (Polyplectron katsumatae) and its conservation implications. Chinese Science Bulletin 58, 2185-2190.

8. Chang, J., Chen, D., Ye, X., Li, S.H., Liang, W., Zhang, Z., Li, M. 2012. Coupling Genetic and Species Distribution Models to Examine the Response of the Hainan Partridge (Arborophila ardens) to Late Quaternary Climate. PLOS ONE 7, e50286.


Contact information

College of Life Sciences,

Beijing Normal University,

Beijing 100875,

P. R. China

Office: 402 Ecology

Tel. : +86-13488751984

E-mail: chende@bnu.edu.cn