Associate Professor

Behavioral Ecology, Theoretical Biology, Evolution


2003-2007, BSc, Beijing Jiaotong University, China

2007-2012, Ph.D., Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

2012-2017, Research Assistant, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

2018-present, Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University, China


Research Interests

My research interests mainly focus on the evolution of different weird and wonderful animal behaviors, such as sexual selection, conflicts over parental care, animal personality and cooperation. I use combined methods (theoretical, lab, field) to answer the eco-evolutionary questions. It is fascinating to find out whether the predicted modelling results actually happen in reality, and why do some interesting phenomenon exist in nature using the modelling method. Recently, I have been doing some studies on: (1) the evolution of male mate choice and non-adaptive female extra-pair copulation; (2) feedback between sexual selection and animal personality; (3) eco-evolutionary dynamics (to investigate how the interactions between organisms and their environment affect the evolution, and in turn, how the evolution affects the interactions and population dynamics).

I am also interested in animal conservation studies considering behavioral traits (e.g., unravelling the impacts of environmental change on animals with different antipredator strategies).


Selected Publications

♦ Research Articles

1. Wang, C.#, Lyu, N. #, Deng L. #, Wang J., Gu W., et al. (2018).Evolutionary pattern and large-scale architecture of mutation networks of 2009 A (H1N1) influenza A virus. Frontiers in Genetics, 9: 204. (# equal contribution)

2. Lyu N., Servedio M. R., & Sun Y.H. (2018). Nonadaptive female pursuit of extrapair copulations can evolve through hitchhiking. Ecology and Evolution 8 (7): 3685-3692.

3. Lyu N., Servedio M.R., Lloyd H., Sun Y.H. (2017) The evolution of postpairing male mate choice. Evolution 71(6): 1465-1477.

4. Lyu N, Li J-L, Sun Y-H (2016) Can simple songs express useful signals for mate choice? Avian Research 7:10.

5. Lyu N, Lloyd H, Sun Y-H (2015) Delayed plumage maturation in birds and the significance of condition-dependent parental care. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 1003-1010.

6. Lyu N, Päckert M, Tietze DT, Sun Y-H (2015) Uncommon paleodistribution patterns of Chrysolophus pheasants in east Asia: explanations and implications. Journal of Avian Biology 46: 528-537.

7. Lyu N, Sun Y-H (2014) Predicting threat of climate change to the Chinese grouse on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Wildlife Biology 20(2):73-82.

8. Lu N, Ji T, Zhang J-H, Sun Y-H, Tao Y (2012) Evolutionary Dynamics of Fearfulness and Boldness: A Stochastic Simulation Model. PLoS ONE 7: e32258. 

9. Lu N, Jing Y, Lloyd H, Sun Y-H (2012) Assessing the distributions and potential risks from potential risks from climate change for Sichuan Jay. Condor 114: 365-376.

10. Lu N, Jia C-X, Lloyd H, Sun Y-H (2012) Species-specific habitat fragmentation assessment, considering the ecological niche requirements and dispersal capability. Biological Conservation 152: 102-109.

11. Lu N, Sun Y-H (2011) Population viability analysis and conservation of Chinese Grouse Bonasa sewerzowi in Lianhuashan Nature Reserve, north-west China. Bird Conservation International 21:49–58.

12. Jing Y, Fang Y, Strickland D, Lu N, Sun Y-H (2009) Alloparenting in the rare Sichuan Jay (Perisoreus internigrans). Condor 111: 662-667. 



Contact Information

College of Life Sciences,

Beijing Normal University,

Beijing 100875,

P. R. China

E-mail: nanlyu@bnu.edu.cn