Biodiversity, Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology


1990-1994, BSc, Beijing Normal University, China

1994-1999, Ph.D., Beijing Normal University, China

1999-2001, Assistant Professor, Beijing Normal University, China

2001-2014, Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University, China

2014-present, Professor, Beijing Normal University, China


Research Interests

Prof. Li Zhang is a field biologist on Asian elephant and a well-known research scientist on China’s collective forest tenure reform policy, eco-compensation policy, wildlife protection legislation, community conservation agreement and wildlife trade related policies. He serves as the member of Ombuds Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology, the board member and deputy secretary general of China Zoological Society, the vice chairman of Animal Ecology Committee of the Ecological Society of China, and the member of IUCN Species Survival Committee -Asian Elephant Specialist Group. He also served as the technical advisor of the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephant (MIKE) of the UN CITES Conversion (2006-2019) and engaged in China’s national wide ivory trade ban since 2003. He works for the journal of Conservation Biology as the handling editor since 2013.


Selected Publications

♦ Research Articles

1. Li S, McShea W, Wang D, Gu X, Zhang X, Zhang L*, Shen X*. 2020. Retreat of large carnivores across the giant panda distribution range. Nature Ecology & Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-1260-0.

2. Tang R, Li W, Zhu D, Shang X, Guo X, Zhang L*. 2020. Raging elephants: effects of human disturbance on physiological stress and reproductive potential in wild Asian elephants. Conservation Physiology 8, https://doi.org 10.1093/conphys/coz106.

3. Peng L, Li W, Yu Y, Tang R, Guo X, Wang B, Yang B, Zhang L*. 2019. How much will cash forest encroachment in rainforests cost? A case from valuation to payment for ecosystem services in China. Ecosystem Services 38, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100949.

4. Yu Y, Wetzler A, Yang X, Tang R & Zhang L*. 2017. Significant and timely ivory trade restrictions in both China and the United States are critical to save elephants. Conservation Letters, 10(5): 596-601.

5. Yang B, Busch J, Zhang L*, Ran J, Gu X, Zhang W, Du B, Xu Y, Mittermeier R. 2015. China’s collective forest tenure reform and the future of the giant panda. Conservation Letters, 8(4): 251-261.


♦ Comments

1. Yang N, Liu P, Li W, Zhang L*. 2020. Permanently ban wildlife consumption. Science 367(6485): 1434-1435.

2. Zhang L, Hua N. 2019. EU needs to ban ivory trade too. Nature 569: 336.

3. Zhang L. 2015. China must act decisively to eradicate the ivory trade, Nature 527: 135.

4. Yang B, Busch J, Zhang L*, Ran J, Gu X, Zhang W, Du B, Mittermeier R. 2013. Eco-compensation for giant panda habitat. Science, 339: 521.


Contact information

College of Life Sciences,

Beijing Normal University,

Beijing 100875,

P. R. China

Tel: +86-10-58809888

E-mail: asterzhang@bnu.edu.cn