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Binbin Li

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty

Selected Publications


How China expanded its protected areas to conserve biodiversity.

Journal Article Current biology : CB · November 2020 How has the global network of protected areas developed - and which decisions have guided this development? Answering these questions may give insight into what might be possible in the next decade. In 2021, China will host the Convention of Biological Div ... Full text Open Access Cite

How to protect half of Earth to ensure it protects sufficient biodiversity.

Journal Article Science advances · August 2018 It is theoretically possible to protect large fractions of species in relatively small regions. For plants, 85% of species occur entirely within just over a third of the Earth's land surface, carefully optimized to maximize the species captured. Well-known ... Full text Open Access Cite

Free-ranging livestock threaten the long-term survival of giant pandas

Journal Article Biological conservation · December 2017 China has implemented forest policies and expanded protected areas to halt deforestation and protect giant panda habitats. These policies simultaneously encouraged local communities to raise livestock that then freely range in forests. This grazing had uni ... Full text Open Access Cite

Unfulfilled promise of data-driven approaches: response to Peterson et al.

Journal Article Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology · August 2017 Full text Open Access Cite

Fine with heat, problems with water: microclimate alters water loss in a thermally adapted insular lizard

Journal Article Oikos · March 1, 2017 Global change, including habitat isolation and climate change, has both short- and long-term impacts on wildlife populations. For example, genetic drift and inbreeding result in genetic impoverishment in small, isolated populations, while species undergo r ... Full text Cite

Incorporating explicit geospatial data shows more species at risk of extinction than the current Red List.

Journal Article Science advances · November 2016 The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List classifies species according to their risk of extinction, informing global to local conservation decisions. Unfortunately, important geospatial data do not explicitly or efficiently enter t ... Full text Open Access Cite

China's endemic vertebrates sheltering under the protective umbrella of the giant panda.

Journal Article Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology · April 2016 The giant panda attracts disproportionate conservation resources. How well does this emphasis protect other endemic species? Detailed data on geographical ranges are not available for plants or invertebrates, so we restrict our analyses to 3 vertebrate tax ... Full text Open Access Cite

Remotely Sensed Data Informs Red List Evaluations and Conservation Priorities in Southeast Asia.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2016 The IUCN Red List has assessed the global distributions of the majority of the world's amphibians, birds and mammals. Yet these assessments lack explicit reference to widely available, remotely-sensed data that can sensibly inform a species' risk of extinc ... Full text Open Access Cite

Effects of feral cats on the evolution of anti-predator behaviours in island reptiles: insights from an ancient introduction.

Journal Article Proceedings. Biological sciences · August 2014 Exotic predators have driven the extinction of many island species. We examined impacts of feral cats on the abundance and anti-predator behaviours of Aegean wall lizards in the Cyclades (Greece), where cats were introduced thousands of years ago. We compa ... Full text Cite