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Binbin Li

Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty

Selected Publications


The synergy between protected area effectiveness and economic growth.

Journal Article Current biology : CB · June 2024 Protected areas conserve biodiversity and ecosystem functions but might impede local economic growth. Understanding the global patterns and predictors of different relationships between protected area effectiveness and neighboring community economic growth ... Full text Cite

The past and future of ecosystem restoration in China.

Journal Article Current biology : CB · May 2024 For decades, China has implemented restoration programs on a large scale, thanks to its capacity to set policy and mobilize funding resources. An understanding of China's restoration achievements and remaining challenges will help to guide future efforts t ... Full text Open Access Cite

Citizen science to address the global issue of bird–window collisions

Journal Article Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment · November 1, 2023 Bird–window collisions (BWCs) are a major threat to avian populations, annually causing up to one billion bird deaths in the US alone and untold numbers of fatalities worldwide. Until recently, there has been limited institutional and governmental recognit ... Full text Open Access Cite

Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Vernaya (Mammalia: Rodentia: Muridae) with the description of two new species.

Journal Article Ecology and evolution · November 2023 The climbing mouse is a rare, small mammal listed as an endangered species on the China species red list. Molecular phylogenetic analyses and the evolutionary history of the genus remain unexplored because of the extreme difficulty in capturing individuals ... Full text Open Access Cite

Editorial: Avian biodiversity collapse in the Anthropocene: drivers and consequences

Journal Article Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution · January 1, 2023 Full text Cite

Correction: Batch-produced, GIS-informed range maps for birds based on provenanced, crowd-sourced data inform conservation assessments.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2023 [This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0259299.]. ... Full text Cite

Experimental evidence on cooperation and coordination in forest and endangered species conservation in China

Journal Article Ecology and Society · December 1, 2022 The growing prevalence of livestock as an alternative or complementary livelihood strategy has become a growing threat to wildlife and forest ecosystems in China. To achieve the dual objectives of biodiversity conservation and rural development requires co ... Full text Open Access Cite

Countermeasures for the development of Chinese wildlife disease surveillance and response system under One Health Framework

Journal Article Biodiversity Science · November 20, 2022 Background: About 60.3% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses, of which, 71.8% originate in wildlife. Wildlife can act as partial reservoirs of disease or pathogens, or pose an unknown biosecurity threat to humans and livestock. While China currentl ... Full text Cite

Review on bird-building collisions and the case study of a systematic survey in China

Journal Article Biodiversity Science · March 20, 2022 Background With urbanization, collision with man-made objects, such as buildings and windows, has become a major threat for birds. Because of the transparency and reflection of the glass, birds may not be able to recognize and avoid the glass, which leads ... Full text Cite

Sustainable linear infrastructure route planning model to balance conservation and socioeconomic development

Journal Article Biological Conservation · February 1, 2022 Linear infrastructures, such as roads, highways and railways, can bring significant social and economic benefits while posing great threats to local environment and biodiversity. Although processes such as Strategic Environmental Assessment have been incre ... Full text Open Access Cite

The costs and benefits of primary prevention of zoonotic pandemics.

Journal Article Science advances · February 2022 The lives lost and economic costs of viral zoonotic pandemics have steadily increased over the past century. Prominent policymakers have promoted plans that argue the best ways to address future pandemic catastrophes should entail, "detecting and containin ... Full text Cite

Strategic protection of landslide vulnerable mountains for biodiversity conservation under land-cover and climate change impacts.

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · January 2022 Natural disasters impose huge uncertainty and loss to human lives and economic activities. Landslides are one disaster that has become more prevalent because of anthropogenic disturbances, such as land-cover changes, land degradation, and expansion of infr ... Full text Cite

Responses of forest structure, functions, and biodiversity to livestock disturbances: A global meta-analysis.

Journal Article Global change biology · October 2021 Habitat degradation and land-use change driven by the livestock sector are among the major causes of global biodiversity loss. Forests are crucial in maintaining biodiversity and mitigating climate change. Apart from continuing deforestation, forests also ... Full text Cite

Classifying ecosystem disservices and valuating their effects - a case study of Beijing, China

Journal Article Ecological Indicators · October 1, 2021 Ecosystem disservices (EDS) is an important form of social-ecological interactions and can strongly influence people's perception of nature. However, compare to ecosystem services (ES), current studies on EDS are still very limited especially from the pers ... Full text Cite

Evaluation of the status, job satisfaction and occupational stress of Chinese nature reserve staff

Journal Article Global Ecology and Conservation · September 1, 2021 China is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. To better preserve its biological resources and the fragile ecosystem, China's government has established more than 2700 nature reserves, covering approximately 18% of its total land area. While the ... Full text Open Access Cite

Increasing livestock grazing, the unintended consequence of community development funding on giant panda habitat

Journal Article Biological Conservation. · May 2021 Indirect approaches such as Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDP) aspire to combat biodiversity loss. Unfortunately, with increasing cases of failure, the link between poverty alleviation and conservation is now controversial. We revisite ... Full text Cite

Mapping out a future for ungulate migrations.

Journal Article Science (New York, N.Y.) · May 2021 Full text Cite

Why do we need a wildlife consumption ban in China?

Journal Article Current biology : CB · February 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic is an alarm call to all on the risks of zoonotic diseases and the delicate relationship between nature and human health. In response, China has taken a proactive step by issuing a legal decision to ban consumption of terrestrial wildl ... Full text Cite

Batch-produced, GIS-informed range maps for birds based on provenanced, crowd-sourced data inform conservation assessments.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2021 Accurate maps of species ranges are essential to inform conservation, but time-consuming to produce and update. Given the pace of change of knowledge about species distributions and shifts in ranges under climate change and land use, a need exists for time ... Full text Open Access Cite

The synergy between protected area effectiveness and economic growth.

Journal Article Current biology : CB · June 2024 Protected areas conserve biodiversity and ecosystem functions but might impede local economic growth. Understanding the global patterns and predictors of different relationships between protected area effectiveness and neighboring community economic growth ... Full text Cite

The past and future of ecosystem restoration in China.

Journal Article Current biology : CB · May 2024 For decades, China has implemented restoration programs on a large scale, thanks to its capacity to set policy and mobilize funding resources. An understanding of China's restoration achievements and remaining challenges will help to guide future efforts t ... Full text Open Access Cite

Citizen science to address the global issue of bird–window collisions

Journal Article Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment · November 1, 2023 Bird–window collisions (BWCs) are a major threat to avian populations, annually causing up to one billion bird deaths in the US alone and untold numbers of fatalities worldwide. Until recently, there has been limited institutional and governmental recognit ... Full text Open Access Cite

Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Vernaya (Mammalia: Rodentia: Muridae) with the description of two new species.

Journal Article Ecology and evolution · November 2023 The climbing mouse is a rare, small mammal listed as an endangered species on the China species red list. Molecular phylogenetic analyses and the evolutionary history of the genus remain unexplored because of the extreme difficulty in capturing individuals ... Full text Open Access Cite

Editorial: Avian biodiversity collapse in the Anthropocene: drivers and consequences

Journal Article Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution · January 1, 2023 Full text Cite

Correction: Batch-produced, GIS-informed range maps for birds based on provenanced, crowd-sourced data inform conservation assessments.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2023 [This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0259299.]. ... Full text Cite

Experimental evidence on cooperation and coordination in forest and endangered species conservation in China

Journal Article Ecology and Society · December 1, 2022 The growing prevalence of livestock as an alternative or complementary livelihood strategy has become a growing threat to wildlife and forest ecosystems in China. To achieve the dual objectives of biodiversity conservation and rural development requires co ... Full text Open Access Cite

Countermeasures for the development of Chinese wildlife disease surveillance and response system under One Health Framework

Journal Article Biodiversity Science · November 20, 2022 Background: About 60.3% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses, of which, 71.8% originate in wildlife. Wildlife can act as partial reservoirs of disease or pathogens, or pose an unknown biosecurity threat to humans and livestock. While China currentl ... Full text Cite

Review on bird-building collisions and the case study of a systematic survey in China

Journal Article Biodiversity Science · March 20, 2022 Background With urbanization, collision with man-made objects, such as buildings and windows, has become a major threat for birds. Because of the transparency and reflection of the glass, birds may not be able to recognize and avoid the glass, which leads ... Full text Cite

Sustainable linear infrastructure route planning model to balance conservation and socioeconomic development

Journal Article Biological Conservation · February 1, 2022 Linear infrastructures, such as roads, highways and railways, can bring significant social and economic benefits while posing great threats to local environment and biodiversity. Although processes such as Strategic Environmental Assessment have been incre ... Full text Open Access Cite

The costs and benefits of primary prevention of zoonotic pandemics.

Journal Article Science advances · February 2022 The lives lost and economic costs of viral zoonotic pandemics have steadily increased over the past century. Prominent policymakers have promoted plans that argue the best ways to address future pandemic catastrophes should entail, "detecting and containin ... Full text Cite

Strategic protection of landslide vulnerable mountains for biodiversity conservation under land-cover and climate change impacts.

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · January 2022 Natural disasters impose huge uncertainty and loss to human lives and economic activities. Landslides are one disaster that has become more prevalent because of anthropogenic disturbances, such as land-cover changes, land degradation, and expansion of infr ... Full text Cite

Responses of forest structure, functions, and biodiversity to livestock disturbances: A global meta-analysis.

Journal Article Global change biology · October 2021 Habitat degradation and land-use change driven by the livestock sector are among the major causes of global biodiversity loss. Forests are crucial in maintaining biodiversity and mitigating climate change. Apart from continuing deforestation, forests also ... Full text Cite

Classifying ecosystem disservices and valuating their effects - a case study of Beijing, China

Journal Article Ecological Indicators · October 1, 2021 Ecosystem disservices (EDS) is an important form of social-ecological interactions and can strongly influence people's perception of nature. However, compare to ecosystem services (ES), current studies on EDS are still very limited especially from the pers ... Full text Cite

Evaluation of the status, job satisfaction and occupational stress of Chinese nature reserve staff

Journal Article Global Ecology and Conservation · September 1, 2021 China is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. To better preserve its biological resources and the fragile ecosystem, China's government has established more than 2700 nature reserves, covering approximately 18% of its total land area. While the ... Full text Open Access Cite

Increasing livestock grazing, the unintended consequence of community development funding on giant panda habitat

Journal Article Biological Conservation. · May 2021 Indirect approaches such as Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDP) aspire to combat biodiversity loss. Unfortunately, with increasing cases of failure, the link between poverty alleviation and conservation is now controversial. We revisite ... Full text Cite

Mapping out a future for ungulate migrations.

Journal Article Science (New York, N.Y.) · May 2021 Full text Cite

Why do we need a wildlife consumption ban in China?

Journal Article Current biology : CB · February 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic is an alarm call to all on the risks of zoonotic diseases and the delicate relationship between nature and human health. In response, China has taken a proactive step by issuing a legal decision to ban consumption of terrestrial wildl ... Full text Cite

Batch-produced, GIS-informed range maps for birds based on provenanced, crowd-sourced data inform conservation assessments.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2021 Accurate maps of species ranges are essential to inform conservation, but time-consuming to produce and update. Given the pace of change of knowledge about species distributions and shifts in ranges under climate change and land use, a need exists for time ... Full text Open Access Cite

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

Seasonal habitat use and activity patterns of blood pheasant Ithaginis cruentusbe in the presence of free-ranging livestock

Journal Article Global Ecology and Conservation · September 1, 2020 Livestock grazing has become the most prevalent human disturbance in protected areas across the range of giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Previous studies have documented the impacts of livestock grazing on habitat and food resources of giant panda, h ... Full text Cite

The scale of biodiversity impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia

Journal Article Biological Conservation. · August 2020 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the largest infrastructure development in human history. Given its scale of influence and infrastructure undertakings, it is set to bring far-reaching environmental impacts to regions such as Southeast Asia, one of the ... Full text Cite

Effects of livestock loss and emerging livestock types on livelihood decisions around protected areas: Case studies from China and India

Journal Article Biological Conservation. · August 2020 Increasing livestock grazing in forests has intensified human-wildlife conflicts and caused habitat degradation for threatened species. To balance conservation and local community development, it is crucial to understand if livestock loss in natural habita ... Full text Cite

Ecology and economics for pandemic prevention.

Journal Article Science (New York, N.Y.) · July 2020 Full text Open Access Cite

Horizon Scan of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Journal Article Trends in ecology & evolution · July 2020 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) represents the largest infrastructure and development project in human history, and presents risks and opportunities for ecosystems, economies, and communities. Some risks (habitat fragmentation, roadkill) are obvious, ho ... Full text Cite

Conservation: Guarding Panda Land.

Journal Article Current biology : CB · April 2020 Protecting land to save biodiversity is a cornerstone of conservation. But how effective are protected areas? Two new studies on panda conservation reveal that protection is efficient and suggest ways for improving biodiversity protection. ... Full text Cite

Drought vulnerability among China's ungulates and mitigation offered by protected areas

Journal Article Conservation Science and Practice · April 1, 2020 Ongoing perturbations in the global climate have triggered changes in the frequency or magnitude of extreme climatic events, including drought. Increasingly common or intense droughts have threatened ungulates. Intensifying trend of drought has been observ ... Full text Cite

Public perception of wildlife consumption and trade during the COVID-19 outbreak

Journal Article Biodiversity Science · January 1, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn great attention to the potential public health risks associated with the consumption and trade of wildlife. To inform legislative revision and policy changes, we conducted a web-based survey of the general public, attracting ... Full text Cite

Creating synergy between biodiversity conservation and human health — one health

Journal Article Biodiversity Science · January 1, 2020 With the pandemic of COVID-19, the linkage between wildlife, biodiversity and human health has drawn tremendous attention from the public. In the recent 20 years, there has been growing interest from the international community to understand how biodiversi ... Full text Cite

Building a green Belt and Road: A systematic review and comparative assessment of the Chinese and English-language literature.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2020 International attention on the environmental impacts of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is increasing, but little is known internationally about the large corpus of Chinese BRI environmental research. We present the first systematic review of the Ch ... Full text Cite

Measuring Terrestrial Area of Habitat (AOH) and Its Utility for the IUCN Red List.

Journal Article Trends in ecology & evolution · November 2019 The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species includes assessment of extinction risk for 98 512 species, plus documentation of their range, habitat, elevation, and other factors. These range, habitat and elevation ... 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

Using footprints to identify and sex giant pandas

Journal Article Biological Conservation. · February 2018 Data on numbers and distribution of free-ranging giant panda are essential to the formulation of effective conservation strategies. There is still no ideal method to identify individuals and sex this species. The traditional bite-size method using bamboo f ... Full text 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