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Pan Ruliang

Executive Director

Pan Ruliang

  1. Northwest University, Xian, China

  2. University of Western Australia

Current affiliations

Since 1982, I have been involved in numerous East Asian projects, especially in mainland China, focusing on biology, zoology, evolution, human biology, animal conservation, and environmental protection. I have published over 100 academic articles and book chapters in Chinese and English. In recent years, I have been particularly interested in the evolutionary and conservation issues of animals in China, applying an integrated and systematic approach: exploring fossil and historical dispersal profiles, analyzing current distribution patterns, and predicting potential survivability.


My current projects include researching primates, rodents, elephants, tigers, amphibians, and birds. The outcomes of these endeavors will be used to create scientifically-driven documentaries for "Animal World," in addition to journal publications.

Recent publications
  • Wang HT, Zou H, Zhang HX, et al. (2024) Deduced conservation strategy of the macaques in China from evolutionary development. Zoological Studies 63(15). doi: 10.6620/ZS.2024.63-15

  • Li BG, Zhang H, Li M, et al. (2024) Achievements and challenges of primate conservation in China. Zoological Research: Diversity and Conservation 1: 66-74. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2097-3772.2023.298

  • Zhang H, Lu JQ, Tang SY, et al. (2022) Southwest China, the last refuge of continental primates in East Asia. Biological Conservation 273: 109681. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109681

  • Li BG, Zhang H, Huang K, et al. (2022) Regional fauna-flora biodiversity and conservation strategy in China. iScience 25(9): 104897 . doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2022.104897

  • Huang K, Zhang H, Wang CL, et al. (2021) Use of historical and contemporary distribution of mammals in China to inform conservation. Conservation Biology,35(6): 1787-1796. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13795

  • Li BG, He G, Guo ST, et al. (2020) Macaques in China: Evolutionary dispersion and subsequent development. American Journal of Primatology 82(7): e23142. doi: 10.1002/ajp.23142

  • Hou R, He SJ, Wu F, et al. (2018) Seasonal variation in diet and nutrition of the northern-most population of Rhinopithecus roxellana. American Journal of Primatology 80(4): e22755. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22755

  • He G, Guo ST, Jin XL, et al. (2018) Dynamic status of Sichuan snub-nosed monkey in Foping National Nature Reserve, China. Acta Theriologica Sinica 38(3): 247-259. doi: 10.16829/j.slxb.150176

  • Estrada A, Garber PA, Rylands AB, et al. (2017) Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates: why primates matter. Science Advances 3(1): e1600946. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1600946

  • Pan RL, Oxnard C, Grueter CC, et al. (2016) A new conservation strategy for China - A model starting with primates. American Journal of Primatology 78(11): 1137-1148. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22577


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