biodiversity patterns (character, distribution, species relationship) and their ecological and evolutionary causes
Key words: Biodiversity pattern; biogeography; entomology; evolutionary biology; fauna evolution; molecular phylogenetics; Himalayas; Tibetan Plateau.
1) biodiversity and biogeographical patterns and evolution of the fauna in the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas;
2) biogeography and speciation of Mindarinae (Insecta, Aphididae) with continentally and regionally disjunct distributions;
3) molecular phylogeny of higher aphid groups with K/T radiation and evolution of key biological features;
4) relationships between aphids and their primary endosymbionts, Buchnera;
5) population genetics and molecular basis of biology of the soybean aphid.
I personally am also interested in some matters of general interest, such as how to promote the collection and sharing of biodiversity data. We have proposed that implementation of a joint data archiving policy by journals and databases would be a win-win strategy for both sides and a sustainable (quantity and quality) methodology for biodiversity data sharing and archiving. The suggestions have been published in TREE. We conducted a first international survey to ascertain the scientists’ attitudes, experiences, and expectations regarding biodiversity data sharing and archiving. The survey results provide suggestions for improving data sharing and archiving by individual scientists, organizations, journals, and databases. A paper has been published in Conservation Letters.