Yichao Zeng


Wiens Lab


  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (2019–Present)
  • M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida (2017–2019)
  • B.S. in Biological Sicence, Peking University (2013–2017)

Research Interests: 

I am interested in almost all aspects of biodiversity research, including ecology, evolution and conservation. My early works have focused on the conservation ecology of large mammals in Southwestern China. For my Ph.D., I am interested in large-scale macroevolutionary patterns of species interactions, as well as herpetology.


  • Hou, J., He, Y., Yang, H., Connor, T., Gao, J., Wang, Y., et al. (2020). Identification of animal individuals using deep learning: A case study of giant panda. Biol. Conserv., 242.
  • Zeng, Y., Zhang, J. & Hull, V. (2019). Mixed-method study on medicinal herb collection in relation to wildlife conservation: the case of giant pandas in China. Integr. Zool., 14, 604–612