Xingfeng is a community ecologist with a special interest in birds and mammals. He studies community diversity and structure of island faunas with functional traits and evolutionary history. His current research examines biodiversity changes and community assembly in fragmented habitats, and how anthropogenic activities affect animal distributions on islands.

Associate Editor of Journal of Animal Ecology

Reviewer for journals: Ecology Letters, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Ecography, Functional Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Biological Conservation, Biodiversity and Conservation, Integrative Zoology, Austral Ecology, Avian Research, Journal of Plant Research, PeerJ, Biodiversity Science.