Xingfeng is principally a community ecologist and biogeographer, with a special interest in birds and mammals. Using functional and phylogenetic approaches, his current research examines community assembly of island faunas, biodiversity changes after habitat fragmentation, and human impacts on biodiversity at the large scale.

Research Interests

Beta diversity, biodiversity conservation, biotic homogenization, camera trap, community assembly, functional trait, habitat fragmentation, imperfect detection, island biogeography, land-use change, occupancy model, phylogenetic diversity, species interaction, wildlife monitoring


2018–present Professor, East China Normal University

2016–2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

2014–2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Zhejiang University

2016 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University


2008–2014 Ph.D. Ecology, Zhejiang University

2012–2013 Visiting Student. Ecology, Duke University

2004–2008 B.S. Biological Science, Zhejiang Normal University

Selected Grants

2019–2024 Startup Fund of Zijiang Young Scholar Award Program, East China Normal University.

2019–2022 Plant-animal mutualistic networks in fragmented habitats of the Thousand Island Lake. National Natural Science Foundation of China.

2016–2018 Taxonomic and functional beta diversity of bird and mammal communities in fragmented habitats of the Thousand Island Lake. National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Selected Awards

2017 Cheng Tso-Hsin Young Ornithologist Prize, Cheng Tso-Hsin Trust for Ornithology.

2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Ornithology, China Ornithological Society.

2013 Gold Award of the 9th Kingfisher Forum, China Ornithological Society.

Professional Services and Affiliations

Associate Editor of Journal of Animal Ecology (2017–present)

Editor of Avian Research (2018–present)

Reviewer for journals: Nature Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, Journal of Animal Ecology, 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 etc. See more review records in his Publons profile.