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Ruidong Wu

Ruidong is a Associate Professor of Ecology in the Institute of International Rivers and Eco-security at Yunnan University. His main research interests include Conservation Biogeography, Ecosystem Services Modelling and Systematic Conservation Planning. Ruidong joined Yunnan University in 2011. Before that, he served as a conservation scientist in The Nature Conservancy (TNC) during 2001 to 2008. Ruidong received his B.S. in Surveying and Mapping from Liaoning Technical University, M.S. in Forestry Management from Southwest Forestry College, and Ph.D. in Ecology from South China Normal University.

Education Background

  • 09/2008 - 07/2011, Ph.D. in Ecology from South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China
  • 09/2003 - 07/2006, M.S. in Forestry Management from Southwest Forestry College, Kunming, China
  • 09/1994 - 07/1998, B.S. in Surveying & Mapping from Liaoning Techincal University, Fuxin, China

Professional Experience

  • 08/2011 - Present, Associate Professor in Institute of International Rivers and Eco-security, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, China
  • 09/2001 - 12/2008, Conservation Scientist in The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Research Interests

  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Ecosystem Services Modelling
  • Systematic Conservation Planning

  • Arjun Thapa, Ruidong Wu, Yibo Hu, Yonggang Nie, Paras B. Singh, Janak R. Khatiwada, Li Yan, Xiaodong Gu, Fuwen Wei*. 2018. Predicting the potential distribution of the endangered red panda across its entire range using MaxEnt modeling. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4526.
  • Junjun Wang, Ruidong Wu*, Daming He*, Feiling Yang, Peijun Hu, Shiwei Lin, Wei Wu, Yixin Diao, Yang Guo. 2018. Spatial relationship between climatic diversity and biodiversity conservation value. Conservation Biology DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13147.
  • Shiwei Lin, Ruidong Wu*, Feiling Yang, Junjun Wang, and Wei Wu. 2018. Spatial trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services within a global biodiversity hotspot. Ecological Indicators 84: 371-381.
  • Ruidong Wu*. 2017. Key limitations in the assessment of global roadless areas. Science Foundation in China 25: 4.
  • Ruidong Wu*, Wenli Wang, Feiling Yang, Junjun Wang, Wei Wu, Yixin Diao, and Peijun Hu. 2017. Global roadless areas: Consider terrain. Science 355: 1381.
  • Ruidong Wu*. 2016. Conservation: big data boost in China. Nature 540: 38.
  • Ruidong Wu*. 2016. China's ecosystems: Focus on biodiversity. Science 353: 657.
  • Shiwei Lin, Ruidong Wu*, Chaolang Hua, Jianzhong Ma, Wenli Wang, Feiling Yang, and Junjun Wang. 2016. Identifying local-scale wilderness for on-ground conservation actions within a global biodiversity hotspot. Scientific Reports 6: 25898.
  • Feiling Yang, Jinming Hu*, and Ruidong Wu*. 2016. Combining endangered plants and animals as surrogates to identify priority conservation areas in Yunnan, China. Scientific Reports 6: 30753.
  • ShiWei Lin, Ruidong Wu*. 2015. The spatial pattern of soil retention ecosystem services in the Three Parallel Rivers Region. Journal of Yunnan University 37: 295-302.
  • Shiwei Lin, Ruidong Wu*. 2015. The spatial pattern of water supply ecosystem services in the Three Parallel Rivers Region. Journal of West China Forestry Science 44(3): 8-15.
  • Guopeng Ren, Stephen S. Young, Lin Wang, Wei Wang, Yongcheng Long, Ruidong Wu, Junsheng Li, Jianguo Zhu, and Douglas W. Yu. 2015. Effectiveness of China’s National Forest Protection Program and nature reserves. Conservation Biology 29: 1368-1377.
  • Ruidong Wu*, Yongcheng Long, George P. Malanson, Paul A. Garber, Shuang Zhang, Diqiang Li, Peng Zhao, Longzhu Wang, and Hairui Duo. 2014. Optimized spatial priorities for biodiversity conservation in China: a systematic conservation planning perspective. PLoS One 9: e103783.
  • Daming He, Ruidong Wu, Yan Feng, Yungang Li, Chengzhi Ding, Wenling Wang, and Douglas W. Yu. 2014. China’s transboundary waters: new paradigms for water and ecological security through applied ecology. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1159-1168.
  • Feiling Yang, Jinming Hu, Ruidong Wu*. 2013. Identifying plant priority conservation areas based on the NPWP distribution in Yunnan, China. Acta Geographica Sinica 68: 1538-1548.
  • Zhiming Zhang, Ruth Sherman, Zijiang Yang, Ruidong Wu, Wenli Wang, Mei Yin, Guihua Yang, and Xiaokun Ou. 2013. Integrating a participatory process with a GIS-based multi-criteria decision analysis for protected area zoning in China. Journal for Nature Conservation 21: 225-240.
  • Wenli Wang, Christian Körner, Zhiming Zhang, Ruidong Wu, Yupeng Geng, Wen Shi, and Xiaokun Ou. 2013. No slope exposure effect on alpine treeline position in the Three Parallel Rivers Region, SW China. Alpine Botany 123: 87-95.
  • Ruidong Wu, Shuang Zhang, Douglas W. Yu, Peng Zhao, Xinhai Li, Longzhu Wang, Qian Yu, Jian Ma, Ai Chen, and Yongcheng Long. 2011. Effectiveness of China’s nature reserves in representing ecological diversity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 383-389.
  • Ruidong Wu, Guangzhi Ma, Yongcheng Long, Jiehua Yu, Shining Li, and Haisheng Jiang. 2011. The performance of nature reserves in capturing the biological diversity on Hainan Island, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 18: 800-810.
  • Zhijing Liu, Baoping Ren, Ruidong Wu, Liang Zhao, Yanli Hao, Boshi Wang, Fuwen Wei, Yongcheng Long, and Ming Li. 2009. The effect of landscape features on population genetic structure in Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) implies an anthropogenic genetic discontinuity. Molecular Ecology 18: 3831-3846.
  • Li Li, Shixiao Yu, Baoping Ren, Ming Li, Ruidong Wu, and Yongcheng Long. 2009. A study on the carrying capacity of the available habitat for the Rhinopithecus bieti population at Mt. Laojun in Yunnan, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 16: 474-478.
  • Baoping Ren, Ming Li, Yongcheng Long, Ruidong Wu, and Fuwen Wei. 2009. Home range and seasonality of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys. Integrative Zoology 4: 162-171.

Awards and Recognition
Academic Conference and Activities
Student Supervision


  • Haiwei Zhao (12/2017 - 12/2019)

Ph.D. students

  • Feiling Yang (09/2011 - 12/2016)
  • Junjun Wang (09/2017 - Present)

Master students

  • Shiwei Lin (09/2013 - 07/2016)
  • Junjun Wang (09/2014 - 07/2017)
  • Wei Wu (09/2016 - 07/2019)
  • Yixin Diao (09/2016 - 07/2019)
  • Peijun Hu (09/2016 - 07/2018)
  • Yang Guo (09/2017 - 07/2020)
  • Yiting Wang (09/2018 - 07/2021)
  • Jian Zhou (09/2018 - 07/2021)
  • Chen Zhang (09/2018 - 07/2021)
  • Zhixue Feng (09/2018 - 07/2021)

Professional Service
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