Dr. Dajun Wang


Instructor, Center for Wildlife Studies

Wildlife Ecologist, Peking University, China

Ph.D Zoology, Peking University

Email: djwang@pku.edu.cn

ResearchGate profile

Dajun’s research focuses on the population and habitat management of endangered wildlife under threat of a changing landscape in China. For more than 14 years, Dajun has co-chaired the IUCN giant panda expert team. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D. from the School of Life Sciences at Peking University studying the movements, activity patterns, and home ranges of giant pandas (buy his book here). Since then, he has expanded his research to the study of a variety of wildlife species in western China, including snow leopards, Przewalski’s gazelle, Asiatic black bear, brown bears, and sun bears. Currently, Dajun works as CWS’s liaison to China and is a Visiting Wildlife Researcher with Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 



Pan, W.S., Z. Lu, X. Zhu, D. Wang, H. Wang, Y. Long, D. Fu, & Z. Xin. 2014. A chance for lasting survival: ecology and behavior of wild giant pandas. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington D.C.

Wang, F., W.J. McShea, L. Sheng, & D. Wang. 2017. Does one size fit all? A multispecies approach to regional landscape corridor planning. Diversity and Distribution. DOI:10.1111/ddi.12692

Swaisgood, R.R., D. Wang, & W. Fuwen. 2017. Panda Downlisted but not Out of the Woods. Conservation Letters doi: 10.1111/conl.12355

Shen, X., S. Li, D. Wang, & Z. Lu. 2015. Viable contribution of Tibetan sacred mountains in Southwestern China to forest conservation. Conservation Biology. 29(6) :1518–1526.

Wang, F., W.J. McShea, D. Wang, & S. Li. 2015. Shared resources between giant panda and sympatric wild and domestic mammals. Biological Conservation 186: 319-325.

L. Zhang, J. Liu, D. Wang, G.B. Schaller, Y. Wu, R.B. Harris, K. Zhang & Z. Lu,. 2012. Distribution and population status of Przewalski’s gazelle, Procapra przewalskii. Mammalia DOI: 10.1515/mammalia-2012-0002

Fang, L., W.J. McShea, D.L. Garshelis, X. Zhu, D. Wang, & L. Shao. 2011. Human-wildlife conflicts influence attitudes but not necessarily behaviors: Factors driving the poaching of bears in China. Biological Conservation 144:538–547.

Liu F., W. McShea, D. Garshelis, X. Zhu1, D. Wang, J. Gong & Y. Chen. 2009. Spatial distribution as a measure of conservation needs: an example with Asiatic black bears in south-western China. Diversity and Distributions 15:649–659.

Wang, D., S. Li, S. Sun, H. Wang, A. Chen, S. Li, J. Li, & Z. Lu. 2008. Turning Earthquake Disaster into Long-Term Benefits for the Panda. Conservation Biology 22:1356–1360 

Garshelis D. L., H. Wang, D. Wang, X. Zhu, S. Li, & W.J. McShea.  2008. Do revised giant panda population estimates aid in their conservation? Ursus 19:168–176.

Loucks, C. J., Z. Lu, E. Dinerstein, D. Wang, D. Fu, & H. Wang. 2003.The Giant Pandas of Qinling Mountains, China: A Case Study in Designing Conservation Landscape for Elevational Migrants. Conservation Biology 17:558–565.

Loucks, C. J., Z. Lu, E. Dinerstein, H. Wang, D. M. Olson, C. Zhu, & D. Wang. 2001. Giant Pandas in a Changing Landscape. Science 294:1465.

Zhu, X., D. Lindburg, W. Pan, K. Forney, & D. Wang. 2001. The reproductive strategy of giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca): infant growth and development and mother-infant relationships. Journal of Zoology 253:141–155.

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