Binbin Li, Ph.D. | Duke Kunshan University


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Binbin Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Duke Kunshan University

Areas of expertise: 

Conservation Biology

Wildlife Conservation

Connectivity and landscape ecology

Protected area planning and management

Human wildlife conflicts

Conservation intervention 


Dr. Binbin Li is the Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences of the Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. She holds a secondary appointment with Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Her research focuses on loss of biodiversity, endangered and endemic species conservation such as giant pandas, priority setting and management of protected areas, and promotion of innovative technology, markets and policies to solve conservation problems and local community development. Dr. Li got her PhD in Environment from Duke University (2017), M.S in Natural Resources and Environment from University of Michigan (2012). and B.S in Life Sciences with a dual degree in Economics from Peking University (2010).

Dr. Li’s work covers the identification of conservation priorities and national parks in China, impacts of One Belt One Road on biodiversity, giant panda conservation and management via Footprint Identification Technique (FIT), impacts of oil palm and rubber plantations on biodiversity in Southeast Asia, influence of national environmental policies on human-wildlife conflicts, and behavioral study of endemic species. She is also a member of the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group.

Dr. Li is engaged in science communication and nature education. She is a signed nature photographer at Swild in China. From 2013-2015, she was on the advisory board for Disney nature documentary “Born in China”. She is devoted in using photography, social media, drama, and other art formats to promote conservation science in the public.


Li, B. V., Sky Alibhai, Zoe Jewell, Desheng Li, Hemin Zhang. (2017) Using Footprints to Identify and Sex Giant Pandas. Biological Conservation 218: 83-90.

Li, B. V., Pimm SL, Li S, Zhao L, Luo C. (2017) Free-ranging livestock threaten the long-term survival of giant pandas. Biological Conservation: 216(Supplement C):18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.09.019.

Belasen, A., Brock, K., Li, B., Chremou, D., Valakos, E., Pafilis, P. & Foufopoulos, J. (2017). Fine with heat, problems with water: microclimate alters water loss in a thermally adapted insular lizard. Oikos, 126(3), 447-457.

Pimm, S. L., Harris, G., Jenkins, C. N., Ocampo‐Peñuela, N., & Li, B. V. (2017). Unfulfilled promise of data‐driven approaches: response to Peterson et al. Conservation Biology.

Li, B. V., Alice C. Hughes, Clinton N. Jenkins, Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela, and Stuart. L. Pimm (2016). Remotely-sensed data inform Red List evaluations and conservation priorities in South East Asia. PloS One 0160566

Li, B. V. and S. L. Pimm. (2016). China’s endemic vertebrates sheltering under the protective umbrella of the giant panda. Conservation Biology 30: 329-339

Ocampo-Peñuela, N., Jenkins, C. N., Vijay, V., Li, B. V., & Pimm, S. L. (2016). Incorporating explicit geospatial data shows more species at risk of extinction than the current Red List. Science Advances, 2(11), e1601367.

Li, B., Belasen, A., Pafilis, P., Bednekoff, P., & Foufopoulos, J. (2014). Effects of feral cats on the evolution of anti-predator behaviours in island reptiles: insights from an ancient introduction. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 281(1788), 20140339.

Li, B., Belasen, A. and Foufopoulos, J. (2012) Geographic distribution: Chalcides ocellatus. Herpetol Rev. 43(1): 102.