Weihong Ji (Group Leader)
Position: Senior Lecturer, Head of Human-wildlife interaction Research Group, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University Adjunct Professor and Chief Scientist, Gansu Agriculture University- Massey University Research Centre for Grassland Biodiversity

Email: j.j.weihong@massey.ac.nz
Phone: +649 4140800 E:41195
FAX: +64 9 4439790

Degree Year University
BSc 1984 Lanzhou University, China
MSc 1987 Northwest University, China
PhD 2001 The University of Auckland

1. Su J, Wang J, Hua L, Gleeson D, Ji W 2013. Complete mitochondrial genome of the Gansu zokor Eospalax cansus (Rodentia, Spalacidae). Mitochondrial DNA in press.
2. Su J. Ji W, Wang J, Liu R, Liu F, Hua L, Wei Y 2013. Phylogenetic relationships of extant zokors (Myospalacinae) (Rodentia, Spalacinae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Mitochondrial DNA in press.
3. Rickett J, Dey C. J. O’Connor J. B Stothart C Quinn J S and Ji W. 2013. The influence of supplemental feeding on survival, dispersal and competition in translocated Brown Teal, or Pateke (Anas chlorotis). Emu, 113, 62–68
4. Wells S.J., Ji W., Baillie S.M., Gleeson D. 2013. Characterisation and cross-amplification of fourteen microsatellite loci for the endemic New Zealand tui (Meliphagidae), Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae. Conservation Genetics Resources 5:113–116.
5. Aryal, A., J. Hopkins, W. Ji, D. Raubenheimer and D. Brunton. 2012. Distribution anddiet of brown bear in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal. Ursus 23 (2): 231-236.
6. Aryal, A., D. Raubenheimer, W. Ji and D. Brunton. 2012. Blue sheep in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal: habitat use, population biomass and their contribution to the carrying capacity of snow leopards. Integrative Zoology. doi: 10.1111/1749-4877.12004
7. Cao M, Jin Y, Liu N, Ji W. 2012. Effects of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau uplift and environmental changes on phylogeographic structure of the Daurian Partridge (Perdix dauuricae) in China. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65(3) 823-830.
8. Whitwell S., Amiot C., Mclean I., Lovegrove T., Armstrong D., Brunton D. Ji W. 2012. Losing anti-predatory behaviour: a cost of translocation. Austral Ecology 37: 413-418.
9. Qu J., Liu M, Yang M, Zhang Y, Ji W. 2012. Reproduction of plateau pika (Ochotona curzoniae) on the Qinghai–Tibetan plateau. European Journal of Wildlife Research 58:269–277
10. Van Winkle D. and Ji W. 2012 Evidence of lizard predation by New Zealand kingfishers. Journal of New Zealand Zoology 39: 201-208.
11. Aryal A. , Raubenheimer D., Sathyakumar S., Poudel.B.S., Ji W., Kunwar K. J., Kok J., Kohshima S. and Brunton D. 2012 Conservation Strategy for Brown Bear and Its Habitat in Nepal. Diversity 2012, 4(3), 301-317
12. Aryal A., Brunton D. , Ji W., Yadav H. K., Adhikari B. and Raubenheimer D. 2012. Diet and habitat use of hispid hare Caprolagus hispidus in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Nepal. Mammal Study 37: 147–154.
13. Qi X., Yang B. Garber P. Ji W, Watanabe K. Li B. 2011 Sexual Interference in the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana): A test of the sexual competition hypothesis in a polygynus species. American Journal of Primatology 73: 366-377.
14. Li Y, Guo S, Ji W, He G, Wang X, Li B. 2011. Social play behavior in infant Sichuan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana) in Qinling Mountains, China
American Journal of Primatology 73: 845-851.
15. He G, Huang K, Guo S T, Ji W, Qi X. Zhen Y, Jin X, Li B. 2011. Evaluating the reliability of microsatellite genotyping from low-quality DNA templates with a polynomial distribution model. Chinese Sci Bull, 30: 405 - 414.
16. Si W., Ji W, Yang F. Ly Yy. Y. Wang Y. Zhang Y. 2011. The function of constructed wetland in reducing the risk of heavy metals on human health. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 181, 531-537.
17. Wong C, Gleeson D, Howitt R, Barry M, Brunton DH, & Ji W. 2011. Polymorphic microsatellite loci and interspecific cross-amplification in the New Zealand endemic gecko species Hoplodactylus duvaucelii and Hoplodactylus maculates. Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 331-333.
18. Zhao W, Ji W, Yu NN, Wang YJ, Liu NF. 2011. Female Reproductive Cycles of Phrynocephalus przewalskii (Lacertilia: Agamidae) in the Tengger Desert of Northwestern China. Asian Herpetological Research 1:1-6
19. Van Winkel D., Baling M., Barry M. Ji W, Brunton D. 2011. Translocation of Ducaucel’s geckos to Tiritiri Matangi and Motuora Island, Hauraki Gulf, as part of island ecological restoration initiatives. Pp113-117 In Global re-introduction perspectives: 2010 (Ed Soorae S.), IUCN/SSC RSG, Abu Dhabi.
20. Baling M., Wedding C., Barry M. Ji W, Brunton D. 2011. Re-introduction of dhore skinks to offshore islands in the Auckland region, New Zealand. Pp88-92 In Global re-introduction perspectives: 2010 (Ed Soorae S.), IUCN/SSC RSG, Abu Dhabi.
21. Aryal, A., D. Brunton, T K Shrestha, R. K. Koirala, J. Lord, Y. B. Thapa, B. Adhikari, W. Ji,
D. Raubenheimer. 2012. Biological diversity and management regimes of the northern Barandabhar Forest Corridor: an essential habitat for ecological connectivity in Nepal. Tropical Conservation Sciences 5 (1):38-49.
22. Qi X., Yang B., Garber P., Ji W., Watanabe K., Li B. 2010 Sexual Interference in the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana): A Test of the Sexual Competition Hypothesis in a Polygynous Species American Journal of Primatology 71:1–123.
23. Seabrook-Davison M., Ji W., Brunton D. 2010. Survey of New Zealand Department of Conservation staff involved in the management and recovery of threatened species. Biological Conservation 143: 212-219
24. Xie Z., Zhang Y, Li A., Li P., Ji W.and Huang D. 2010. Cd-induced apoptosis was mediated by the release of Ca2+ from intracellular Ca storage. Toxicology Letters 192:115-118.
25. Seabrook-Davison. M.N.H; Ji, W; Brunton, D.H, 2010. New Zealand lacks comprehensive threatened species legislation – comparison with legislation in Australia and the USA. Pacific Conservation Biology 16: 54-65.
26. Wedding C. J.; Ji W., Brunton D. H. 2010. Implications of visitations by Shore Skinks Oligosoma smithi to bait stations containing brodifacoum in a dune system in New Zealand. Conservation Biology 16: 86-91.
27. Guo S., Ji W., Li M., Chang H, Li B. 2009. The mating systems of Sichuan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana). American Journal of Primatology, 72: 25-32.
28. Seabrook-Davison. M., Brunton, D., Ji, W. 2009. Future direction fort he conservation of New Zealand’s biodiversity. Pacific Conservation Biology 5: 153-157.
29. Wang Y., Chen P., Cui R., Si W., Zhang Y. Ji W. 2009 Heavy metal concentrations in water, sediment, and tissues of two fish species (Triplohysa pappenheimi, Gobio hwanghensis) from the Lanzhou section of the Yellow River, China. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 165: 97-102.
30. Chen G., Qin J., Shi D., Zhang Y., Ji W. 2009. Diversity of soil nematodes in areas polluted with heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Lanzhou, China. Environmental management 44: 163-172.
31. Qi X., Li B., Garber P., Ji W., Watanabe K. 2009 Social dynamics of the golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana): female transfer and one-male unit succession. American Journal of Primatology 71:1–10
32. Ji W. 2009. The impact and management of an invasive marsupial--common brushtail possum in New Zealand. Human Wildlife Conflict 3: 20-29.
33. Carter S., Roy S., Cowan D., Massei G., Smith G., Delahay R., Ji W., Rossi S., Woodroffe R. 2009. Control of vectors. Pp121-146 In: Management of Disease in Wild Mammals (Eds: Dez Delehay, Graham and Mike Hutchings). Springer Tokyo.
34. Zhao D., Ji W., Li B., Watanabe K. 2008. Mate Competition and reproductive correlates of female dispersal in a polygynous primate species (Rhinopithecus Roxellana). Behavrioural Processes. 79: 165-170.
35. Huang D., Zhang Y., Qi Y., Chen C., Ji W. 2008. Global DNA hypomethylation, rather than reactive oxygen species (ROS), a potential facilitator of Cadmium-stimulated K562 cell proliferation. Toxicology Letters 179: 43-47
36. Guo S., Ji W., Li B., Li M. 2008. Response to Commercial Logging by a group of Sichuan Snub-Nosed Monkeys in the Qinling Mountains, China. Conservation Biology 22: 1055-1064.
37. Xi W., Li B., Zhao D., JI W., Peng Z. 2008. Benefits to female helpers in wild Rhinopithecus roxellana International journal of Primatology 29: 593-600.
38. Brunton D.H., Evans B., Cope T., Ji W. 2008. A test of the ‘dear enemy’ hypothesis in female NZ bellbirds: female neighbours as threats. Behavioral Ecology 19: 171-198.
39. Zhao D., Ji W. Watanabe K., Li B. 2008. Hand Preference during Unimanual and Bimanual reaching action in Sichuan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana). Journal of American Primatology 70: 500-504
40. Qi X., Li B., Ji W. 2007. Reproductive Parameters of Wild Female Rhinopithecus roxellana. Journal of American Primatology. 70: 1-9
41. Baling M, Ji W., Brunton D. 2007. Categorising shore skink (Oligosoma smithi) colour patterns at Tawharanui Regional Park. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34: 259.
42. Barr B., Ji, W., Brunton, D. 2007. Habitat preference and dispersal of translocated shore skink (Oligosoma smithi) populations on Tiritiri Matangi and Motuora Islands. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34(3):259-260.
43. Barry M., Ji W., Brunton D. 2007. The mating system of New Zealand\\'s largest gecko: Hoplodactylus duvaucelii. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34: 260.
44. Ji W., Baling M., Barry M., Van Winkel D., Wedding, C, Barr, B, Brunton, D. 2007. Translocation of Duvaucel\\'s gecko and shore skinks to Tiritiri Matangi Island, Motuora Island and Massey University captive breeding facility. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34:64-265.
45. Van Winkel D., Brunton D., Ji W. 2007. Efficiency of techniques for post-release monitoring of translocated Duvaucel\\'s geckos (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) and impact of native predators on island lizard populations. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34:71-272.
46. Wedding C., Ji W., Brunton, D. 2007. The impacts of mice (Mus musculus), and their control using brodifacoum, on the post-harvest recovery of small lizard populations. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34: 272.
47. Derraik J.G.B., Ji W., Slaney D. 2007. Mosquitoes feeding on brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) and humans in a native forest fragment in the Auckland region of New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal 120: 1266.
48. Zhang D., Wang Y., Xie Z., Ji W. 2007. Assessment of the genotoxicity in toad Bufo raddei exposed to petrochemical contaminants in Lanzhou Region, China. Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis 629: 81-88.
49. Huang D., Zhang Y., Song G., Long J., Liu J., Ji W. 2007. Contaminants-Induced Oxidative Damage on the Carp Cyprinus carpio collected from upper Yellow River, China. Environmental Mornitoring and Assessment 128: 483-8.
50. Ji W., Clout M. 2006 Conservation – applied ecology. Pp 84-99 In: Biology Aotearoa: the unique flora, fauna and fungi of New Zealand (ed. Stuart Parsons). Pearson Education New Zealand, Auckland.
51. Bulling M., Ji W., White P., Barlow N. Clout M. 2006. The importance of envioronmental spatial heterogeneity and host social structure in disease transmission. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 30: 147-148.
52. Douglas M., Ji W. Clout M. 2006. MateID: design and testing of a novel device for recording contacts between free-ranging animals. Wildlife Bulletins 34: 203-207.
53. Ji W., White P., Clout M. 2005. Contact rates between possums revealed by proximity data logger. Journal of Applied Ecology 42: 595-604
54. Ji W., Sarre S., White P., Clout M. 2004. Population recovery of common brushtail possums after local depopulation. Wildlife research 31: 543-550.
55. Ji W. Clout M. 2003. Denning behavior of brushtail possums in populations recovering from density reduction. Journal of Mammalogy 84: 1059-1067.
56. Ji W. Clout M. 2002. The common brushtail possum in New Zealand—an unfinished battle with an alien invasive marsupial. Biodiversity Science 10: 98-105.
57. Ji W., Sarre S., Aitken N, Hankin R. Clout M. 2001. Sex biased dispersal and a density independent mating system in the Australian brushtail possum, as revealed by minisatellite DNA profiling. Molecular Ecology 10: 1527-1537.
58. Ji W., Clout M., Sarre S. 2000. Responses of male brushtail possums to sterile females: implications for biological control. Journal of Applied Ecology 37: 926-934.
59. Sarre S., Aitken N., Clout M., Ji W., Robins J. Lambert D. 2000. Molecular ecology and biological control: the mating system of a marsupial pest. Molecular Ecology 9: 723-733.
60. Li B., Chen C., Ji W., Ren B. 2000. Seasonal home range changes of the Sichuan snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellanae) in the Qinling Mountains of China. Folia Primatologica 71: 375-386.
61. Ji W. Veitch C., Craig J. 1999. An evaluation of the efficiency of rodent trapping methods: the effect of trap arrangement, cover type, and bait. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 23: 45-51.
62. Ji W., Clout M., Douglas M., Day T., Hendra R. 1999. Mate ID— first trial of a novel device for measuring possum contacts. In: Advances in the Biological Control of Possums (ed. G. Sutherland) pp 92-95, The Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington.
63. Ji W., Chen F. 1990. The relationship between the species density of Chiroptera and environmental factors. Acta Theriologica Sinica 10: 23-30.
64. Chen F., Liu S., Li B., Ji W. (eds) 1988. Advances in Research on Golden Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellanae). Northwest University publisher, Xian, China.

2013: Gansu Agricultural University International collaboration fund, Behavioural adaptation of great spotted woodpecker to urbanisation, 20,000.
2012: Gansu Agricultural University International collaboration fund, Effect of grassland degradation on dispersal patterns of small mammals on Tibetan Plateau, 20,000.
2012: Effect of urbanisation on gene flow of native lizards, Massey University Research Fund, NZ,000
2011: Behaviourl adaptation of native animal to urbanization, Massey University Research Fund, NZ,000
2010, Shanxi Science and Technology Foundation, Nutritional ecology of Snub-nosed monkeys, NZ$ 40,000

My research interests include animal behavioral ecology and human-wild animal interaction.

Supervisors / Supervisions:
Phylogeography and mating systems of Tui ()-Sarah Wells
Biological significance of bird song and diurnal variations – Sam Hill
Ecology and conservation of swamp deer – Hemanta Yadav
Nutritional ecology of Asian elephants – Raj
Nutritional ecology of Snub-nosed Monkeys – Brigitte Kreigenhofer
Vocalisation of snub-nosed monkeys and effect of captivity—Jonathan Cope

About Me

I am leading a research programme investigate behavioural adaptations of native animals to urban habitats using lizards and birds in New Zealand and Chinese urban systems.  This programme involves 2 PhD and 2 MSc students.