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Dr. Kun Shi, Wildlife Conservation, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Eco-Bridge Continental, Beijing, China

Summary:

Dr. Kun Shi is a distinguished figure in the field of wildlife conservation, holding key positions and actively contributing to various organizations and committees. His professional journey reflects a strong commitment to ecological research, wildlife protection, and environmental advocacy. Dr. Shi has extensive academic experience, including serving as Chief Scientist at Eco-Bridge Continental, Beijing, and holding leadership roles at the Wildlife Institute, Beijing Forestry University. His notable contributions extend to professional associations, committees, and advisory roles, showcasing his dedication to wildlife preservation and environmental sustainability.

Professional Profile:

👩‍🎓Education & Qualification:

B.Sc. degree at the Department of Forest Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China (1979.9-1983.7)

MSc. degree at the Department of Environment and Resources Science, the Graduate School of Agriculture Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan (1994.4-1996.3)

Ph.D. degree at the Department of Environment and Resources Science, United Graduate School of Agriculture Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan (1997.4-2000.3)

Academic Experience:

Dr. Kun Shi is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in the field of wildlife conservation and ecology. Currently serving as the Chief Scientist at Eco-Bridge Continental in Beijing, a non-profit organization committed to environmental sustainability, Dr. Shi has been contributing significantly to the organization since January 2023.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Shi held the position of Director of The Wildlife Institute and Professor at the School of Ecology & Nature Conservation at Beijing Forestry University from January 2016 to December 2022. His responsibilities included leading academic initiatives and research projects in the field of wildlife and nature conservation.

Dr. Shi’s academic journey at Beijing Forestry University started in May 2006 when he joined as an Associate Professor & Chief Scientist at the Wildlife Institute. During his tenure, he made substantial contributions to both teaching and research in the domain of wildlife studies.

Before joining Beijing Forestry University, Dr. Shi gained valuable international research experience. He served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, UK, from April 2005 to April 2006. Additionally, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Environmental Sciences, National Research Centre of Grassland, Japan, from January 2005 to March 2005, and as a Key Project Researcher at the Department of Grassland Ecology, National Research Centre of Grassland, Japan, from January 2000 to December 2004.

Dr. Shi’s early career involved various roles related to forestry and conservation in China. He served as a Project Officer at the Forest Conservation Division, Forestry Department of Jilin Province, from January 1989 to March 1992, and later as a Project Manager from June 1986 to December 1988. His career in research began as a Research Associate at the Department of Nature Sciences, Museum of Jilin Province, China, where he worked from August 1983 to May 1986.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kun Shi has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental conservation, wildlife research, and academic leadership, making valuable contributions to the field.

Professional Associations:

Dr. Kun Shi is actively involved in various professional associations and expert committees, showcasing his dedication to wildlife conservation and environmental protection. His extensive engagement includes roles in academic institutions, conservation organizations, and advisory committees. Here is a summary of his professional associations and committee memberships:

Steering Committee Member of Snow Leopard Network (SLN-SC, 2015-2017).

Visiting Professor, College of Wildlife Resources, Northeast Forestry University (2015-2017).

Secretary-General – The China Cats Specialist Group of China Mammalogical Society.

Member of IUCN Cat Specialist Group (Cat SG).

Member of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

Member of IUCN Education and Communication Committee (CEC).

Academic Visitor of Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford (2013-2018).

Technical Advisor of Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) Project, Department of Wildlife Protection, State Forestry Administration (2013-2019).

Member of the Expert Group on China’s Implementation of the United Nations Instrument on Forests.

Member of Qilian Mountain National Park Expert Group.

Member of the Expert Group of Hainan National Park Research Institute.

Member of the Expert Thinktank of Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park.

Chief Expert of Everest Snow Leopard Conservation Center.

Chairman of the Asian Elephant Conservation Expert Committee, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, China (2022-present).

Member of the Hainan Gibbon Conservation Expert Committee, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, China (2023-present).

Chairman of the Expert Committee on Prevention and Control of Wild Boar Damage, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, China (2022-present).

Dr. Kun Shi’s active participation in these organizations and committees underscores his leadership and expertise in the conservation and protection of wildlife and natural ecosystems.

Publication Top Noted:

Dr. Kun Shi has been actively involved in various research projects, contributing to publications in renowned journals. Here are some recent publications where Dr. Shi is listed as an author:

Title: “Is there scope for growth? Mapping habitat suitability for Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) across its range in China”

  • Authors: Chen, Y., Ding, N., Sun, Y., Shi, K., Dudgeon, D.
  • Journal: Global Ecology and Conservation, 2023, 47, e02665

Title: “New records of the Endangered Helan Shan pika Ochotona argentata, with notes on its natural history and conservation”

  • Authors: Lambert, J.P., Li, J., Li, Y., Hou, X., Shi, K.
  • Journal: ORYX, 2023, 57(5), pp. 581–584

Title: “MaxEnt Modeling for Predicting Suitable Habitats of Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) in the Mid-Eastern Tianshan Mountains”

  • Authors: Gong, J., Li, Y., Wang, R., Fan, J., Shi, K.
  • Journal: Journal of Resources and Ecology, 2023, 14(5), pp. 1075–1085

Title: “Mapping crop damage by wild boars using multi-scale risk modeling in Northeast China”

  • Authors: Ding, N., Atzeni, L., Chen, Y., Lyu, Z., Shi, K.
  • Journal: Journal of Wildlife Management, 2023, 87(6), e22418

Title: “Landscape resistance to gene flow in a snow leopard population from Qilianshan National Park, Gansu, China”

  • Authors: Atzeni, L., Wang, J., Riordan, P., Shi, K., Cushman, S.A.
  • Journal: Landscape Ecology, 2023, 38(7), pp. 1847–1868

Research Area:

Wildlife Conservation

Habitat Mapping

Human-Wildlife Conflict

Landscape Ecology

 

Kun Shi | Wildlife Conservation | Best Researcher Award

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