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Shu Chen MSc
Kunming, Yunnan Province P.R.China
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • EDGE Fellow
[General description section]


As the Project Coordinator, Shu works directly for the Institute of Zoology, and is responsible for coordinating the project entitled "A sustainable future for Chinese giant salamanders". In particular, Shu will lead the public awareness-raising campaigns in China to raise the conservation profile of the Chinese giant salamander.

 Graduated from the National University of Singapore, Shu has worked on interdisciplinary research including Asian elephant conservation in Yunnan, China, and is part of the Elephant Conservation Group in Southeast Asia. Shu is highly determined to conduct wildlife conservation research within China, and to become an in-country conservation leader in the future.

Institute of Zoology, ZSL
Position within organisation

Project Co-ordinator


This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species

A sustainable future for Chinese giant salamanders: Project Co-ordinator; EDGE Fellow

This project, led by ZSL and funded by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong and the US Fish and Wildlife Amphibians in Decline fund, aims to provide sound scientific evidence to conserve the Chinese giant salamander (CGS) and its habitat. The CGS is a national treasure of China and can be regarded as the “freshwater panda”. However, wild CGS populations have experienced 80% declines since the 1950s and this species is currently listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN.

Responsible for coordinating and keeping the project running, including managing the budget, leading the CEPA (Communication, Education and Public Awareness-raising) campaign to raise Conservation awareness of the Chinese giant salamander and liaising with the local project partners.

Relevant species

The largest living amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander can reach lengths of 1.8 metres.

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Research interests

Wildlife Conservation

I aim to adopt interdisciplinary approach integrating natural and social sciences to investigate sustainable ways to conserve wildlife and its remaining habitat, and meanwhile to counteract the adverse anthropogenic impacts

Associated EDGE Fellows

Working to protect the Chinese giant salamander.

My name is Lv Jingcai, I come from China and I am focusing on amphibians and reptiles.

I am focusing on the conservation genetics of wild Chinese giant salamander.


Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London


Master of Science, National University of Singapore


Email: Shu.Chen@ioz.ac.uk; beckyshuchen@gmail.com

Associated Blog Posts
10th Oct 13
A team of experts from ZSL recently visited our Chinese giant salamander project in China. Head of ZSL's herpetology department Ben Tapley has written this b...  Read

12th Aug 13
by Becky Shu Chen (IoZ, ZSL) The Darwin Initiative Project entitled “A sustainable future for Chinese giant salamanders” includes a strong Communi...  Read

17th Mar 13
The giant panda is loved by people globally. Its characteristic black and white coat and playful nature has made it a firm favourite with the general public ...  Read

10th Mar 13
Meet Shu Chen, one of our new EDGE Fellows working on the Chinese giant salamander in her native country of China. In this introductory blog, she describes ...  Read

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