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Fang Yan PhD
Kunming, China
  • EDGE Fellow
[General description section]

I am an EDGE Fellow focusing on the conservation genetics of the Chinese giant salamander (CGS).


Based in Professor Yaping Zhang  and Jing Che's laboratory at the Kinming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, I have collected some wild samples of CGS and studied the phylogeny of mitochondrial lineages. I will continue to collect more samples and study the population genetics using microsatellite markers, which will serve as a guide for monitoring and developing a conservation strategy.

Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species

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.

Relevant species

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

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Research interests

Phylogeography and conservation of amphibians

Associated EDGE Fellows

Keen on wildlife conservation and aim to become the conservation leader in China

Working to protect the Chinese giant salamander.

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


Kunming Institute of Zoology

Associated Blog Posts
2nd Dec 13
Edge fellow Fang Yan shares news of an initiative to help the recovery of wild Chinese giant salamander populations. During 23rd September to 23rd Octobe...  Read

24th Jul 13
Following Lv Jingcai's recent blog about the Chinese giant salamander EDGE fellow Yan Fang has written a quick update from the project in China. In order ...  Read

25th Mar 13
Meet Fang Yan and Lv Jingcai, two EDGE Fellows who will be researching the Chinese giant salamander (CGS) in their home country of China. Found in much of ce...  Read

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