Xiaolei Huang

—I have moved to Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University from August 2014. My IOZ email account will be closed in November 2014. Please update my contacts.—


Ph.D., Professor

College of Plant Protection, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
15 Shangxiadian Road, Cangshan District
Fuzhou 350002, CHINA
E-mail: huangxl [at] fafu.edu.cn; huangxlidae [at] hotmail.com

Professional experiences * Research * Publications * Presentations * Professional societies * Fellowships / Awards * Field experiences

Professional experiences

2014.8-,  Professor,  Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University
2012,  Visiting Scholar University of California, Irvine (Prof. Bradford Hawkins)
2012.1-2014.8,  Associate Professor,  Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2011,  Visiting Scholar,  USDA Systematic Entomology Lab (Dr. Colin Favret & Dr. Gary Miller)
2008.7-2011.12,  Assistant Professor,  Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


I am interested in biodiversity patterns (character, distribution, species relationship) and their ecological and evolutionary mechanisms. My lab mainly uses agricultural and forestry insects as research models. Multiple research approaches from different fields are recruited, including biodiversity, molecular phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, biogeography, genomics, and bioinformatics.

I am also interested in some issues of general interest in biology, such as big data issues and related science policy, which have been getting increased attention. I have been doing researches on biodiversity data issues and related data policies.

Current focuses: 1) biogeographical patterns and evolution of fauna in the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas (QTPH); 2) biogeography and speciation of Mindarinae (Insecta, Aphididae) with continentally and regionally disjunct distributions; 3) molecular phylogenetics of higher aphid groups with K/T radiation and evolution of key biological features; 4) phylogenetic relationships between aphids and their primary endosymbionts, Buchnera, and underlying mechanisms; 5) population genetics and molecular basis of biology of the soybean aphid; 6) aphid-ant interactions; 7) aphid genomics and genome evolution; 8)) biodiversity data issues and related science policies.

Publications (PDFs are only for share with colleagues and non-commercial purpose)

Total list:    http://publicationslist.org/huangxl

 profile: https://impactstory.org/XiaoleiHuang

Qinghua Liu, Jing Chen, Xiaolei Huang, Liyun Jiang, Gexia Qiao. 2014. Ancient association with Fagaceae in the aphid tribe Greenideini (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Greenideinae). Systematic Entomology, doi: 10.1111/syen.12100

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao. 2014. Sharing and publishing of biodiversity data: recent trends and future suggestions. Biodiversity Science, 22(3): 293-301. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.13269 (free download)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao. 2014. Aphids as models for ecological and evolutionary studies. Insect Science, 21: 247-250. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12130 (free download)

Lin Liu, Xiaolei Huang*, Yuan Wang, Gexia Qiao. 2014. Revisiting the first case of insect-bacteria cospeciation: phylogenetic incongruence between aphids and their obligate endosymbiont at subfamily level. PeerJ PrePrints 2:e346v1 http://dx.doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.346v1

Lin Liu, Xingyi Li, Xiaolei Huang*, Gexia Qiao. 2014. Evolutionary relationships of Pemphigus and allied genera (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Eriosomatinae) and their primary endosymbiont, Buchnera aphidicolaInsect Science, 21: 301-312. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12113 (free download)

Yuan Wang, Xiaolei Huang*, Gexia Qiao. 2014. The complete mitochondrial genome of Cervaphis quercus (Insecta: Hemiptera: Aphididae: Greenideinae). Insect Science, 21: 278-290. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12112 (free download)

Yuan Wang, Xiaolei Huang*, Gexia Qiao. 2013. Comparative analysis of mitochondrial genomes of five aphid species (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and phylogenetic implications. PLoS ONE, 8(10): e77511. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077511 (PDF)

Jian Zhang, Shengbin Chen, Bin Chen, Yanjun Du, Xiaolei Huang, Xubin Pan, Qiang Zhang. 2013. Citizen science: integrating scientific research, ecological conservation and public participation. Biodiversity Science, 21(6): 738-749. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2013.12113 (free download)

Ruiling Zhang, Xiaolei Huang, Liyun Jiang, Gexia Qiao. 2013. Molecular phylogenetic evidence for paraphyly of Ceratovacuna and Pseudoregma (Hemiptera, Hormaphidinae) reveals Late Tertiary radiation. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 103: 644-655. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007485313000321

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao, Colin Favret. 2013. Cladistics: The high cost of overspecialization. Nature, 497: 40. doi:10.1038/497040b (PDF) (submission version)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao. 2013. Biodiversity data sharing: trends, strategies, and suggestions. In: Strategy Research Report on Biodiversity and Biological Resources (eds. Jianrong Yu, Zhiping Lou). Beijing: Science Press. pp 48-62. (invited chapter)

Xiaolei Huang, Bradford A. Hawkins, Gexia Qiao. 2013. Biodiversity data sharing: will peer-reviewed data papers work? BioScience 63: 5-6. (PDF)

Lin Liu, Xiaolei Huang, Ruiling Zhang, Liyun Jiang, Gexia Qiao. 2013. Phylogenetic congruence between Mollitrichosiphum (Aphididae: Greenideinae) and Buchnera indicates insect-bacteria parallel evolution. Systematic Entomology 38: 81-92. (PDF)

Ruiling Zhang*, Xiaolei Huang*, Liyun Jiang, Fumin Lei, Gexia Qiao. 2012. Species differentiation of Chinese Mollitrichosiphum (Aphididae: Greenideinae) driven by geographical isolation and host plant acquirement. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 13: 10441-10460. (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Bradford A. Hawkins, Fumin Lei, Gary L. Miller, Colin Favret, Ruiling Zhang, Gexia Qiao. 2012. Willing or unwilling to share primary biodiversity data: results and implications of an international survey. Conservation Letters  5: 399-406  doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00259.x   (PDF)  Data available in  

Xiaolei Huang, Jinggong Xiang-Yu, Shanshan Ren, Ruiling Zhang, Yaping Zhang, Gexia Qiao. 2012. Molecular phylogeny and divergence times of Hormaphidinae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) indicate Late Cretaceous tribal diversification. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 165: 73-87. (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao. 2012. Biodiversity data sharing is not just about species names: response to Santos and Branco. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27: 7-8. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2011.10.007 (PDF)

Ruiling Zhang, Xiaolei Huang, Liyung Jiang, Gexia Qiao. 2011. Phylogeny and species differentiation of Mollitrichosiphum (Aphididae, Greenideinae) based on mitochondrial COI and Cytb genes. Current Zoology, 57: 806-815. (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao. 2011. Biodiversity databases should gain support from journals. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 26: 377-378. (PDF) (a response)

Xiaolei Huang, Lin Liu, Gexia Qiao. 2011. Evolutionary relationships between aphids and their primary endosymbionts: hypothese and mechanisms. Acta Entomologica Sinica, 54: 582-588. (Review and hypothesis) (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao, Fumin Lei. 2010. Use of parsimony analysis to identify areas of endemism of Chinese birds: implications for conservation and biogeography. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 11: 2097-2108. (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao. 2010. New trends in biogeography and applications of biogeographical approaches in biodiversity conservation. Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica, 35: 158-164. (Review article) (PDF)

Xingya Wang, Xiaolei Huang, Liyun Jiang, Gexia Qiao. 2010. Predicting potential distribution of chestnut phylloxerid (Hemiptera: Phylloxeridae) based on GARP and Maxent ecological niche models. Journal of Applied Entomology, 134: 45-54. (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Fumin Lei, Gexia Qiao. 2008. Areas of endemism and patterns of diversity for aphids of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. Journal of Biogeography, 35: 230-240. (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao, Fumin Lei. 2006. Diversity and distribution of aphids in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau-Himalayas. Ecological Entomology, 31: 608-615. (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Gexia Qiao. 2006. Research status and trends in Aphidology. Acta Entomologica Sinica, 49: 1017-1026. (Review article) (PDF)

Xiaolei Huang, Lei Feng, Gexia Qiao. 2004. Similarity analysis and historical origin on aphid fauna in Taiwan and mainland of China. Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica, 29: 194-201. (PDF)


Science data sharing: how to turn ideal into reality? 2014 Science Data Conference—Scientific big data and data science, 2014.02, Beijing.
Deciphering the disjunct biogeographical patterns of Mindarinae: ancestral in East Asia but recently radiated in North America. International Biogeography Society Early Career Conference, 2014.01, Canberra, Australia.
Why should we commemorate Alfred Russel Wallace? Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Beijing, 2013.12, Beijing.
Biodiversity data: from sharing to publishing. International Training Workshop of Scientific Data Sharing, 2013.11, Beijing.
Evolutionary biology (of aphids): integrating space, time and relationship. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of China, 2013.10, Guiyang.
Biodiversity data sharing: what are scientists thinking and new sharing strategies. The 3rd National Symposium on Biodiversity Informatics, 2013.09, Shanghai.
New strategies in biodiversity data publishing and advices on data sharing. The First Geo-data Forum, 2013.6, Lanzhou.
Biogeography and evolution of the fauna in the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. The 6th International Conference of International Biogeography Society, 2013.01, Miami, USA.
Biogeographical patterns and biota evolution in the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Beijing, 2012.12, Beijing.
Biodiversity data sharing: what are scientists thinking? The 7th International Conference on Cooperation and Promotion of Information Resources in Science and Technology, 2012.11, Nanjing.
Biodiversity data sharing and archiving. Institue of Scientific and Technical Information of China, 2012.9, Beijing.
DNA barcoding and insect diversity. The 10th National Conference on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in China, 2012.8, Haerbin.
Biogeographical studies in China. National Sun Yat-Sen University, 2011.6, Kaohsiung.
Biogeographical patterns and fauna evolution in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. National Sun Yat-Sen University, 2011.6, Kaohsiung.
Insect fauna and diversity study in China: where are we standing and some suggestions. ESC Annual meeting, 2010.10, Kunming.
Relationship between patterns of species richness and sampling effort: a case study of aphids in China. The 8th ISA, 2009.6, Catania, Italy.
Macro-biogeographical patterns of aphids in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. Annual meeting of the Beijing Entomological Society, 2009.4, Beijing.
Distribution patterns of aphids in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. Entomological Society of China (ESC) Annual meeting, 2007.10, Hebi City.
Recent speciation centers, refugia, or both? – from the distribution patterns of endemic aphid species of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau-Himalayas. The 7th International Symposium on Aphids (ISA), 2005.10, Perth, Australia.

Professional societies

International Biogeography Society, Regional Coordinator (China)
Ecological Society of America
Willi Hennig Society
Entomological Society of China, Vice-director of the Young Scientists Committee

Fellowships / Awards

The 6th Young Scientist Award, Entomological Society of China (2013)
International Conference Travel Grant, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013)
International Visitor Leadership Program, United States Department of State (2012)
Visiting Scholar Fund, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010)
Best scientific paper Award of Beijing Entomological Society (2009)
President Fellowship, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008)

Field experiences

(Approximately 320 days)
Central China: Qingling Mt.; Northeastern China: Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Changbai Mt.; Northern China: Beijing, Hebei; Southwestern China: Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas areas, Yunnan mountainous areas, Sichuan mountainous areas; Southern China: Hainan Island, Guangxi; Taiwan Island; Mongolia; Italy; Australia

2009-07-06 Mongolia