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Chi-Yeung Jimmy Choi

Research Assistant Professor

School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Brief Biography

Jimmy joined SUSTech near the end of 2018 as a research assistant professor. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland and an associate research fellow at the Deakin University prior taking up his current position. He completed his PhD in Ecology at the Massey University in New Zealand and he has conducted fieldwork in many ranging from Alaska, East Asia to Australia and New Zealand.

Jimmy is an applied ecologist with expertise in animal ecology, conservation biology, wetland ecology and environmental management. He studies the relationship between animals and their environment. Current study systems include the ecology of migratory birds, with a focus on their foraging and movement ecology within and between coastal intertidal wetlands. This has led to investigations of diet, habitat use, local movement, population dynamics, migration phenology and strategies, often using the latest technology in wildlife tracking and remote sensing. Based on the findings from these studies, long-term habitat quality monitoring, protected area boundary adjustment and integrated natural and artificial management are proposed to improve the habitats for migratory waterbirds. These efforts do not only contribute to nature conservation, but also to the restoration of wetland ecosystems on which humans depend.



2009.08–2014.08:Ph. D. in Ecology. Massey University, New Zealand

2005.09–2009.06:M.Sc in Ecology. Fudan University, China

2000.02–2004.06:B.S (1st class honours) in Biological ecology. The University of New South Wales, Australia


Employment History

2018.12–present:Research Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology

2018.01–2018.03: Antarctica expedition staff, Hurtigruten, Norway

2017.09–2018.12: Associate Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia

2014.09–2017.08:Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Australia

2007.09–2008.01:Teaching Assistant, Fudan University, China


Awards and Honours

Future Conservationist Awards 2008, 2015

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships 2009


Community services

2018.01–present Journal of Applied Ecology (Associate Editor Mentee)

2016.11–present Stilt (Editorial Board Member)

Reviewer for grant and conference application:         IUCN World Heritage listing (2018), 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (2017), East Asian–Australasian flyway site network (2016), Conservation Leadership Programme (2013)

Reviewer for 17 international journals:       Austral Ecology,  Avian Research,  Bird Conservation International,  BMC Research Notes,  Chinese Birds,  Ecological Research,  Ecosphere,  Emu,  Oikos,  PLOSone,  Regional Environmental Change,  Scientific Reports,  Stilt,  Wader Study,  Waterbirds,  Wetland Ecology and Management,  Wetlands


Research Interests

1)Animal Ecology

2)Conservation Biology

3)Wetland Ecology

4)Environmental Management



Journal papers (peer-reviewed)

1) Jackson MV, Carrasco LR, Choi C-Y, . . . Fuller RA. (in press). Multiple habitat use by declining migratory birds necessitates joined-up conservation Ecology and Evolution.

2) Tan K, Choi C-Y, Peng H, Melville DS, & Ma Z. (2018). Migration departure strategies of shorebirds at a final pre-breeding stopover site. Avian Research, 9(1), 15. doi:10.1186/s40657-018-0108-7

3) Braczkowski A, Holden MH, O’Bryan C, Choi C-Y, . . . Possingham HP & Biggs D. (2018) Tracking the reach and messages of the world’s largest ivory burn. Conservation Biology.

4) Zhang S-D, Ma Z, Choi C-Y, Peng H-B, . . . Piersma T. (2018). Persistent use of the Yalu Jiang coastal wetland in the northern Yellow Sea by shorebirds despite severe declines in food resources: do they have nowhere else to go? Bird Conservation International.

5) Choi C-Y, Jackson MV, Gallo-Cajiao E, Murray NJ, Clemens RS, & Fuller RA. (2018). Biodiversity and China’s new Great Wall. Diversity and Distributions. 24(2), 137-143.

6) Peng H-B, Anderson GQA, Chang Q, Choi C-Y, . . . Zöckler C. (2017). The intertidal wetlands of southern Jiangsu Province, China – globally important for Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other threatened waterbirds, but facing multiple serious threats. Bird Conservation International, 27(3), 305-322.

7) Choi C-Y, Battley PF, Potter MA, Ma ZJ, Melville DS, & Sukkaewmanee P. (2017). How migratory shorebird species selectively exploit prey at a single-species-dominated staging site. The Auk, 134(1),76-91.

8) Peng H-B, Choi C-Y, Zhang L, Gan X, Liu W-L, Li J, . . . Ma Z-J. (2017). Distribution and major threats to Spoon-billed Sandpipers in China. Chinese Journal of Zoology, 52(1), 158-166.

9) Choi C-Y, Rogers KG, Gan X, Clemens RS, . . . Fuller RA, & Rogers DI. (2016). Phenology of southward migration of shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and inferences about stop-over strategies. Emu, 116(2), 178-189.

10) Szabo JK, Choi C-Y, Clemens RS, & Hansen B. (2016). Conservation without borders – solutions to declines of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. Emu, 116(2), 215-221.

11) Clemens RS, Rogers DI, Hansen BD,, . . . Choi C-Y, Dhanjal-Adams KL, Murray NJ, Skilleter GA, & Fuller RA. (2016). Continental-scale decreases in shorebird populations in Australia. Emu, 116(2), 119-135.

12) Choi C-Y, Battley PF, Potter MA, Rogers KG, & Ma Z. (2015). The importance of Yalu Jiang coastal wetland in the north Yellow Sea to Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica and Great Knots Calidris tenuirostris during northward migration. Bird Conservation International, 25(1), 53-70.

13) Peng H-B, Hua N, Choi C-Y, . . . Ma Z. (2015). Adjusting migration schedules at stopping sites: time strategy of a long-distance migratory shorebird during northward migration. Journal of Ornithology, 156(1), 191-199.

14) Choi CY, Gan XJ, . . . Ma ZJ. (2014). The Habitat Use and Home Range Analysis of Dunlin (Calidris alpina) in Chongming Dongtan, China and their Conservation Implications. Wetlands, 34, 255-266.

15) Choi C-Y, Battley PF, . . . Liu WL. (2014). Factors affecting the distribution patterns of benthic invertebrates at a major shorebird staging site in the Yellow Sea, China. Wetlands, 34, 1085-1096.

16) Ma ZJ, Gan XJ, Choi CY, & Li B. (2014). Effects of invasive Cordgrass on presence of marsh grassbird in an area where it is not native. Conservation Biology, 28(1), 150-158.

17) Melville DS, & Choi C-Y. (2013). Reactions of Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica to apparent capture by clams. Wader Study Group Bulletin, 120(3), 205-207.

18) Ma Z, Hua N, Peng H, Choi C, . . . Tang C. (2013). Differentiating between stopover and staging sites: functions of the southern and northern Yellow Sea for long-distance migratory shorebirds. Journal of Avian Biology, 44(5), 504-512.

19) Choi CY, Hua N, Gan XJ, Persson C, Ma Q, Zang HX, & Ma ZJ. (2011). Age structure and age-related differences in molt status and fuel deposition of Dunlins during the nonbreeding season at Chongming Dongtan in east China. Journal of Field Ornithology, 82(2), 202-214.

20) Choi CY, Hua N, Persson C, Chiang CY, & Ma ZJ. (2010). Age-related plumage differences of Dunlins along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Journal of Field Ornithology, 81(1), 99-111.

21) Gan XJ, Choi CY, Wang Y, Ma ZJ, Chen JK, & Li B. (2010). Alteration of habitat structure and food resources by invasive smooth cordgrass affects habitat use by wintering saltmarsh birds at Chongming Dongtan, East China. The Auk, 127(2), 317-327.

22) Choi CY, Gan XJ, Ma Q, Zhang KJ, Chen JK, & Ma ZJ. (2009). Body condition and fuel deposition patterns of calidrid sandpipers during migratory stopover. Ardea, 97(1), 61-70.

23) Gan XJ, Cai YT, Choi CY, Ma ZJ, Chen JK, & Li B. (2009). Potential impacts of invasive smooth cordgrass Spartina alterniflora spread on bird communities at Chongming Dongtan, a Chinese wetland of international importance. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 83(2), 211-218.

24) Hui X, Ma Q, Xiangyu J-G, Cai Z-Y, . . . Ma Z-J. (2009). Migration routes of shorebirds across Chongming Dongtan based on recovery of bird-banding. Chinese Journal of Zoology, 44(3), 23-29.

25) Ma ZJ, Gan XJ, Choi CY, Jing K, Tang SM, Li B, & Chen JK. (2007). Wintering bird communities in newly-formed wetland in the Yangtze River estuary. Ecological Research, 22(1), 115-124.

26) Ma ZJ, Choi CY, . . . Chen JK. (2006). The importance of Jiuduansha wetlands for shorebirds during northward migration: energy-replenishing sites or temporary stages? Stilt, 50, 54-57.

27) Zheng S, Choi CY, Gan XJ, Ma ZJ, Tang SM, & Zhu J. (2006). Shorebirds numbers at the Jiuduansha wetlands during the 2005 southward migration. Stilt, 50, 58-61.


Detail of the publications listed above can be found from the links below






28) Choi C-Y, Coleman J, Klaassen M, Moffitt D, Rogers D, Skilleter G, & Fuller RA. (2017). Final Report: Migratory Shorebird Monitoring – Understanding Ecological Impact (CA12000284). Gladstone.

29) Li J, & Choi C-Y. (2017). Stopover Ecology of Spoon-billed Sandpipers and Nordmann’s Greenshanks at the Yellow Sea. Unpublished report submitted to the Conservation Leadership Programme.

30) Choi C-Y, Moffitt D, Fuller RA, Skilleter G, Rogers D, Coleman J, & Klaassen M. (2016). Annual report: Migratory shorebird monitoring – understanding ecological impact (CA130019). Gladstone.

31) Peng H-B, Zhang L, Choi C-Y, Gan X, Liu W, Li J, . . . Ma Z. (2016). The Importance of Intertidal Mudflats in Dongtai and Rudong to the Conservation of Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) and Other Globally Threatened Shorebirds. Unpublished report submitted to the BirdLife International.

32) Choi C-Y, Moffitt D, Fuller RA, Skilleter G, Rogers D, Coleman J, & Klaassen M. (2015). Annual report: Migratory shorebird monitoring – understanding ecological impact (CA12000284). Gladstone.

33) Bai QQ, Chen Y. & Choi CY. (2012) Southward migration phenology and impacts of aquaculture on shorebirds at the Dandong Yalu Jiang Estuarine Wetland National Nature Reserve, Liaoning, China. Unpublished report submitted to the Oriental Bird Club.

34) Choi CY, Cai Y, &Ruan Y. (2010) Wintering ecology of hooded cranes at Chongming Dongtan. Unpublished report submitted to the Conservation Leadership Programme.



35) Chongming Dongtan: Habitats for birds (co-editor)(2009) China Forestry Publishing House, Beijing.

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