• Title: Associate Professor
  • Department: Institute of animal and developmental biology
  • Address: 417, Tianyan Building
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Since 2014: Associate professor, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University

2011-2014: Faculty of School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University

Academic Appointments
Honors & Awards


2018, the first prize in Teaching Competition for Young Teachers in Colleges and Universities of Gansu Province

     2018, the second prize in Teaching Competition for Young Teachers in Colleges and Universities of China

     2017, the honor for Education Advanced Individual for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Lanzhou City

     2017, the first prize for Challenge Cup of College Students Extracurricular Science and Technology Works Competition of Gansu Province

     2015, the second prize for National College (life science) Micro-course Competition of Gansu Province

2015, the third prize for National College (life science) Micro-course Competition of China


National Natural Science Foundation of Chin, 2013-2015;

Biodiversity observation project for Yongdeng, Gansu, 2017-2026;

Biodiversity observation project for birds in China, 2016-2025;

Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, 2011-2012; 2014-2015; 2017-2018.

  1. Wenya Zhang, Na Li, Xiaolong Tang, Naifa Liu, Wei Zhao*. 2018. Changes in intestinal microbiota across an altitudinal gradient in the lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4029
  2. Yongjie Huang, Wei Zhao, Xinkang Bao*, Jiabin Lu, Fengtang Wang, Dandan Liu, Yinghua Lin*. 2017. The complete mitochondrial genome of Odorrana hainanensis (Anura: Ranidae). Conservation Genetics Resources, 1-4.
  3. Han JM, Guo RH, Li JQ, Guan C, Chen Y, Zhao W*. 2016. Organ Mass Variation in a Toad Headed Lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii in Response to Hypoxia and Low Temperature in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0162572. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0162572
  4. Wei Zhao, Naifa Liu. 2014. The Proximate Causes of Sexual Size Dimorphism in Phrynocephalus przewalskii. Plos one 9(1): e85963. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0085963
  5. Wei Zhao, Naifa Liu. 2013. Sexual Dimorphism of Head Size in Phrynocephalus przewalskii: Testing the Food Niche Divergence Hypothesis. Asian Herpetological Research 2013, 4(4): 242–247
  6. Wei Zhao, Ming-Qin Shao, Sen Song, Nai-Fa Liu. 2011. Niche Separation of Two Sympatric Owls in the Desert of Northwestern China. The Journal of Raptor Research, 45(2):174-179.
  7. Wei Zhao, Nannan Yu, Yajuan Wang, Weihong Ji, Naifa Liu. 2011. Female Reproductive Cycles of Phrynocephalus przewalskii (Lacertilia: Agamidae) in the Tengger Desert,China. Asian Herpetological Research 2(1): 30-3
  8. Yajuan Wang, Weihong Ji, Wei Zhao, Nannan Yu, Naifa Liu. 2011. Geographic Variation in Clutch and Egg Size for the Lizard Phrynocephalus przewalskii (Squamata: Agamidae). Asian Herpetological Research 2(2): 97-102
  9. Sen Song, Wei Zhao, Jian-you Zhao,Ming-qin Shao, Nai-fa Liu. 2010. Seasonal variation in the diet of Long-eared Owl, Asio otus, in the desert of Northwest China.Animal Biology 60:115–122
  10. Wei Zhao, Sen Song, Ming-qin Shao, Nai-fa Liu. 2008. Diets of little owls and long-eared owls in Northwestern China. Animal Biology 58 :211–219
Latest Time:2022-10-20