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Yuan Pan

Yuan Pan

Research Associate

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The Values of Nature:

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Research Interests

I am currently working with Professor Bhaskar Vira on incorporating biodiversity into Natural Capital accounting, by using ecological and economical approaches. I am especially interested in valuing the non-material and intangible benefits of nature. Trained as an ecologist, I have considerable experience in incorporating social science data into ecological research and statistical analysis in R.

Previously for my PhD, I worked on using an ecosystem services approach to protect freshwater ecosystems. The project was interdisciplinary and involved using methods from ecology, ecotoxicology and social sciences. Due to my bilingual fluency in English and Mandarin, I have worked on several ecological and conservation based projects in China since my undergraduate degree. These have included investigating illegal fishing behaviour in Yangtze fishermen, collecting local ecological knowledge from ethnic minorities and using contingent valuation to investigate ecosystem services. 

Key Publications

  • Pan, Y., Marshall, S. and Maltby, L. (2016) Prioritising ecosystem services in Chinese rural and urban communities. Ecosystem Services, 21, 1-5
  • Pan, Y., Wei, G., Cunningham, A.A., Li, S., Chen, S., Milner-Gulland, E.J. and Turvey, S.T. (2016) Using local ecological knowledge to assess the status of the Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus in Guizhou Province, China, Oryx, 50, 257–264
  • Newbold, T., Hudson, L.N., Hill, S.L.L., Contu, S., Lysenko, I., Senior, R.A., Borger, L., Bennett, D.J., Choimes, A., Collen, B., Day, J., De Palma, A., Diaz, S., Echeverria-Londono, S., Edgar, M.J., Feldman, A., Garon, M., Harrison, M.L.K., Alhusseini, T., Ingram, D.J., Itescu, Y., Kattge, J., Kemp, V., Kirkpatrick, L., Kleyer, M., Correia, D.L.P., Martin, C.D., Meiri, S., Novosolov, M., Pan, Y., Phillips, H.R.P., Purves, D.W., Robinson, A., Simpson, J., Tuck, S.L., Weiher, E., White, H.J., Ewers, R.M., Mace, G.M., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Purvis, A. (2015) Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity, Nature, 520, 45–50
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