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Jing Wei

PhD candidate / guest

J. Wei MSc
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I am interested in how animals learn to communicate. For my Phd-research I study the phenotypic plasticity of mating signals and preferences in a song bird, the zebra finch.

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Oct. 2016 – Phd-research (CSC fellow) at Leiden University.

2013 to 2016 – MSc in Aquaculture, Dalian Ocean University, China. During my master degree I conducted two research projects: ‘Covering and righting behaviors of sea urchins Strongylocentrotus intermedius and Glyptocidaris crenularis, as well as their ecological importance’ and ‘Sustainable aquaculture of sea urchin: effects of feeding regimes, temperatures and photoperiods on commercially important traits of Strongylocentrotus intermedius’. Both studies are published with me as first author (see publications).

2009 to 2013 – BSc in Animal science, Tianjin Agricultural University, China.


The complex mate attraction songs in songbirds are learned early in life: both song and song preferences depend on early experiences. However, owing to their proof-of-principle character, experimental studies of song preference development have been conducted using simplified social environments both during juvenile learning and during adult mate choice. In this study I will increase the social complexity of both situations. I aim to compare how song memory templates and the resulting song and mating preferences develop depending on how complex females’ social rearing environment has been. 

Grants and Fellowships

  • Chinese Government Grants, Chinese Scholarship Council (2016-2020)
  • Chinese National Scholarship (2014-2015)
  • Dalian Ocean University Industry Scholarship (2013-2015)


  • Correlation analyses of covering and righting behaviors to fitness related traits of the sea urchin Glyptocidaris crenularis in different environmental conditions. Wei J., Zhang L.S., Zhao C., et al. Chin. J. Ocean. Limnol. 2016, 34(6): 1183-1190. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00343-016-5133-y. 
  • Effects of short-term continuous and intermittent feeding regimes on food consumption, growth, gonad production and quality of sea urchin Strongylocentrotus intermedius fed a formulated feed. Wei J., Zhao C., Zhang L.S., et al. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K. 2017, 97(2): 359-367. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315416000448.
  • Assessment of the negative phototaxis of long-term fasted Glyptocidaris crenularis: a new insight into measuring stress responses of sea urchins in aquaculture. Tian X.F., Wei J., Zhao C. et al. Chin. J. Ocean. Limnol. 2015, 33(1): 37-44. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00343-015-3323-7.
  • Effect of temperature and feeding regime on food consumption, growth, gonad production, development and quality of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus intermedius. Zhao C., Feng W.P., Wei J., et al. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K. 2015, 96(1): 185-195. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315415001617. 
  • Larval size and metamorphosis are significantly reduced in second generation of inbred sea urchins Strongylocentrotus intermedius. Zhao C., Sun P., Wei J., et al. Aquaculture. 2016, 452: 402-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2015.11.024. 

PhD candidate / guest

  • Science
  • Instituut Biologie Leiden
  • IBL Animal Sciences


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