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Yan Li


I received a M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, and a M.S. degree in Statistics from Virginia Tech. Before joining in the unit, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, Davis. My research has been focusing on population dynamics, stock assessment, risk assessment, conservation, natural resources management, statistical modeling, and spatial modeling. I have been working on projects related to fish, seabirds and marine invertebrates. Currently in the unit, I am a Postdoc Researcher working with Dr. Wagner focusing on the impacts of endocrine disrupting compounds on fish and wildlife.

Research Interests

Natural resources management and conservation, specifically, stock assessment, population dynamics, fisheries management, fisheries bycatch assessment, risk assessment, endangered species conservation, eutrophic water management and restoration; Statistical analysis, specifically, spatial modeling, ecological modeling.

Research Publications

  • Li, Y., T. Wagner, Y. Jiao, R. Lorants, and C.A Murphy. Accepted. Evaluating spatial and temporal variability in growth and mortality for recreational fisheries with limited catch data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 86

Presentations: 120


Contact Information


Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute