Hello there ... Fumin Lei!

Submitted by Michi on 9 April 2024.

Meet another member of our editorial board - Fumin Lei! Fumin's expertise is within the areas of phylogeography, comparative genomics, speciation, evolution and systematics and he is also the editor-in-chief of Avian Research. Read the short interview with Fumin below and learn what he is up to right now and what he likes doing in his spare time. 

Personal webpagehttp://sourcedb.ioz.cas.cn/yw/scs/pi/200907/t20090716_2088440.html


1) You are a professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences - what is happening at your research front right now?
I have an active research and working team at the institute with over twenty colleagues and graduate students, happily working together. One of our recent studies was just online which revealed the phylogenetic conflict between species tree and gene trees on the basis of phylogenomic relationships of four Emberiza species. This result highlights the importance and necessity of using genomic big data for phylogenetic reconstruction and species delimitation in the study of future avian systematics.

2) You are not only a subject editor for JAB but you are also the editor-in-chief of Avian Research - both open access journals. How do you combine these two roles and what is your experience with the open access publication model?
Journal of Avian Biology and Avian Research are both nice international peer-viewed journals. JAB has such a long history and is one of the leading journals in global ornithology, while Avian Research is newly established but is becoming an important ornithological journal with high impact. I am trying the best to work part time work for JAB as subject editor and, of course, as editor-in-chief for Avian Research, striving to give it my utmost devotion. For the publication model, open access will be the best choice for facilitating knowledge exchange among readers. Avian Research is free access thanks to the support from Beijing Forestry University, the host university, and the state periodicals program. 

3) Enough about work - what do you enjoy doing most in your spare time?
Playing basketball and walking exercise are two of my favorite sports, but unfortunately I have not been able to engage in them after the COVID-19. In Beijing, the Olympic Forest Park is only half a kilometer away from my house, which gives me opportunity to revitalize. 

4) What are you looking most forward to over the next year (personally or professionally)?
My research grants have been well ongoing with help from my team and I am looking forward to see the results about the speciation process of the great tit species complex based on the population genomics. However, the most concern is to work with the IOU council members and scientific program committee, as well as local organizing committee to well prepare the coming International Ornithological Congress which will be held in Mexico in 2026.