Faculty list

Dr. Chih-Ming Hung

Assistant Research Fellow
Research Fields
Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Ornithology, Genomics, Conservation Genetics
Major Research Achievements (2013-2017)
  • Phylogeogrpahy: Phylogeography involves discovering patterns of population structure and investigating the underlying evolutionary processes leading to those structures. My past research centered on phylogeography of birds in the Palearctic and addressed several relevant issues -- the comparison between gene history and species history (Hung et al. 2012; Hung et al. 2014), the confounding effect of natural selection in phylogeographic inferences (Hung and Zink 2014), and the extent of ecological niche divergence in the early stages of lineage divergence (Hung et al. 2013). These studies helped to provide a better picture of biogeographic history of avian fauna in the Palearctic. More recently, I study phylogeographic history of birds in East Asia (Hung et al. 2014) that complements my previous work in northern Palearctic species. Considering high phylogenetic closeness and genetic connectivity of species in the two geographic regions, I am investigating phylogeographic history of species across both regions.
  • Population genomics: Genomic data provide unprecedented power in estimating population history, lineage divergence and evolutionary mechanisms of ecological adaptation. I used genomic data to explore the population history of an extinct bird, the passenger pigeon, to examine the causes of its extinction (Hung et al. 2013; Hung et al. 2014). More recently, I devote myself more to evolutionary genomics of birds. I am interested in examining the genomic bases of ecological and behavioral adaptation in birds and other organisms.
Research Interests
  • Population genetics and speciation in birds, mammals and other organisms
  • Evolutionary genomics
    Ongoing projects
    • Genomic mechanisms of ecological adaptation in birds
    • Phylogeography of birds in the Palearctic and East Asia
      Publications (2009-2017)
      1. Hung Chih-Ming, Drovetski Sergei V., Zink Robert M., 2017, “The roles of ecology, behavior and effective population size in the evolution of a community”, MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, 26, 3775-3784. (SCI) (IF: 5.947; SCI ranking: 12.1%,7.3%,10.9%)
      2. Hung, C.-M., A.-Y. Yu, Y.-T. Lai and P.-J. L. Shaner, 2016, “Developing informative microsatellite makers for non-model species using reference mapping against a model species’ genome”, Scientific Reports, 6, 23087. (SCI) (IF: 5.228; SCI ranking: 11.1%)
      3. Hung, C.-M., S. V. Drovetski and R. M. Zink, 2016, “Matching loci surveyed to questions asked in phylogeography”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 283(1826), 20152340. (SCI) (IF: 4.823; SCI ranking: 12.7%,10.5%,17.4%)
      4. Hung CM, Zink RM, 2014, “Distinguishing the effects of selection from demographic history in the genetic variation of two sister passerines based on mitochondrial-nuclear comparison.”, Heredity, 113(1), 42-51. (SCI) (IF: 3.801; SCI ranking: 27.1%,26.1%,19.3%)
      5. Hung CM, Shaner PJ, Zink RM, Liu WC, Chu TC, Huang WS, Li SH, 2014, “Drastic population fluctuations explain the rapid extinction of the passenger pigeon.”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(29), 10636-10641. (SCI) (IF: 9.423; SCI ranking: 6.3%)
      6. Hung, C.-M., H.-Y. Hung, C.-F. Yeh, Y.-Q. Fu, D. Chen, F. Lei, C.-T. Yao, C.-J. Yao, X.-J. Yang, Y.-T. Lai and S.-H. Li. , 2014, “Species delimitation in the Chinese bamboo partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus) species complex”, Zoologica Scripta, 43(6), 562-575. (SCI) (IF: 2.733; SCI ranking: 52.2%,7.5%)
      7. Hung, C.-M., S. V. Drovetski and R. M. Zink, 2013, “Multilocus test of the absence of mtDNA phylogeographic structure in a widespread wader, the common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)”, Journal of Ornithology, 154(4), 1105-1113. (SCI) (IF: 1.419; SCI ranking: 29.2%)
      8. Hung CM, Drovetski SV, Zink RM, 2013, “Recent allopatric divergence and niche evolution in a widespread Palearctic bird, the common rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus).”, Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 66(1), 103-111. (SCI) (IF: 3.792; SCI ranking: 27.7%,28.3%,29.1%)
      9. Hung CM, Lin RC, Chu JH, Yeh CF, Yao CJ, Li SH, 2013, “The de novo assembly of mitochondrial genomes of the extinct passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) with next generation sequencing.”, PloS one, 8(2), e56301. (SCI) (IF: 3.057; SCI ranking: 17.5%)
      10. Hung CM, Drovetski SV, Zink RM, 2012, “Multilocus coalescence analyses support a mtDNA-based phylogeographic history for a widespread Palearctic passerine bird, Sitta europaea.”, Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 66(9), 2850-2864. (SCI) (IF: 4.007; SCI ranking: 16.7%,23.9%,21.7%)