Dr. Jigang Xia

Visiting Researchers/Students - Alumni  (2016)

Research interests: Conservation physiology of endangered fish, the phenotypic plasticity of fish in response to a changing environment, and the effects of global warming on predator-prey interactions in fish communities.


Associate Professor:Laboratory of Evolutionary Physiology and Behavior, Chongqing Key Laboratory of Animal Biology, Chongqing Normal University, China, 2011- Present.

Ph.D. Molecular and physiological ecology, College of Life Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, 2007-2010.

M.Sc. Animal ecology, College of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China, 2004-2007.

B.Sc. Biology, College of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China, 2000-2004.

Professional Activities


  • Youth Top-notch Talent Cultivation Program of Chongqing Normal University (Chongqing Normal University 14CSBJ08), 2015-2017.
  • Risk assessment of waterborne POPs based on fish predator – prey interactions (Natural Science Foundation Project of Chongqing CSTC2015jcyjA20016), 2015-2017.
  • Thermal physiology of Brachymystax lenok tsinlingensis: optima, tolerance, and adaptive plasticity (National Science Foundation of China 31300340), 2013-2016.
  • Morphological, physiological and behavioral adaptations of fish in The Three Gorges (Natural Science Foundation Project of Chongqing CSTC2013jjB20003), 2013-2015.
  • Behavioral reaction norms of fish in The Three Gorges (Chongqing Education Committee KJ130624), 2013-2014.
  • The distribution of perfluorinated compounds and their toxicological effects on fish (Natural Science Foundation Project of Chongqing CSTC2011jjA20006), 2011-2013.
  • Ecotoxicological effects of perfluorinated compounds on juvenile Spinibarbus sinensis (Chongqing Education Committee KJ110606), 2011-2013.
  • Behavioral toxicity of perfluorinated compounds on fish (Chongqing Normal University 2011XLZ11, 10XLB037), 2010-2012.
  • Effects of endocrine disruptors on aquatic animals (National Science Foundation of China 40632009), 2007-2010.
  • Effects of water acidification and extreme temperatures on Macrobiotus harmsworthi Murray (Macrobiotidae, Tardigrada) (Shaanxi Natural Science Basic Research Program 98H16), 2006-2008.

Lab Publications (3)

  • Xia, J., C.K. Elvidge and S.J. Cooke. 2018. Niche separation, ontogeny, and heterospecific alarm responses in centrarchid sunfish. Behavioral Ecology. 29(4):862-868.

  • Xia, J., M. Cheng, R. Cai, S. Fu, S.J. Cooke and C.K. Elvidge. 2017. Ontogenetic changes in chemical alarm cue recognition and fast-start performance in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Ethology. 123(12):916-923.

  • Xia, J., Y. Ma, C. Fu, S. FuIn and S.J. Cooke. 2017. Effects of temperature acclimation on the critical thermal limits and swimming performance of Brachymystax lenok tsinlingensis: a threatened fish in Qinling Mountain region of China. Ecological Research. 32:61-70.

Other Publications


  • Xia J, Ma Y, Guo W, Huang L, Fu S. (2015) Temperature-dependent effects of PFOS on risk recognition and fast-start performance in juvenile Spinibarbus sinensis. Aquatic Biology, 10.3354/ab00640.
  • Xia J, Nie L, Mi X, Wang W, Ma Y, Cao Z, Fu S. (2015) Behavior, metabolism and swimming physiology in juvenile Spinibarbus sinensis exposed to PFOS under different temperatures. Fish physiology and biochemistry, 41: 1293-1304.
  • Cui Y, Xia J, Fu S. (2015) The interaction between feeding and locomotive metabolism in goldfish (Carassius auratus). Chinese Journal of Zoology, 50: 913-
  • Xia J, Fu S, Cao Z, Zeng (2015) Discussion on the reform of training mode to enhance academic graduate’s scientific literacy. Journal of Anhui Agricultural Sciences, 43(25): 384-385, 388.
  • Xia J, Cao Z, Peng J, Fu S, Fu C. (2014) The use of spontaneous behavior, swimming performances and metabolic rate to evaluate toxicity of PFOS on topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 34(5): 284-289.
  • Xia J, Fu S, Cao Z, Peng J, Peng J, Dai T, Cheng L. (2013) Ecotoxicological effects of waterborne PFOS exposure on swimming performance and energy expenditure in juvenile goldfish (Carassius auratus). Journal of Environmental Sciences, 25(8): 1672-1679.
  • Xia J, Niu C, Sun L. (2013) Ecotoxicological effects of exposure to PFOS on embryo and larva of zebrafish Danio rerio. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 33(23): 7408-7416.
  • Xia J, Cao Z, Fu S, Peng J, Liang G, He G, Du Y. (2013) Spontaneous activity and potential swimming ability in juvenile goldfish, carassius auratus, in response to PFOS toxicity. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 37(6): 1158-1163.
  • Zhang Y, Xia J, Cao Z,Fu C, Fu S. (2013) Effects of acute copper exposure on the swimming performances of juvenile Spinibarbus sinensis. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 32(9): 2451-2456.
  • Zhang Y, Xia J, Cao Z,Zhang A, Pang X, Fu S. (2013) Acute toxic effects of Cu2+ on juvenile Qingbo, Spinibarbus sinensis. Journal of Chongqing Normal University, 30(4): 15-21.
  • Xia J, Niu C, Fu J, Chen Z. (2012) Ecotoxicological effects of exposure to nonylphenol on courtship behavior of zebrafish Danio rerio. Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 36(6): 1142-1148.
  • Xia J, Fu S, Cao Z. (2012) Discussion on the Teaching Reform of Hydrobiology in Normal University. Journal of Anhui Agricultural Sciences, 40(6): 3822-
  • Xia J, Niu C, Pei X. (2010) Effects of chronic exposure to nonylphenol on locomotor activity and social behavior in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Journal of Environmental Sciences, 22(9): 1435-1440.
  • Xia J, Li X. (2010) Effect of temperature on blood parameters of the salamander Batrachupems tibetanus (Schmidt, 1925) (Amphibia: Hynobiidae). Russian Journal of Ecology, 41(1): 102-
  • Xia J, Niu C. (2010) Effects of exposure to nonylphenol on courtship behavior and reproductive success of zebrafish (Danio rerio). Acta Ecologica Sinica, 30(20): 5537-
  • Xia J, Niu C, Gao Y, Pei X. (2010) Effects of long-term exposure to nonylphenol on secondary sexual characteristics and sperm motility of male zebrafish (Brachydanio rerio). Asian Journal of Ecotoxicology, 5(1): 44-
  • Xia J, Wang L, Li B, Li X. (2007). The thermal adaptation of Tribolium confusum. Chinese Bulletin of Entomology, 44(2): 229-232.
  • Fu S, Cao Z, Zeng L, Xia J, Li X. (2014) Fish swimming: Strategy and adaptive evolution. Science Press, Beijing, China.