Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography

Siyu Qin






Office location



Postal address


Doctoral researcher




Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'105

+49 (0)30 2093-5394

+49 (0)30 2093-6848

Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany



About me


I am a conservation scientist / geographer with research experience in both academia and NGOs. Before my PhD, I worked with Conservation International on patterns and trends of Protected Area Downgrading Downsizing and Degazettement (PADDD) and other area-based conservation in the Amazon and globally. Naturally, I became interested in the link between land system dynamics and conservation decisions, and the link between distal donors and local actions.

PhD research looks at the interaction between land use land cover change and decisions on conservation interventions. Specifically, as the threats to biodiversity and the funding for conservation often come from non-local actors, my research will document and explain distal connections between systems. I will combine place-based approach with network analysis to link the flows of information and funding with conserved lands and the outcome.


Curriculum Vitae


Since 2018


Doctoral Researcher at the Biogeography Lab, Geography Department, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

2016 - 2018


Social Science Coordinator/Manager at Conservation International, VA, USA


Internship on scenario development for valueing ecosystem services, WWF-US, DC, USA

2013 - 2015


Master of Environmental Management (Ecosystem Science and Conservation), Duke University, NC, USA

2008 - 2012


BSc. in Ecology, Peking University, Bejing, China




Persson J, Qin S, Zähringer J. 2022. Patterning conservation flows: How formal and informal networks shape transnational conservation practice. Conservation and Society. DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_79_21

Buchadas A*, Qin S*, Meyfroidt P, Kuemmerle T. 2022. Conservation frontiers: understanding the geographic expansion of conservation. Journal of Land Use Science. 17(1): 12-25

Qin S, Kuemmerle T, Meyfroidt P, Napolitano Ferreira M, Gavier Pizarro GI, Periago ME, Reis TNP, Romero-Muñoz A, Yanosky A. 2022. The geography of international conservation interest in South American deforestation frontiers. Conservation Letters, 15(1), e12859

Keles D, Delacote P, Pfaff A, Qin S, Mascia MB. 2020. What Drives the Erasure of Protected Areas? Evidence from across the Brazilian Amazon. Ecological Economics, 176:106733.

Thieme ML, Khrystenko D, Qin S, Golden Kroner RE, Lehner B, Pack S, Tockner K, Zarfl C, Shahbol N & Mascia MB. 2020. Dams and protected areas: Quantifying the spatial and temporal extent of global dam construction within protected areas. Conservation Letters, 13, e12719.

Yang B*, Qin S, Xu W, Busch J*, Yang X, Gu X, Yang Z, Wang B, Dai Q, Xu Y. 2020. Gap Analysis of Giant Panda Conservation as an Example for Planning China's National Park System. Current Biology 30:1287-1291.e2.

Qin S, Golden Kroner RE, Cook C, Tesfaw AT, Braybrook R, Rodriguez CM, Poelking C, Mascia MB. 2019. Protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement as a threat to iconic protected areas. Conservation Biology 33:1275–1285.

Golden Kroner RE, Qin S, Cook C, Krithivasan R, Pack SM, et al. 2019. The uncertain future of protected lands and waters. Science. 364 (6443): 881–86.

Cooper MW, Di Minin E, Hausmann A, Qin S, Schwartz AJ, Correia RA. 2019. Developing a global indicator for Aichi Target 1 by merging online data sources to measure biodiversity awareness and engagement. Biological Conservation, 230, 29-36.

Tesfaw, AT, A Pfaff, RE Golden Kroner, S Qin, R Medeiros, and MB Mascia. 2018. Land-use and land-cover change shape the sustainability and impacts of protected areas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences : 201716462.