Thanh Nguyen Van

Thanh Nguyen Van is currently a doctoral student at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), where he is a member of the Junior Research Group Southeast Asian Biodiversity and Biogeography. His research focuses on conservation of threatened mammals in Vietnam, with an emphasis on little-known and threatened species. Recently, his research has employed systematic camera-trapping approaches to model the distribution of threatened mammals in the Central Annamite mountain range.

In 2012 Thanh began studying the conservation genetics of threatened mammals in Vietnam using molecular approaches to determine their genetic diversity. His samples were collected through noninvasive methods. Currently, as a part of his Ph.D. program, he is combining systematic camera-trapping and terrestrial leech collection to provide detailed information about the structure, distribution, and habitat preferences of the threatened mammals in the Central Annamite mountain range. These spatially explicit biodiversity data will provide an invaluable tool in the management and conservation of Annamite’s threatened species.


  • Doctoral student, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife research
  • M. S. Biology, VNU University of Science
  • B. S. Genetics, VNU University of Science


Martins, R.F., J. Fickel, M. Le, T.V. Nguyen, H.M. Nguyen, R. Timmins, H.M. Gan, J.R.R. Japning, D. Lenz, D.W. Förster, A. Wilting. 2017. Phylogeography of red muntjacs reveals three distinct mitochondrial lineages. BMC Evolution Biology, 17 – 34.

Cao, G.T.H, T.V. Nguyen, M.D. Le, H.M. Nguyen, V.T.H. Nguyen, H.D. Nguyen, H.T. Do. 2016. Assessing mammal diversity in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve using molecular approaches. Journal of Biology 38, pp. 171 – 178.

Le, M., F. Penaloza, R. Martins, T.V. Nguyen, H.M. Nguyen, D.X. Nguyen, L.D. Nguyen, A. Wilting. 2016. Complete mitochondrial genomes of the Laotian Rock Rat (Laonastes aenigmamus) confirm deep divergence within the species. Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 1:479-482.

Le, M., H.M Nguyen, H.T. Duong, T.V Nguyen, L.D. Dinh, N.X. Nguyen, L.D. Nguyen, T.H. Dinh, D.X. Nguyen. 2015. Phylogeography of the Laotian Rock Rat (Diatomyidae: Laonastes): implications for Lazarus taxa. Mammal Study, 40, pp. 109-114.

Le, M.D., T.V. Nguyen, H.T. Duong, H.M. Nguyen, V.H.T. Nguyen, H.D. Nguyen, T.A. Pham, T.T. Do. 2014. Genetic diversity of muntjacs (Cervidae: Muntiacus) in Xuan Lien Natural Reserve. VNU Journal of Science, 30(4S), pp. 117-123.

Minh Le, Thanh V. Nguyen, Ha T. Duong, Ha M. Nguyen, Long D. Dinh, Tuoc Do, Hai D. Nguyen, George Amato. 2014. Discovery of the Roosevelt’s Barking Deer (Muntiacus rooseveltorum) in Vietnam. Conservation Genetics, 15, pp. 993-999, doi: 910.1007/s10592-10014-10581-10594.

Nguyen, T.V., M. Le, L.D. Dinh, H.M. Nguyen, T. Do. 2013. Evolution and conservation of muntjacs (Muntiacinae: Muntiacus) in Vietnam: A study using molecular approaches. Proceedings of the Fifth National Scientific Conference on Ecology and Biological Resources, Pp. 260-265.

Le, M.D., H.T. Duong, T.V. Nguyen, H.M. Nguyen, L.D. Dinh, T. Do, H.D. Nguyen. 2013. Methods for extracting and sequencing DNA from low-quality samples to aid biodiversity research. Journal of Biology 35, pp. 116 – 124.

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