Program Director

Richard T. CORLETT (PhD)

Professor, Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

My major research interests include terrestrial ecology and biodiversity conservation in tropical East Asia, plant-animal interactions, and the impacts of climate change. I am the author or co-author of several books, including The Ecology of Tropical East Asia and Tropical Rain Forests: an Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison. I am also an author for the Asia chapter of the next (2014) Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the Steering Committee of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Climate Change Taskforce..

Fieldcourses: Too many to list!   Email: corlett [at] xtbg dot org dot cn


Scientific Coordinator

Jing-Xin LIU (PhD student)


PhD student of University of Hohenheim, Germany

My thesis topic is about “Vascular plant diversity in the major land use types of Naban River Watershed National Nature Reserve, Xishuangbanna, China”. Plot surveys were carried out in forests, rubber and tea plantations, and annual crop lands including paddy rice field, corn field and hemp field. I am also interested in plant-animal interactions, invasive biology and conservation.

Email: liujingxin[at]msn dot com

Resource staffs

Alice Hughes (PhD)

cardp2(05-16-16-18-38)Macroecological modeling group, CSIRO Black Mountain, Canberra, Australia

OCE Post-doctoral research fellow-CSIRO

From August 2013 I will be an Associate Professor in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interests: My interests are broad, and include many aspects of how species interact with the environment and factors underlying species distribution patterns, in the past, present and potentially into the future. To gain a greater understanding of these factors, and gain insights into what the effect of environmental change may be on species distributions I combine diverse forms of data, and use both predictive and empirical approaches to develop integrative models which can be used to better inform conservation and future research. My particular interest is the Old-World tropics, as this highly diverse region is seriously threatened by an array of pressures, and much further research is needed to develop appropriate conservation strategies across the region.

Email: ah3881[at]hotmail dot co dot uk



AlisonWee2Post Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

My research in XTBG focuses on developing genotyping methodology for the genetic optimization of ex-situ conservation. This study comes under the umbrella of the “Zero Extinction Project”, and focuses on threatened plant species from Xishuangbanna. I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, on the genetic connectivity of Southeast Asian mangroves.

Fieldcourses:  AFEC-X 2014

Email: alisonwks [at] xtbg dot ac dot cn


Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolution of Plant Animal Interaction Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

I am a behavioral ecologist, interested in the connection between behavior, community ecology and conservation.  Much of my research work has focused on communication and mixed-species flocks of birds. New to XTBG in 2012, I will be exploring interactions between fruiting trees and frugivores in the XTBG region, as well as continuing other projects on bird behavior and conservation in Asia and Melanesia.

Fieldcourses:  AFEC-X 2012-2013

Email: eben dot goodale [at] gmail dot com


Jiang-Yun GAO (PhD)

Jiang-Yun GaoProfessor, Ex Situ Conservation & Re-introduction Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interest: We currently focus on integrative conservation of orchids in Xishuangbanna and nearby area. Researches include field surveys, orchid species endangerment status assessment, studies on reproductive ecology, population dynamics and genetic diversity, seed collection and storage, symbiotic and asymbiotic seed germination, and reintroduction of some endangered orchids.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2013

Email: gjy [at] xtbg dot org dot cn  Website


Jin CHEN (PhD)

chen jinProfessor, Ecology & Evolution of Plant Animal Interaction Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

My group’s current interests focus on plant-animal interaction, specifically the following questions: 1) How do plant-animal interaction complexes contribute to the creation and maintenance of biodiversity in above and blow ground ecosystems? 2) To what extent are interacting plants and animals co-evolutionarily adapted to and shaped by each other? 3) How do plant-animal interactions respond to changing environments? Our study systems include animals such as frugivory birds, rodents, ants and spiders, and plants such as figs, pines and Tacca spp.

Fieldcourses: CTFS-AA 2007, AFEC-X 2009-2013.  Email: cj [at] xtbg dot org dot cn  Website



Rachakonda Sreekar (Mr.)

Rachakonda SreekarMaster student,  Coevolution Research Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

I am interested in processes that maintain biological diversity in tropical landscapes. And ultimately in questions such as where and how can we maintain biodiversity in production landscapes. I use field experiments and analytical methods to understand the extirpation probabilities, density dependence, habitat use, movement ecology and ecosystem services provided by the study subjects. I use a wide range of organisms (birds, plants, amphibians and reptiles) as a model system to answer these questions.

Fieldcourses: I have attended six different field courses across Asia and volunteered as a teaching Assistant in PFS since 2011.

Email: sreekar1988 [at]gmail dot com



Uromi Manage GOODALE (PhD)


Post Doctoral, The Group for Plant Physiological Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Ph.D. Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; MFS, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. My research focus is on plant physiological ecology and tropical resource management. I am especially interested in plant photosynthesis and resource use under changing environmental conditions.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2012-2013

Email: ugoodale [at] xtbg dot org dot cn




Yan-Qiong PENG (PhD)

Yan-Qiong PengProfessor, Coevolution Research Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research interest: I focus on fig – fig wasp interaction more than 10 years in Xishuangbanna and mainly study the coevolutionary mechanism between figs and pollinating fig wasps, including the species – specific interaction, the match of morphology and structure, the connection of reproductive phenology, and the behavioral and physiologic adaptation. I also research the effects of non-pollinating fig wasps on the fig and pollinating fig wasp mutualism.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2007, 2013.

Email: pengyq [at] xtbg dot ac dot cn


Ze-Xin FAN (PhD)

PENTAX ImageAssistant Professor,  Tree Ring and Environmental Change Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research interest: Dendroclimatology, Climate Change

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2010-2011, 2013.

Email: fanzexin [at] xtbg dot org dot cn




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