Richard T. CORLETT (PhD)
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
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
Alice Hughes (PhD)
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
Douglas SCHAEFER (PhD)
Associate Professor, Soil Ecology Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
I studied chemistry first and biology second, focused on biogeochemical (nutrient) cycles. My current research is on processes controlling soil organic carbon and the fungi that decompose wood.
Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2009-2013.
Email: xiedaoan [at] xtbg dot ac dot cn
Eben GOODALE (PhD)
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
Ferry SLIK (PhD)
Professor, Plant Geography Lab, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
I try to explain spatial and temporal patterns in tropical plant distributions. One of the main research themes is how global change will affect plant communities and vegetation patterns. My aim is to design optimum conservation strategies that integrate economic development with environmental sustainability.
Fieldcourses: Java-Bali-Lombok 2010, AFEC-X 2009-2013.
Workshops: XTBG Field Botany Course 2012-2013
Email: ferryslik [at] hotmail dot com Website
Jiang-Yun GAO (PhD)
Professor, 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
Jiao-Lin ZHANG (PhD)
Assistant Professor, The Group for Plant Physiological Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research interests: Functional traits, Phylogeny and community assembly; Liana ecology; Water relations.
Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2013.
Email: zjl [at] xtbg dot org dot cn
Tel.: +86 691 8713046; Fax: +86 691 8715070
Jin CHEN (PhD)
Professor, 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
Liang SONG (PhD)
Assitant Professor, Restoration Ecology Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
My research interests include forest canopy ecology and global change ecology. I currently focus on the following two aspects: 1) the potential impacts of global change on epiphytic bryophytes and lichens; 2) adaptive strategies of epiphytes.
Qing-Jun Li (PhD)
Professor, Plant Evolutionary Ecology Research Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
My interests focus on Pollination Biology and Evolution of Flowers
Fieldcourses: Alpinia ginger floral behavior observation
Email: qjli [at] xtbg dot ac dot cn
Rachakonda Sreekar (Mr.)
Master 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)
Professor, 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)
Assistant 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
Zeng-Fu XU (PhD)
Professor, Molecular Breeding of Energy Plants, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Professor (Adjunct), School of Life Sciences, The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
Our principal interest is genetic improvement of biodiesel feedstock plants. We focus on floral sex determination, flower and seed development, and oil biosynthesis in Jatropha curcas. Our goal is to improve Jatropha seed yield and oil content through genomic and genetic engineering approaches, and to develop Jatropha as a model plant for energy plant research.
Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2010-2011, 2013
Email: zfxu [at] xtbg dot ac dot cn, zengfu dot xu [at] gmail dot cn
and more coming soon…