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27 applicants will attend AFEC-X 2013

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

27 applicants are accepted to attend the

Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2013(AFEC-X 2013)

Until 2013 Sep. 25 AFEC-X 2013 have received 110 valid applications from 80 different organizations from 32 countries or regions(7 of the 9 from XTBG are accepted). We reviewed all the applications carefully and finally we accepted 27 applicants from 18 different organizations from 10 countries.



Richard Corlett

Jing-Xin Liu

Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia Office
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden,
Chinese Academy of Sciences
2013 Sep. 25

Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation – applications being accepted!

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

 Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation

Applications for full scholarships are now being accepted until Nov. 15, 2013!  
Please download this file.  Fill it in and submit it to <>.

=== Full course description is below


Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation


Course description :: Deforestation in Asia is progressing at a faster rate than any other tropical area, reducing natural forest cover to its lowest level in the Quaternary Period. A variety of modern technologies have been developed that can accelerate and invigorate conservation. This course will focus on how nascent techniques can be used to monitor change in habitats and biodiversity. We will investigate technological and analytical advances in tropical conservation before developing a group project to implement these methods to monitor species richness or biotic interactions. We expect that group projects will result in at least one multi-authored publication.


The course will consist of two parts: an online lecture/discussion course in Spring 2014 and a four week field course in June 2014 at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) in Yunnan, China, a research institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. All travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for 18 graduate students from any graduate degree granting institution in the U.S.A. or tropical Asia, funded by the US National Science Foundation. An additional 12 mainland Chinese graduate students will be funded by the Chinese Natural Science Foundation.


Instructors :: Chuck Cannon David Lohman

Texas Tech University & City College of New York

Chinese Academy of Sciences City University of New York


Online course :: Students will watch lecture videos online prior to participating in a guided discussion that will meet online once a week in Spring 2014 (February – May). Students will form partnerships with classmates and perform research projects on specific regions of the Asian tropics. Given the ease of web-based global communication, the students will be expected to develop proficiency in communicating with peers across technological, geographical, and cultural boundaries. Guest lecturers for the course include Richard CORLETT (XTBG), Rhett HARRISON (Kunming Institute of Botany), Erik MEIJAARD (People and Nature Consulting), Douglas SHEIL (Director, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation), Cam WEBB (Arnold Arboretum/Harvard), and Jianchu XU (Chief Scientific Officer, ICRAF/China).

Field course :: The Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden ( has been performing scientific research and providing agro-forestry outreach and training for over 50 years in the remote southwestern corner of China, near the borders of Laos and Myanmar. With an active community of international scientists and graduate students, XTBG is a leading ecological and botanical research institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. All students enrolled in the course will travel to XTBG in June 2014 to participate in field training, taxon-specific survey techniques, and to complete one or more group projects. Several guest lecturers from the online course will also give presentations during the field the course, including additional lecturers, e.g. HE Fangliang (Ualberta), LUO Shu-jin (Peking U.) and others.


When/where: 4 weeks in June-July 2014 at XTBG, Yunnan, China


To apply, please visit one of the following sites: or Download, fill out, and submit the provided spreadsheet to The deadline for applications is November 15, 2013. If you have any questions about the course, please email or

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