Previous instructors and/or staffs

Program coordinator (2009-2012)



Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

My involvement in fieldcourses in the region goes back over a decade and I have taught courses in P. Malaysia, Sarawak, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China and Indonesia. My research interests include mechanisms of species co-existence, plant-animal coevolution, and conservation biology.

Email: rharrison [at] xtbg dot org dot cn



Kunfang CAO (PhD)


Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Ph.D. of Wageningen University, the Netherlands, My research focuses on plant physiological ecology, especially plant hydraulics, water relations, photosynthesis, and trait evolution and ecological adaptation.

Fieldcourses: CTFS-AA 2007 (Xishuangbanna), AFEC-X 2009-2011.

Email: caokf [at] xtbg dot ac dot cn


Douglas YU (PhD)

Researcher, Principal Investigator of Ecology, Conservation, & Environment Center (ECEC), Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Yu’s research covers the evolution and ecology of mutualisms and the conservation biology of tropical forests. His current research focuses on the theory of the evolution of mutualism (esp. using economic models) and on the development of rapid biodiversity censusing techniques.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2009-2011.  Email: dougwyu [at] gmail dot com Website


Chuck CANNON (PhD)

Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Assoc. Prof., Texas Tech University

I have been working on conservation and basic research questions on tropical Asian forests for +20 years, more specifically on how forest tree species adapt and diversify. We’re attempting to use the latest DNA sequencing technologies to examine both applied and academic questions.

Email: chuck.cannon [at] gmail dot com   Website


FU Wing Kan, Vivian (MPhil)

China Programme Officer, The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society/BirdLife International

Field Instructor of AFEC 2010; Research assistant in XTBG on amphibians. Mphil research focused on ecology of the Hong Kong Newt, Paramesotriton hongkongensis; Involved in waterbird census and bird banding programmes for over three years.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2010

Email: vivian dot fu49 [at] gmail dot com


Geetha Ramaswami (completing PhD thesis)

Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

I am interested in understanding how the invasive shrub Lantana camara is spreading in a dry forest habitat and also how native tree seedlings are affected by the presence of this plant.

Email: geetha.ramaswami [at] gmail dot com


Soumya PRASAD (PhD)

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

I research seed dispersal, in particular seed dispersal networks in tropical dry forests and ruminant-plant interactions.

Workshops: Experimental Design and Data Analysis (2008@Kuching, 2010@Bali); Scientific Paper Writing (2008@Kuching); Seed dispersal and frugivory (2006@XTBG)

Email:prasadsoumya [at] gmail dot com


TANG Yong (PhD)

Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Most of my research works are focused on the understanding of mechanisms that maintain tree species diversity in tropical rainforests. I’m also passionate for rainforest conservation and restoration.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2010-2011

Email: tangy [at] xtbg dot ac dot cn


SHI Lingling (PhD candidate)

Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

My current research is on ecology of soil microorganisms, including microbial biogeography, plant-microbe interactions, and function of microorganisms in soil biogeochemical process.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2010 (as participant) and 2011.

Email: shi.l.l [at] hotmail dot com


Mahua GHARA (defending PhD thesis soon)

Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

I study species coexistence in a community using the fig–fig wasp system.I am also interested in multi-trophic interactions and life-history traits.

Workshops: International workshop on nocturnal pollination, Bangalore, India (Resource person).

Email: mahuaghara [at] gmail dot com


Kathryn BUSHLEY (PhD)

NSF International Research Postdoctoral Fellow (USA), Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

My current research focuses on the ecology and evolutionary biology of insect pathogenic fungi.  I utilize genomic techniques to address questions about what biological and biochemical features adapt these fungi to parasitize and interact with insects, to understand other ecological niches they may occupy while not infecting an insect host, and to investigate patterns of dispersal and intraspecific diversity.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2011.

Email: bushleyk [at] science dot oregonstate dot edu


Jeremy MILLER (PhD)

Research Scientist, Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis

How many species live in a place? How do communities change across landscapes? These questions allow us to characterize and compare biodiversity. I am also interested in online tools and practices for making biodiversity data widely available. My taxonomic specialty is spiders.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2009 and 2011.

Email: jeremy dot miller [at] ncbnaturalis dot nl



Jacob D. WICKHAM (PhD)

NSF International Research Fellow (USA), Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Instructor for AFEC 2010, Research interests include chemical ecology of forest insects and tropical arthropod biodiversity assessment. My current work investigates laboratory identification and field evaluation of pheromones of longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae) of tropical and temperate forests of China, and potential application in pest management of invasive species, forest health protection, and forest insect biodiversity surveys.

Fieldcourses: AFEC-X 2010-2011

Email: jacobwickham [at] gmail dot com


 Lan QIE a.k.a. Lainie (PhD)
Institute: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research: An alumna of International Field Biology Course at XTBG in 2007, I recently concluded my PhD at National University of Singapore. My research focuses on forest fragmentation and community disassembly, island biogeography, ecological roles and conservation of arthropods in the tropics.
Fieldcourses: CTFS-AA 2007 (Xishuangbanna) (as participant), AFEC-X 2010-2011.
Email: qie.lan [at] gmail dot com