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AFEC-X China 2014, Application Open

May 27th, 2014 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2014

AFEC-X 2014

Type: Field course

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Dates: 12 Oct – 23 Nov 2014 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is open until 30 Aug 2014 for foreigners who need to apply Visa, and 5 September for Chinese and foreigners who do not need to apply Visa

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, and Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resource and Sustainable Use of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course Fee: RMB 8,000 (or equivalent US$, high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or equivalent US$, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country.

Accommodation, food and local transport: the course fee will cover local transport but will not cover food and accommodation (except during field trips). Participants should expect to spend approximately RMB 50 per day on food, which is available through the XTBG canteen or in Menglun town. We can also help to arrange accommodation for participants at a budget hotel in Menglun town (RMB 80/day). We are happy to help arrange room sharing. Please indicate your hotel preference and room sharing preference when registering for the course.

Fellowships: We have a limited budget for full fellowships (fee exemption + travel grant), and half fellowships (fee exemption only), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive two course credits towards their degree program upon completion of the AFEC-X field course. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Systematics, Evolutionary Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Ecophysiology, Invasive Species, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology, Soil Ecology, and more.  Both natural ecosystems and human-dominated landscapes will be covered.

Please help us to circulate the course flyer in English and Chinese!  Thanks a lot!!

If you have any questions about the course, please email liujingxin@msn.com and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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AFEC-X 2013’s Fern Project Presented at BCT 8th on 2 April 2014

April 20th, 2014 Comments off

Habitat and canopy light environment determines the diversity, abundance and distribution of ground ferns

Yang Fengchun's presentation

Yang Fengchun presenting his group’s work

“The Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia, XTBG” is proud to announce that the independent project “Habitat and canopy light environment determines the diversity, abundance and distribution of ground ferns“, done by five students Yang Fengchun, Chaya Sarathchandra, Liu Qi, Wang Xuebing, Kim Songho during the Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation 2013, was presented in 8th Botanical garden Conference of Thailand (BCT 8th). The BCT 8th was held in Chiang Mai University, Thailand, from 2-4 April 2014. More than 200 people from most of the universities, research institutes, and botanical gardens in Thailand attended this conference, and 48 oral presentations and 110 posters were presented during the conference.

Here is the abstract of the work:

How co-occurring and closely related species that grow in high densities partition their niche is an important question in tropical ecology. In this study, we used 2.5 * 1 m plots placed at 10 m intervals to compare the diversity and abundance of all ground ferns in three habitat types –tropical rain forest, karst forest and rubber plantations. The canopy light partitioning and photosynthetic physiology was investigated for three Tectaria species, T. triphylla, T. simonsii and T. decurrens. We found that the diversity and abundance of ground ferns was highest in the rainforest (2.52±1.68 species and 3.29±0.04 individuals per plot respectively; P<0.0001) and there was no difference between the karst forest (2.47±0.68 and 2.94±0.05) and rubber plantation habitats (1.47±0.72 and 2.39±0.09) for diversity and abundance. T. decurrens was restricted to the rain forest habitat while the other two species were found in all three habitat types. Further, the probability of finding T. decurrens steeply decreased with increasing canopy openness and approached zero around 5% canopy openness. The other two species differed in their probability of occurrence along the canopy openness gradient from T. decurrens (P < 0.0001) and approached zero only after 20% canopy openness. The maximum photosynthetic and the carboxylase for the three Tectaria species was similar (5.96±2.60 umol m-2 s-1 and 10.02±2.76 respectively). Although habitat and low-light environment from canopy cover is an important factor that determines the distribution of ground ferns, other factors such as soil moisture and nutrients should be further investigated to fully explain how the species partition this restricted light niche. With the conversion of tropical rainforest to rubber plantations rainforest restricted species such as T. decurrens may become endangered or even locally extinct and steps should be taken to conserve these species.

PPT of the presentation and more publications of PFS office be downloaded from https://www.pfs-tropasia.org/publications/

XTBG-OTS Climate Change Fieldcourse is open for registration

January 21st, 2014 Comments off

Title: The Ecology of Climate Change in the Tropics and SubtropicsIMG_2066

Type: Field course

Venue: Yunnan province, China

Dates: 16 June – 16 July 2014 (one month)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

& Organisation for Tropical Studies

Sponsors: Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia Office, Center for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

Eligibility:  participants will be graduate students and early-career researchers from the New and Old-World tropics, with students from Latin America, the USA and Southeast Asia, brought together for the first course of its kind.  The language of instruction will be English for which the students must demonstrate proficiency.

How to apply: Students from China and SE Asia should apply to XTBG directly, via instructions available at the PFS website; Students from the United States and Latin America should apply to OTS, via instructions available at www.ots.duke.edu

Deadlines:  Complete applications must be received by February 25, 2014.  Final acceptance decision will be made by March 10, 2014.

Costs:  Funding from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Science Foundation will cover the cost of airfare, visas and the course expenses except for personal incidental expenses.

Course description:  South East Asian forests have already been greatly impacted by rapid deforestation as a result of development and population growth. The growing risks to these threatened ecosystems from the impacts of climate change will be the focus of this new program bringing together participants and experts from five continents.

In June to July, 2014 Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTBG-CAS), will host an entirely new training course, on “The Ecology of Climate Change in the Tropics and Sub-Tropics”. This course has been developed as collaboration between XTBG-CAS and the Organisation for Tropical Studies (OTS-Duke).

The course will bring together experts from around the world to teach different aspects of climate change ecology, from the practical, theoretical and social perspectives. It will use a mix of lectures on theory with practical field experiences on methods in a range of very different ecosystems across Yunnan Province, Southwest China. The course will encompass cutting-edge techniques and research technologies, and multiple perspectives on the interaction between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem function. Topics will range from prediction (model-based approaches) to empirical research on species physiologies, and a timeframe from the Eocene to the future. Participants will be given the tools and insights to understand, interpret, evaluate and develop studies which integrate interdisciplinary forms of data to gain new insights into the ecology of climate change. Students will also develop and carry out their own independent research projects.

The course will take place at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, the premier tropical research centre in China on the northern margins of the Southeast-Asian tropics, and will include field-trips to tropical and subtropical forests, savanna, and a variety of agro-ecosystems. The steep climatic gradients in Yunnan make this the ideal place for the study of climate change ecology. XTBG (and nearby CTFS Plot Bubeng) represents the Northern edge of the Southeast Asian tropics as well as largest Botanic garden in China (in both collection size and extent). Ailaoshan is covered in extensive montane subtropical forest, and associated vegetation types, whereas Yuenjiang is one of the few hot-savannah areas in Southern China, and represents the newest XTBG Field-site. All three sites are part of the ASIAFLUX network, and have long-term climatic records.

Map of study areas:  XTBG (Red): Main site; Hot Dry Valley (Yellow)-YuanJiang; Sub-Tropics-Ailaoshan (Turquoise).

Map of study areas

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 2013AFEC-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
corlett@xtbg.org.cn

Jing-Xin Liu
liujingxin@msn.com

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

AFEC-X 2013 got 110 + applicants

August 31st, 2013 Comments off

Until yesterday, the closing data for application, we received more than 110 applicants mostly from SE Asia countries.

The evaluation is almost finished and our decision letter will be sent around soon.

Jing-Xin

Field course in digital forest monitoring technology finished

August 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Field course in digital forest monitoring technology finished

 

The joint U.S. NSF-NSFC course in Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry “Field course in digital forest monitoring technology” was held in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in China during 28th July to 20th Aug 2013.

Chuck Cannon and David John Lohman co-chaired the course, they invited 11 researchers from Peking University, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden to teach and help to do practical project, they aslo invited Taylor Freeman Lockwood, a famous mushroom photographer who focumsed on mushrooms for about 30 years, to record the course activities.

The course covered biodiversity, global warming, genomics etc. and 27 students and young researchers from China, US, Indonesia, etc attended. At the last stage of the course, students divided into 7 groups to do independant project and the project report symposium was held to close the course.

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During the course, Taylor Freeman Lockwood, discovered, photographed a new glowing mushroom in XTBG, and pubished a news about it on http://www.livescience.com/39105-chinese-fungus-glows-in-the-dark.html.

 

 

 

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AFEC-X 2012 Proceedings is online !

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

The AFEC-X 2012 Field Biology Course was attended by 25 students from 12 countries (China, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, USA and Myanmar) and a total of 15 resource staff from a variety of national and international institutions gave lectures and  practical instruction. Twenty participants received full fellowships, including travel awards, to attend the field course. The course was run by Dr. Ling-Ling Shi  (PFS-TropAsia, XTBG) with the assistance of Xiamo Liu (XTBG). Due to their efforts the course proved to be a huge success. The following report illustrates the  hard work of the organizers and the enthusiasm and commitment of the students.

Since the former program assistants left XTBG, a lot of work during compling the AFEC-X 2012 Proceedings was done through emails.

But if there are any mistakes, please contact me for updating.

 

Thanks!

 

Jing-Xin Liu

 

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AFEC-X China 2013, Application Open

May 14th, 2013 Comments off

P1030867-BGAN_with Meng

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2013 (POSTER)

Type: Field course

Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan province, China

Dates: 19 Oct – 30 Nov 2013 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is closed

Sponsors: Center for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, and Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resource and Sustainable Use of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

Course Fee: RMB 8,000 (or equivalent US$, high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or equivalent US$, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country.

Accommodation, food and local transport: the course fee will cover local transport but will not cover food and accommodation (except during field trips). Participants should expect to spend approximately RMB 25-45 per day on food, which is available through the XTBG canteen or in Menglun town. We can also help to arrange accommodation for participants at either a budget hotel in Menglun town (RMB 60/day) or at the XTBG hotel (RMB 200/day). We are happy to arrange room sharing. Please indicate your hotel preference and room sharing preference when registering for the course.

Fellowships: We have a limited budget for full fellowships (fee exemption + travel grant), and half fellowships (fee exemption only), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Graduate students from the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive two course credits towards their degree program upon completion of the AFEC-X field course. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical environments, Ecophysiology, Systematics, Evolutionary Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species, Climate Change, Molecular Ecology, Soil Ecology, and more.  Both natural ecosystems and human dominated landscapes will be covered.

Please help us to circulate the course flyer in English and Chinese!  Thanks a lot!!

If you have any questions about the course, please email liujingxin@msn.com and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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Registrations open for two field courses!

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Registrations for the Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG China 2012 are now open until August 15 2012.

Registrations for the Next-gen forest surveys in Tropical Asia are now open until June 30 2012.

CAS Accredits fieldcourse training

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)! Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive two course credits  towards their degree program, upon completion of the AFEC-X field course.