AFEC-X students published one paper, and gave two oral presentations at international conferences

September 19th, 2019 Comments off

Congrutulations to AFEC-X 2015 members: Mark Jun Malaca Alcantara, Shrushti Modi, Monkai, Jutamart, Tial Cung Ling And Xu He, after about 4 years, their group project finally published on Myrmecological News.

Thanks to their hard work, especially Mark and the project advisor Aki Nakamura.

Mark Jun Malaca Alcantara, Shrushti Modi, Monkai, Jutamart, Tial Cung Ling, Xu He, and Aki Nakamura

Also congratulate another two batches of students whoes group projects was accepted as oral presenational at ATBC 2019 and ATBC-AP 2019 respectively.

They are Aye Mya Mon, Inda Dwi Solina, Nirunrut Pomoim, and Thilina Sudarshana Nimalrathna (AFEC-X 2017 students). Thilina presented their project “Predation on Plasticine caterpillar and other models in tropical rain forest” at ATBC-AP 2019 in Sri Lanka

Aye Mya Mon, Inda Dwi Solina, Nirunrut Pomoim, and Thilina Sudarshana Nimalrathna

Another group of students are Kelekoralale Gedara Dinelka Dihani Thilakarathne, Niu Ying, Ruhama Maya Sari, Sabita Gurung and Venus Saksongmuang (AFEC-X 2018 students). Dinelka gave oral presentation of their project “Colour and posture influences the protective value of snail poop masquerading by sawfly caterpillars” at ATBC 2019 in Madagascar

Kelekoralale Gedara Dinelka Dihani Thilakarathne, Niu Ying, Ruhama Maya Sari, Sabita Gurung, Venus Saksongmuang, and Chen Jin (Director of XTBG)

Last, but very very important, all the three projects were supervised by Aki Nakamura !!! THANKS TO and CONGRATULATIONS TO AKI!!!

Aki Nakamura!

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Survey of PFS-Tropical Asia fieldcourse students

August 12th, 2019 Comments off

Hellooo everyone, how are you guys doing !

I hope PFS-Tropical Asia fieldcourse was an unforgettable experience for you! And I also hope the course was a good start for your career because that was why XTBG started this international training program.

How time flies! Now PFS-Tropical Asia program has entered its second decade. Its time to look back, to say “Hi” to eveyone, to see what and how are you doing, and to get your opinions to make future PFS-Tropical Asia fieldcourses better together.

We prepared some questions covering “Your current career status”, “The usefulness of the course to you and your suggestions”, “Your communication with your batchmates and instructors” etc..

Please spend some time on the online survey.

And as I do not have everyone’s email address, please spread these links among your batchmates, thank UUUU !!

AFEC-X 2009 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44015227.aspx

AFEC-X 2010 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44022716.aspx

PFS-Tropical Asia Indonesia course in 2010 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44127341.aspx

AFEC-X 2011 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44020330.aspx

AFEC-X 2012 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44018346.aspx

AFEC-X 2013 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44015622.aspx

AFEC-X 2014 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44031490.aspx

XTBG-OTS climate change biology course students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44097721.aspx

AFEC-X 2015 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44029109.aspx

AFEC-X 2016 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44039896.aspx

AFEC-X 2017 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44038562.aspx

AFEC-X 2018 students please go to https://www.wjx.cn/jq/44038952.aspx

Thanks for your time !!

Jingxin Liu

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AFEC-X 2019, Application Open

May 7th, 2019 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2019

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

Dates: 15 Oct – 26 Nov 2019 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  open until 15 and 31 August 2019 for application out of China and in China respectively.

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

Course fee: RMB 10,000 (or 1,600 USD, high-income countries/regions), RMB 3,000 (or 500 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country. The course fee will cover course materials, lecture room renting, teaching allowance, local transport at the training sites etc.

Food and hotel costs: the course organizer will arrange food and hotel, and will have fund to cover part of the cost for all participants. Every participant needs to pay RMB 5,000 (or 800 USD) for the rest part of the fee.

Scholarships: We have some budget for scholarships (see the application form for details), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). Graduate students from UCAS and institutes under CAS will receive five 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 academic skills and field research methods, including literature searching, reading, PPT making and presenting skills, scientific paper writing, 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.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity Science, Conservation Biology, Soil Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions,  Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Experimental Design and R Statistics, Presentation and Writing Skills, and more.

Registration open until 15 August and 31 August 2019 for application out of China and in China respectively.

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Landscape Resilience Workshop Open for Application

August 9th, 2017 Comments off

Title: Cultivating Landscape Resilience in South East Asia Workshop

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

Dates: 12  – 16 September  2017 (5 days)

Organiser: XTBG

Registration:  8 September 2017, we only accept applicants within China Now!

Course fee: Free.

Course credits:  Graduate students from the UCAS and the institutes under CAS will receive two course credits towards their degree program upon completion of this workshop. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: The workshop will consist of two days theoretical concepts and the resilience assessment framework illustrated with examples, one day practical exercise where students will work in five small groups to apply the framework to systems (forest, limestone forest, pomelo plantation, rubber plantation and banana plantation) represented in XTBG and surrounding area, one day presentations of each group’s exercise results, and the last day will be discussion on linking resilience assessment to RLE initiatives, the development of tools for assessment and teaching in China and south-east Asia and the application of the resilience assessment framework to real world cases.

Topics: Wicked problems, making sense of systems, simple and complex systems, resilience and sustainability, resilience assessment tools, project planning, red listing of ecosystems, applying the resilience assessment framework in the real world etc.

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AFEC-X 2017, Application Open

July 5th, 2017 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2017

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 2017 (6 weeks)

Organiser: XTBG

Course fee: RMB 8,000 (or 1350 USD , high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or 420 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country. The course fee will cover course materials, lecture room renting, teaching allowance, local transport at the training sites etc.

Food and hotel costs: the course organizer will arrange food and hotel, and will have fund to cover part of the cost for all participants. Every participant needs to pay RMB 4,000 (or 680 USD) for the rest part of the fee.

Scholarships: We have some budget for scholarships (see the application form for details), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). Graduate students from the UCAS and the institutes under CAS will receive five 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. During the course debates and/or games around conservation issues will be organized. 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 Faculty and Staff.

Topics: Tropical Environments and Ecosystems, Biodiversity Science, Conservation Biology, Soil Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Invasive Biology, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Experimental Design and R Statistics, Presentation and Writing Skills, etc.

Registration open until 15 August and 31 August 2017 for application out of China and in China respectively.

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Two AFEC-X 2015 students published their indepdendent project results on Oikos

February 9th, 2017 Comments off

Congratulations to Bruno Leles and Xue Xiao !

You did wonderful work during the AFEC-X 2015! 

Leles, B., Xiao, X., Pasion, B. O., Nakamura, A. and Tomlinson, K. W. (2017), Does plant diversity increase top–down control of herbivorous insects in tropical forest?. Oikos. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/oik.03562

Higher trophic level interactions are key mediators of ecosystem functioning in tropical forests. A rich body of theory has been developed to predict the effects of plant diversity on communities at higher trophic levels and the mechanisms underlying such effects. The ’enemies hypothesis’ states that predators exert more effective top–down control of herbivorous insects with increasing plant diversity. Support for this hypothesis has been found in temperate forests and agroecosystems, but remains understudied in tropical forests. We compared incidence of attacks of different natural enemies using artificial caterpillars in a tropical forest landscape and investigated the role of plant community structure (i.e. species richness, composition and density), and the role of forest fragmentation (i.e. patch size, edge distance and canopy openness) on predation intensity. Plant community effects were tested with respect to three vegetation strata: trees, saplings and herbs. Observed predation was substantially due to ants. Predation rates increased with plant species richness for trees and herbs. Density of saplings, herb cover and herb species composition were important factors for predation. No significant patterns were found for fragmentation parameters, suggesting that forest fragmentation has not altered predation intensity. We conclude that in tropical forests, top–down control of herbivorous insects in the understory vegetation is affected by a combination of plant diversity, plant species composition and structural features of the plant community.

Attacked artificial caterpillar

Bruno (left) and Xue (Right) in the field

Bruno (left) and Xue (Right) got the best project honor

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2nd XTBG writing workshop in 2017 open for registration

December 21st, 2016 Comments off

Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Workshop 2017_2nd time

Venue: Meeting room 101  (XTBG Kunming branch) or Meeting room 1 (XTBG headquarter)  according to how many people will register from each side

Dates:  15 – 20 February  2017 (6 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  application will be closed before 20 January 2017

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Registration feefree

About the workshopThe writing workshop aims to teach the knowledge and skills needed to publish scientific papers in international journals. It will cover the entire process, from preparing to submitting a scientific research paper, and dealing with reviewer comments.

Participants should come prepared to write one or more papers. Part-written papers or rejected papers that need to be re-written are also OK. The workshop will mix lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and writing sessions, followed by feedback. The timetable will be flexible, but in general the lectures will be in the morning while the afternoons and evenings will be for independent writing and one-to-one consultation.

The workshop is targeted at young scientists from XTBG (PhD candidates and early career researchers) with limited previous experience of publishing scientific papers in international journals. [If there is demand, later in 2017 we will run a 3-day course for mid-career scientists with more publication experience].

Major topics: The publishing process; current trends in scientific publication; publication ethics; literature searches; choosing a journal; writing scientific English; better titles; writing attractive abstracts and introductions; clear presentation of methods and results; what to discuss and how to do it; manuscript submission; cover letters; dealing with reviewer comments; special topics.

Student number: a maximum of 18

Instructor: Professor Richard Corlett

 If you have any questions about the workshop, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn,  and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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1st XTBG writing workshop in 2017 open for registration

December 11th, 2016 Comments off

Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Workshop 2017

Venue: Meeting room 1

Dates:  15 – 20 January 2017 (6 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  application will be closed before 10 January

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Registration feefree

About the workshopThe writing workshop aims to teach the knowledge and skills needed to publish scientific papers in international journals. It will cover the entire process, from preparing to submitting a scientific research paper, and dealing with reviewer comments.

Participants should come prepared to write one or more papers. Part-written papers or rejected papers that need to be re-written are also OK. The workshop will mix lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and writing sessions, followed by feedback. The timetable will be flexible, but in general the lectures will be in the morning while the afternoons and evenings will be for independent writing and one-to-one consultation.

The workshop is targeted at young scientists from XTBG (PhD candidates and early career researchers) with limited previous experience of publishing scientific papers in international journals. [If there is demand, I will later run a 3-day course for mid-career scientists with more publication experience].

Major topics: The publishing process; current trends in scientific publication; publication ethics; literature searches; choosing a journal; writing scientific English; better titles; writing attractive abstracts and introductions; clear presentation of methods and results; what to discuss and how to do it; manuscript submission; cover letters; dealing with reviewer comments; special topics.

Student number: a maximum of 18

Instructor: Professor Richard Corlett

 If you have any questions about the workshop, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn,  and/or corlett@xtbg.org.cn

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AFEC-X 2016, Application Open

May 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2016 

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

Dates: 9 Oct – 20 Nov 2016 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  open until 31 July and 31 August 2016 for application out of China and in China respectively.

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

Course fee: RMB 8,000 (or 1350 USD , high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or 420 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not necessarily your home country. The course fee will cover course materials, lecture room renting, teaching allowance, local transport at the training sites etc.

Food and hotel costs: the course organizer will arrange food and hotel, and will have fund to cover part of the cost for all participants. Every participant needs to pay RMB 4,000 (or 680 USD) for the rest part of the fee.

Scholarships: We have some budget for scholarships (see the application form for details), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS). Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive five 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 Science, Conservation Biology, Soil Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, Invasive Biology, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Experimental Design and R Statistics, Presentation and Writing Skills, and more.

If you have any questions about the course, please email to

Mr. Jingxin Liu liujingxin@msn.com or

Prof. Richard Corlett corlett@xtbg.org.cn or

Associate Prof. Alice Hughe ach_conservation@hotmail.com

Do not hesitate to download the AFEC-X 2016 Application form if you are interested and spread this notice to anyone you think might be interested.

 

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XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016 calls for applicants

May 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Title: Spatial Ecology: XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016

Type: Workshop

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

Dates:  18 – 23 July 2016 (6 days)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is open until 8 July 2016

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course Fee: RMB 1200

Accommodation, food and local transport: the fee will cover local transport, teaching materials, and food etc., but will not cover accommodation. Participants are free to choose any hotel during the workshop, but we can help to get a discounted price if participants choose to stay in the Jinjiangyuan Holiday Inn 勐腊金江源假日酒店 in the town (http://hotels.ctrip.com/hotel/909640.html#ctmref=hodhpsblst  or the Royal Waterlily Hotel 王莲宾馆 in XTBG (http://www.royalwaterlilyhotel.com).

About: The aim of the workshop is to teach participants how to use GIS software and understand how to develop analyses which best utilise spatial approaches. We will go through various GIS techniques, and learn how we can simulate the environment at an ecologically relevant and adaptable spatial-temporal scale for any given study. From this will move onto modelling approaches, and use techniques which explore the relationship between organisms and environmental conditions. We will then use various spatial statistical approaches to further explore the data.

Students will then be expected to build their own spatial ecological study, using their own data and with the support and guidance to develop a rigorous approach to understanding their data from a novel perspective.

The workshop is targeted for graduate students, professionals and well trained practitioners

Topics: ArcGis and QGIS, Basic GIS, GPS and GIS, Experimental design, Projections, datum and coordinate systems, Remote sensing, Creating data layers, Changing resolutions, Finding data, Standardisation and quality, Databasing, Species distribution modelling, Understanding environmental change, Spatial statistics

Students’ number: 30 maximum

Instructors: Associate Professor Alice Hughes

If you have any questions about the course, please email liujx@xtbg.org.cn , and/or ach_conservation@hotmail.com

 

Do not hesitate to download the Application form if you are interested.

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