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

Course symposium marks ending of AFEC-X 2013

December 4th, 2013 Comments off



On the final day of the Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG 2013 (AFEC-X 2013), November 28, participants presented the findings of their projects to an invited audience.

The six presentations were: 1.comparative communities of non-volant small mammals in adjacent areas of limestone forest, seasonal rainforest and rubber plantation in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China ;2、Bats in Menglun : a preliminary study in different habitats;3、Leaf variation in Ficus: an evolutionary perspective;4、How do different species of bulbuls co-exist in differenthabitats?;5、Light determines the function, diversity and abundance of ground ferns;6、Likely possible change in forest communities from climate change in the Mt. Ailao region.

   The judge panel was composed of Chen Jin, Richard Corlett, Ferry Slik, Eben Goodale, Kyle Tomlinson, Alice Hughes, Edward Stashko.

The first prize was given to “Leaf variation in Ficus: an evolutionary perspective” completed by Kandlikar Gau lou, Nguyen Hai Huyen, Wu Wei-Huan, Yao Xin, and Zeng Si-Jin.

Afterwards, the participants received certificates from the judges.

Participants making presentation

Participants making presentation

Awarding certificates to participants

Awarding certificates to participants

Judges and participants pose a group photo

Judges and participants pose a group photo

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Advanced Field Course in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG 2013 Opens

October 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Oct 20, Morning, XTBG Conference hall, “Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013 Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation” held its opening ceremony, and twenty-four participants from 17 organizations in eight countries and 12 XTBG staffs attended the ceremony.

Prof. Richard T. Corlett of XTBG first briefly introduced the history of field courses around the world and in tropical Asia, the number and composition of the total and accepted applicants this year, then explained the arrangement, schedule of the course this year. Afterwards, Prof. Li Qingjun, deputy director of XTBG, introduced the history, development and achievements of XTBG in scientific research, biodiversity conservation and science popularization and announced the opening of “AFEC-X 2013”.

The course will last until November 30. In the coming six weeks, we arranged “Lectures and practical (20 Oct night – 2 Nov)”, “Field trips (3 – 7 Nov)” and “Independent project (8 – 27 Nov)” then the course will be ended by “Course symposium (28 Nov)”.

AFEC-X is manly supported by XTBG. In 2013, we got funds from CAS Bureau of Personnel, CAS Graduate Education Foundation and International Center for Research in Agroforestry Beijing Office as well.

Professor Richard T. Corlett 介绍培训班情况

Professor Richard T. Corlett introducing the course


Professor Qing-Jun Li introducing XTBG


Group photo of participants in opening ceremony

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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 <titaf2014@gmail.com>.

=== 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

www.ecologicalevolution.org www.sci.ccny.cuny.edu/lohman/


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 (http://english.xtbg.cas.cn/) 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: https://www.pfs-tropasia.org/ or http://www.ecologicalevolution.org/training/). Download, fill out, and submit the provided spreadsheet to titaf2014@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2013. If you have any questions about the course, please email chuck.cannon@ttu.edu or dlohman@ccny.cuny.edu.

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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.


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.


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.




Jing-Xin Liu


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AFEC-X China 2013, Application Open

May 14th, 2013 Comments off

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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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Site Maintenance Complete

March 5th, 2013 Comments off

PFS-TropAsia.org was down yesterday for a series of updates and maintenance. Primarily, we have corrected the issues causing confirmation emails to not be sent.

If you experience any issues, or something seems out of place, please contact us directly.

Thank you for your patience.

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