I am an Associate Professor and lead the Landscape Ecology group at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She have worked extensively across the Tropics, and previously held positions in Thailand, Australia, Costa Rica, and the UK before moving to China. I also hold Honorary positions at the Universities of Bangor and Groningen and a position at the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, and am a “key person” for Alert-Conservation. I am currently secretary of the ATBC’s Asia-Pacific Chapter and Chair of the Capacity Building Committee and a member of the ATBC Council. In addition I hold board positions for the Asian section for the Society of Conservation Biology, the International Network of Next generation ecologists, and the European Tropical Ecology Society, as well as a new group which aims to connect Early Career research organisations (ECR-NON). I have also recently been appointed as leader of the Young professionals network for the IUCN’s commission on ecosystem management. In addition I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Ecology, and an editor for Heliyon, Checklist, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability and Ecotropica.
My work focuses on patterns of biodiversity and drivers of biodiversity change, at various spatiotemporal scales in order to develop pro-active management strategies that aim to mitigate the impacts of human activities on biodiversity. Her research spans from biogeographic research to conservation prioritization and management, with a special focus on critical ecosystems including forest and karst. I have also organized conferences on key conservation issues including as transboundary conservation, the illegal wildlife trade, and climate change ecology, in addition to training courses on various aspects of conservation biology. I currently have projects on mapping karst biodiversity, and developing priorities for regional conservation for Southeast Asia, and recently brought out an extended review and synthesis on the threats to Southeast Asian biodiversity.
I has attended various Intergovernmental and International meetings and workshops with an aim of advancing conservation, and have given around 52 presentations at international conferences or invited presentations in universities and research organisations such as IIASA and is an author of 30 papers. I have also run 31 training workshops and organized a further 15 in addition to 5 fieldcourses. In addition I have attended 15 international workshops and organized 8 international conferences.