Chen Jin (陈 进)


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    I was trained in horticulture in Nanjing Agricultural University. During my university life, I dreamed of being a Chinese-version of Luther Burbank (a well-known American plant breeder).  This was the major reason that I decided to come to Xishuangbanna after my graduation from university, because inside of Xishuangbanna’s tropical jungle there are a lot of wild fruits with great potential to be domesticated. During the early period of my career, I devoted myself to multiple projects related to rural development and botanical management. From 2000 onward, I started to have interests in frugivore-plant interactions. During 2002, I visited the University of Miami for six months under the supervision of Prof. Ted Fleming, where I gained most of my conceptual background in the field. Currently, as the director of the garden, most of my time has been occupied by administration, but I enjoy working with my students to pursue research. I love to ‘do something new, do something different’.


  Zhang Ling(张 玲)


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     Dr. Zhang Ling studies the phylogeography and reproductive biology of Taccaceae and Zingiberaceae plants. Her research focuses on the sytematics and evolution of reproductive traits, the adaptive radiation and evolution of morphological traits, and the reproductive ecology, seed dispersal and population genetic structure of tropical plants. By comparing the morphological traits  and population genetics structure, they are now attempting to use DNA barcoding and the indagation of geographic distribution to understand the trends in ecology and evolution of tropical plants.

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Gao Jie (高洁)

Associate Professor



 Zhao Jin(赵 瑾)

ZJAssistant Professor


Nearly seven years have passed since I came Xishuangbanna. Here is my first time to see the red beans which have been praised in the poem for million times, and the first time to see the mysterious fireflies which just mentioned in the textbooks. It’s also my first time to be shocked by the scientific research. Therefore, after finished my master degree, I decided to stay here.It is my pleasure and god-given chance to be PhD student here. I am interested in the relationship of plant and animal. And the co-evolution of plant and herbivore attracts me very much. Until now, people have already done many researches on how plant response to attack from herbivore, but scientists have different opinions on that. The important role of herbivore on plant evolution has also been focused for lots of years. However, how herbivore ‘helped’ plant evolve during the long history remain debates. My study plant is Ficus which is the main species and play very important roles in the rainforest. I hope to interpret how Ficus defense to the natural insects, and understand the relationship between plant and selective pressure from herbivore.

Wang Gang (王 刚)


Assistant Professor



I joined the XTBG in 2007 as a master student, and got my PhD degree here in 2013. The thesis titled “Coevolutionary Pattern and Process of Fig-Fig Wasp Mutualism”, which covered three main points: 1) How pollination mode shift shaped traits of figs and fig wasps; 2) Pollinator mediated reproductive isolation between two varieties of F. semicordata; 3)Pollinator sharing and interspecies gene flow among sympatric close related figs, the pattern and causation. All those work focus on the question: whether and how coevolution between fig and fig wasp generate the diversification of two partners? Or shortly, Why there are so many figs?

My current projects focus on 1) how species divergence and formation under condition of the strict sense coevolution or the diffuse coevolution in fig-fig wasp mutualism. 2) What derived the evolution of cauliflory in Ficus genus, in which the force of the seed dispersal phase and pollination phase will be compared. I am also interesting in discovering some “smart plant” who can do well in both reproduction and defense with same kind of weapon.   Contact me for deep discussion if you are intresting some of those work.  (2015)

Doctoral students

 Tharanga  Aluthwattha



PhD Candidate




Ayubowan! I am from Sri Lanka, graduated from University of Peradeniya and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.

My major research area is ecology, conservation, systematics, evolutionary biology and biogeography of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). General research interests include Entomology, wetland biology & water chemistry, Theoretical ecology, Biodiversity conservation and restoration.

My present study for PhD focuses on how the geographical dynamics of predation pressure and model traits availability shape the behavioural, morphological, biochemical and genetical variations of protected as well as mimetic butterflies and how these variations frame in a spatial mosaic.

I enjoy the colourful life here where people live in great harmony. XTBG is a paradise for researchers where I get my ideas incubate. Beyond strong supervision, I found freedom, support and caring while test my scientific imaginations in EEPAI.


Bach Thanh Hai (Xiao Bai)

Ph D candidate

Directed by Prof. Chen


AHi everyone, My name is Hai (Xiao Bai is my Chinese name), from Viet Nam. I’m very happy to be part of EEPAI group. I have worked for Cat Tien National Park, Viet Nam since 2005. It is an important national park spread over three provinces, Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc, approximately 150 km north of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. It has an area of about 73,000 hectares and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests left in Vietnam. As home to numerous kinds of flora and fauna, many of which are rare and valuable, Cat Tien National Park has inspired those who love jungles in Vietnam.

Now, I’m a Ph.D. student in XTBG. My research project is “The effects of yellow-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) seed dispersal patterns on tree regeneration”. I’m very glad and really lucky to live and study at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden. This is an amazing place.

Finaly, If you have the opportunity to visit or working in Vietnam, do not foget to contact me.

Liu Junwei(刘军伟)


Ph D candidate

Directed by Prof. Chen


I’m interested in association of plant and microbe, especially endophytism. Endophytes of plant are intriguing in term of their hyperdiversity, considerable dynamics, extent of specialization, and the influence on host fitness. So, welcome any comments and suggestions.


Zhao Jinli (赵金丽)

Ph D candidate

Directed by Prof. Chen



Yue Xinke (乐新科)

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Directed by Prof. Chen


Mutualism between plants and dispersers is essential for maintaining plant community diversity. Fruit bat is a kind of legitimate dispersers in tropical rainforest, however, they received less attention in Paleotropical region. I am interested in the mutualism relationship between fruit bats and plants in Xishuangbanna SW, China.


Master degree candidates

 Xiao Xue (肖雪)


Directed by Prof. Chen


I’m freshman of EEPAI and still study in Beijing. I am looking forward to my postgraduate study in XTBG and prepare for it.


Liu Wanlu (刘婉路)

Directed by Prof. Chen


I’m Liu Wanlu, graduated from Southwest University, majoring in Environment and Resources of Agriculture. Now I devote myself to Environment Education. I’m interested in EE in community and conservation education. As a small part of nature, we have the responsibility to protect it from bad impact of human activities. Because nature is a place full of unknowns, mysteries, wonders, dangers and also loves. Little chips light great fire, little changes make a big difference. Hope my work will help more and more people understand how to live in harmony with nature.


Li Yuanjie  (李远杰)

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Li Manru(李慢如)
Directed by Prof. Zhang


Ma Mingle (马明乐)

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