Fangyuan Hua  华方圆


I joined Peking University as an Assistant Professor in May 2019, after finishing my Newton International Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Prior to my two-year stint at Cambridge, I obtained my Ph.D. degree in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, and subsequently did a three-year postdoc at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. I was trained as a field ecologist with a special interest on how forest birds respond to anthropogenic impacts. This academic upbringing still largely defines my research identity, although I also try to expand the scope and strengthen the utility of my research by borrowing from other expertise, such as data synthesis, remote sensing and environmental economics. More information about me is provided here.

E-mail: fhua <at> pku.edu.cn 


Demeng Jiang  蒋德梦

I received my Ph.D. degree in 2020 from Guangxi University in Nanning, Guangxi, China (supervised by Prof. Eben Goodale). I also spent nine months overseas during my Ph.D. study at the University of Florida under the support of the Chinese Scholarship Council (supervised by Prof. Kathryn Sieving). Currently, I am working on how timber production and biodiversity respond to forest management, with a goal to find out the optimal strategy of land use in southern China to reconcile timber production and biodiversity protection. I have also worked on the flow of information about predation risk between species in mixed-species bird flocks, birds' response to forest management and their breeding strategy in the northern tropical areas of China, and bird species distribution modeling.

E-mail: demeng.jiang <at> outlook.com; jdm447268365 <at> 163.com


Mingxin Liu  刘名信


My research interests include biodiversity conservation and landscape ecology under anthropogenic impacts. Currently, I am studying the gains of biodiversity and ecosystem functions along the trajectory of plantation successions. Specifically, I am looking at the plantations that are purposefully served for biodiversity maintenance and ecosystem functioning rather than those for wood production. I will be investigating beetle biodiversity using DNA metabarcoding and will be looking at the above-ground biomass in a chronosequence of plantation age classes. I received my PhD degree at the University of Tasmania, Australia in 2021. During my PhD, I studied the effect of the proportion of mature forest (‘landscape context’) and the effect of distance from mature forest (‘forest influence’) in the landscape on beetle biodiversity recovery in adjacent harvested areas. Apart from my PhD project, I also conducted research in the area of molecular phylogenetics, studying the higher-level phylogeny of spiders and their kin (Arachnida) with mitogenomic data.

E-mail: liu_ming_xin <at> 163.com

Ph.D. students


Yu'ang Chen  陈雨昂

I am a Ph.D. student with a geography background. I obtained my BSc from Wuhan University in 2020. For my Ph.D. research, I will be exploring the conservation opportunities in the Hengduan Mountain region, particularly after the end of the Grain-for-Green reforestation program. My research interest is the socioeconomic obstacles and opportunities in conservation. 

E-mail: yuangchen_2020 <at> stu.pku.edu.cn

Research assistants


Weiyi Wang  王玮亦

I am a research assistant in our group. My current research aims to investigate how deforestation linked agriculture affects avian diversity and how this effect may differ across different ecological contexts. Before joining this group, I obtained my Master's degree from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, where I studied how birds responded to urbanization. I have experience in bird survey and bird ringing.

E-mail: wangweiyi <at> pku.edu.cn; wangweiyi029 <at> outlook.com


Xiaotong Ren  任晓彤

I am a research assistant in our group. I have a general interest in understanding and conserving birds and their habitat from mudflats to mountains. Prior to joining ConservationEE, I completed my BSc in Fudan University and MSc in the University of Queensland studying waterbird ecology, especially shorebird migration and conservation. As a Sichuanese, I have deep emotional connections with the mountains and rivers in the Hengduan Mountains, thus I'm gradually broadening my research horizon to forest biodiversity and management.

E-mail: mintren <at> gmail.com

ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xiao_Tong_Ren


Xinran Miao  苗新然

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University, majoring in Environmental Science & Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. I’m interested in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of forest ecosystems. As a research assistant in the ConservationEE lab, I'm currently collaborating with Weiyi to quantitatively assess how forest degradation linked agriculture impacts the community composition of avian diversity.

E-mail: xinran.miao <at> anu.edu.au

Undergraduate students


Yuan Tian  田缘

Senior student

College of Urban and Environmental Sciences

Peking University

Major: Ecology

E-mail: tianyuan5123 <at> pku.edu.cn