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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 in 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>

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>; jdm447268365 <at>

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 landscape features on beetle diversity 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: mingxinl <at>

Meng Wang  王勐


I joined the conservationEE Lab in 2023 after receiving my Ph.D. degree in ecology from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science. Previously, my research focused on giant panda conservation, specifically their individual movement, population networks, and landscape restoration. Currently, my focus is on fully accounting for the biodiversity effectiveness of forest restoration by considering the influence of international trade.

E-mail: MengWang0814<at>

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Shanxing Gong  龚善星


I got my PhD degree from Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University, in Suzhou, China. My research interests are land-use change and landscape complexity on biodiversity conservation and trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and production. Currently, my study is about the effect of landscape complexity on arthropod diversity and biological pest control in rice farming systems, and land-use strategy for both biodiversity conservation and agricultural and silvicultural production. 

E-mail: gongshanxing2018<at>

Yu'ang Chen  陈雨昂

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student with a geography background. I obtained my BSc from Wuhan University in 2020. For my Ph.D. research, I will explore the opportunities for restoring native forests on collective forest land of southern China. I am also interested in exploring factors that impact local smallholders’ willingness of native forest restoration, especially under the context of China’s forest restoration programs and current forestry policies. 

E-mail: yuangchen_2020 <at>

Zhen Wang  王真


I am a third-year Ph.D. student. I majored in geography during my undergraduate study and obtained my BSc from East China Normal University in 2021. Currently, I am studying the relationship between bird biodiversity and timber production in different types of restored forests in East China, with the aim of exploring the optimal restoration strategy through effective land use planning that takes into account both biodiversity conservation and production benefit.

E-mail: wangzhen0701 <at>

Minyu Dou  窦敏毓

I am a third-year Ph.D. student with a forestry background. I obtained my B.SC. (Agr.) from Beijing Forestry University in 2021. For my Ph.D. research, I am exploring topics related to forest restoration.

E-mail:  douminyu <at>

Yuan Tian  田缘

I am a second-year PhD student. I obtained my BSc in ecology from Peking University in 2022. My current research interest is the trade-off between biodiversity and crop yield in agricultural land, aiming to maximize biodiversity under the precondition of achieving a certain yield through agricultural management or land-use planning optimization.

E-mail: tianyuan5123 <at>

Shuangqi Liu  刘双祺

I'm a PhD student mainly focusing on biodiversity conservation in human-altered or human-dominated ecosystems. I obtained my BSc with a major in ecology at the School of Life Sciences, Peking University in 2023. I have a general interest in conserving bird species and their habitat, and now specifically investigating how landbirds respond to land-use change.

E-mail: lsq010707 <at>

Shaoping Zang  臧少平

I am a research assistant in our group. My current research aims to investigate the relationship between bird biodiversity and forest management in artificial forest. Before joining this group, I completed my BSc and MSc in Fudan University, where I studied shorebird migration and cultural ecosystem service of bird-watching. I also have experience in fieldworks studying bird breeding ecology, bird survey, bird ringing and tracking.

E-mail: shirleyzang<at>; shirleyzang1<at>

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>

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Ph.D. students


Research assistants


Lab alumni
Weiyi Wang (王玮亦):    full-time research assistant in 2019–2022; currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tasmania.
Xinran Miao (苗新然):     co-supervised 
Honor's undergraduate student in 2020-2022 (Australian National University); currently a
                                              Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge.

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