Established in 2007, the Ecological Evolution Group in the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens aims to promote research and conservation science in the Asian tropics. Through a combination of basic research, applied conservation, local outreach, and student training, we hope to have a positive impact on the future condition and management of natural forests and the communities they sustain. We integrate experience across a wide range of scientific approaches and techniques from systematics and phylogenetics to remote sensing and genomic biology.
The conservation and management of tropical forest resources is probably the most complex of the life sciences as it strives to balance the interaction between global human socio-economic patterns and poorly understood ecological and evolutionary forces of megadiverse communities. We are working at this interface in many ways, from using biogeographic modeling and ecological economic anlayses to phylogenetic studies of phenotypic trait evolution using genomic sequencing projects based on the latest cutting-edge DNA sequencing platforms and analytical techniques.
The group has grown rapidly and the scope of our work continues to expand, particularly in the areas of genomics and graduate student training. While the central themes of the work remain the same, our techniques and approaches seem to be as dynamic as the region in which we find ourselves!
25 Sep 2013Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation – applications being accepted now!
Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation Applications for full scholarships are now being accepted until Nov. 15, 2013! For a full course description and instructions on how to apply, please visit the “Training” tab on this site.
08 Sep 2013“Magic” mushrooms observed in Xishuangbanna
Taylor Lockwood, professional mushroom photographer and official media specialist for the NSF-NSFC field course in digital forestry techniques, discovered a previously unreported bio-luminescent mushroom growing in XTBG. Read the full report at the following link: http://www.livescience.com/39105-chinese-fungus-glows-in-the-dark.html
Dr. Cannon made two presentations at the Ninth meeting of the Flora Malesiana project: “Near-sensing tropical Asian forests” and “Land area dynamics of the Southeast Asian archipelago during the Quaternary Period”. The meeting was held from Aug 27-31, 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia.
On August 22, 2013, Dr. Cannon presented talks on the “Historical Distribution of Tropical Rainforest in Sundaland during the Quaternary Period” at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China at the invitation of Dr. HE Fangliang. The same day, he also presented the same talk at the South China Botanical Garden at the invitation of […]
24 Aug 2013Song of the near-sensing tribe
Click on the link below and listen to the rhythmic but primitive farewell song of the near-sensers in their native habitat (which is everywhere). Rainforest party jamz