Interests: My interests mainly focus on the patterns and mechanisms of forest community structure and plant distribution in China.
My scientific career started from local forest community ecology, which is based on Gutianshan forest plot from the Chinese Forest Biodiversity Network. From that beautiful subtropical mountain, my research further expands to a broad spatial and temporal scale, that is discussing the patterns of community structure in Chinese forests (from tropical to temperate mountains), and their causes from multiple scales, i.e., local disturbance, local diversification, current and paleo- climate, as well as continental and intercontinental migration.
Besides that, I am also very interested in plant distribution in China, especially the distribution of endemic and threatened plants, which are important composition of biodiversity conservation. The relations between endemic plants species richness and paleo- and current climate, as well as topography variations, are very interesting. Also the relative effects of historical and current human activities on threatened plants distribution are worth of careful discussion.