People

Professor/PI

Eben Goodale

Dr. Eben Goodale
Dr Eben Goodale

Eben Goodale is interested in how behavior, particularly communication, affects the interactions between species, and how knowledge about such interactions can be integrated into conservation plans. Much of his work has been done on birds and in Sri Lanka, but he has also conducted bird research in India, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and China, and has worked on aspects of communication in bees. He enjoys teaching, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory biology, biodiversity, evolution and ecology at four institutions in the United States, and organized workshops in experimental design and statistics in Sri Lanka, PNG and China. His overall objective is to positively impact biodiversity conservation, in part by raising awareness about animals’ behavior and ecology, and in part by encouraging the next generation of scientists. His CV can be accessed here, and he can be reached by e-mail at eben.goodale@outlook.com.


 

Associate Professors

JIANG Aiwu

JIANG Aiwu
JIANG Aiwu

JIANG Aiwu received his PhD degree, in Zoology, from Lanzhou University, China, where he studied the breeding ecology and phylogeny of Nonggang Babbler (Stachyris nonggangensis), which is a new bird species discovered in 2008. His current project aims at exploring how the birds are adapted to the limestone area, a very special ecosystem, in their breeding strategy. He also has a strong interest in the conservation of endangered birds, for example, Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae). He has experience in conservation and nature reserve management, and he has been employed as a consultation specialist for the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Aiwu has just finished a year abroad at the Advanced Facility for Avian Research at Western University, Canada. His ResearchGate profile is at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jiang_Aiwu, and his e-mail is aiwuu@163.com.


Christos Mammides​

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Christos Mammides

Christos Mammides received his PhD degree, in Conservation Biology, from Imperial College London where he used statistical modelling to quantify the impacts of anthropogenic activities on bird communities in protected areas, using data from Kenya and Cyprus. In 2014, he joined Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Yunnan, China, as a postdoctoral researcher, to study how land-use and altitudinal gradients affect the associations of species in mixed-species bird flocks. He joined our group at Guangxi University as an Associate Professor in September 2016. Christos is mainly interested in using statistical and spatial tools to understand the mechanisms by which human activities affect biodiversity, and also in understanding how different socio-economic factors drive these activities.  His Researchgate profile is at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christos_Mammides2 and he can be reached by e-mail at: cmammides@outlook.com.


 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Myung-Bok Lee

Myung-Bok Lee
Myung-Bok Lee

Myung-Bok (Bok) Lee is a research scholar who joined our group in June, 2015. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia and was a postdoctoral fellow at Mississippi State University and University of Georgia. She has broad research experiences including, but not limited to, foraging behavior of black-billed magpie, avian communities in urban and agricultural landscapes, insect communities in biofuel production systems, and the relationship between habitat heterogeneity and avian diversity. However, most her work and research interest have focused on understanding ecological processes (primarily avian diversity) in anthropogenic landscapes, with an emphasis on a landscape perspective and the use of advanced analytical methods. At Guangxi University, she has established a new project investigating the relationship between biodiversity and environmental heterogeneity in anthropogenic landscapes. Currently, her study focuses on avian species; however, she has also developed her project to build a foundation for future ecological studies involving different taxa (e.g., plants and arthropods) and different biological levels (from population to ecosystem). Email: bok.ecology@outlook.com.


Myung-Bok Lee

Ari Martinez
Ari Martínez

Ari Martínez is an animal ecologist that dips into the realms of behavior and community ecology. He is interested in how signals about food and predators influences the behavior of different species to interact in space and time. 
  • How does social information influence which species occur together in space and time?
  • How does social information as a functional trait influence community assembly rules?
  • What are the consequences of shared information use for influencing the realized niche of species?

He primarily works with birds in tropical ecosystems to answer these questions, but he is open to studying animals in a variety of contexts. For more info. visit his website at http://arimartinez043.wix.com/birds.


 

Research Associates

GU Hao

Gu Hao
GU Hao

GU Hao received his Masters from the Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Animal Interactions Group at XTBG, CAS; PI Prof. CHEN Jin. His Masters project focused on whether specialist and generalist bird species in frugivore-fruiting tree networks differ in their rates of evolution, integrating data from published seed dispersal networks and the divergence time between sister taxa from a recent global avian phylogenetic tree. He also conducted a field experiment using playbacks to look at heterospecific attraction among frugivorous bird aggregation on mass fruiting trees. Currently, he’s involved on a project about mixed-species bird flocks. His CV can be accessed at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hao-gu/80/95/9a3, and he can be reached by e-mail at longy213@163.com.


 

PhD Students

JIANG Demeng

JIANG Demeng
JIANG Demeng

JIANG Demeng, PhD student. He received his Master’s degree in 2015 from Southwest Forestry University in Kunming, Yunnan, China (supervised by LUO Xu and JIANG Aiwu), and started his PhD in September 2016. He has broad interests in avian behavioral ecology and biodiversity conservation. The topics he envisions working on during his PhD include the relationships between species in mixed-species bird flocks and how terrestrial vertebrates, specially birds, respond to forest management. His previous work experience mostly concentrated on the breeding strategy of birds in the northern tropical area of China, biodiversity in southwest China, the adaptation of birds to rapid urbanization, and bird species distribution modeling. He particularly enjoys participating in educational outreach programs about conservation. His e-mail is jdm447268365@163.com.

 

 

Masters Students

HE Ruchuan 

HE Ruchuan-11-4-15
HE Ruchuan

HE Ruchuan began his Masters degree in our group in September 2015. He received his Bachelors degree from Nanchang University of Science and Technology in July 2015, with the advice of Professor WU Lan, and won the title of outstanding undergraduate.  His interests are in animal behavior and avian diversity. He is working on a Masters project that investigates Batesian mimicry, determining how differences in model-to-mimic frequency in prey influence predation by birds, with the advice of Craig Barnett and Eben Goodale. He can be contacted at: heruchuan.zkyys@qq.com.


 

ZHOU Wenjing 

ZHOU Wenjing
ZHOU Wenjing 

ZHOU Wenjing started her postgraduate work in the Faculty of Forestry, Guangxi University in September 2015. She got her bachelor degree from the Institute of Applied Meteorology, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, in July 2015, majoring in ecology. At Guangxi, she is working on a project on how plant diversity is influenced by agricultural crop diversity, advised by Myung-bok Lee and Eben Goodale.  Her e-mail address is: 985683730@qq.com.


HE Chao 

HE Chao
HE Chao 

He Chao is a new Masters student in our group, starting in September 2016. He got his bachelor degree from the College of Forestry, Guangxi University, in July 2015, majoring in ecology, with the advice of Associate Professor JIANG Aiwu. During the Master's degree, he is interested in understanding what factors influence the physiology, morphology, body condition of birds, and is beginning fieldwork now. His e-mail address is: 1512585366@qq.com.


Tharaka Priyadarshana 

Tharaka Priyadarshana
Tharaka Priyadarshana 

Tharaka Sudesh Priyadarshana is a Masters student in our group, starting in September 2016.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Sabaragamuwa, Faculty of Applied Science, Sri Lanka in December 2015 (BSc Special in Environmental and Natural Resource Management; Major Discipline: Biodiversity Conservation & Management).  He is a dedicated to conservation and ecology, and particularly interested in those subjects as well as life history, distribution, behavior, and taxonomy of butterflies, Odonates, and herpetofauna. He is also keen on wild orchid taxonomy and conservation.  The primary focus of his Masters project will be on urban ecology.
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tharaka_Priyadarshana
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tharaka-sudesh-priyadarshana-76120639
Email:  tharakas.priyadarshana@gmail.com, tharakas.priyadarshana@outlook.com


XIE Qiao 

XIE Qiao
XIE Qiao 

XIE Qiao is a new member in our group, accepted as a Masters student at the Guangxi University College of Forestry in September 2016. She received her bachelor degree from Hainan Normal University in July 2016, with the advice of Professor YANG Canchao, and obtained the title of outstanding graduate. She is interested in many subjects related to bird ecology. She can be reached by e-mail at kroshl@163.com.

 


Visiting Students

Indika Peabotuwage

Indika Peabotuwage
Indika Peabotuwage

Indika Peabotuwage is a field biologist from Sri Lanka. He has gained experience in Wildlife Conservation and Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka (one year certificate course) and knowledge of Paleo-biodiversity from the Post Graduate Institute of Archeology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He has substantial working experience in identifying the flora and fauna of Sri Lanka and in botanical illustration and wildlife paintings.  He has visited China several times since 2010, working on research projects first at XTBG, and now at Guangxi University. His research interests are ecology and behavioral studies, and currently he is working on a project on mixed-species bird flocks of southern and southwestern China. Email: peabotuwage@gmail.com. Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Indika_Peabotuwage.

 

 

Laboratory Manager

LV Jingyi

LV Jingyi
LV Jingyi

Lv Jingyi is our Laboratory Manager. She is mainly responsible for helping us with all aspects of bureaucracy: purchases, finances, writing grants and translating English into Chinese, helping lab group members with their various troubles, etc…. in other words, making things work! She received her bachelor degree in Guangxi University and lives with her husband and young son. She can be reached by e-mail at 524625709@qq.com.


 

Coadvised students in China

Kasun Abeysinghe


Kasun Abeysinghe

Kasun Abeysinghe is a Masters student in the Soil Ecology Group at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, PI Prof. YANG Xiao-dong, and co-advised by Prof. Goodale and also by Prof. QIU Guangle of the Mercury Group of the Institute for Geochemistry, CAS. His project involves measuring mercury levels in small terrestrial birds and soil invertebrates at varying distances from mine tailings in the Wanshan Mercury Mining Region and at a reference site, also in Guizhou Province. We hypothesize that even grain-eating animals, normally at low risk for mercury accumulation, will show high mercury levels in areas where rice is cultivated, because the water-logged soil facilitates methylation and biological uptake. This research will also help identify ‘indicator’ species that can be used throughout Asia to monitor mercury. The overall objectives of the project are to stimulate research on how mercury affects animal health in the region, and to use animals in monitoring mercury levels, in order to better protect human health. His ResearchGate profile is at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kasun_Abeysinghe. Also, see his page at the Centre for Conservation and Research: http://ccrsl.org/CCR/WhoWeAre/KasunAbeysinghe.htmE-mail: kasun@xtbg.ac.cn​.


 

Lab Alumni

Craig Barnett

Craig Barnett
Craig Barnett

Craig Barnett, Associate Professor (7/15-2/16). Craig is an evolutionary biologist interested in using insect and avian models to test various hypotheses in behavioral ecology and evolutionary ecology. After working with us for half a year, he moved to a new position at Kyoto University, Japan, and we continue to collaborate on projects.  His research webpage is http://optimalforager.wordpress.com/, and his e-mail addresses are optimalforager@hotmail.com and cabarnett@terra.zool.kyoto-u.ac.jp


 

Emilio Pagani-Núñez

Emilio Pagani-Núñez
Emilio Pagani-Núñez

Emilio Pagani-Núñez,Postdoctoral Fellow (3/15-10/16). Emilio is a field ornithologist with broad interests in avian behavior, ecology and evolution. In Guangxi, he collected data on bird foraging behavior, morphology, and aggressiveness. He is currently Assistant Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University.  Explore his research at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emilio_Pagani-Nunez2 and he can be reached by e-mail at emipanu@outlook.com


Kasun Salindra Dayananda

Kasun Salindra Dayananda
Kasun Salindra Dayananda

Kasun Salindra Dayananda received his graduate degree in 6/16 from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), CAS. He was Masters student in the Animal Behavior in Changing Environments Group at XTBG, PI Prof. QUAN Rui-chang, and was co-advised by Prof. Goodale. His main subject areas are conservation biology and ecology. The primary focus of his Masters project was on how characteristics of the location (elevation, topography, and soil) of forest fragmentation affects birds, which have high mobility, and amphibians, which have low mobility, within a radius of 20 km around XTBG. He is currently working on related issues in Sri Lanka. Research Gate profile is at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Salindra_Dayananda?ev=hdr_xprf, and his LinkedIn profile is: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=127677112&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic.


Rachakonda Sreekar

Rachakonda Sreekar
Rachakonda Sreekar

Rachakonda Sreekar received his Masters degree in 2014 from XTBG, CAS, supervised by Prof. Rhett D. Harrison and also Prof. Goodale. The main objective of his Masters project was to evaluate the effects of hunting on vertebrate extirpations in Xishuangbanna, China. His recent work has focused on: 1) Bird species composition in an empty forest and the use of piecewise regression to detect thresholds in bird traits.  2) Hunter densities in Xishuangbanna and the use of flight initiation distance (FID) to measure hunting pressure. 3) Birds of Menglun and the use of species-area relationships to partition the additive effect of forest loss and hunting on bird extirpations.  He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Adelaide. His website is: http://rachakondasreekar.weebly.com. He can be reached at: rachakonda.sreekar@outlook.com.


XIA Xue

Xia Xue
XIA Xue

XIA Xue was a research associate in our group, for a year starting in October 2014. She received her Masters degree from the Restoration Ecology group at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in 2013, and also worked with Prof. Goodale at XTBG. In Guangxi, she studied the vocalizations of bird species in mixed-species flocks.  She now is working at a scientific magazine in Beijing.


Students who have visited us in China

Harry Ewing

Harry Ewing
Harry Ewing

Harry Ewing received his undergraduate degree from University of East Anglia, UK.  He visited XTBG, CAS for four months in 2014 to work on field observations of frugivorous birds and a data project on the rates of publication in conservation biology. He is a birding fanatic and looks forward to having a career in ornithology. His e-mail address is: harryewing2@gmail.com


Jay Husson

Jay Husson
Jay Husson

Jay Husson is a student at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. He visited XTBG, CAS, for five months in 2013-2014 to help research multi-species bird flock interactions, observe frugivorous birds' reactions to the playback of their vocalizations and analyze recordings of bird calls. He is extremely interested both in exploring and understanding the natural world and in Chinese language and culture. His email address is jhusson@middlebury.edu.


 

Katsiaryna Malykhina (“Katie”)

Katsiaryna Malykhina (“Katie”)
Katsiaryna Malykhina (“Katie”)

Katsiaryna Malykhina visited XTBG, CAS in the summer of 2013 while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked on recording vocalizations of Japanese White Eyes, with the goal of contributing to a larger project on vocalizations among group-living birds. She continues to study animal behavior and conservation biology after graduation. Her email address is: kat.malykhina@gmail.com .


 

​Samuel Parker

Samuel Parker from Harvard University also visited us in 2012-2013.

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