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 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

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Associate Professors



JIANG Aiwu received his PhD degree in Zoology from Lanzhou University, China, and he also has a strong interest in the conservation of endangered bird species, such as Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae), 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, and his e-mail is

Christos MAMMIDES​

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: and he can be reached by e-mail at:


Postdoctoral Fellows

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 of 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:

SU Tongping

SU Tongping

SU Tongping joined our group as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2017. He received his PhD degree in wildlife conservation and utilization from Beijing Forestry University (supervised by Ding Changqing and Liang Wei), where he investigated the co-evolution between cuckoos and their potential hosts. He has broad interests in avian ecology and evolution, conservation biology, and reproductive ecology. His topic during his post-doctoral fellowship is the biological effect of mercury (Hg), with an especial focus on the relationship of Hg levels and avian reproductive ecology and behavior, and fieldwork in mining and non-mining regions of Guangxi and Guizhou. He can be reached by e-mail at


PhD Students

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

Salindra Kasun DAYANANDA

Kasun Salindra Dayananda

Salindra Kasun DAYANANDA is reading for his PhD on the subject of how different environment matrixes affect bird movements. He completed his master’s degree in Ecology in the Animal Behavior in Changing Environments Group at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). His main subject areas are conservation biology and ecology. During his Masters his primary focus was on how forest fragmentation and its location affect birds (including nocturnal birds) and herpetofauna. In the future he is eager to focus more on landscape ecology and the community ecology of animals. He has represented a few Sri Lankan national level expert panels in several taxa, including mammals, birds and spiders. Simultaneously, he is working on the complete database and a book on Sri Lankan biodiversity. His ResearchGate profile is at:, and his LinkedIn profile is: He can be reached at

Estelle MEAUX

Estelle Meaux

Estelle MEAUX received her Master’s degree in 2015 from the University of Strasbourg, France and she started her PhD in our group in September 2017. Her previous research works, conducted at the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna, Austria, were related to the field of cooperation and individual behavioral strategies, using both observational and experimental techniques on bird and primate species. With broad research interests in social behaviors, Estelle will conduct a PhD project about communication in bird social groups, with a particular focus on the functions of contact calls in both monospecific and mixed-species flocks of birds. Her research gate profile is at She can be reached at



Masters Students

LIU Shilong

Liu ShiLong

LIU Shilong, graduated from Shangqiu Normal University in July 2017, with the title of excellent graduate. He started his MSc at GXU in September 2017, and is particularly interested in measuring heavy metals in birds, under the guidance of Dr. Aiwu Jiang. His e-mail is:

HE Ruchuan 

HE Ruchuan-11-4-15

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 supervision 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, being supervised by Craig Barnett and Eben Goodale. He can be contacted at:

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:

HE Chao 

HE Chao

HE Chao started his MSc 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 concentrating on heavy metals in Guangxi, under the guidance of Dr. SU Tongping. His e-mail address is:


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 He is 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 biodiversity in agroecosystems.

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XIE Qiao 

XIE Qiao

XIE Qiao started 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 currently working in the field on the behavioral ecology of birds, under the guidance of Dr. JIANG Aiwu . She can be reached by e-mail at


Research Associates

MO Guowei

MO Guowei

MO Guowei has been working with our group for two years, first as a undergraduate volunteer, and since he received his BSc in June 2017 as a Research Associate. At Guangxi University,  he majored in animal science and has a keen interest in birds. He was the Vice President of the Animal Protection Association of Guangxi University and is now an investigator with the Guilin Natural Observation Association. He can be reached at




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: Research Gate:


Laboratory Manager

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


Lab Alumni


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, and his e-mail addresses are and


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 and he can be reached by e-mail at


Ari Martinez

Ari MARTÍNEZ was a postdoctoral fellow in our lab between January and July, 2017, until there was an opening in the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow of the University of California, Berkeley, which allowed him to return to his home state. He is an animal ecologist who dips into the realms of behavior and community ecology, and is interested in how signals about food and predators influence how different species interact in space and time.   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 information visit his website at

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: He can be reached at:

GU Hao

Gu Hao

GU Hao was a Research Associate in our lab in Guangxi University for two years from mid 2015 to mid 2017. Before that, he received his MSc from the Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Animal Interactions Group at XTBG, CAS; advised by CHEN Jin and co-advised by Prof. Goodale. As a MSc student, he analyzed the evolution of frugivore-fruiting tree networks, and conducted a playback experiment exploring the interaction of birds at mass-fruiting trees. In Guangxi, he was involved in various projects including those involving mixed-species bird flocks and the management of protected areas. He is now a Ph.D. student at the University of St. Andrews, UK. His CV can be accessed at:, and he can be reached by e-mail at


Kasun ABEYSINGHE was a Masters student at XTBG, advised by Prof. YANG Xiao-dong, and co-advised by Prof. Goodale and also by Prof. QIU Guangle of the Institute for Geochemistry, CAS. His project involved measuring mercury levels in animals across a rice-based food web in mining and non-mining regions of Guizhou Province. He is currently working in Sri Lanka. His ResearchGate profile is at Also, see his page at the Centre for Conservation and Research: E-mail:

  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 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:


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

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: .

​Samuel PAKER​

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


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