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Professor/PI

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 eben.goodale@outlook.com.

Long CV: long_cv_with_pic_9.2.18_for_gxu_website.pdf

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Associate Professors

JIANG Aiwu

JIANG Aiwu

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 the Nonggang Babbler (Stachyris nonggangensis), which is a new bird species discovered in 2008. His current projects aim 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), and is interested in ecotoxicology. 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. His ResearchGate profile is at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jiang_Aiwu, and his e-mail is aiwuu@163.com.

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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. He also interested 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.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

ZHOU Liping

ZHOU Liping

ZHOU Liping is starting a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the lab in 2020. At the end of 2019 she received her PhD from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her PhD thesis, advised by Prof. QUAN Rui-Chang, focused on investigating the interactions between bird species in mixed-species flocks, and how networks of such interactions respond to anthropogenic and elevational change. Although she expects to continue working on mixed-species flocks during her postdoc, during her career she hopes to broadly study animal ecology, touching on the fields of species diversity, taxonomy, ethology, and conservation. She can be reached at: zhou.lp@outlook.com.

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PhD Students

Salindra Kasun DAYANANDA

Salindra Kasun DAYANANDA

Salindra Kasun DAYANANDA’s main interests are in conservation biology and ecology. He completed his master’s degree at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), under the guidance of Prof. Goodale and Prof. QUAN Rui-Chang. During his Masters, his primary focus was on how the location of forest fragments affected birds (including nocturnal birds) and herpetofauna. During his PhD, guiding by Associate Prof. Christos Mammides, Prof. Goodale, and Prof. Emeritus Sarath W. Kotagama of the University of Colombo, he is using radio telemetry to measure birds’ movement in different land-types in Sri Lanka. He has worked on several Sri Lankan national level expert panels in different taxa, including mammals, birds and spiders. He is also working on a complete database and a book about Sri Lankan biodiversity. His ResearchGate profile is at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Salindra_Dayananda?ev=hdr_xprf, and his LinkedIn profile is: https://www.linkedin.com/in/salindra-kasun-dayananda-27491336/. He can be reached at salindrakasun@outlook.com / kasunkent@gmail.com.

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Estelle MEAUX

Estelle MEAUX

Estelle MEAUX is broadly interested in social behavior. She 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. For her PhD work she is again combining field and lab work, this time concentrating on the contact calls of Japanese White-eyes (Zosterops japonicus), working with Prof. Goodale. She hopes to understand what information is provided by the rate of contact calling. Her Research Gate profile is at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Estelle_Meaux3. She can be reached at estelle.meaux@outlook.com.

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Kamal Raj GOSAI

Kamal Raj GOSAI

Kamal Raj GOSAI earned his Master's degree in Environmental Science in Biodiversity Conservation and Management at Khwopa College, Nepal in 2009, and holds an Assistant Professor position at Tribhuvan University of Nepal. In his previous work, he has studied wildlife rehabilitation and ecotourism development, and has worked on  herpetofauna and large water birds of Nepal, especially the Sarus Crane (Grus antigone antigone). For his PhD study, which he started in September 2018, he is studying different aspects of communication in mixed-species bird flocks under the guidance of Prof. Goodale. He is currently working on a museum study of two laughingthrush species and conducting fieldwork in Nepal about plumage mimicry in flocks. Later he hopes to do experimental studies of bird vocalizations in the aviary. His email is: kamal_gosai2002@yahoo.com.​

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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 under the guidance of Associate Prof. Aiwu JIANG. He has been involved on projects measuring heavy metals in birds, and looking at the behavioral effects of this pollution exposure. In September 2019, he advanced his study program to pursue a PhD degree. His e-mail is: 15090690023@163.com.

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Wambura Mashauri MTEMI

Wambura Mashauri MTEMI

Wambura Mashauri MTEMI completed his bachelor degree in Agronomy at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania in 2015. In 2016, he started a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway and graduated in 2018. His master thesis was titled as “The Accumulation of Trace Metals in Rodent Tissues along the TAZAMA Pipeline and TANZAM Highway in Mikumi National Park (MINAPA), Tanzania”. He is interested in conservation biology, ecology, as well as environmental toxicology. Thus, to nurture his career, he joined for PhD studies at Guangxi University in China, majoring in ecology at the Forestry College, and advised by Associate Professor JIANG Aiwu. He intends to continue research about how the concentrations of various trace metals or elements biomagnify across trophic levels. He can be reached via e-mail address: wmashauri@outlook.com

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Shivish BHANDARI

Shivish BHANDARI

Shivish BHANDARI has graduated in 2014 from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. His Master's degree research was relating to tiger’s food analysis in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. He also has work experience in prey-predator interaction, habitat, and conservation threats analysis of some large predators such as tigers, leopard, and hyena. The conservation approach for those predators was additional. He is interested to work in community ecology and ecological modeling. His Ph.D. project will be investigating how an agricultural landscape or human-dominated landscape supports or reject the avian and mammalian biodiversity. He will be working under the guidance of Prof. Goodale. More information can be found in his research gate profile:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Shivish_Bhandari

He can be reached by e-mail at: shivish.bhandari@yahoo.com

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PAN Wuyuan

PAN Wuyuan

Pan Wuyuan received his Master’s degree in 2020 from Wuhan University, under the guidance of Prof. LU Xin. His previous research works were about the cooperative breeding in the Ground Tit (Pseudopodoces humilis); his master thesis was titled as “An analysis for heritability of helping behavior of Tibetan ground tits Pseudopodoces humilis in Changdu, Tibet”. He has also worked on conservation of the Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri). Wuyuan started his PhD in our group in September 2020 under the guidance of Prof. Goodale. His e-mail address is: wuyuan_pan@outlook.com

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Masters Students

TAN Xiaocai

TAN Xiaocai

TAN Xiaocai began studies for a Master's degree at the Forestry College of Guangxi University in September 2018. In 2017, she received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Hechi College under the guidance of Associate Professor Xichao DENG. She was awarded the title of excellent graduate. At Guangxi, with the guidance of Associate Professor Aiwu JIANG, she hopes to study how bird vocalizations may be affected by heavy metal exposure She can be contacted at: 2394880518@qq.com.

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CHEN Youfang

CHEN Youfang

CHEN Youfang graduated in 2015 from Harbin Normal University in China, and has a background in computer programming. She began her Master’s degree in our group in September 2018 under the guidance of Dr. Eben Goodale.  In her Masters thesis project she hopes to use audio recordings made by autonomous recording machines to measure animal diversity, and thus be able to understand the relationship between animal diversity and vegetation. Her e-mail is: 1215810189@qq.com.

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GUAN Zhuoli

GUAN Zhuoli

GUAN Zhuoli received his Bachelor’s degree in 2017 from Chongqing Normal University, Faculty of Geography and Tourism, and started his Master’s degree in our group in September 2018 under the supervision of Associate Prof. Christos Mammides. He is interested in remote sensing techniques and biodiversity conservation. In his previous work, he explored the interaction between biodiversity and human activities using statistical and spatial tools. At GXU, he is working on biodiversity monitoring, with a special focus on the relationship between satellite data and the biodiversity of birds and insects. He can be reached at stan94911@gmail.com.

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LI Cheng

LI Cheng

LI Cheng started his Master’s degree in September 2018, supervised by Prof. Eben Goodale. He received his Bachelor’s degree in July 2018 from the College of Agriculture of Guangxi University. Given his background in agriculture, he hopes to do a Masters thesis project related to the lab’s surveys of biological diversity in agricultural landscapes near Nanning. Specifically, he is working on a survey that will measure how crop diversity affects farmers. His e-mail is 461840862@qq.com.​

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Supun Sewwandika GALAPPATHTHI

Supun Sewwandika GALAPPATHTHI

Supun Sewwandika GALAPPATHTHI joined our group as a Masters student in September 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, specializing in biology. She has gained field experience in behavioral and community ecology during her undergraduate studies and career as a teaching and research assistant. She is particularly interested in bird vocalizations, social behavior and community structure, and urban ecology. Her previous work was based on interspecific communication between bird and mammal species and effects of urbanization towards bird communities in Sri Lanka. She is currently working on bioacoustics and particularly focusing on acoustic indices for her master’s research, under the guidance of Associate Prof. Christos Mammides.

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LAO Xiangyue

LAO Xiangyue

LAO Xiangyue, originally from the beautiful city of Haikou, Hainan, majored in Landscape Architecture for her undergraduate degree and graduated from Guilin University of Technology in 2018. Interested in landscape architecture, she started her Master's degree in September 2018, in a joint Landscape Architecture/Ecology program, and under the guidance of Associate Prof. JIANG Aiwu. She can be reached by e-mail at 1054839916@qq.com.

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DAI Wenzhang

DAI Wenzhang

DAI Wenzhang graduated from Guizhou Normal University, majoring in landscape architecture. His  hometown is in Shanxi Province in northern China. In September 2018, he joined the Masters Program at Guangxi University, in a joint program of ecology and landscape architecture. He is particularly interested in urban ecology and urban planning, and his advised by Associate Professor JIANG Aiwu. He can be contacted at: 657905214@qq.com.

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Moses ELLEASON

Moses ELLEASON

Moses ELLEASON completed his undergraduate studies in Natural Resources Management at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, majoring in Wildlife and Range Management. Starting his MSc under the guidance of Associate Prof. Christos Mammides in September 2019, he is interested in ecotoxicology, and doing further studies that investigate the impact of land use change and other anthropogenic activities on biodiversity. He can be reached at melleason1@outlook.com.

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Anran DONG

Anran DONG

Anran DONG graduated from Yunnan University with an undergraduate degree on Animal Ecology. Following her studies, Anran completed a one-year internship at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden working on projects related to acoustic ecology. Starting her MSc under the guidance of Professor Eben Goodale in September 2019, Anran is interested in studying animal acoustics. Anran can be reached by email at ar931732679@163.com.

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DENG Yiming

DENG Yiming

DENG Yiming graduated in 2019 from Henan Agricultural University in China. She began her Master’s degree in our group in September 2019 under the guidance of Dr. Christos Mammides​. Yiming is interested in developing statistical models to understand patterns in biodiversity. She can be reached by e-mail at 805611939@qq.com.

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HE Shengmei

HE Shengmei graduated in 2019 from China West Normal University, and received her Bachelors in Agriculture, Wildlife and Nature Reserve Management. She started her Master’s degree at GXU in September 2019 under the supervision of Associate Prof. Aiwu JIANG. She is interested in bird ecology, and she is now studying the differences in embryonic development among different bird species.

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LIU Kangmei

LIU Kangmei

LIU Kangmei graduated from Wuzhou College with a degree on Chemical Processing of Forest Products. Starting her MSc under the guidance of Associate Prof. JIANG Aiwu in September 2019, she is interested in monitoring the heavy metal pollution using birds as bio-indicators and looking at the behavioral effects of this pollution exposure. 

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LI Jiaxing

LI Jiaxing

LI Jiaxing graduated from Yancheng Normal University with a Bachelor's degree in biological engineering in June 2019. In September of the same year, he entered the Forestry College of Guangxi University to start his Master's degree, with as tutor Associate Prof. Christos MAMMIDES, to carry out research on the interrelationship between species.

His e-mail address is: 1607754185@qq.com

 

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LU Liuyan

LU Liuyan

LU Liuyan is from Nanning, Guangxi, and she graduated from Southwest Forestry University, majored in Wildlife and Nature Reserve Management, during which she made a short field study in a nature reserve in Guangxi. She joined our group in September 2019, and she is interested in the anti-predation behavior of juveniles in birds. Her email is 1553254569@qq.com.

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CHEN Jichong

CHEN Jichong

CHEN Jichong graduated from ecology major of Guangxi University in 2020. She had previously participated in the bird survey project of Nonggang Nature Reserve supervised by Associate Prof. JIANG Aiwu. In September 2020, she joined our research group as a MSc student under the guidance of Prof. Goodale. You can contact her via email: chenjichongcherub@163.com

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XU Jiaping

XU Jiaping

XU Jiaping, from Zhoushan Island in Zhejiang Province, graduated from China West Normal University in June, 2018, majoring in software engineering. In September 2019, she started a Masters program in Landscape Architecture, with interests both in biodiversity and ecotourism. Her masters project, advised by Dr. JIANG Aiwu, will focus on how community-based ecotourism influences residents' attitudes towards biodiversity conservation. Her e-mail is:1241854650@qq.com.

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ZHOU Tianlong

ZHOU Tianlong

ZHOU Tianlong, who majored in biological science at Shenzhen University during his undergraduate studies, began his Master study under the guidance of Associate Professor JIANG Aiwu in September 2020. He is very interested in the research on intestinal microbes of birds. You can contact him via email 1597282996@qq.com.

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NING Yuejia

NING Yuejia

NING Yuejia graduated from Guangxi University of Finance and Economics and has a background in accounting. She is now working in Design Institute of GXU, mainly writing feasibility reports for construction projects. Interested in landscape architecture, she has become a part-time master student at GXU in Sep. 2020 under the guidance of Associate Prof. Aiwu JIANG. She will focus on the experience from National Park of US, Europe, Australia and its implications in her master thesis. She can be reached at 493420859@qq.com.

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TANG Chao

TANG Chao

TANG  graduated from Tianjin Chengjian University, majoring in landscape architecture. She comes from Anhui Province. She began her Master’s degree in September 2020 under the guidance of Professor JIANG Aiwu. She is interested in landscape architecture, and she will focus her work on how landscaping management will affect the biodiversity in urban area. She can be contacted at: 1376511006@qq.com.

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Undergraduate Students

QIN Luying

QIN Luying

QIN Luying is a BSc undergraduate student of the Forestry School, Guangxi University, majoring in Ecology since September 2016. Her undergraduate research is supervised by Prof. Eben Goodale. The research is aimed at understanding whether two Sri Lankan drongos can recognize their own species, despite drongos being very vocally plastic and capable of imitating almost any sound. Her academic interests lie in animal behavior, birds vocalizations, and seed conservation. Her e-mail address is: laurenqin@hotmail.com.

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ZENG Xiaolei

ZENG Xiaolei

ZENG Xiaolei is an undergraduate student of Guangxi University, he joined our team in 2019 and participated in the field experiment on bird nest predation rate with Liu Shilong in the summer of 2020, he hopes to make achievements in the field of animal behavior.

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QI Shuaiquan

QI Shuaiquan

QI Shuaiquan started his undergraduate studies in Forestry College of Guangxi University in 2017, mainly studying the ecological behavior relationship of bird populations, under the guidance of Associate Prof. Eben.

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Research Associates

Indika PEABOTUWAGE

Indika PEABOTUWAGE

Indika PEABOTUWAGE is a field biologist from 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. At GXU over the past four years, he has been involved in projects about mixed-species flocks in south and southwest China, and surveying birds in agricultural and urban settings. He has also worked on a project in Sri Lanka, understanding how urbanization affects fig trees and the animals associated with them. His ResearchGate account is: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Indika_Peabotuwage, and his e-mail is: peabotuwage@outlook.com.

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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 524625709@qq.com.

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Lab Alumni

Rachakonda SREEKAR

Rachakonda SREEKAR

Rachakonda SREEKAR received his Master’s 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. During his PhD at the University of Adelaide, supervised by Prof. Lian Pin Koh, he worked on understanding the influence of spatial scale on beta diversity patterns. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Czech Republic Academy of Sciences. His website is: http://rachakondasreekar.weebly.com. He can be reached at: rachakonda.sreekar@outlook.com.

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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 works in the Environmental Education Center of XTBG. She can be contacted at: xiaxue@xtbg.org.cn.

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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

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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 a Lecturer at Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou.  Explore his research at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emilio_Pagani-Nunez2 and he can be reached by e-mail at emipanu@outlook.com

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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: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hao-gu/80/95/9a3, and he can be reached by e-mail at gu.hao@outlook.com.

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Kasun ABEYSINGHE

Kasun ABEYSINGHE

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 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kasun_Abeysinghe. Also, see his page at the Centre for Conservation and Research: http://ccrsl.org/CCR/WhoWeAre/KasunAbeysinghe.htm. E-mail:  abeysinghekasun@yahoo.com .

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MO Guowei

MO Guowei

MO Guowei has been working with our group for two years, first as an undergraduate volunteer and then as research associate after receiving his BSc in June 2017. 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 775003593@qq.com.

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Ari MARTÍNEZ

Ari MARTÍNEZ

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. He is now as Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach.

For more information visit his website at http://arimartinez043.wix.com/birds.

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ZHOU Wenjing

ZHOU Wenjing

ZHOU Wenjing was a MSc student with us between July 2015 and June 2018. She worked on a project about how plant diversity is influenced by agricultural crop diversity, advised by Myung-bok Lee and Eben Goodale. Now she is pursuing a PhD on agroecology at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, supervised by Prof. Santiago L. Poggio. She can be reached at: zhouwenjing724@foxmail.com

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Myung-Bok LEE

Myung-Bok LEE

Myung-Bok LEE was a postdoctoral fellow in our group between 2015 and 2018. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia, and did postdoctoral fellowships at Mississippi State University and University of Georgia. 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 established a project investigating the relationship between biodiversity and environmental heterogeneity in agricultural and urban landscapes. She has completed projects on birds for the project, but she also paved the way for others to examine plant and insect diversity, and even explore how farmers interrelate with biodiversity. She is currently as Assistant Professor at the Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources. ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Myung_Bok_Lee Email: bok.ecology@outlook.com.

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HE Ruchuan

HE Ruchuan

HE Ruchuan was a Masters student in the lab between September 2015 and June 2018. Under the guidance of Craig BARNETT and Eben GOODALE, he completed his master thesis on Batesian mimicry, determining how differences in mimicry-to-model frequency in prey influence predation by wild birds. After graduating in June 2018, he spent a year as Research Associate in the lab. Now he is starting a PhD at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the guidance of Prof QUAN Rui-Chang.  He can be contacted at: heruchuan.zkyys@qq.com; heruchuan.tanmugou@outlook.com, and his webpage is https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ruchuan_He.

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SU Tongping

SU Tongping

SU Tongping was a postdoctoral fellow in our group from September 2017 to July 2019. He has broad interests in avian ecology and evolution, conservation biology, and reproductive ecology. During his time with us he concentrated on the levels of heavy metals, and particularly mercury, in birds, and the potential effects on bird reproduction. He is now an assistant research fellow at Nanning Normal University, and can be reached by e-mail at sutongping007@126.com.

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XIE Qiao

XIE Qiao

XIE Qiao did her MSc degree in the lab between September, 2016 and June, 2019. She received her bachelor degree from Hainan Normal University in July 2016, and obtained the title of outstanding graduate. Interested in both birds and behavior, she then started her MSc under the guidance of Associate Prof. JIANG Aiwu. Her MSc thesis project involved two projects that looked at the impact of humans on birds: one looking at how traffic noise might disrupt nestling birds’ begging, and another investigating how birds use human-made objects in their nests. She is now working in Anhui Province, and can be reached at kroshl@163.com.

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Tharaka Sudesh PRIYADARSHANA

Tharaka Sudesh PRIYADARSHANA

Tharaka Sudesh PRIYADARSHANA completed his MSC in the lab between September 2016 and June, 2019. Tharaka is dedicated to conservation and ecology and also passionate about the life history, distribution, behavior, and taxonomy of butterflies, odonates, herpetofauna, and orchids. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Sabaragamuwa, Faculty of Applied Science, Sri Lanka in December 2015. At Guangxi University, he studied agroecology under the guidance of Prof. Goodale and Dr. Myung-Bok Lee. His project focused on how different types of insect communities responded to the crop heterogeneity components (crop composition and configuration) in subtropical farmlands. He is now considering the next step in his education.

See his Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tharaka_Priyadarshana

Blog: https://naturearchives.wordpress.com/about/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tharaka-sudesh-priyadarshana-76120639

Email:  tharakas.priyadarshana@gmail.com

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HE Chao 

HE Chao

HE Chao, who has had a lifelong interest in birds, first became active with the lab as an undergraduate at Guangxi University, being advised by Associate Prof. JIANG Aiwu and working with Dr. Emilio Pagani-Núñez. He started a MSc degree in 2016, under the guidance of Prof. Goodale and Dr. SU Tongping, and graduated in June, 2019. His thesis project investigated the heavy metal concentrations in bird feathers in a mining region of Guangxi. His work in the lab has given him both extensive field experience with birds, as well as training in ecotoxicological lab methods. He is now starting a PhD in environmental engineering at Zhejiang University. He can be reached at hechaoacademic@zju.edu.cn, or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chao_He38?ev=hdr_xprf.

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JIANG Demeng

JIANG Demeng

JIANG Demeng 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. During his PhD, he described the flow of information between species in mixed-species bird flocks, and how birds respond to forest management, advised by Prof. Goodale. He also spent nine months overseas at the University of Florida, under the guidance of Prof. Kathryn SIEVING, and supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council. During his studies, he has also worked on the breeding strategy of birds in the northern tropical area of China, biodiversity in southwest China, and bird species distribution modeling. He particularly enjoys participating in educational outreach programs about conservation. He now is working as a postdoctoral fellow at Peking University, with Prof. HUA Fangyuan as his mentor. His e-mail is demeng.jiang@outlook.com or jdm447268365@163.com.

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Students who have visited us in China

Harry EWING

Harry EWING

Harry EWING was a visiting student at XTBG, CAS for four months in 2014. During his time at XTGB, he used field-based observations to collect data on frugivorous birds and assisted on a data project, exploring the rates of publication in conservation biology. He is a birding fanatic and looks forward to having a career in ornithology. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, studying the ecology and conservation of threatened breeding shorebird populations. His e-mail address is: h.ewing@uea.ac.uk.

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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.

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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 .

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Emily ANDERSON

Emily ANDERSON

Emily ANDERSON is a student from the United States who spent some time with us after she completed her BSc degree at Furman University in Biology. From September 2018 until February 2019, she worked with Associate Professor Christos Mammides on a project about the conservation of the world’s last great wilderness areas that was published in AMBIO. She can be contacted at ecanderson96@outlook.com and more information is available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilyanderson18/

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LI Huan

LI Huan

LI Huan received her MSc degree while working in the group of Animal Behavior and Changing Environments, in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science, advised by Prof QUAN Rui-Chang. Her interests are breeding biology, nest predation, and nesting success of tropical avian species. She visited Prof. Eben Goodale in 2017 when writing up her project focused on nest predation on the abundant generalist bird, the Red-whiskered Bulbul. She now lives in ShenZhen。

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Sanjaya WEERAKKODY

Sanjaya WEERAKKODY

Sanjaya WEERAKKODY visited us from Sri Lanka, where he is a PhD student.  His thesis at the University of Colombo, advised by Dr. Sampath Seneviratne, and externally advised by Prof. Goodale, focuses on gene flow and vocal plasticity and their role in maintaining species limits among the drongos of Sri Lanka. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2017, specialized in Zoology. In past work he has studied the spatial ecology of Western Purple-faced Langur and human-monkey conflicts in Sri Lanka. His ResearchGate profile is https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sanjaya_Weerakkody. He can be reached at sanjaya@zoology.cmb.ac.lk.

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