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FAN Zexin
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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China


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Ze-Xin FAN


Prof. Dr.

Date of birth:

06 May 1980




Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Menglun Town, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China


+86-691-8713227 / +86-691-8715070





ResearchGate:   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ze-Xin_Fan/



11/2005-7/2009, Ph.D. in Geography

Institute of Geography,  Erlangen-Nürnberg University , Germany


9/2002-7/2005, M.S. in Ecology

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Science 


9/1998-7/2002, B.S. in Biology

School of Life Science, Southwest University, Chongqing, China


Professional experiences

2017/01 – present, Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2012/06 – present, Head of Tree Ring & Environmental Change Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences


2012/01 – present, Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences


2009/12 – 2011/12, Assistant Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Main research topics

Climate Change, Dendrochronology, Dendroecology, Tree Physiology, Plant Functional Traits


Editorial members

Review Editor:  Frontiers of Plant Science

Editor:         Plant Diversity


Board membership

Member of Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)

Member of Asian Dendrochronological Association (ADA)

Member of China Dendrochronological Association (CDA)

Secretary of Ecological Society of Yunnan


Articles (*Corresponding)

[1]     Jiang YM, Li ZS, Fan ZX*. 2017. Tree-ring based February-April relative humidity reconstruction since A.D. 1695 in the Gaoligong Mountains, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Asian Geographer doi: 10.1080/10225706.2017.1325758.

[2]     Fan ZX*, Bräuning. 2017. Tree-ring evidence for the historical cyclic defoliator outbreaks on Larix potaninii in the central Hengduan Mountains, SW China. Ecological Indicators 74: 160-171.

[3]     Fu PL, Grießinger J, Gebrekirstos A, Fan ZX*, Bräuning A*. 2017. Earlywood and latewood stable carbon and oxygen isotope variations in two pine species in southwestern China during the recent decades. Frontiers in Plant Science doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.02050.

[4]     Hu LF, Fan ZX*. 2016. Stem radial growth in response to microclimate in an Asian tropical dry karst forest. Acta Ecologica Sinica 365(5): 401-409.

[5]     Fan ZX, Thomas A. 2013. Spatiotemporal variability of reference evapotranspiration and its contributing climatic factors in Yunnan Province, SW China, 1961-2004. Climatic Change 116: 309-325.

[6]     Fan ZX, Zhang SB, Hao GY, Slik FJW, Cao KF. 2012. Hydraulic conductivity traits predict growth rates and adult stature of 40 Asian tropical tree species. Journal of Ecology 100: 732−741.

[7]     Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Thomas A, Li JB, Cao KF. 2011. Spatial and temporal temperature trends on the Yunnan Plateau (Southwest China) during 1961−2004. International Journal of Climatology 31: 2078−2090.

[8]     Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Tian QH, Yang B, Cao KF. 2010. Tree ring recorded May-August temperature variations since A.D. 1585 in the Gaoligong Mountains, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 296: 94−102.

[9]     Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Yang B, Cao KF. 2009. Tree ring density-based summer temperature reconstruction for the central Hengduan Mountains in southern China. Global and Planetary Change 65: 1−11.

[10] Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Cao KF, Zhu SD. 2009. Growth-climate responses of high-elevation conifers in the central Hengduan Mountains in southern China. Forest Ecology and Management 258(3): 306−313.

[11] Ze-Xin Fan, Kun-Fang Cao, Peter Becker. 2009. Axial and radial variations in xylem anatomy of angiosperm and conifer trees in Yunnan, China. IAWA Journal 30(1): 113.

[12] Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Cao KF. 2008. Tree-ring based drought reconstruction in the central Hengduan Mountains (China) since A.D. 1655. International Journal of Climatology 28: 1879−1887.

[13] Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Cao KF. 2008. Annual temperature reconstruction from the central Hengduan Mountains, as deduced from tree rings. Dendrochronologia. 26: 97−107.

[14] Lin H, Chen YJ, Zhang HL, Fu PL, Fan ZX. 2017. Stronger cooling effects of transpiration and morphology of the plants from a hot dry habitat than a hot wet habitat. Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12923.

[15] Lin H, Chen Y, Song Q, Fu P, Cleverly J, Magliulo V, Law BE, Gough CM, Hörtnagl L, Di Gennaro F, Matteucci G, Mantagnani L, Duce P, Shao C, Kato T, Bonal D, Paul-Limoges E, Beringer J, Grace J, Fan ZX. 2017. Quantifying deforestation and forest degradation with thermal response. Science of Total Environment 607-608: 1286-1292.

[16] Tiwari A, Fan ZX, Jump AS, Zhou ZK. 2017. Warming induced growth decline of Himalayan birch at its lower range edge in a semi-arid region of Trans-Himalaya, central Nepal. Plant Ecology 218: 621-633.

[17] Tiwari A, Fan ZX, Jump AS, Li SF, Zhou ZK. 2017. Gradual expansions of moisture sensitive Abies spectabilis forest in the Trans-Himalayan zone of central Nepal associated with climate change. Dendrochronologia 41: 34-43.

[18] Lin H, Fan ZX, Shi LL, Arain A, McCaughey H, Billesbach D, Siqueira M, Bracho R, Oechel W. 2016. The cooling trend of canopy temperature during the maturation, succession, and recovery of ecosystems. Ecosystems doi: 10.1007/s10021-016-0033-8.

[19] Fu PL, Liu WJ, Fan ZX, Cao KF. 2017. Is fog an important water source for woody plants in an Asian tropical karst forest during the dry season? Ecohydrology 9(6): 964-972.

[20] Chen YJ, Schnitzer SA, Zhang YJ, Fan ZX, Goldstein G, Tomlinson KW, Lin H, Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2016. Physiological regulation and efficient xylem water transport regulate diurnal water and carbon balances of tropical lianas. Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12724.

[21] Lu HZ, Song L, Liu WY, Xu XL, Hu YH, Shi XM, Li S, Ma WZ, Chang YF, Fan ZX, Lu SG, Wu Y, Yu FH. 2016. Survival and growth of epiphytic ferns depend on resource sharing. Frontiers in Plant Science doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.004.16.

[22] Gleason SM, Westoby M, Jansen S, Choat B, Hacke UG, Pratt RB, Bhaskar R, Brodribb TJ, Buchi SJ, Cao KF, Cochard H, Delzon S, Domec JC, Fan ZX, Field TS, Jacobsen AL, Johnson DM, Lens F, Maherali H, Martinez-Vilalta J, Mayr S, McCulloh KA, Mencuccini M, Mitchell P, Morris H, Nardini A, Pittermann J, Plavcova L, Schreiber SG, Sperry JS, Wright IJ, Zanne A. 2015. Weak tradeoff between xylem safety and xylem-specific hydraulic efficiency across the woold’s woody plant species. New Phytologist 209(1): 123-136.

[23] Tian QH, Zhang Y, Chen X, Fan ZX. 2015. Standardization of the spruce ring-width series in the Qilian Mountains and multi-scale analyses based on empirical mode decomposition. Quaternary Sciences 35(5): 1227-1237. (in Chinese)

[24] Chen YJ, Bongers F, Tomlinson K, Fan ZX, Lin H, Zhang SB, Zheng YL, Li YP, Cao KF, Zhang JL. 2015. Time lags between crown and basal sap flows in tropical lianas and co-occurring trees. Tree Physiology doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpv103.

[25] Shi F, Ge QS, Yang B, Yang FM, Charpentier F, Solomina O, Nakatsuka T, Wang NL, Zhao S, Xu CX, Fang KY, Sano M, Chu GQ, Fan ZX, Gaire NP, Usama M. 2015. A multi-proxy reconstruction of spatial and temporal variations in Asian summer temperatures over the last millennium. Climatic Change 131: 663-676.

[26] Li MY, Wang LL, Fan ZX, Shen CC. 2015. Tree-ring density inferred late summer temperature variability over the past three centuries in the Gaoligong Mountains, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 422: 57-64.

[27] Chen YJ, Cao KF, Schnitzer SA, Fan ZX, Zhang JL, Bongers B. 2015. Water-use advantage for lianas over trees in tropical seasonal forests. New Phytologist 205: 128-136.

[28] Zhang SB, Cao KF, Fan ZX, Zhang JL. 2013. Potential hydraulic efficiency in angiosperm trees increases with growth-site temperature but has no trade-off with mechanical strength. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 971-981.

[29] PAGE 2k Consortium. 2013. Continental-scale temperature variability during the last two millennia. Nature Geoscience 6: 339-346.

[30] Qin C, Yang B, Melvin TM, Fan ZX, Zhao Y, Briffa KR. 2013. Radial growth of Qilian juniper on the Northeast Tibetan Plateau and potential climate associations. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79362.

[31] Yang FM, Wang NA, Shi F, Ljungqvist FC, Wang SG, Fan ZX, Lu JW. 2013. Multi-proxy temperature reconstruction from the west Qinling Mountains, China for the past 500 years. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57638.

[32] Tian QH, Zhou XJ, Gou XH, Zhao P, Fan ZX, Helama S. 2012. Analysis of reconstructed annual precipitation from tree-ring for the past 500 years in the middle Qilian Mountain. Science China Earth Sciences 55(5): 770778.

[33] Yang B, Qin C, Huang K, Fan ZX, Liu JJ. 2010. Spatial and temporal patterns of variations in tree growth over the northeastern Tibetan Plateau during the period 1450−2006. The Holocene 20(8): 1235−1245.

[34] Tian QH, Gou XH, Zhang Y, Wang YS, Fan ZX. 2009. May-June mean temperature reconstruction over the past 300 years based on tree rings in the Qilian Mountains of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. IAWA Journals 30(4): 421−434.

[35] Cai ZQ, Slot M, Fan ZX. 2005. Leaf development and photosynthetic properties of three tropical tree species with delayed greening. Photosynthetica 43(1): 9198.

[36] Ze-Xin Fan, Kun-Fang Cao. 2005. Hypothesis on the limitation of tree height growth. Chinese Bulletin of Botany 22(5): 632-640. (in Chinese)

[37] Ze-Xin Fan, Kun-Fang Cao, Shou-Qing Zou. 2005. Axial and radial changes in xylem anatomical characteristics in six evergreen broadleaved tree species in Ailao Mountain, Yunnan. Acta Phytoecologia Sinica 29(6): 968-975. (in Chinese)





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