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ZHANG Jiaolin
PI of Plant Physiological Ecology Group
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China



Visiting Professor (Dr. and Prof. Fangliang He’s lab), Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada 


Ph.D. (Ecology), University of CAS, Beijing 


M.Sc. (Ecology), University of CAS, Beijing 


B.Sc. (Agronomy), Department of Agronomy, South China Agricultural University, Guangdong 

Professional Experience


Head of Plant Ecophysiology Group of XTBG 


Associate Professor, XTBG 


Assistant Professor, XTBG 


Research Scientist, XTBG  



Academic Interests 

        Ecological Consequences of Climate Extremes 

        Functional Traits, Phylogeny and Community Assembly 

        Climate Change 

        Liana Ecology 

        Epiphyte Physiology 

        Water Relations 




Research Output 

(1) Articles in referred journals 



Zhang SB, Zhang JL, Cao KF: Differences in the photosynthetic efficiency and photorespiration of co-occurring Euphorbiaceae liana and tree in a Chinese savanna. Photosynthetica 2016, 54(3):438-445. 


Zhang SB, Huang W, Zhang JL, Cao KF: Differential responses of photosystems I and II to seasonal drought in two Ficus species. Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology 2016, 73:53-60. 

Huang W, Yang YJ, Zhang JL, Hu H, Zhang SB: PSI photoinhibition is more related to electron transfer from PSII to PSI rather than PSI redox state in Psychotria rubra. Photosynthesis Research 2016, 129(1):85-92. 

Chen YJ, Bongers F, Tomlinson K, Fan ZX, Lin H, Zhang SB, Zheng YL, Li YP, Cao KF, Zhang JL: Time lags between crown and basal sap flows in tropical lianas and co-occurring trees. Tree Physiology 2016, 36(6):736-747. 

Zheng YL, Feng YL, Valiente-Banuet A, Li YP, Liao ZY, Zhang JL, Chen YJ: Are invasive plants more competitive than native conspecifics? Patterns vary with competitors. Scientific Reports 2015, 5. 

Zhang JL, Zhang SB, Zhang YP, Kitajima K: Effects of phylogeny and climate on seed oil fatty acid composition across 747 plant species in China. Industrial Crops and Products 2015, 63:1-8. 

Zhang JL, Zhang SB, Chen YJ, Zhang YP, Poorter L: Nutrient resorption is associated with leaf vein density and growth performance of dipterocarp tree species. Journal of Ecology 2015, 103(3):541-549. 

Ma RY, Zhang JL, Cavaleri MA, Sterck F, Strijk JS, Cao KF: Convergent Evolution towards High Net Carbon Gain Efficiency Contributes to the Shade Tolerance of Palms (Arecaceae). PLoS One 2015, 10(10). 

Huang W, Zhang SB, Zhang JL, Hu H: Photoinhibition of photosystem I under high light in the shade-established tropical tree species Psychotria rubra. Front Plant Sci 2015, 6. 

Chen YJ, Cao KF, Schnitzer SA, Fan ZX, Zhang JL, Bongers F: Water-use advantage for lianas over trees in tropical seasonal forests. New Phytologist 2015, 205(1):128-136. 

   Zhang SB, Sun M, Cao KF, Hu H, Zhang JL: Leaf Photosynthetic Rate of Tropical Ferns Is Evolutionarily Linked to Water Transport Capacity. PLoS One 2014, 9(1).

Sun M, Yang SJ, Zhang JL, Bartlett M, Zhang SB: Correlated evolution in traits influencing leaf water balance in Dendrobium (Orchidaceae). Plant Ecology 2014, 215(11):1255-1267.

  Huang W, Zhang JL, Zhang SB, Hu H: Evidence for the regulation of leaf movement by photosystem II activity. Environmental and Experimental Botany 2014, 107:167-172.

   Hu YH, Kitching RL, Lan GY, Zhang JL, Sha LQ, Cao M: Size-Class Effect Contributes to Tree Species Assembly through Influencing Dispersal in Tropical Forests. PLoS One 2014, 9(9).



Huang W, Fu PL, Jiang YJ, Zhang JL, Zhang SB, Hu H, Cao KF. 2013. Differences in the responses of photosystem I and photosystem II of three tree species Cleistanthus sumatranus, Celtis philippensis and Pistacia weinmannifolia exposed to a prolonged drought in a tropical limestone forest. Tree Physiology 33(2): 211220. 

Tan Z-H, Cao M, Yu G-R, Tang J-W, Deng X-B, Song Q-H, Tang Y, Zheng Z, Liu W-J, Feng Z-L, Deng Y, Zhang J-L, Liang N, Zhang Y-P. 2013. High sensitivity of a tropical rainforest to water variability: evidence from ten years of inventory and eddy flux data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 118 (16): 9393–9400. 

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(8): 971981. 



Fu PL, Jiang YJ, Wang AY, Brodribb TJ, Zhang JL, Zhu SD, Cao KF. 2012. Stem hydraulic traits and leaf water-stress tolerance are coordinated with the leaf phenology of angiosperm trees in an Asian tropical dry karst forest. Annals of Botany 110(1): 189199. 

Hu YH, Sha LQ, Blanchet FG, Zhang JL, Tang Y, Lan GY, Cao M. 2012. Dominant species and dispersal limitation regulate tree species distributions in a 20-ha plot in Xishuangbanna, southwest China. Oikos 121(6): 952960. 

Huang W, Yang SJ, Zhang SB, Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2012. Cyclic electron flow plays an important role in photoprotection for the resurrection plant Paraboea rufescens under drought stress. Planta 235(4): 819828. 

Zhang JL, Poorter L, Cao KF. 2012. Productive leaf functional traits of Chinese savanna species. Plant Ecology 213(9): 14491460. 

Zhang JL, Poorter L, Hao GY, Cao KF. 2012. Photosynthetic thermotolerance of woody savanna species in China is correlated with leaf lifespan. Annals of Botany 110(5): 10271033. 

Zhang SB, Zhang JL, Slik JWF, Cao KF. 2012. Leaf element concentrations of terrestrial plants across China are influenced by taxonomy and the environment. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21(8): 809818. 


Zhang SB, Slik JWF, Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2011. Spatial patterns of wood traits in China are controlled by phylogeny and environment. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20(2):241–250. 



Zhang JL*, Hao GY, Cao KF. 2009. Phenology of woody species in Yuanjiang dry-hot valley in Yunnan Province. Journal of Wuhan Botanical Research 27(1): 7682. (in Chinese) 

Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2009. Stem hydraulics mediates leaf water status, carbon gain, nutrient use efficiencies and plant growth rates across dipterocarp species. Functional Ecology 23(4): 658667.  

Zhang JL, Meng LZ, Cao KF. 2009. Sustained diurnal photosynthetic depression in uppermost-canopy leaves of four dipterocarp species in the rainy and dry seasons: does photorespiration play a role in photoprotection? Tree Physiology 29(2):217228. 

Zhu JJ, Zhang JL, Liu HC, Cao KF. 2009. Photosynthesis, non-photochemical pathways and activities of antioxidant enzymes in a resilient evergreen oak under different climatic conditions from a valley-savanna in Southwest China. Physiologia Plantarum 135(1): 62–72. 



Chen YJ, Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2008. Morphological, growth and photosynthetic traits of two liana species in response to different light and soil nutrients. Chinese Bulletin of Botany 25(2): 185–194. (in Chinese) 



Elsheery NI, Wilske B, Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2007. Seasonal variations in gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence in the leaves of five mango cultivars in southern Yunnan, China. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 82(6):855862. 

Zhang JL, Zhu JJ, Cao KF. 2007. Seasonal variation in photosynthesis in six woody species with different leaf phenology in a valley savanna in southwestern China. Trees-Structure and Function 21(6): 631–643. 



Meng LZ, Zhang JL, Cao KF, Xu ZF. 2005. Diurnal changes of photosynthetic characteristics and chlorophyll fluorescence in canopy leaves of four diptocarp species under ex-situ conservation. Acta Phytoecologica Sinica 29(6): 976984. (in Chinese) 



Feng YL, Cao KF, Zhang JL. 2004. Photosynthetic characteristics, dark respiration, and leaf mass per unit area in seedlings of four tropical tree species grown under three irradiances. Photosynthetica 42(3): 431437. 

Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2004. Light energy utilization and dissipation in seedlings of three tropical rain forest tree species with different ecological habits. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 15(3): 372–376. (in Chinese) 



Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2003. The effects of night chilling on chlorophyll fluorescence in seedlings of two tropical rain forest tree species. Journal of Wuhan Botanical Research 21(4): 356–360. (in Chinese) 



Zhang JL, Cao KF. 2002. The effect of irradiance on photosynthetic capacity, heat dissipation, and antioxidants of seedlings of two tropical rain forest tree species. Acta Phytoecologica Sinica 26(6): 639–646. (in Chinese) 



Zhang JL, Chen AG, Liu ZQ. 2000. Changes of soil phosphorus fractions and availability in a tropical rubber plantation after 3, 13 and 34 years of cultivation. Soils 32(6): 319–322. (in Chinese) 



Zhang JL, Chen AG. 1999. Phosphorus fractions and availability of tropical soil in rubber plantation. Soil & Environmental Sciences 8(4): 284–286. (in Chinese) 


(2) Selected conference/workshop presentations 

Nutrient resorption is associated with high leaf vein density and drives growth performance of dipterocarp tree species. Oral presentation at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), San Jose, Costa Rica, June 23–27, 2013. 

Shoot hydraulic conductivity correlates with canopy leaf structure, photosynthetic capacity and growth rate in 17 dipterocarp tree species in a common garden plantation. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Kunming, Yunnan, China, July 18–21, 2006. 


Community service:

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Research Grants Received and Participated 


Granting body 


Total funding 

(granting period) 


National Natural Science Foundation of China 

Impact of lianas on tropical forest regeneration and dynamics 

RMB 870,000 


J.-L. Zhang 

National Natural Science Foundation of China 

Biodiversity mechanism of tropical rainforest: linking phylogeny and functional traits to explore the coexisting mechanism of tropical forest trees 

RMB 640,000 


K.-F. Cao 

National Natural Science Foundation of China 

Plant functional traits and the mechanisms of maintenance of species diversity in tropical rainforest 

RMB 200,000 


J.-L. Zhang 

Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Sources, use efficiency and mechanism of maintenance of water in epiphytic ferns 

RMB 100,000 


J.-L. Zhang 

Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China 

Ecophysiological adaptation of woody plants on subtropical karst mountains of SW China 

RMB 400,000 


K.-F. Cao 

National Natural Science Foundation of China 

Comparative ecophysiology of deciduous and evergreen broadleaved trees in montane evergreen broadleaved forests of Mt. Ailaoshan, Central Yunnan 

RMB 270,000 


K.-F. Cao 

National Natural Science Foundation of China 

Degradation mechanism and restoration test in dry and hot river valley in Yuanjiang, Yunnan 

RMB 800,000 


K.-F. Cao 

Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Adaptation mechanism of plants in dry and hot river valleys under environmental stress 

RMB 1,200,000 


K.-F. Cao 

Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China 

Physiology of tropical rainforest trees in Xishuangbanna 

RMB 2,000,000 


K.-F. Cao 

National Natural Science Foundation of China 

Nitrogen supply and phosphorus availability in the agroforestry of N-fixation legume based 

RMB 130,000 


A.-G. Chen 

Contributions to the Training of Highly Qualified Personnel 


(1) Graduate students supervised 



Years supervised 


Title of research project 

Huai-Dong Wu 

University of CAS 




Hua-Fang Wang 

University of CAS 




Qi Liu 

University of CAS 




Ling-Zi Ding 

University of CAS 




Manuscripts Review 

        Acta Ecologica Sinica 

        Acta Oecologia 

        American Journal of Botany 

        Biodiversity Science 

        Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 

        Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology 


        Functional Ecology 

        Journal of Arid Environments 

        Journal of Ecology 

        Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Botany 

        Plant Science Journal 

        Scientia Silvae Sinicae