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Associate Professor
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88 Xuefu Road, Kunming, 650223, Yunnan, China



  2010.9 - 2014.01 

  Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. Trained as a Ph.D candidate. Focused on community ecology of the tropical forest in China. Research work is using functional trait and phylogenetic based approaches to inferring community assembly process in tropical forest. 


  2005.9 -2008.6 

  Key Laboratory of Biogeography and Ecology, Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. Trained as a master candidates, majoring in Plant Taxonomy and Phytogeography. 



  College of Life Sciences, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.  


  Research Interests 

  My research focuses on the assembly, diversity, and dynamics of ecological communities across spatio-temporal scales. We are especially intrigued by the interplay of processes across ecological and biogeographic gradients, including evolutionary processes that create variation in biodiversity across biogeographic regions, environmental and spatial mechanisms of community assembly across landscapes, and mechanisms that shape local community diversity and dynamics. Through my studies, I strive to gain mechanistic insights into the relative importance of ecological processes that structure local communities within the broader context of biogeographic and evolutionary processes that shape regional biotas. My current field projects focus on local tropical and subtropical forests at Yunnan province in China. 




  1.    Yang J, Zhang GC, Ci XQ, Swenson NG, Cao M, Sha LQ, Li J, Baskin CC, Slik JWF, Lin LX: Functional and phylogenetic assembly in a Chinese tropical tree community across size classes, spatial scales and habitats. Funct Ecol 2014, 28(2):520-529. 

  2.     Yang J, Ci XQ, Lu MM, Zhang GC, Cao M, Li J, Lin LX: Functional traits of tree species with phylogenetic signal co-vary with environmental niches in two large forest dynamics plots. J Plant Ecol 2014, 7(2):115-125. 

  3.    Lasky JR, Yang J, Zhang GC, Cao M, Tang Y, Keitt TH: The role of functional traits and individual variation in the co-occurrence of Ficus species. Ecology 2014, 95(4):978-990. 

  4.    Yang J, Swenson NG, Cao M, Chuyong GB, Ewango CEN, Howe R, Kenfack D, Thomas D, Wolf A, Lin LX: A Phylogenetic Perspective on the Individual Species-Area Relationship in Temperate and Tropical Tree Communities. PLoS One 2013, 8(5). 

  5.      Li R, Yang J, Yang JB, Dao ZL: Isolation and Characterization of 21 Microsatellite Loci in Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense (Liliaceae), an Important Economic Plant in China. Int J Mol Sci 2012, 13(2):1437-1443. 

  6.      Li R, Yang J, Dao ZL: Meconopsis xiangchengensis (Papaveraceae), a New Species from Sichuan, China. Novon 2012, 22(2):180-182. 

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