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Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia
PENG Hua's Group
LIU Peigui's Group
SUN Hang's Group
YANG Zhuliang's Group
ZHOU Zhekun's Group
SHUI Yumin's Group
WANG Hong's Group
JI Yunheng's Group
NIE Zelong's Group
GAO Lianming's Group
Sergei Volis' Group
Huang Jinling's Group
Hu Jinyong's Group
SUN Weibang's Group
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Major Research Achievements
source:     author:     2012-08-15

1. Systematic Paleobotany 

We have recovered new fossil records that provide critical evidence of plant evolution in the Hengduan Mountains. Five Neogene floras were studied in detail and several well-preserved new fossil species were reported, e.g. Pinus prekesiya,  Drynaria callispora  and Sambucus areolatesemen (see publication list ).

2. Neogene Paleoclimatology 

Our lab group has been leading the way in quantitatively reconstructing the paleoclimates of Yunnan Province, and this has led to a new hypothesis about the evolution of the eastern Asian monsoon.

3. Theoretical Paleoclimatology  

We have been at the forefront of developing new models that have been instrumental in improving the accuracy of quantitative paleoclimate reconstruction. On the basis of leaf margin data from more than 50 mesic forests across China, we constructed two new paleoclimate reconstruction models - Chinese Leaf Margin Analysis and PhysgAsia1.

4. International Reputation 

Our years of diligent research effort in this field have earned our team a high international reputation, illustratedby:

(1).  Our papers are mostly published in top journals in paleontology field such as: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology and Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology.

(2). Weco-supervise of four graduate studentswith Professor Roy Turkington from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Professor Liu Yusheng from East Tennessee State University, USA. We hosted a post doctor from France and numbers of international scholars have visited our lab.

(3) We gave o ral presentations at the International Botanical Congress (IBC) in Melbourne, 2011.

(4) We hosted the annual meeting of the Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia (NECLIME) in Kunming in 2010 and are convening a symposium of the IPC/IOPC 2012 conference (International Palynology and Palaeobotany Conference) in Japan next August.

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