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Dr. Yaoqi Li is now an assistant professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Her research locate in the field of functional biogeography, exploring geographic patterns, ecological determinants and ecosystem effects of plant functional traits, trait trade-offs and functional diversity. She currently works on the relationship of biodiversity with ecosystem functioning under climate change via functional traits. She obtained her PhD degree in Ecology at Peking University (PKU) in 2019 and then worked as a postdoc of PKU-IIASA international program. Student recruitmentI am recruiting PhD candidates in the following areas:•Plant functional diversity in QTP: from individual performance to ecosystem productivity•Effect and management of surrounding weeds on eco-economic output of organic rice•Variation of leaf size: climate drivers, structure constrains, and ecological implicationI am applying for postgraduate research scholarship for full-funded positions, and also welcome tuition-free ones. Please contact me if you are interested. I am open to undergraduates for summer undergraduate research fellowship program (SURF) or the final year projects (FYP) who are interested in plant diversity of urban greenland and organic farmland (e.g. composition, phenology and adaptation) based on observation, experiments and big-data exploration. See contact for more information:; office @ ES331, XJTLU South Campus, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Research interests

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Functional biogeography

Leaf traits


Assistant professor, Xian Jiaotong – Liverspool University, 2021 – Present

Postdoc research fellow, PKU-IIASA postdoctoral program, 2019 – 2021

Visiting scholar, University of Arizona, 2017 – 2018


ENV313, Environmental Remediation and Rehabilitation (Field Class)

ENV115, General Laboratory Techniques and Experiments in Environmental Science

ENV113, Introduction of Ecology, Evolution and Earth System, module leader

ENV115, General Laboratory Techniques and Experiments in Environmental Science, module leader

ENV313, Environmental Remediation and Rehabilitation (Field Class), module leader

ENV114, Introduction to Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring, co-caught

ENV201, Research Design, co-taught

ENV002, Global Environmental Issues, joint

ENV301, Final Year Project, joint

Awards and honours

2022, JPE Best Paper awards (2020), Journal of Plant Ecology (JPE) Editorial board

2017 – 2018, Chancellors Scholarship, Peking University (PKU)

2017 – 2018, State Scholarship of study abroad, Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC)

2016 – 2017, National Scholarship, Ministry of Education

2016 – 2017, Outstanding Student, PKU

2015 – 2016, Outstanding Civilized Backpacker, National Tourism Administration China Youth Daily

2014/08, Scholarship for the Outstanding Youngers on Nature Protection, China Biodiversity Committee

2013 – 2014, Excellent Graduates Excellent 100 Bachelor Thesis, China Agricultural University (CAU)

2012 – 2013, National Scholarship, Ministry of Education

2011 – 2013, Ecology Scholarship, CAU (2 consecutive years)

2010 – 2013, Outstanding Student, CAU (3 consecutive years)

2010 – 2012, National Motivational Scholarship, CAU (2 consecutive years)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Ecology, Peking University (PKU), 2014 – 2019

Bachelor, Ecology, China Agricultural University, 2010 – 2014


  • QK Botany

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  • Staff


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