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Johannes (Jean) M H Knops is Professor and Head of the Department of Health and Environmental Sciences at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. He obtained his PhD from Arizona State University in the USA, was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Minnesota. Previously he has served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska and was director of the Cedar Point Biological Station. His teaching, research, and publications focus on the drivers that control biodiversity and the importance of biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems. Current research emphasis is on examining plant diversity in Qinghai-Tibetan alpine meadows and developing a framework to study biodiversity in an rapidly changing urban environment in China.

Research interests

biodiversity, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, plant ecology, biological invasions urban ecology


2012 - 2013, Visiting Professor. Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

2012 - 2013, Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Lanzhou, China.

1999 - 2018 Assistant, Associate and Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, USA.

2018 present, Professor Head of Department Health and Environmental Science, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

1982 Ing. Horticulture, Higher Agricultural College, The Netherlands

1989 Drs. Plant Ecology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

1994 Ph.D. Botany, Arizona State University, USA

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