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I am a landscape ecologist at XJTLU, whose research interests relate to the human aspects of biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration. My previous studies focused on land-use change and its ecological consequences on the eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. My current research investigates the social–ecological mechanisms underlying the degradation of the Tibetan grasslands and the adaptations of local communities – including nomadic groups. I obtained my PhD from the University of Freiburg in Germany, then was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Nature and Society of Peking University. I welcome research collaborations and internship applications. Please contact me through

Research interests

Grassland conservation and restoration

Biodiversity conservation in human landscapes

Landscape ecology

Social–ecological systems

Nature-based Solutions

Adaptive management

Tibetan Plateau


Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences, XJTLU, 2020 – present

Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Nature and Society, Peking University, 2018 – 2020

Community Conservation Fund Manager, Shan Shui Conservation Center, 2008 – 2009

Coordinator, Conservation International China Program, 2004 – 2008


Master research supervision Integrating remote sensing and land use analysis to investigate shrub encroachment on the Tibetan Plateau

Final Year Project supervision Assessing the carbon footprint of our diet: A Life Cycle Analysis of XJTLU canteen meals

Final Year Project supervision Aligning Baidu index and Google Trends to understand the dynamic of public interest in biodiversity and climate change in China and the UK: a comparative conservation culturomics study

Final Year Project supervision Scale effect on alpine meadow degradation detection using remote sensing technology

Final Year Project supervision Mapping stakeholder-perceived ecosystem services in restoration using Nature-based Solutions (NbS): a case study of Suzhou

Principal supervisor of PhD project Linking soil ecological functions to grassland degradation and restoration on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

Principal supervisor of PhD project Adaptive management of Tibetan pastoral social-ecological system facing the challenge of grassland degradation

SCI001, Explore Science

ENV317, Environment and Society

ENV102, Ecology and Conservation

ENV311, Environmental Management

Awards and honours

Best Outstanding Staff Award for Teaching Excellence 2020-2021, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Best PhD Supervisor Award 2020-2021, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

BA, Northwestern Polytechnic University – 2004

MA, Brandenburg University of Technology – 2012

PhD, University of Freiburg – 2018

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  • Staff


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