Huang Jian

Assistant Professor, Paleoecology Research Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

I am now engaged in the study of Cenozoic paleobotany. My main research interests are: taxonomy of tropical woody plants, evolution and phylogeny of angiosperm leaf architecture, plant historical biogeography and evolution of Cenozoic vegetation.

My present work: Research based on Cenozoic floras of southeastern Yunnan, northern Vietnam and modern vegetation in karst region, try to understand the geological evolution of tropical – subtropical limestone vegetation and the impacts of climate change on it.




  1. Huang, J., Su, , Lebreton-Anberrée, J., Zhang, S.-T., Zhou, Z.-K., 2016. The oldest Mahonia(Berberidaceae) fossil from East Asia and its biogeographic implications. Journal of Plant Research, 129(2):209-223
  2. Huang, J., Shi, G.-L., Su T., Zhou Z.-K., 2016. Miocene Exbucklandia(Hamamelidaceae) from Southeast Yunnan, China: revelation of its biogeography and palaeoecology. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 244: 96-106
  3. Zhang, J.-W., Huang, J., D’Rozario, A., Michael Adams, J., 2015, Calocedrus shengxianensis, a late Miocene relative of macrolepis(Cupressaceae) from South China: Implications for paleoclimate and evolution of the genus. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 222:1-15
  4. Xu, C.-L., Huang, J., Zhang X.-C., Su, T., Li, S.-F., Zhou Z.-K., 2017. The first macro-fossil record of Goniophlebium(Polypodiaceae) from the Middle Miocene of East Asia and its palaeoecological implications. Palaeoworld, In Press,
  5. Hu, Q., Huang, J., Chen, Y.-F., Manchester, S.-R.,  2017. Mahoniafossils from the Oligocene of South China: Taxonomy and biogeographic implications. Palaeoworld, In Press,
  6. Zhou, Z.-K., Huang, J., Ding, W.-N., 2017.The impact of major geological events on Chinese flora. Biodiversity Science, 25 (2): 123-135 (in Chinese)
  7. Lebreton-Anberrée, J., Manchester, S.-R., Huang, J., Li, S.-F., Wang, Y.-Q., Zhou, Z.-K., 2015. First Fossil Fruits and Leaves of Burretiodendron (Malvaceae s.l.) in Southeast Asia: Implications for Taxonomy, Biogeography, and Paleoclimate. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 176(7):682-696
  8. Su, T., Huang, Y.-J., Meng, J., Zhang, S.-T., Huang, J., Zhou, Z.-K., 2015. A Miocene leaf fossil record of Rosa (fortuita sp.) from its modern diversity center in SW China. Palaeoworld, 25:104-115
  9. Jia, L.-B., Huang, Y.-J., Su, T., Huang, J., Zhou, Z.-K.,  2017. First fossil of Pterolobium(Leguminosae) from the Miocene Optimum of Yunnan, Southwest China, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 242: 21-32
  10. Ding, W.-N., Kunzmann, L., Su, T., Huang, J., Zhou, Z.-K., 2017. A new fossil species of Cryptomeria (Cupressaceae) from the Rupelian of the Lühe Basin, Yunnan, East Asia: Implications for palaeobiogeography and palaeoecology, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, In Press
  11. Huang, J., 2013. Studies on Flora and Plant Resources of Laoshan, Nanjing. Nanjing Forestry University. Master Dissertation
  12. Huang, J., 2017. The Middle Miocene Wenshan flora, Yunnan, southwestern China and its palaeoenvironment reconstruction. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Doctor Dissertation


Research Projects:

  1. A late Miocene flora from Wenshan, southeasern Yunnan and correlation betwenn environment evolution and change of plant biodiversity, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 41372035
  2. Evolution and extinction of some plant groups and their responses to the Asian monsoon climate, National Natural Science Foundation of China Yunnan Union Fund, U1502231
  3. Miocene flora comparison of the northern Vietnam and southeastern Yunnan and its paleoenvironmental origin. Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Areas Expansion Project, Y4ZK111B01
  4. Geological evolution of some plant groups in southeastern Yunnan flora, China. The young scholars program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences