Yaowu Xing

I am a professor at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. I am the leader of the Biogeography and Ecology group with a particular interest in phenology method to understand the evolution of plant diversity through time.


  •  2016.6-: Principal Investigator of Biogeography and Ecology Group at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS.
  •  2014.11-2016.5: Postdoctoral at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Work with Dr. Richard Ree.
  • Research focus: An integrative assessment of angiosperm diversification and biogeographic assembly processes in the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot.
  •  2010.12-2014.09: Postdoctoral in University of Zurich. Work with Prof. Peter Linder
  • Research focus: Inferring diversification patterns of angiosperms based on phylogenies and fossil record.
  • 2010.06-2012.08: Postdoctoral in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden.
  • 2010.01-2010.06: Research Assistant. Department of Biogeography and Ecology, KIB-CAS.
  • Research focus: Systematic palaeobotany and palaeoclimate reconstruction on late Cenozoic floras of S.W. China
  • Research focus: Systematic palaeobotany and palaeoclimate reconstructions of Cenozic floras in Yunnan Province, S.W. China.
  • 2008.12-2009.1: Short-term visiting scholar to the Institute of Palaeontology, Lanzhou University (N.W. China)
  • Advanced training on reconstructing Palaeo-CO2 concentration based on fossil cuticle analysis.


  •  Biogeographic and diversification patterns of key groups and regions.
  •  Inferring the diversification patterns of angiosperms by using molecular and fossil data and linking the radiations to environmental changes.
  •  Multiple-organ paleobotanical investigations providing characters of flowers, fruits, pollen, leaves and wood.
  •  Palaeoclimate and palaeovegetation reconstructions using plant fossils.


Contact details:  ywxing@xtbg.org.cn 


Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden


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