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Our Invasion Ecology Lab currently consists of nine permanent and long-term contract staff including three professors. We come from a variety of countries including China, France, Kenya, and The Netherlands.

From left to right: Hangkai Pan, Yanjun Wang, Li Zhou, Yongge Yuan, Junmin Li, Mark van Kleunen, Hanyang Lin, Ling Yuan, Yinuo Wang, Yutian Tao


Cai Chaonan




Key-words: Phylogeny,Conservation Biology,Endangered  species

 I am interested in conservation genetics and phylogeography of endangered species (particularly for Plant Species with Extremely Small Populations)and phylogenetic relationships


Wang Jiang




Key-words: Ecosystem functions, invasion ecology, plant biodiversity

I'm interested in the relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functions and more particularly in the biomass production, invasibility, and stability.


Mark van Kleunen



Key-words: Evolutionary ecology, global-change biology, GloNAF database, invasion ecology, life-history evolution

I am an ecologists with a broad interest in the fields of evolutionary ecology, population ecology, community ecology and macroecology. My research is focused on plants, but I am also very interested in the organisms they interact with. Some of the main research directions in my research are on non-native plants and their invasion success, and on responses of plants to other global change factors. For more information on my research, also see


Zhou Li



Key-words: Botany, invasion ecology, Parasitic ecology, transcriptome analysis, miRNA

I am interest in use multi-omics to analyze the responses of plants to various stresses. I also have strong interest in the interaction relationship between invasive organisms and parasitic organisms as well as phytophagous insect.


Ayub M. O. Oduor




I am based at the Department of Applied and Technical Biology of the Technical University of Kenya. I have broad research interests in ecology and evolution. I conducts research on such topic as: 1) ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying invasiveness of alien plant species; 2) challenges of habitat fragmentation and global change for plant populations;  3) ecological and evolutionary responses of plants to global environmental change; 4) evolution of local adaptation to biotic and abiotic stress; and 5) co-evolution of plant-herbivore interactions.


Ling Yuan




Key-words: Allelopathy, climate change, invasion ecology, nitrogen fertilizer, pollution

My research interests focus on 1) allelopathy of native plants on exotic plants; 2) the effects of nitrogen fertilizer on allelopathy; and 3) the driving forces and consequences of alien invasion and the impact of climate change and pollution.


Qiuwei Lu




Key-words: Botany, invasion ecology, transcriptome analysis, stress

My research interests focus on plant transcriptome response under stress. I am committed to the screening of differential genes, obtaining key genes for plant response to stress, in order to use genetic modification techniques to alleviate the damage of plants to stress.


Junmin Li




Key-words: Evolutionary ecology, invasion ecology, molecular ecology

My research interests focus on 1) changes and mechanisms of ecology and evolution caused by global environmental change; 2) interaction between invasive plants and other organisms, such as soil microorganisms, mycorrhizal fungi, herbivores and insects; and 3) the management and control of invasive plants. I am the Director of the Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Plant Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation, Vice Director of the Biological Invasion Branch of the Ecological Society of China, Vice President of the Botanical Society of Zhejiang, Committee Member of the Population Ecology Branch of the Ecological Society of China, and a Member of the Provincial Microorganism Society.


Yongge Yuan


Research Assistant


Key-words: Invasion ecology, mycorrhizal ecology

I have a fairly wide research interest in biological and ecological sciences, plant invasion ecology, plant and microbe interaction, plant and plant interaction, and mycorrhizal ecology related research topics.


Hanyang Lin

Specially Appointed Associate Professor


Key-words: Evolution, Systematics, Biodiversity, Phylogenetics, Genomics

My research interests lie in the pattern and causes of biodiversity disparity across temperate forests of the Northern Hemisphere; and evolutionary ecology of plants. Currently, I put special focuses on Stewartia (Theaceae), Cinnamomum japonicum (Lauraceae), and strawberry (Fragaria, Rosaceae).

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