• Luke Gibson

    PI: Luke Gibson

    Associate Professor

    Luke is a conservation biologist from California now living in China. His research is centered in Asia, where he has been working since 2005 and which hosts the highest levels of endemism and the largest human populations. He studies fragmentation, green energy development, and wildlife trade, identifying the scenarios under which biodiversity suffers - or, in some cases, thrives - from such enterprises. He received his PhD from the National University of Singapore. He is a Young Thousand Talents Program scholar, and joined SUSTech’s School of Environmental Science and Engineering in 2017. He teaches Ecology on our Planet and Conservation in the Anthropocene to the next generation of Chinese scientists, business leaders, and policymakers, who will play a disproportionately large role in the future of our planet.

  • Chi-Yeung Jimmy Choi

    Chi-Yeung Choi

    Research Assistant Professor

    Chi-Yeung "Jimmy" Choi is an applied ecologist with expertise in animal ecology, conservation biology, wetland ecology and environmental management. He studies the relationship between animals and their environment. Current study systems include the ecology of migratory birds, with a focus on their foraging and movement ecology within and between coastal intertidal wetlands. This has led to investigations of diet, habitat use, local movement, population dynamics, migration phenology and strategies, often using the latest technology in wildlife tracking and remote sensing. His work provides the important scientific basis for conservation actions and recommendations to improve the conservation of migratory birds and their wetlands.

  • Adam Sharp

    Adam Sharp

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Adam is an ecologist interested in the processes that influence landscape-scale patterns in biodiversity. Much of Adam’s work focuses on beta-diversity, and utilizes the most diverse order of organisms on the planet: Coleoptera (beetles). Adam has three degrees from Imperial College London, the most recent his PhD in conjunction with the Natural History Museum with research based at the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. He has previously examined how conversion of tropical forest to oil palm plantation affects the spatial arrangement of beetle communities. Adam now works in the fragmented karst landscapes of Guangxi, tropical southern China, and aims to uncover how forest heterogeneity, elevation, and connectivity interact to shape biodiversity in the region.

  • Yanju Ma

    Yanju Ma

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Yanju is an eco-toxicologist specialized in environmental contaminants and migratory birds. She received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where she studied the effects of the global pollutant, mercury (Hg) on small migratory passerines. Using advanced methodologies (e.g. wind tunnel), Yanju demonstrated how environmental Hg negatively affects songbird migration and survival. Now, Yanju continues investigating environmental toxins in migratory shorebirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, one of the least understood flyways with the greatest conservation concern. She aims to improve shorebird conservation through a better understanding of the exposures of environmental pollutants and their impacts on shorebird population declines.

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    Rudi Swart

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Rudi is a conservation ecologist from South Africa interested in the understudied interactions between forest trees and insects. He received his PhD from Stellenbosch University, where he examined insect diversity patterns associated with the forest canopy in Afromontane forest patches. Using insects as indicators of disturbance, he has previously investigated edge effects from roads and other land-use changes in the largest indigenous forest in South Africa. He now aims to further our understanding on how the creation of hydropower dams as a cause of forest fragmentation impacts on insect pollinator movements between forest islands, mainland edges and interiors, both in the understory and canopy, hoping to link this to tree recruitment.

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    Yating Song

    PhD Student

    Yating is in the SUSTech-Birmingham joint PhD program, co-supervised by Dr. Tom Matthews. She is interested in urbanization and fragmentation and associated impacts on biodiversity, particularly among coastal mangroves and migrant birds. Yating has also worked with the Mangrove Wetlands Conservation Foundation (MCF), where she shares her knowledge of seashore wetlands with the public.

  • Jonathan Moore

    Jonathan Moore

    PhD Student

    Jonathan is a conservation biologist from the UK. He is in the SUSTech-University of East Anglia joint PhD program, with Carlos Peres as co-supervisor. He completed his MRes at the University of Nottingham, studying indigenous communities and their relationship with mammals in Peninsular Malaysia. Previously, he has led wildlife monitoring surveys focused on small and large mammals across a wide range of forest habitats throughout Southeast Asia - from pristine primary forests to highly degraded human-dominated landscapes. His research has included clouded leopard surveys with WildCRU (Oxford University), camera trap surveys with the TEAM Network, and studies of tropical forest food webs with Dr. Matthew Luskin.

  • Alex Thomas

    Alex Thomas

    PhD Student

    Alex is an ornithologist from Germany who works towards the conservation of migratory bird species along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). For the past years, he has studied habitat use and migration patterns of several passerines in Eastern and Central Russia as part of the Amur Bird Project, with a special emphasis on the critically endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola). His PhD focuses on the threats overwintering passerine and near-passerine birds from China and Australia face in the Malay Archipelago, such as potential habitat loss through conversion to oil palm plantations. The groundwork for this project comprises GPS tracking of birds during their yearly journey with state-of-the-art technology. Assessing the endangerments of those birds helps evaluating their conservation status and the protection of important habitats along their migration routes.

  • Mu-Ming Lin

    Mu-Ming Lin

    PhD Student

    Mu-Ming Lin is completing the University of Queensland-SUSTech Collaborative PhD, co-supervised by Professor Richard Fuller. A native to Taiwan, she received her BS and MS at National Taiwan University, where she studied the influence of tourists/birdwatchers' activities on the behavior and breeding performance of forest birds. She has also examined offshore wind farm impacts on migratory birds along the Taiwan Strait. Mu-Ming is now investigating how climate change and land-use change affect the Black-faced Spoonbill, an endangered species. In her spare time, Mu-Ming is a keen birdwatcher, and has participated in many citizen science projects.

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    Bastien Dehaudt

    PhD Student

    Bastien hails from France, but in 2020 moved to California, where he completed his undergraduate at UCLA. He is now enrolled in the University of Queensland-SUSTech Collaborative PhD, co-supervised by Dr. Matthew Luskin. For his PhD, he is studying the ecology and population biology of small mammals, particularly in relation to the mast fruiting events which characterize the forests of Southeast Asia. He hopes his findings will shed light on important ecological questions, and also benefit conservation efforts in these imperiled habitats.

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    Chenxue Lyu

    Master's Student

    Chenxue comes from Shanxi, and received her Bachelor's degree from SUSTech. She is now interested in the impact of invasive species on migratory birds distributed along the coastal wetlands of China, particularly examining changes in diet, habitat utilization, and population size. Her research findings can shed light on invasive species management and restoration of coastal wetlands.

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    Haixiang Zeng

    Master's Student

    Haixiang comes from Yulin, Guangxi, and received his Bachelor's degree from SUSTech. For his Master's, he is examining the changing habitat conditions across the EAAF, particularly among coastal wetlands and the rapidly expanding fish ponds, and their impacts on migrating bird species. In the future, he will focus his research on the Asian Dowitcher, hoping to contribute to its conservation. 

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    Wangwang Qiu

    Master's Student

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  • Lilian Lin

    Lilian Lin

    Lab Manager

    Lilian hails from Meizhou, the Hakka capital of the world in eastern Guangdong. She received her undergraduate diploma in Business English. As Lab Manager, she ensures the smooth operation of SUSTech’s Biodiversity Lab.


  • Filipa Palmeirim

    Postdoctoral Researcher 2018-19

    Currently Marie Curie Fellow working at University of East Anglia with Carlos Peres

  • Yiming Hu

    Postdoctoral Researcher 2018-20

    Currently at Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangdong Academy of Science


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    Matthew Luskin

    University of Queensland

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    Brett Scheffers

    University of Florida

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    Ding Li Yong

    BirdLife International

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    David Wilcove

    Princeton University

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    Michelle Lute

    Texas State University

  • Pavel Ktitorov

    Institute of Biological Problems of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences

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    Alex Hofford

    WildAid Hong Kong

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