Reconstructing past vegetation dynamics
- Integrated analysis of multiple cores
- Predicting impact of future climate change on vegetation
Our research focuses on the villages of Wenhai and Haligu on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in China’s Yunnan Province.
We are conducting an innovative integrated analysis of multiple cores in the area, providing an in-depth assessment of the effect of time and space upon vegetation and climate [1,2]. By studying the effect of past climate and human activity upon vegetation, we can then begin to predict the impact of future climatic change upon the biodiversity and human population of the area. This work is part of a collaborative programme with scientists from the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
 Yao Y-F, et al. (2017) Pollen-based reconstruction of vegetational and climatic change over the past ~30 ka at Shudu Lake in the Hengduan Mountains of Yunnan, southwestern China. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0171967.
 Li, C. S., et al. (2014) A 22 570 yr record of vegetational and climatic change from Wenhai Lake in the Hengduan Mountains biodiversity hotspot, Yunnan, Southwest China. Biogeosciences Discussions 11(1): 13433-13453.
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We are investigating palynological characters to study the evolution and diversity of angiosperm pollen. There most recent paper in the series is available here.
We are collaborating with the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences