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FAN Zexin
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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China


Personal details
Name: Ze-Xin FAN   
Title: Professor
Date of birth: 06 May 1980   
Nationality: Chinese   
Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences   
Address: Menglun Town, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China   
Tel./Fax +86-691-8713227 / +86-691-8715070   

11/2005-7/2009, Ph.D. in Geography
Institute of Geography,  Erlangen-Nürnberg University , Germany

9/2002-7/2005, M.S. in Ecology
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Science 
9/1998-7/2002, B.S. in Biology
School of Life Science, Southwest University, Chongqing, China

Professional experiences
2012/06 – present, Head of Tree Ring & Environmental Change Group, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2012/01 – present, Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2009/12 – 2011/12, Assistant Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Main research topics
Climate Change, Dendrochronology, Dendroecology, Tree Physiology, Plant Functional Traits

Editorial members
Review Editor:  Frontiers of Plant Science
Editor:         Plant Diversity

Board membership
Member of Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
Member of Asian Dendrochronological Association (ADA)
Member of China Dendrochronological Association (CDA)
Secretary of Ecological Society of Yunnan

[1]. Tiwari A, Fan ZX, Jump AS, Li SF, Zhou ZK. 2016. Gradual expansion of moisture sensitive Abies spectabilis forest in the Trans-Himalayan zone of central Nepal associated with climate change. Dendrochronologia doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2016.01.006.
[2]. Fu PL, Liu WJ, Fan ZX, Cao KF. 2016. Is fog an important water source for woody plants in an Asian tropical karst forest during dry season? Ecohydrology doi: 10.1002/eco.1694.
[3]. Gleason SM, Westoby M, Jansen S, Choat B, Hacke UG, Pratt RB, Bhaskar R, Brodribb TJ, Buchi SJ, Cao KF, Cochard H, Delzon S, Domec JC, Fan ZX, Field TS, Jacobsen AL, Johnson DM, Lens F, Maherali H, Martinez-Vilalta J, Mayr S, McCulloh KA, Mencuccini M, Mitchell P, Morris H, Nardini A, Pittermann J, Plavcova L, Schreiber SG, Sperry JS, Wright IJ, Zanne A. 2015. Weak tradeoff between xylem safety and xylem-specific hydraulic efficiency across the woold’s woody plant species. New Phytologist 209(1): 123-136.
[4]. Chen YJ, Bongers F, Tomlinson K, Fan ZX, Lin H, Zhang SB, Zheng YL, Li YP, Cao KF, Zhang JL. 2015. Time lags between crown and basal sap flows in tropical lianas and co-occurring trees. Tree Physiology doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpv103.
[5]. Shi F, Ge QS, Yang B, Yang FM, Charpentier F, Solomina O, Nakatsuka T, Wang NL, Zhao S, Xu CX, Fang KY, Sano M, Chu GQ, Fan ZX, Gaire NP, Usama M. 2015. A multi-proxy reconstruction of spatial and temporal variations in Asian summer temperatures over the last millennium. Climatic Change 131: 663-676.
[6]. Li MY, Wang LL, Fan ZX, Shen CC. 2015. Tree-ring density inferred late summer temperature variability over the past three centuries in the Gaoligong Mountains, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 422: 57-64.
[7]. Chen YJ, Cao KF, Schnitzer SA, Fan ZX, Zhang JL, Bongers B. 2015. Water-use advantage for lianas over trees in tropical seasonal forests. New Phytologist 205: 128-136.
[8]. Fan ZX, Thomas A. 2013. Spatiotemporal variability of reference evapotranspiration and its contributing climatic factors in Yunnan Province, SW China, 1961-2004. Climatic Change 116: 309-325.
[9]. Zhang SB, Cao KF, Fan ZX, Zhang JL. 2013. Potential hydraulic efficiency in angiosperm trees increases with growth-site temperature but has no trade-off with mechanical strength. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 971-981.
[10]. PAGE 2k Consortium. 2013. Continental-scale temperature variability during the last two millennia. Nature Geoscience 6: 339-346.
[11]. Qin C, Yang B, Melvin TM, Fan ZX, Zhao Y, Briffa KR. 2013. Radial growth of Qilian juniper on the Northeast Tibetan Plateau and potential climate associations. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79362.
[12]. Yang FM, Wang NA, Shi F, Ljungqvist FC, Wang SG, Fan ZX, Lu JW. 2013. Multi-proxy temperature reconstruction from the west Qinling Mountains, China for the past 500 years. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57638.
[13]. Fan ZX, Zhang SB, Hao GY, Slik FJW, Cao KF. 2012. Hydraulic conductivity traits predict growth rates and adult stature of 40 Asian tropical tree species. Journal of Ecology 100: 732−741.
[14]. Tian QH, Zhou XJ, Gou XH, Zhao P, Fan ZX, Helama S. 2012. Analysis of reconstructed annual precipitation from tree-ring for the past 500 years in the middle Qilian Mountain. Science China Earth Sciences 55(5): 770−778.
[15]. Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Thomas A, Li JB, Cao KF. 2011. Spatial and temporal temperature trends on the Yunnan Plateau (Southwest China) during 1961−2004. International Journal of Climatology 31: 2078−2090.
[16]. Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Tian QH, Yang B, Cao KF. 2010. Tree ring recorded May-August temperature variations since A.D. 1585 in the Gaoligong Mountains, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 296: 94−102.
[17]. Yang B, Qin C, Huang K, Fan ZX, Liu JJ. 2010. Spatial and temporal patterns of variations in tree growth over the northeastern Tibetan Plateau during the period 1450−2006. The Holocene 20(8): 1235−1245.
[18]. Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Yang B, Cao KF. 2009. Tree ring density-based summer temperature reconstruction for the central Hengduan Mountains in southern China. Global and Planetary Change 65: 1−11.
[19]. Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Cao KF, Zhu SD. 2009. Growth-climate responses of high-elevation conifers in the central Hengduan Mountains in southern China. Forest Ecology and Management 258(3): 306−313.
[20]. Ze-Xin Fan, Kun-Fang Cao, Peter Becker. 2009. Axial and radial variations in xylem anatomy of angiosperm and conifer trees in Yunnan, China. IAWA Journal 30(1): 1−13.
[21]. Tian QH, Gou XH, Zhang Y, Wang YS, Fan ZX. 2009. May-June mean temperature reconstruction over the past 300 years based on tree rings in the Qilian Mountains of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. IAWA Journals 30(4): 421−434.
[22]. Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Cao KF. 2008. Tree-ring based drought reconstruction in the central Hengduan Mountains (China) since A.D. 1655. International Journal of Climatology 28: 1879−1887.
[23]. Fan ZX, Bräuning A, Cao KF. 2008. Annual temperature reconstruction from the central Hengduan Mountains, as deduced from tree rings. Dendrochronologia. 26: 97−107.
[24]. Cai ZQ, Slot M, Fan ZX. 2005. Leaf development and photosynthetic properties of three tropical tree species with delayed greening. Photosynthetica 43(1): 91−98.
[25]. Ze-Xin Fan, Kun-Fang Cao. 2005. Hypothesis on the limitation of tree height growth. Chinese Bulletin of Botany 22(5): 632-640. (in Chinese)
[26]. Ze-Xin Fan, Kun-Fang Cao, Shou-Qing Zou. 2005. Axial and radial changes in xylem anatomical characteristics in six evergreen broadleaved tree species in Ailao Mountain, Yunnan. Acta Phytoecologia Sinica 29(6): 968-975. (in Chinese)




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