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LI Shufeng
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China


Education and theses 

09/2011- 06/2015 PhD (Ecology), Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Zhe-kun Zhou. 

PhD thesis: Miocene palaeovegetation, palaeoclimate and palaeofire from Wenshan Basin, Yunnan Province. 

Award: Chinese academy of sciences, Zhu Li Yuehua outstanding doctoral scholarship. 

09/2002-06/2005 MS (Botany), Xinjiang institute of ecology and geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xinjiang, China. 

09/1998-06/2002 BS (Biology), Shihezi University, Xinjiang, China. 


Research and employment experience 

since: 04/2023          Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan Province, China. 

04/2023-10/2023      Visiting Scholar, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol,UK 

01/2018-03/2023 Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan Province, China. 

05/2017-04/2018      Visiting Scholar, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol,UK 

05/2015-12/2017 Assistant Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan Province, China. 

12/2015 Academic visiting, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt, and Senckenberg Research Station of Quaternary Palaeontology, Weimar, Germany. 

09/2005-07/2010 Teaching assistant, Binzhou University, Shandong Province, China. 


Current research interests 

I am currently a Prof. in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. My research focus on trying to understand the effects of environmental change on the vegetation dynamics in the Cenozoic. I try to integrate a number of approaches and methodologies, including palynology and climate and vegetation modelling to reconstruct the palaeovegetation, palaeoclimate in China or global area. 



2024.1-2027.12 Paleoclimate, paleovegetation and plant diversity changes during the late Paleogene in Jianshui basin, Yunnan, NSFC, No. 42372033 

2023.01-2027.12 The Young and Middle-aged Academic and Technical Leaders of Yunnan, Department of Science and Technology of Yunnan ProvinceNo. 202305AC160051 

2023.01-2028.12 The evolution of Cenozoic plant diversity in Yunnan and key driving factors, NSFC international cooperation project, NO. 42320104005 

2022.12-2027.11 Cretaceous-Paleogene deep carbon cycle and “hot Earth” evolution (Project Three): hot Earth vegetation, plant Diversity, and ecological responses, the National Key Research and Development Program, No. 2022YFF0800800 

2019.01-2023.12 Special project of The Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition program: Coevolution of Biology and Plateau Uplift, Ministry of Science and Technology, No. 2019QZKK0705 

2018.10-2023.12 Key Periods of Earth's History and Evolutionary Processes of Organisms and Environments: Origin of Modern Plant Diversity in China – Evidence from Fossils Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Subproject B), No. XDB26000000 

2019.1-2022.12 The evolution of paleovegetation and biodiversity in the early Oligocene in the central region of Yunnan, Yunnan Provincial Natural Science Foundation General Project, No. 2019FB061 

2018.1-2021.12 Early Oligocene palaeovegetation and palaeoclimate changes from Lühe, Yunnan. NSFC, No. 41772026 

2017.1-2020.12 The evolution of vegetation and biodiversity change during the Paleogene and early Neogene. Sino-UK (NSFC-RCUK_NERC) Collaborative Research, No. 41661134049 

2015.7-2018.6 The Miocene palaeofire reconstruction in Wenshan Basin, Yunnan Province. The Foundation of the State Key Laboratory of Paleobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 153107. 




Selected peer-reviewed publications 

1. Shufeng Li, Jiagang Zhao, Alex Farnsworth, Paul J. Valdes, Jian Huang Jia Liu, Zhekun Zhou, Tao Su (2023). The growth of the Tibetan Plateau shaped hydrologic cycle andecosystem in eastern Asia: Progress and perspectives. Chinese Science Bulletin (Chinese Version) 68, 15671579.  

2. Huang L.L., Li S.F., Huang W.Y., Xiang H.L.L., Jin J.J.*, Oskolski A.A. (2023). Glacial expansion of cold-tolerant species in low latitudes: megafossil evidence and species distribution modelling. National Science Review, 10, nwad038.  

3. Xiao, S.M., Li, SF*., Wang, X.J., Chen, L.L., Su, T.* (2022). Cedrus distribution change: past, present, and future. Ecological Indicators, 142, 109159. 

4. Zhao, J.G., Li, S.F.*, Farnsworth, A., Valdes, P. J., Reichgelt, T., Chen, L.L., Zhou, Z.K., Su, T.* (2022). The Paleogene to Neogene climate evolution and driving factors on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Science China Earth Sciences, 65(7), 1339-1352. 

5. Li, S.F.*, Valdes, P. J., Farnsworth, A., Davies-Barnard, T., Su, T., Lunt, D. J., Spicer, R. A., Liu, J., Deng, W.Y.D., Huang, J., Tang, H., Ridgwell, A., Chen, L.L., Zhou, Z.K.* (2021). Orographic evolution of northern Tibet shaped vegetation and plant diversity in eastern Asia. Science Advances, 7(5), eabc7741.  

6. Li, S.F., Xing, Y.W.*, Valdes, P. J., Huang, Y.J., Su, T., Farnsworth, A., Lunt, D. J., Tang, H., Kennedy, A. T., Zhou, Z.K.* (2018). Oligocene climate signals and forcings in Eurasia revealed by plant macrofossil and modelling results. Gondwana Research, 61, 115–127. 

7. Chen, L.L., Deng, W.Y.D., Su, T., Li, S.F.*, Zhou, Z.K.* (2021). Late Eocene sclerophyllous oak from Markam Basin, Tibet, and its biogeographic implications. Science China Earth Sciences, 64(11), 1969–1981. 

8. Tang, H., Li, S.F.*, Su, T., Spicer, R. A., Zhang, S.T., Li, S.H., Liu, J., Lauretano, V., Witkowski, C. R., Spicer, T. E. V., Deng, W.Y.D., Wu, M.X., Ding, W.N., Zhou, Z.K.* (2020). Early Oligocene vegetation and climate of southwestern China inferred from palynology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 560, 109988.  

9. Farnsworth, A.*, Valdes, P.J., Ding, L., Spicer, R.A., Li, S.H., Su, T., Li, S.F., Witkowski, C.R., Xiong, Z. (2023). Limits of oxygen isotope palaeoaltimetry in Tibet. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 606, 118040.  

10. Zhang, X.W., Gélin, U., Spicer, R.A., Wu, F.X., Farnsworth, A., Chen, P.R., Del Rio, C., Li, S.F., Liu, J., Huang, J., Spicer, T.E.V., Tomlinson, K.W., Valdes, P.J., Xu, X., Zhang, S.T., Deng, T., Zhou, Z., Su, T.*, 2022. Rapid Eocene diversification of spiny plants in subtropical woodlands of central Tibet. Nature Communications,13, 3787. 

11. Del Rio, C., Wang, T., Li, S.F., Jia, L.B., Chen, P.R., Spicer, R. A., Wu, F.X., Zhou, Z.K., Su, T.* (2022). Fruits of Firmiana and Craigia (Malvaceae) from the Eocene of the Central Tibetan Plateau with emphasis on biogeographic history. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 60(6), 1440-1452.. 

12. Su, T.*, Farnsworth, A., Spicer, R. A., Huang, J., Wu, F.X., Liu, J., Li, S.F., Xing, Y.W., Huang, Y.J., Deng, W.Y.D., Tang, Xu, C.L., Zhao, F., Srivastava, G. Valdes, P. J., Deng, T., Zhou, Z.K.* (2019). No high Tibetan plateau until the Neogene. Science Advances, 5(3), eaav2189. 

13. Liu, J., Wang, T.X., Zhang, X.W., Song, A., Li, S.F., Huang, J., Spicer, T., Spicer, R. A., Wu, F.X., Su, T.*, Zhou, Z.K. * (2021). Snapshot of the Pliocene environment of West Kunlun region, Northwest China. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 101(1), 163–176. 

14. Tang H, Liu J, Wu F-X, Spicer TEV, Spicer RA, Deng W-Y-D, Xu C-L, Zhao F, Huang J, Li SF, Su T*, Zhou Z-K*, 2019. The extinct genus Lagokarpos reveals a biogeographic connection of Tibet with other regions in the Northern Hemisphere during the Paleogene. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, doi: 10.1111/jse.12505. 

15. Xu C-L, Su T*, Huang J, Huang Y-J, Li S-F, Zhang Y-S, Zhou Z-K*, 2018. Occurrence of Christella (Thelypteridaceae) in Southwest China and its indications of the paleoenvironment of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau and adjacent areas. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 57: 169-179. 

16. Zhao F, Fan Z-X*, Su T, Li S-F, Tang H, Spicer TEV, Zhou Z-K*, 2019.Tree-ring δ18O inferred spring drought variability over the past 200?years in the Hengduan Mountains, Southwest China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 518: 22-33. 

17. Li, S.F., Hughes, A.C.*, Su, T., Anberrée, J.L., Oskolski, A.A., Sun, M., Ferguson, D.K., Zhou, Z.K.*, Fire dynamics under monsoonal climate in Yunnan, SW China: past, present and future. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 2017.1.1, 465: 168~176. 

18. Linnemann, U.*, Su, T., Kunzmann, L., Spicer, R.A., Ding, W.-N., Spicer, T.E.V., Zieger, J., Hofmann, M., Moraweck, K., G?rtner, A., Gerdes, A., Marko, L., Zhang, S.-T., Li, S.-F., Tang, H., Huang, J., Mulch, A., Mosbrugger, V., and Zhou, Z.-K. “New U-Pb Dates Show a Paleogene Origin for the Modern Asian Biodiversity Hot Spots.” Geology, 2017, 46(1), 3-6. 

19. Tiwari, A., Fan, Z.-X., Jump, A.S., Li, S.-F., Zhou, Z.-K.*, Gradual expansion of moisture sensitive Abies spectabilis forest in the Trans-Himalayan zone of central Nepal associated with climate change. Dendrochronologia, 2017, 41:34-43. 

20. Li, S.-F., Jacques, F.M., Spicer, R.A., Su, T., Spicer, T.E., Yang, J., Zhou, Z.-K.*, Artificial neural networks reveal a high-resolution climatic signal in leaf physiognomy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2016, 442, 1-11. 

21. Lebreton-Anberrée, J., Li, S.H. *, Li, S.-F., Spicer, R.A., Zhang, S.-T., Su, T., Deng, C.L., Zhou, Z.-K.*, Lake geochemistry reveals marked environmental change in Southwest China during the Mid Miocene Climatic Optimum. Science Bulletin, 2016, 61, 897-910. 

22. Lebreton-Anberrée, J., Manchester, S.-R., Huang, J., Li, S.-F., Wang, Y.-Q., Zhou, Z.-K., First Fossil Fruits and Leaves of Burretiodendronl. (Malvaceae s.l.) in Southeast Asia: Implications for Taxonomy, Biogeography, and Paleoclimate. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 2015, 176(7):682-696 

23. Li, S.F., Mao, L.M., Spicer, R.A., Lebreton-Anberrée, J., Su, T., Sun, M., Zhou, Z.-K.*, Late Miocene vegetation dynamics under monsoonal climate in southwestern China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology,2015, 425, 14-40. 


Talks and presentations 

1. Li S.F., Indian summer monsoon and vegetation dynamics forced byorbital and tectonic factors from the late Pliocene to earlyPleistocene. Biosphere Evolution, Transitions and Resilience.Online, 2022,9,4-7. 

2. Li S.F., Valdes P., Farnsworth A., Su T., Spicer RA, Liu J., Tang H., and Zhou Z.K., Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau uplift and growth shape vegetation and biodiversity in Asian monsoon area. The European geosciences union general assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 2019.4.6-13. 

3. Li, S.F., Xing Y.W.*, Valdes P., Huang Y.J., Su T., Farnsworth A., Lunt D., Tang H., Zhou Z.K.*, Oligocene climate signals and forcings in Eurasia revealed by plant macrofossil and modelling results. The 10th European palaeobotany and palynology conference, Dublin, Iceland, Oral Presentation. 2018.8.12-17. 

4. Li, S.F., Xing Y.W.*, Valdes P., Huang Y.J., Su T., Farnsworth A., Lunt D., Tang H., Zhou Z.K.*, The Oligocene climate and forces in Eurasia revealed by plant macrofossil data and modelling results. The Paleoclimate Society Conference (PACS) 2017, Cardiff University, 2017.9.11-12. 

5. Li, S.F., Hughes, A.C., Su, T., Zhou Z.K.*, Fire dynamics under monsoonal climate in Yunnan, SWChina: Past, present and future. The XIV International Palynological Congress - X International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, Salvador, 2016.10.23-2016.10.28 

6. Li, S.F., Hughes, A.C., Su, T., Zhou, Z.K.*, Fire dynamics in Yunnan, SW China: Past, present and future. The Sino-German Meeting: "The Yunnan Biodiversity Hotspot – Its Origin and Climatic Threats", Kunming, China, Oral Presentation. 2015.8.5-9. 

7. Li, S.F., Mao, L.-M, Zhou, Z.K.*, Late Miocene climate inferred from palynological data in southwestern China: a case study from Wenshan basin of Yunnan. The 9th European palaeobotany and palynology conference, Padova, Italy, Oral Presentation. 2014.8.26-30. 

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