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Academic title:
Associate Professor
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China


Research direction: 

Cenozoic paleobotany & paleoecology; woody plant taxonomy 


Research interest:  

1)        Cenozoic paleobotany in tropical East and Southeast Asia, to understand the origin and evolution of modern vegetation and biodiversity. 

2)        Identification of plant leaves, in terms of application (identification of living and fossil plants) and theory (phylogenetic and ecological correlation of Leaf Architecture and Micromorphology) 



2013.09-2017.06: Ph.D. in Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2010.09-2013.06: M.Sc. in Botany, Nanjing Forestry University 

2006.09-2010.06: B.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Yancheng Institute of Technology 



2022.02-present: Associate Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences  

2017.07-2022.02: Assistant Professor, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences  


Abroad experience:  

2018.12-2019.12: CSC-funded visiting scholar, Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden, Germany 


Selected publication:  

1)        Huang J, Su T, Li S-F, Wu F-X, Deng T, Zhou Z-K*. 2020. Pliocene flora and paleoenvironment of Zanda Basin, Tibet, China. Science China Earth Sciences, 63, 212–223 

2)        Huang J, Su T, Jia L-B, Spicer T, Zhou Z-K*, 2018. A fossil fig from the Miocene of southwestern China: Indication of persistent deep time karst vegetation. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 258: 133-145 

3)        Huang J, Shi G-L, Su T, Zhou Z-K, 2017. Miocene Exbucklandia (Hamamelidaceae) from Southeast Yunnan, China: revelation of its biogeography and palaeoecology. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 244: 96-106 

4)        Huang J, Su T. , Lebreton-Anberrée, J, Zhang, S-T, Zhou Z-K, 2016. The oldest Mahonia (Berberidaceae) fossil from East Asia and its biogeographic implications. Journal of Plant Research, 129(2):209-223 

5)        Tian YM, Spicer RA, Huang J, Zhou ZK, Su T, Widdowson M, Jia L-B, Li S-F, Li SH, Wu WJ, Xue L, Luo PH, Zhang ST*, 2021. New early oligocene zircon U-Pb dates for the ‘Miocene’ Wenshan Basin, Yunnan, China: Biodiversity and paleoenvironment. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 565. 

6)        Nguyen BH, Huang J*, Do VT, Jia LB, Nguyen TMH, Doan DH, Li S-F, Zhou Z-K, Su T , 2022. First pod record of Mucuna (Papilionoideae, Fabaceae) from the late Miocene of the Yen Bai Basin, northern Vietnam. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 298:104592 

7)        Tian Y-M., Huang J*, Su T, Zhang S-T, 2020. Early Oligocene Itea (Iteaceae) leaves from East Asia and their biogeographic implications. Plant Diversity, in press 

8)        Song A, Liu J, Liang SQ, Do VT, Nguyen BH, Deng WYD, Jia LB, Del Rio C, Srivastava G, Feng Z, Zhou ZK, Huang J*, Su T*, 2021. Leaf fossils of Sabalites (Arecaceae) from the Oligocene of northern Vietnam and their paleoclimatic implications. Plant Diversity, in press 

9)        Su T*, Farnsworth A, Spicer RA, Huang J, Wu F-X, Liu J, Li S-F, Xing Y-W, Huang Y-J, Deng W-Y-D, Tang H, Xu C-L, Zhao F, Srivastava G, Valdes PJ, Deng T, Zhou Z-K*, 2019. No high Tibetan Plateau until the Neogene. Science Advances, 5:eaav2189 

10)     Su T*, Spicer R A, Li S-H, Xu H, Huang J, Sherlock S, Huang Y-J, Li S-F, Wang L, Jia L-B, Deng W-Y-D, Liu J, Deng C-L, Zhang S-T, Valdes P J, Zhou Z-K*, 2019. Uplift, Climate and Biotic Changes at the Eocene-Oligocene Transition in Southeast Tibet. National Science Review, 6: 495-504 

11)     Su T*, Spicer RA, Wu FX, Farnsworth A, Huang J, Del Rio C, Deng T, Ding L, Deng WYD, Huang YJ, Hughes A, Jia LB, Jin JH, Li SF, Liang SQ, Liu J, Liu XY, Sherlockd S, Spicer TEV, Srivastava G, Tang H, Valdes P, Wang TX, Widdowson M, Wu MX, Xing YW, Xu CL, Yang J, Zhang C, Zhang ST, Zhang XW, Zhao F, Zhou ZK, 2020. A middle Eocene lowland humid subtropical ‘Shangri-La’ eco-system in central Tibet. PNAS, 117(52):32989-32995 

12)     Li SF, Valdes PJ, Farnsworth A, Barnard TD, Su T, Lunt DJ, Spicer RA, Liu J, Deng WYD, Huang J, Ridgwell HA, Chen LL, Zhou  ZK. 2021. Orographic evolution of northern Tibet shaped vegetation and plant diversity in eastern Asia. Science Advances 7(5), eabc7741 

13)     Kunzmann L*, Li SF, Huang J, Utescher T, Su T, Zhou ZK*, 2022.Assessment of phytogeographic reference regions for Cenozoic vegetation: a case study on the Miocene flora of Wiesa (Germany). Fossil Imprint, in press. 

14)     Wu MX, Huang J*, Su T, Zhou ZK, Xing YW*, 2022. Fraxinus L. (Oleaceae) fruits from the early Oligocene of southwest China and their biogeographic implications. Fossil Imprint, in press 

15)     Jia LB, Huang J, Su T, Spicer RA, Zhang ST, Li SF, Pan B, Nam GS, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK, 2021. Fossil infructescence from southwestern China reveals Paleogene establishment of Cladrastis in Asia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 292: 1-10. 

16)     Del Rio C, Huang J, Liu P, Deng WYD, Spicer TEV, Wu FX, Zhou ZK, Su T*, 2020. New Eocene fossil fruits and leaves of Menispermaceae from the central Tibetan Plateau and their biogeographic implications. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, in press 

17)     Wang T-X, Huang J, Ding W-N, Del Rio C, Su T*, Zhou Z-K*, 2019. Fossil involucres of Ostrya (Betulaceae) from early Oligocene Yunnan and its biogeographic implications. Palaeoworld, in press 

18)     Aung AT, Huang J, Do T, Song A, Liu J, Zhou ZK, Su T*, 2019. Three new fossil records of Equisetum (Equisetaceae) from the Neogene of southwestern China and northern Vietnam. PhytoKeys, in press 

19)     Wu M-X, Huang J, Su T, Leng Q, Zhou Z-K*. 2019. Tsuga seed cones from the late Paleogene of southwestern China and their biogeographical and paleoenvironmental implications. Palaeoworld, in press 

20)     Ding W-N, Huang J, Su T, Xing Y-W*, Zhou Z-K*, 2018. An early Oligocene occurrence of the palaeoendemic genus Dipteronia (Sapindaceae) from Southwest China, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 249:16-23 

21)     Zhang Q-Y, Huang J, Jia L-B, Su T, Zhou Z-K, Xing Y-W*, 2018. Miocene Ulmus fossil fruits from Southwest China and their evolutionary and biogeographic implications. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 259: 198–206. 

22)     Xu C-L, Huang J, Su T, Zhang X-C, Li S-F, Zhou Z-K, 2017. The first megafossil record of Goniophlebium (Polypodiaceae) from the middle Miocene of Asia and its paleoecological implications. Palaeoworld, 26:543-552. 



1)        2019-2021, National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.31800183) 

2)        2019-2022, Yunnan Province Basic Research Program (No.2019FB026) 

3)        2018-2020, “Light of West China” Program (B), CAS 





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