The Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology (TFE), formerly known as Open Laboratory of Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem Research and Management, was established in 2008. TFE is engaged in basic research in tropical and subtropical forest ecology and is directly affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). TFE will be an integrated world-class-level research platform on tropical and subtropical forest ecology, and will help both to enhance ecology research in China and bring up a number of senior specialized personnel on tropical ecology in Southeast Asia. It will contribute scientifically to sound research on tropical biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
TFE's overall development objective is "for the national strategic needs, aiming at the international forefront of tropical forest ecology, to carry out basic research on forest ecology in tropical and subtropical areas in China, making it a well-known institute in China and abroad for scientific research, technological innovation and personnel training ".
There are 72 permanent staff in the TFE, with 16 professors and 21 associate professors. Generally, visiting scholars or post-doctors are about 8. Meanwhile, master or doctor candidates are about 150 in TFE.