The Chinese government on September 29 conferred its Friendship Award on 50 foreign experts from 18 countries working in China, in recognition of their contribution to China’s development. Prof. Richard Corlett of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) is one of the 50 friendship award winners.
Richard Corlett came to work in XTBG in 2012. He is now a professor and Director for the Center for integrative Conservation at XTBG. His major research interests include terrestrial ecology and biodiversity conservation in tropical East Asia, plant-animal interactions, urban ecology, invasive species, and the impacts of climate change. Much of his research has focused on species survival in degraded tropical landscapes, with the projected impacts of climate change an increasingly important issue. In addition to numerous scientific papers, he is the author or co-author of several books, including The Ecology of Tropical East Asia, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press, and Tropical Rain Forests: an Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison, co-authored with Richard Primack, with a second edition published by Wiley in 2011. He is a lead author for the ‘Asia’ chapter in the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth (2014) Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the steering committee of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Climate Change Specialist Group. He was elected President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in 2012.
Working in XTBG, Prof. Richard Corlett attaches much importance to international cooperation and cultivating young scientists. He also dedicates himself to the ‘zero extinction’ of plant species in tropical regions of China and promotes biodiversity in GMS regions.
He was ever honored with Yunnan Friendship Award 2015.
The "Friendship Award" is an annual award issued by the Chinese government to honor outstanding foreign experts in China. It was established in 1991.
Certificate of friendship Award
Richard Corlett at XTBG