"Nothing in biology makes sence except in the light of evolution." — Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973)
Hi, dear colleague and friend, welcome to visit Plant Evolutionary Biology, Meng Honghu's homepage.
Meng Honghu, an assistant professor of Plant Phylogenetics & Conservaton Group at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); and a member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS, who is interested in plant evolution, biogeography and biodiversity conservation.
The current and future research plans mainly focus on the spatiotemporal evolutionary history of Juglandaceae (the walnut family)and Fagaceae (the oak family) to environmental variation and what are the implications for conservation under global change as follows: (a) Spatiotemporal evolutionary history of Engelhardia (Juglandaceae) in tropical and subtropical forest respond to the environmental variation under global change, especially the climatic changes; (b) Biogeographic patterns between the Engelhardia (Juglandaceae) in tropical Asia and the other sister taxon, i.e., Oreomunnea and Alfaroa (Jualandaceae), in tropical America; (c) Geographic distribution patterns and genetic structure of the rare trees, Trigonobalanus Forman (Fagaceae) across South China, Indochina, Southeast Asia to mid-America; (d) Biodiversity conservation in the changing world, particularly under the Anthropocene changes, i.e., human activities and climatic changes. The representative taxon in tropical Asia and tropical America are focusing to explore the conservation practices, such as Trigonobalanus Forman (Fagaceae) and Rhoiptelea chiliantha (Rhoipteleaceae, recent literatures also considered as Juglandaceae); (e) Biogeographic history of high-mountain oaks (Quercus Sect. Heterobalanus) to address the geological events which are closely linked to uplift of Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains and the geographic distribution of the oaks.
"How and why does biological diversity (biodiversity) vary over the surface of the Earth?", an interesting issue will continue to play a significant role in biogeography and will rely heavily on biologists, collaborating across disciplines. Is there any like-minded people participate to resolve this question?