Richard Corlett leaves NUS for Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, July 2012

Richard eating Durian in KL

Richard Corlett says,

“I will be leaving NUS and moving to the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, at the beginning of July.

At XTBG I will be Director of a new ‘Center for Integrative Conservation’. My position will be generously funded under the national “One Thousand Foreign Experts Project”.

The Garden is at Menglun in SW Yunnan, near the borders with Laos and Myanmar, 96 km from Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. Jinghong is, in turn, an hour’s flight southwest from the provincial capital Kunming.

Despite the isolation, the Gardens supports a large community of researchers and state-of-the-art laboratories. It is also a world-class botanical gardens, with several square kilometres of collections open to visitors, as well as a large experimental area and some secondary rainforest and intact limestone forest.

There will be vacancies in the new Center for everything from graduate students through post-docs to professors, so if you know anyone who is interested in working there please point them in my direction.

The focus will be on conservation, largely but not exclusively of plants, and on SW China and the neighbouring countries. One of my roles will be to promote regional and international collaborations in conservation science and practice, and I would be happy to discuss potential projects any time.”


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