Updates & News

Taxonomic scaling and biodiversity

Taxonomic scaling, such as taxonomic coverage and taxonomic resolution, could affect the biodiversity patterns and their environmental determinants. A paper, lead by Chih-Fu Yeh, an undergraduate student when he started the project, was just online on this topic titled “Elevational patterns and hierarchical determinants of biodiversity across [...] Read more

Visiting Iberian Peninsula

Iberian Peninsula is a kind of mountainous region and a very impressive place to study biodiversity and climate change. Supported by the Miguel(s)' team, I went around the peninsula twice from April to June, and easily caught the shining sun, rain, snow and hailstone. We finally managed to perform the field microcosm experiments similar to our [...] Read more

Moving to Xianlin

In the past 2-3 weeks, we were busy in moving our offices and laboratories to Xianlin, Nanjing. We started to work in Xianlin this week, and are now having brand new working environments. Felix from Spain joined our group in Feb. Welcome.

Geographic range & climatic variability on mountainsides

Range size, the ‘fundamental unit’ of macroecology, is generally geographically limited, and few species are ubiquitously distributed, even for microorganisms (e.g., bacteria and diatoms). The systematic variation in range size along geographical gradients (i.e., elevation or latitude) represents an important underlying driver of species richness [...] Read more

Cover figure for Ecography

Our Ecography paper on an elevational biodiversity study was just published, and it came out with a cover image as below. Cover Figure: http://www.ecography.org/content/march-2017 Reference: Wang J, Meier S, Soininen J, Casamayor E, Tang X, Yang X, Zhang Y, Wu Q, Zhou j, Shen J. Regional and global elevational patterns of microbial species richness [...] Read more

Biodiversity paper in Nature Communications

We just got a biodiversity-related paper published in Nature Communications. We manipulate nutrient enrichment in aquatic microcosms in subtropical and subarctic mountain regions (China and Norway, respectively) in 2013, and show the interactive effects of temperature and nutrients on microbial diversity along mountain elevation gradients. This [...] Read more

Streams in Iceland

We sampled streams across Iceland this summer. We experienced the unique weather (e.g., strong wind and raining almost every day) and gravel roads without bridges. But the stunning Icelandic nature and the breathtaking beauty of the rugged landscape went though the whole trip. Looking for sampling sites made us to discover somewhere beautiful and [...] Read more

Elevational patterns of biodiversity

We just got a paper on-line, which is about the elevational patterns of microbial biodiversity (Wang et al, In press). In this paper, we sampled six streams for bacteria and diatoms along mountainsides in three regions: one stream in (1) the Balggesvarri Mountain in Norway in 2012, one stream in (2) the Pyrenees Mountain in Spain in 2012, and four [...] Read more

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