Dr Xu Pan
Associate Professor, Chinese Embassy in South Africa
I am currently working in the Science and Technology Section at the Chinese Embassy in South Africa. We are happy to provide assistance to strengthening the STI cooperation between China and South Africa, and with the world.
In addition, I am also an ecologist, and my research interests lie at the intersection of evolutionary biology, plant community ecology and ecosystem ecology. I am interested in exploring general patterns of plant communities, such as plant (species, functional and phylogenetic) diversity, plant coexistence and community assembly, and plant trait evolution and variation. I am also interested in examining the effects of plant diversity or interactions on the litter decomposition processes in various types of ecosystems, and discussing those issues in an evolutionary perspective.