We focus on vegetation ecology, i.e. ecology of plant communities. While plant ecologist is interested in ecology of individual plant taxa, vegetation ecologist is interested in the ecology of the whole plant community, its species composition, diversity, and environmental factors behind. We work both in the field (vegetation survey) and in the lab (sample measurement and data analysis). We also spend considerable time discussing and interpreting our findings, and putting them into a broader context of what we already know. Recently we focus on the vegetation of cloud and monsoon forest, composition of its functional traits and taxonomic or functional diversity pattern.
Field trip to Lalashan, April 2018. From right to left: Tsung-Yi Lin (林宗儀), Yi-Nuo Lee (李以諾), Chia-Hsin Lin (林嘉心), Ching-Feng Li (assistant professor at NTU Forestry), Po-Yu Lin (林柏佑), Yen-Cheng Shen (沈彥成) and David Zelený (澤大衛, PI).
Field trip to Mei Fong and Hehuanshan, January 2018 (we visited landslide locations of Chien-Fan, and had a look on Hohuanshan high altitude vegetation in winter, to see the effect of snow). From left to right: Yi-Ping Wang (王怡平, Chien-Fan's wife), Chien-Fan Chen (陳建帆, PhD student), Yen-Cheng Shen (沈彥成, MSc student), David Zelený (PI), Ching-Feng Li (Woody, 李靜峯, assistant professor in NTU Forestry) and Tsung-Yi Lin (林宗儀, MSc student).
Field trip to Tamanshan, December 2016. From left to right: Chien-Fan Chen (陳建帆, PhD student), Yi-Ping Wang (王怡平, Chien-Fan's wife), David Zelený (PI), Tsung-Yi Lin (林宗儀, MSc student), Yen-Cheng Shen (沈彥成, MSc student) and Ching-Feng Li (Woody, 李靜峯, assistant professor in NTU Forestry)