Survey of AFEC-X 2014 students

Hellooo everyone, how are you guys doing !

Five years ago,  you met and stayed together for 6 weeks in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) because of the "Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation, XTBG". That was an unforgettable experience, I hope! And I also hope AFEC-X 2014 was a good start for your career in ecology and conservation sciences because that was why XTBG started this annual international training program.

How time flies! Now AFEC-X has entered its second decade. Its time to look back, to say "Hi" to eveyone, to see what and how are you doing, and to get your opinions to make AFEC-X better in future together.

We prepared 29 questions to talk with you, these question covers "Your current career status", "The usefulness of AFEC-X to you and your suggestions", "Your communication with your AFEC-X fellows and instructors", and "What AFEC-X can learn from other comprehensive long-period course".

Please spend some time on this communication between you and XTBG, and please make sure your answers are from your heart. 

We will remove all of your personal information before doing analysis or share the results.

Yours Sincerely!

Your basic information
Please find yourself from the list (the affiliation is when your attended AFEC-X)
if there are incorrect information, please email
if you notice someone is missing from the list, please also email
Please choose the one best describe your current work 【Multiple】
About your current career (or the career you will take soon)
affiliation, position, working area, etc.)

if you are working for more organization, please just fill in the major one.
Name of your affiliation
Website of your affiliation
Your position
Your working/research area
Your common email address
The usefulness of AFEC-X to you and your suggestions
In general, how important the AFEC-X experience was to your career development?
Please score each of the potential benefits you got from AFEC-X
(The higher the score, the more benefits you got)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
Gained basic knowledge of the field
Broadened my horizon
Laid foundation for my future work
A publication of the group project
Fostered collaboration with other participants/instrctors
Enrolled as a student or Post Doc of one of the instructors
Promoted confidence in doing research
Please score the components of AFEC-X
according to the usefulness to your career after the course
(The higher the score, the more useful for you)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
Lectures and practices
Field trip
Students' own work presentation
Group project
Course symposium
What components do you recommend to add to the current course structure, why?
Recommended components
What do you suggest to remove from the current course structure, why? 【Multiple】
Please score the social activities of AFEC-X
(The higher the score, the stronger you liked it)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
Self Introductions
XTBG Garden Tour
Visit local market and get familiar with the town
Dai food in Village
Intercultural gift exchanges
BBQ in Menglun town
Farewell Dinner party
Concerning the “lectures and practices”, please score the topics
according to the usefulness for you.
(The higher the score, the more useful was it for you)
(If you wan to give an aspect 0 score,
you have to move the bar to any score then move it back to 0)
The biodiversity crisis in tropical East Asia by Richard T. Corlett
History and development of modern conservation biology by Richard T. Corlett
The role of Botanical Gardens in plant biodiversity conservation by Chen, Jin
Species distribution modelling workshop by Alice Hughes
Climate change: past, present and future by Richard T. Corlett
Challenges of conservation under climate change by Richard T. Corlett
Introduction to the IPCC and the AR5 reports by Richard T. Corlett
What do the IPCC reports predict for your region? by Richard T. Corlett
Climate change adaptation and mitigation by Richard T. Corlett
Camera traps in conservation by Richard T. Corlett
Set up camera traps within XTBG by Invite the two Netherlands and Caolin to help
Molecular tools in conservation by Yu, Wen-bin, Alison Wee
Molecular tools in conservation-if needed. by Yu, Wen-bin, Alison Wee
Invasive species and novel ecosystems by Richard T. Corlett
Invasive plants in XTBG: setting priorities for action by Richard T. Corlett
Ex situ conservation and reintroduction-orchids as an example by Gao, Jiang-Yun
Visit to orchid lab and limestone forest reintroduction site by Gao, Jiang-Yun' group members
Bubeng CTFS plot introduction by Yang, Jie
Annoucement: Bubeng trip arrangement by Liu, Jing-Xin
Targeting Zero Extinction in Xishuangbanna by Richard T. Corlett
Corridors and green rubber by Chen Jin or someone
Plant skills: field identification, collection, internet resources by Daniele Cicuzza
Plant-animal interactions by Richard T. Corlett
Plant-animal interactions field exercise by Richard T. Corlett
Past climate change in Asia and climate-change proxies: an overview by Richard T. Corlett
Lessons from the Miocene by Zhou, Zhe-Kun
Lessons from the Miocene_ lab visit by Zhou, Zhe-Kun's group member
Tree rings and tree growth by Fan, Ze-Xin
Tree rings and tree growth_ practical by Fan, Ze-Xin's group member
Conservation role play by Alice Hughes
Bird ecology by Eben Goodale
Bird watching and bird survey method by Eben Goodale
Data analysis_ community indexes, multivariate analysis and perhaps distance sampling by Eben Goodale
Data analysis_ community indexes, multivariate analysis and perhaps distance sampling_cont. by Eben Goodale
Bat ecology by Alice Hughes
Bat survey methods_set up net, sound record by Alice Hughes
How to find and what are good research questions ? by Richard T. Corlett
What topic(s)/techniques/methods do you suggest to be included in the future AFEC-X? Why?
(if you have more suggestions, please list them from most important to least important)
Recommended topics
Please select the group project that you did during the AFEC-X.
if your project is not in the list, please email and tell him.
Have you presented your group project in other conferences, workshops, etc. after the course? 【Multiple】
Have your group project published in a journal?
Did you recommend this course to your officemates, friends etc. 【Multiple】
Who applied and attended AFEC-X because of your recommendation?
Communication among AFEC-X fellows and instructors
How many times have you met other AFEC-X students
in conferences or other academic occasions? 【Multiple】
Have you received any kind of help from your AFEC-X fellows after the course? 【Multiple】
Have you co-authored scientific publications
after the course with your AFEC-X fellows or instructors?
Are you planning to coolaborate with your AFEC-X fellows or instructors in research?
Actions to promote the communication among AFEC-X students and instructors
Are you in the AFEC-X group on facebook nor not?
We are planning an AFEC-X alumni webpage to enhance the communication and cooperation among AFEC-X participants, please upload a word or PDF version of your newest CV here.
(file size should not be larger than 4mb)
Select the academic media account you have and tell us your account. 【Multiple】
What do you suggest to improve the communication and cooperation
among AFEC-X participants?
Other comprehensive long-period course
Could you list other local or international training programs that
as comprehensive as AFEC-X and more than a month long?
Could you tell what AFEC-X can learn from them?