Survey of AFEC-X 2018 students

Hellooo everyone, how are you guys doing !

Last year,  you met and staye 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 2018 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 
Jingxin Liu

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 ecology and biogeography of Tropical East Asia by Richard Corlett
The biodiversity crisis in tropical East Asia by Richard Corlett
The role of Botanical Gardens in plant biodiversity conservation by Jin Chen
History and development of modern conservation biology by Richard Corlett
The forest, plantations and major crops of Tropical East Asia by Richard Corlett
The savanna of Tropical East Asia by Kyle Tomlinson
Literature types, searching and management, reading by Richard Corlett
Introduction to soil science and global soil functions by Gunina Anna
Soil description, classification and soil sampling in the field by Gunina Anna
Soil structure and properties (C, N, pH) by Gunina Anna
Description soil in the field, soil sampling for further analyses by Gunina Anna
Determination of main soil properties (C,N, pH, density) by Gunina Anna
The application of thermal camera in ecology research by Hua Lin
Soil organisms by Gunina Anna
Soil microorganisms and their contribution to C, N cycles by Gunina Anna
Methods to study microbial processes in soil by Gunina Anna; etc.
Methods to study microbial community structure by Gunina Anna
Laboratory tour to see the possibilities to measure microbial community structure by Gunina Anna; etc.
Uses of drones in ecology and conservation by Jing-Xin Liu
Spider biology by Zhan-Qi Chen
Experimental design and Statistics in R by Kyle Tomlinson; Bonifacio O. Pasion
Plant-animal interactions: with a focus on seed dispersal by Richard Corlett
Seed dispersal practical by Richard Corlett
Pollination ecology methods by Tuanjit Sritongchuay
Pollination ecology_practical by Tuanjit Sritongchuay
Insect community ecology and sampling techniques by Akihiro Nakamura
Insect sampling practical by Akihiro Nakamura; etc.
How do we measure and study biological diversity? by Akihiro Nakamura
Insect sorting, pinning and identification by Akihiro Nakamura; etc.
Community ecology workshop by Akihiro Nakamura; etc.
Bubeng plot introduction by Hui Chen
Bird ecology and bird watching practical explain by Ming-Xia Zhang; etc.
Bird watching along the road close to Bubeng station by Ming-Xia Zhang; etc.
Conservation role play by Alice Hughes
Brilliant bats_Bat ecology, ID and sampling by Alice Hughes
Bat trapping and acoustic transects by Alice Hughes; etc.
Species distribution modelling workshop by Alice Hughes
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?