Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Keping Ma is a professor of plant ecology in Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chairman of IUCN Asia Regional Member Committee, Secretary General for Chinese National Committee of DIVERSITAS, and Editor-in-Chief for Biodiversity Science.
His research is mainly focused on biodiversity and its conservation, contributing a lot to Chinese biodiversity conservation research. He initiated the establishment of Chinese Forest Biodiversity Monitoring Network (CForBio), it covers zonal forest types in major climate zones in China, including cold temperate coniferous boreal forests, temperate coniferous and broadleaved mixed forests, warm temperate deciduous broadleaved forests, subtropical evergreen broadleaved forests and tropical rain forests. By the end of 2014, 13 permanent plots and 60 associated plots with an area bigger than 1 ha have been set up in CForBio and, the total plot area is over 340 ha. CForBio monitors the growth and survival of approximately 1.5 million trees and belonging to 1,600 woody species that occur in the forest plots. More than 200 papers have been published in academic journals. Cooperating with German and Swiss colleagues, he and his Chinese colleagues established a platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function (BEF-China) to study the effects of biodiversity loss on ecosystem function and services. By now, the total plot area is over 50 ha, and 0.3 million trees planted. Over 60 papers based on the platform BEF-China have been published in SCI journals. He initiated digitization of specimens in China, set-up of Chinese Virtual Herbarium, and Catalogue of Life-China. He attended most of the meetings of conference of parties (COP) to Convention on Biological Diversity and its related extro-COPs and working group meetings on thematic issues as a scientific advisor to Chinese delegation. He also participated in evaluations on many nature reserves and national parks in China and gave lectures and conservation advices to nature reserve managers. So far, he has published more than 330 scientific papers in academic journals.