Richard T Corlett
I was born in London and did my first degree at the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD in plant ecology at the Australian National University, with fieldwork in the highlands Papua New Guinea. I subsequently held posts at the University of Chiang Mai (1980-82), National University of Singapore (1982-87 and 2008-2012), and University of Hong Kong (1988-2008). In 2012, I moved to the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to head a new Center for Integrative Conservation. Major research interests include: terrestrial ecology and biodiversity conservation in tropical East Asia, plant-animal interactions, and the impacts of climate change. In addition to many scientific papers, I have written several books, including The Ecology of Tropical East Asia and Tropical Rain Forests: an Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison (co-authored with Richard Primack). I was a lead author for the Asia chapter in the Working Group II contribution to the 2014 IPCC AR5 report and am currently a lead author for the IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Asia and the Pacific.