Visiting scholar at CNRS-CEFE

Associate researcher at Institute of Wetland Research, Chinese Academy of Forestry

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Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xu_Pan3



Research interests:

My research interests lie at the intersection of evolutionary biology, plant community ecology and ecosystem ecology. I am interested in exploring general patterns of plant communities, such as plant (species, functional and phylogenetic) diversity, plant coexistence and community assembly, and plant trait evolution and variation. I am also interested in examining the effects of plant diversity or interactions on the litter decomposition processes in various types of ecosystems, and discussing those issues in an evolutionary perspective.


    • 2004.9 – 2008.7, Department of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, bachelor degree in Forestry
    • 2008.9 – 2014.7, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PhD degree in Plant Ecology
      • 2011.8-2014.2, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France. Exchange Ph.D student for 18 months
      • 2013.2 & 2013.4, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Exchange Ph.D student for 2 months
      • 2014.2 – 2014.4, Hangzhou Normal University, guest student in biology department.
    • 2014.7 – now, Institute of Wetland Research, Chinese Academy of Forestry
    • 2018.12 – 2019.12, Visiting scholar at Prof. Stephan Hättenschwiler’s department in CNRS-CEFE

Key Publications

Pan X, Ping Y, Cui L, et al. (2017) Plant Litter Submergence Affects the Water Quality of a Constructed Wetland. PLoS ONE, 12: e0171019.

Pan X, Berg MP, et al. (2015) Larger phylogenetic distances in litter mixtures: lower microbial biomass and higher C/N ratios but equal mass loss. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282: 20150103.

Pan X, Song YB, et al. (2015) Functional traits drive the contribution of solar radiation to leaf litter decomposition among multiple arid-zone species. Scientific reports, 5.

Pan X, Song YB, et al. (2015) Evolutionary position and leaf toughness control chemical transformation of litter, and drought reinforces this control: evidence from a common garden experiment across 48 species. PLoS ONE 10: e0143140.

Pan X, Cornelissen JH, et al. (2014) Experimental evidence that the Ornstein‐Uhlenbeck model best describes the evolution of leaf litter decomposability. Ecology and evolution, 4: 3339-3349.

Full publication list can be seen on my Research Gate.