Prof.Sun Hang
Telephone: 86-08715215002
Mobile phone: 13708707093
Address: The Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650204, Yunnan, P. R. China.

Research Areas

Plant Taxonomy and Biogegoraphy, mainly focus on Alpine flora origin, adaption and biogeography; The Plants of Sino-himalayan Region(Origin and dispersal of Sino-himalaya Elements); Flora of Yunnan and wild edible plants.


Jan.2001  Further studying in Jodrell Laoboretory, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.

Dec.1994  Ph.D. Kunming Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of  Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan , P. R. China.

Aug.1988  M.S. Kunming Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan P. R. China.

Jul.1983  B.S. Biology, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, P. R. China.


Work Experience

Jul. 2014-present. Director of Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.Chairman of Yunnan Botanical Society.

Aug. 2012-July 2014. Deputy director of Kunming Branch, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Sept.2005- present. Head of Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Sept. 2005-Aug. 2012. Deputy Director of Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Jun. 2001.- Sept. 2005. Deputy Director of Kunming Branch(2001-2005), Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dec.1997- Jun. 2002 Professor (Senior researcher), Director of Department of Phytotaxonomy and Phytogeography, Keeper of Herbarium (KUN), Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jul.1995-Dec.1997 Association Senior researcher, Deputy director (Acting director) of Department of Phytotaxonomy and Phytogeography, Keeper of Herbarium (KUN).Kunming Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Jul.1989-Jun.,1995 Assistant Senior researcher, Assistant director of Department of Phytotaxonomy and Phytogeography Kunming Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1983-May,1989.Research Assistant, Department of Phytotaxonomy and Phytogeography Kunming Institute of Botany.

Teaching Experience

Nov.2014-Feb.2015  Phytogeography

Apr.2013-Jul.2013  Biogeography of plants

Honors & Distinctions

Jun. 2009. Win the First Prize of Natural Science of Yunnan Prov. For “Studies on the Alpine Plants Diversity”

Oct. 2003  Win the Youth Scientific Prize of Qinghai-Tibet

June 2000. Win subsidy of Yunnan Government for excellent scientific research.

Oct. 1999. Win the natural science prize of Chinese Academy of Sciences (second stage), for excellent work on Biogegraphy of Yalu Tsangpo, SE. Tibet, E. Himalayas.

May 1999. Win the first grade prize of Young Scientist of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Mar. 1997. Win the Young Scientist prize of “Fang Shu-quan”, awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Mar.1994.Win the 6th the prize of “ Zhu Ke-zhen” field work , awarded by The Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Apr.1993.Win the prize of “Liangxi” for compile the Inconographia Arboretum Yunnanicorum (Mimosaceae ), awarded by the Chinese Forestry Association.



  1.  Nie ZL, Funk VA, Meng Y, Deng T, Sun H *, Wen J*. 2016. Recent assembly of the global herbaceous flora: evidence from the paper daisies (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae). New Phytologist, 209, 1795-806.

  2.  Luo D, Yue JP, Sun WG Xu B, Li ZM, Comes HP*, Sun H*. 2016. Evolutionary history of the subnival flora of the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains: first insights from comparative phylogeography of four perennial herbs. Journal of Biogeography, 43, 31-46.

  3. Yang Y, Siegwolf RT, Korner C. 2015. Species specific and environment induced variation of d13C and d15N in alpine plants. Frontier Plant Science, 6, 423.

  4. Chen JG, Shörb C, Zhou Z, Gong QB, Li XH, Yang Y*, Li ZM*, Sun H*. 2015. Cushion plants can have a positive effect on diversity at high elevations in the Himalayan Hengduan Mountains. Journal of Vegetation Science, 768-777.

  5. Kim C1, Deng T1, Chase M, Zhang DG, Nie ZL, Sun H*. 2015. Generic phylogeny and character evolution in Urticeae (Urticaceae) inferred from nuclear and plastid DNA regions. Taxon, 64, 65-78.

  6. Deng T, Nie ZL, Drew BT, Volis S, Kim C, Xiang CL, Zhang JW, Wang YH*, Sun H*. 2015. Does the Arcto-Tertiary biogeographic hypothesis explain the disjunct distribution of Northern Hemisphere herbaceous plants? The case of Meehania (Lamiaceae). PLoS ONE, 10:e0117171.

  7. Niu Y, Zhang ZQ, Liu CQ, Li ZM, Sun H*. 2015. A sexually dimorphic corolla appendage affects pollen removal and floral longevity in gynodioecious Cyananthus delavayi (Campanulaceae). PLoS ONE, 10:e0117149.

  8. Wang ZW, Chen ST, Nie ZL, Zhang JW, Zhou Z, Deng T, Sun H*. 2015. Climatic factors drive population divergence and demography: insights based on the phylogeography of a riparian plant species endemic to the Hengduan Mountains and adjacent regions. PLoS ONE, 10: e0145014.

  9. Kim C, Deng T, Wen J, Nie ZL, Sun H*. 2015. Systematics, biogeography, and character evolution of Deutzia (Hydrangeaceae) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 87, 91-104.

  10. Song B, Stocklin J, Peng DL, Gao YQ, Sun H*. 2015. The bracts of the alpine ‘glasshouse’ plant Rheum alexandrae (Polygonaceae) enhance reproductive fitness of its pollinating seed-consuming mutualist. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 179, 349-359.

  11. Peng DL, Niu Y, Song B, Chen JG, Li ZM, Yang Y, Sun H*. 2015. Woolly and overlapping leaves dampen temperature fluctuations in reproductive organ of an alpine Himalayan forb. Journal of Plant Ecology, 8, 159-165.

  12. Song B, Niu Y, Stocklin J, Chen G, Peng DL, Gao YQ, Sun H*. 2015. Pollinator attraction in Cornus capitata (Cornaceae): the relative role of visual and olfactory cues. Journal of Plant Ecology, 8, 173-181.

  13. Chen Jian-Guo, Yang Yang, Stöcklin Jürg, Cavieres Lohengrin A., Peng De-Li, Li Zhi-Min, Sun Hang*.2014. Soil nutrient availability determines the facilitative effects of cushion plants on other plant species at high elevations in the south-eastern Himalayas. Plant Ecology & Diversity DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2013.872206.

  14. Deng Tao, Zhang Jian-Wen, Zhu Xin-Xin, Zhang Da-Cai, Nie Ze-Long, Sun Hang*.2014. Youngia zhengyiana (Asteraceae, Crepidinae), a new species from south China, with notes on the systematics of Youngia inferred from morphology and nrITS phylogeny. Phytotaxa 170, 259-168.

  15. Niu Yang, Chen Gao, Peng De-Li, Song Bo, Yang Yang, Li Zhi-Min, Sun Hang*. 2014 Grey leaves in an alpine plant: a cryptic colouration to avoid attack? New Phytologist 203:953–963.

  16.  Song Bo, Chen Gao, Stöcklin Jürg, Peng De-Li, Niu Yang, Li Zhi-Min, Sun Hang*. 2014. A new pollinating seed-consuming mutualism between Rheum nobile and a fly fungus gnat, Bradysia sp., involving pollinator attraction by a specific floral compound. New Phytologist 203:1109–1118.

  17.  Sun Hang*, Niu Yang, Chen Yong-Shen, Song Bo, Liu Chang-Qiu, Peng De-Li, Chen Jian-Guo, Yang Yang*. 2014. Survival and reproduction of plant species in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 52: 378-396. (IF = 1.648)

  18.  Chen Jian-Guo1, Yang Yang1, Zhang Zhi-Qiang, Niu Yang, Sun Hang*. 2013. A nodding capitulum enhances the reproductive   success of Cremanthodium campanulatum (Asteraceae) at high elevations in the Sino-Himalayan Mountains. Plant Ecology & Diversity 6: 487-494.

  19.  Deng Tao1, Kim Changkyun1, Zhang Dai-Gui, Zhang Jian-Wen, Li Zhi-Min, Nie Ze-Long, Sun Hang*. 2013. Zhengyia shennongensis: A new bulbiliferous genus and species of the nettle family (Urticaceae) from central China exhibiting parallel evolution of the bulbil trait. Taxon 62: 89-99.

  20.  Deng Tao1, Zhang Dai-Gui1, Liu Zhi-Wei, Tucker Gordon C., Sun Hang, Wen Jun, Nie Ze-Long*. 2013. Oxalis wulingensis (Oxalidaceae), an unusual new species from central China. Systematic Botany 38: 154-161.

  21. Fan Deng-Mei, Yue Ji-Pei, Nie Ze-Long, Li Zhi-Min, Comes Hans Peter*, Sun Hang*. 2013. Phylogeography of Sophora davidii (Leguminosae) across the ‘Tanaka-Kaiyong Line’, an important phytogeographic boundary in Southwest China. Molecular Ecology 22: 4270-4288.

  22. Kim Changkyun, Zha Hong-Guang, Deng Tao, Sun Hang*, Wu Su-Gong*. 2013. Phylogenetic position of Kontumia (Polypodiaceae) inferred from four chloroplast DNA regions. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 51: 154-163.

  23. Nie Ze-Long, Deng Tao, Meng Ying, Sun Hang*, Wen Jun*. 2013. Post-Boreotropical dispersals explain the pantropical disjunction in Paederia (Rubiaceae). Annals of Botany 111: 873-886.

  24.  Peng De-Li, Ou Xiao-Kun, Xu Bo, Zhang Zhi-Qiang, Niu Yang, Li Zhi-Min*, Sun Hang*. 2013. Plant sexual systems correlated with morphological traits: Reflecting reproductive strategies of alpine plants. Journal of Systematics and Evolution doi: 10.1111/jse.12046

  25. Song Bo, Stöcklin Jürg, Zhang Zhi-Qiang, Yang Yang, Sun Hang*. 2013. Seed and microsite limitation in Rheum nobile, a rare and endemic plant from the subnival zone of Sino-Himalaya. Plant Ecology & Diversity 6: 503-509.

  26.  Song Bo, Stöcklin Jürg, Gao Yong-Qian, Zhang Zhi-Qiang, Yang Yang, Li Zhi-Min, Sun Hang*. 2013. Habitat-specific responses of seed germination and seedling establishment to soil water condition in two Rheum species in the high Sino-Himalayas. Ecological Research 28: 643-651.

  27.  Song Bo1, Zhang Zhi-Qiang1, Stöcklin Jürg, Yang Yang, Niu Yang, Chen Jian-Guo, Sun Hang*. 2013. Multifunctional bracts enhance plant fitness during flowering and seed development in Rheum nobile (Polygonaceae), a giant herb endemic to the high Himalayas. Oecologia 172: 359-370.

  28. Wang Huan-Chong, Sun Hang*. 2013. Rubus tetsunii, a replacement name for the Chinese R. lubatus T.T. Yu & L.T. Lu (Rosaceae). Phytotaxa 79: 63-64.

  29.  Wang Huan-Chong, Wang Yue-Hua, Sun Hang*. 2013. Nomenclatural changes in Rubus (Rosaceae) mostly from China. Phytotaxa 114: 58-60.

  30. Yue Liang-Liang, Sun Hang*. 2013. Montane refugia isolation and plateau population expansion: Phylogeography of Sino-Himalayan endemic Spenceria ramalana (Rosaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution doi: 10.1111/jse.12038

  31. Zha Hong-Guang, Liu Tao, Zhou Jing-Jiang, Sun Hang*. 2013. MS-desi, a desiccation-related protein in the floral nectar of the evergreen velvet bean (Mucuna sempervirens Hemsl): molecular identification and characterization. Planta 238: 77-89.

  32. Zhang Jian-Wen, Boufford David E., Sun Hang*. 2013. Systematic significance of achene morphology in Soroseris, Syncalathium and Parasyncalathium (Asteraceae: Cichorieae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 173: 476-486.

  33. Zhu Wei-Dong1, Nie Ze-Long1, Wen Jun*, Sun Hang*. 2013. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Astilbe (Saxifragaceae) in Asia and eastern North America. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 171: 377-394.

  34. Zhou Zhuo, Hong De-Yuan, Niu Yang, Li Guo-Dong, Nie Ze-Long, Wen Jun*, Sun Hang*. 2013. Phylogenetic and biogeographic analyses of the Sino-Himalayan endemic genus Cyananthus (Campanulaceae) and implications for the evolution of its sexual system. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 482-497.


May 2016. International Biogeography Society, IBS,The East Asian Flora if an Ancient Flora, or not?

Nov.2015. National Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

Jul.2015. International symposium on mountain vegetation