Rong Li, Ph.D. & Professor

Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia,

Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

132 #, Lanhei Road, Heilongtan,

Kunming 650201, Yunnan Province,

P. R. of China

E-mail: lirong@mail.kib.ac.cn

Research Areas

Plant Taxonomy and Biogeography

Plant Phylogenetics and Evolution

Education

Ph.D., 2000.08 2003.07, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

M.S.,  1997.09 2000.07, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

B.S.,   1993.09 1997.07, College of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University

Work Experience

2003.08 – present, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2013.12 2014.11, University of Maryland, USA. Visiting scholar

2008.04 2010.03, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA. Postdoctoral

2000.10 2000.12, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK. Visiting scholar

Publications

Papers:

1) Ruxuan Yang, Hanjie Zhou, Rong Li. 2022. Evolutionary history of rosids in Yunnan angiosperms. Plant Science Journal 40: 302–309. (in chinese with english abstract)

2) Juan Yue, Rong Li. 2021. Phylogenetic relatedness of woody angiosperm assemblages and its environmental determinants along a subtropical elevational gradient in China. Plant Diversity 43: 111–116.

3) Rong Li, Juan Yue. 2020. A phylogenetic perspective on the evolutionary processes of floristic assemblages within a biodiversity hotspot in eastern Asia. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 58: 413–422.

4) Rong Li, Mengyu Wang, Juan Yue, Zhiyou Wang. 2020. Conserving Meconopsis smithiana, a critically endangered plant species in Yunnan, China. Oryx 54: 296–297.

5) Rong Li, Yun Xiong, Jun Sun. 2019. Discovery of new populations of the vulnerable plant Neopicrorhiza scrophulariiflora in Yunnan, China. Oryx 53: 16. 

6) Rong Li. 2019. Finding Lysimachia robusta, a long-lost endemic plant species of China. Oryx 53: 13–14. 

7) Rong Li, Lishen Qian, Hang Sun. 2018. Current progress and future prospects in phylofloristics. Plant Diversity 40: 141–146. 

8) Rong Li, Hang Sun. 2017. Phylofloristics: a case study from Yunnan, China. Biodiversity Science 25: 195–203. (in chinese with english abstract) 

9) Rong Li. 2016. Using a mega-phylogeny of seed plants to test for non-random patterns of areal-types across the Chinese tree of life. Plant Diversity 38: 283–288.

10) Rong Li, Jun Wen. 2016. Phylogeny and diversification of Chinese Araliaceae based on nuclear and plastid DNA sequence data. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54: 453–467. 

11) Rong Li, Xiaochun Shi, Wenbin Yu, Shi Feng, Weibang Sun. 2016. Rediscovery of the supposedly extinct Pedicularis humilis in the eastern Himalayas. Oryx 50: 204. 

12) Rong Li, Nathan J. B. Kraft, Haiying Yu, Heng Li. 2015. Seed plant phylogenetic diversity and species richness in conservation planning within a global biodiversity hotspot in eastern Asia. Conservation Biology 29: 15521562. 

13) Rong Li, Nathan J. B. Kraft, Jie Yang, Yuhua Wang. 2015. A phylogenetically informed delineation of floristic regions within a biodiversity hotspot in Yunnan, China. Scientific Reports 5: 9396.

14) Rong Li, Zhiling Dao. 2014. A new species of Coelogyne (Orchidaceae) from western Yunnan, China. Phytotaxa 162: 115–119. 

15) Rong Li, Jun Wen. 2014. Phylogeny and biogeography of Asian Schefflera (Araliaceae) based on nuclear and plastid DNA sequence data. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 52: 431–449. 

16) Rong Li, Heng Li. 2013. A new species of Rubia (Rubiaceae) from western Yunnan, China. Phytotaxa 140: 51–55. 

17) Rong Li, Pengfei Ma, Jun Wen, Tingshuang Yi. 2013. Complete sequencing of five Araliaceae chloroplast genomes and the phylogenetic implications. PLoS ONE 8: e78568. 

18) Rong Li, Jun Wen. 2013. Phylogeny and biogeography of Dendropanax (Araliaceae), an amphi-Pacific disjunct genus between tropical/subtropical Asia and the neotropics. Systematic Botany 38: 536–551. 

19) Rong Li, Heng Li. 2013. A new species of Hydrocotyle (Umbelliferae) from western Yunnan, China. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 51: 223–223. 

20) Rong Li, Jie Yang, Zhiling Dao. 2012. Meconopsis xiangchengensis (Papaveraceae), a new species from Sichuan, China. Novon 22: 180–182.

21) Rong Li, Heng Li. 2012. Lloydia nana, a new species of Liliaceae from China. Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy 19: 33–36. 

22) Rong Li, Fa-Ding Pu, Heng Li. 2012. Ligusticum gongshanense sp. nov. (Umbelliferae) from western Yunnan, China. Nordic Journal of Botany 30: 181–183. 

23) Rong Li, Fa-Ding Pu, Heng Li. 2012. Pleurospermum tripartitum sp. nov. (Umbelliferae) from western Yunnan, China. Nordic Journal of Botany 30: 178–180. 

24) Rong Li, Jie Yang, Junbo Yang, Zhiling Dao. 2012. Isolation and characterization of 21 microsatellite loci in Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense (Liliaceae), an important economic plant in China. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 13: 1437–1443. 

25) Rong Li, Tingshuang Yi, Heng Li. 2012. Is Remusatia (Araceae) monophyletic? Evidence from three plastid regions. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 13: 71–83. 

26) Rong Li, Jun-Bo Yang, Shi-Yong Yang, De-Zhu Li. 2011. Phylogeny and taxonomy of the Pyrenaria complex (Theaceae) based on nuclear ribosomal ITS sequences. Nordic Journal of Botany 29: 780–787. 

27) Rong Li, Shudong Zhang. 2011. Aletris simpliciflora sp. nov. (Nartheciaceae) from southeast Xizang, China. Nordic Journal of Botany 29: 440–442.

28) Rong Li, Zhiling Dao, Heng Li. 2011. Seed plant species diversity and conservation in the northern Gaoligong mountains in western Yunnan, China. Mountain Research and Development 31: 160–165.

Monographs:

1) Heng Li, Rong Li. 2020. Plant Resources and Geography of the Gaoligong Mountains in South-East Tibet. Wuhan: Hubei Science and Technology Press.

2) Rong Li. 2014. An Illustration to the Alien Plants in Yunnan. Kunming: Yunnan Science and Technology Press.