The Institute of Biodiversity Science at Fudan University (IBSFU) was founded in 1996 as the very first research and teaching institute for biodiversity science in China. The current director is Professor Jihua Wu, who is animal ecologist.

In 2000, IBSFU, together with Beijing Normal University, established its joint Ministry of Education (MOE) Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Science and Ecological Engineering, which was well received by the MOE review panel in 2010. In 2004, China’s first Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology was founded by IBSFU at Fudan University.

Currently, IBSFU has 24 faculty member and staff, including 14 professors, 5 associate professors, 2 lecturers and 3 technicians. Excellent field research stations, facilities and laboratories have been set up in IBSFU. Modernized laboratories facilitate our research in the areas of ecosystem ecology, invasion ecology, genetic diversity and evolution, resource biology, soil biology, remote sensing and geographical information system and chemical ecology. Two field bases have been established for scientific research and undergraduate education, i.e., Coastal Ecosystems Research Station of the Yangtze River Estuary on Chongming Island and MOE Chongming Dongtan Field Education Base for Estuarine Biodiversity and Ecosystems.

The Institute’s mission is to conduct basic research in biodiversity science and related disciplines to understand the origin of biodiversity, and the mechanisms maintaining biodiversity, to predict the consequences of human impacts upon biodiversity, to show how this knowledge can be applied to the rational conservation of biodiversity, with benefits for the quality of life and economic sustainability. Over the last decade, IBSFU has made much progress in the mechanisms of biodiversity loss and maintenance, invasion mechanisms of exotic species and control measures, crop wild relatives and the sustainable utilization of gene diversity, ecological risks of transgenic crops, ecosystem structure and functions of coastal wetlands, ecosystem consequences of environmental changes and regional eco-safety. Since 1990s, IBSFU has successfully conducted many research projects such as National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) and Key Projects of the National Science & Technology Pillar Program, and published research results in various top journals like Nature, Science, PNAS and Ecology. Our research performance is ranked in ISI/Thomson's Essential Science Indicators (ESI).

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