Siyuan He

Siyuan He, Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow

Economic growth in China has relied on the consumption of natural resources, resulting in environmental degradation across the country. This is leading the Chinese government to explore the establishment of a National Park system which is aimed at safeguarding the supply of key ecosystem services with a particular focus on the food-energy-water security.

The biggest challenge to support the Chinese government’s initiative is to design a feasible technical route for pilot national parks – to demarcate their boundaries and plan their functional zones – and develop a standardised method to evaluate the potential establishment of national parks in the future.

The project “China National Park for People” seeks to address this research gap by developing a reliable method to identify potential new locations based on their contributions towards reducing biodiversity loss, the ecosystem services they provide and potential socio-economic benefits.

This effort is being led by the Luc Hoffmann Institute fellow Siyuan He, working closely with WWF China and the Development and Research Center of State Council (DRC).

Siyuan has a PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Cambridge, a Masters of Science in Ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Peking University. Her research experience encompasses ecosystem dynamics, land use / land use change and climate change mitigation.


2014 PhD (Physical Geography), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK.
2009 MSc,Ecology; College of Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
2006 BSc, Geography; College of Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
2006 Dual Bachelor of Arts Economics; National School of Development, Peking University, China


  • He, S., Richards, K., Zhao, Z. 2015. Climate Extremes in the Kobresia Meadow Area of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, 1961-2008. Environmental Earth Sciences, accepted.
  • He, S., Richards, K. 2015. The role of dew in the monsoon season assessed via stable isotopes in an alpine meadow in Northern Tibet. Atmospheric Research, 151. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.02.014.
  • Liu, H., Yin, Y., Wang, Q., He, S. 2015, Climatic effects on plant species distribution within the forest–steppe ecotone in northern China. Applied Vegetation Science, 18: 43–49. doi: 10.1111/avsc.12139.
  • He, S., Richards, K. 2014. Impact of Meadow Degradation on Soil Water Status and Pasture Management-A Case Study in Tibet. Land Degradation & Development, doi: 10.1002/ldr.2358.
  • Liu, H., He, S., Anenkhonov, O. A., Hu, G., Sandanov, D. V., and Badmaeva, N. K. 2012. Topography-Controlled Soil Water Content and the Coexistence of Forest and Steppe in Northern China. Physical Geography, 33(6), 561-573. doi: 10.2747/0272-3646.33.6.561.
  • Yin, Y., Liu, H., He, S., Zhao, F., Zhu, J., Wang, H., Liu, G. and Wu, X. 2011. Patterns of local and regional grain size distribution and their application to Holocene climate reconstruction in semi-arid Inner Mongolia, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 307(1-4): 168-176. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.05.011.

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