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Conservation Research Institute



I am a conservation ecologist focused on understanding and conserving forest biodiversity. My research aims to understand the impacts of anthropogenic land-use change – including forest degradation and deforestation linked to agricultural and forestry production, as well as forest restoration – on forest biodiversity, and relatedly, to explore the ecological, socioeconomic, and policy opportunities for making conservation gains under these contexts of land-use change.  The approaches I use include a combination of field-based observational and experimental studies, the analysis of large datasets, and quantitative modeling.  My research is grounded in the ecological sciences, but also integrates concepts and methods from environmental economics and the social sciences.


My core research interest is to obtain scientific knowledge to help tackle the challenges facing biodiversity under contemporary global environmental change.  I do this through (1) understanding the responses of populations, communities, and ecological interactions to land use change and climate change, two most prominent agents of global change, and (2) identifying the ecological and economic opportunities for achieving regional and global biodiversity gains under land use change related to agricultural and forestry production.  The methods I use to address these questions are grounded in ecological sciences, but also incorporate economic perspectives critical for providing real-world solutions.


Key publications: 

Hua F, Xu J, Wilcove DS. 2017. A new opportunity to recover native forests in China. Conservation Letters.

Harris JBC, Tingley MW, Hua F, Yong DL, Adeney JM, Lee TM, Marthy W, Pedhet S, Prawiradilaga DM, Sekercioglu CH, Winarni N, Wilcove DS. 2017. Measuring the impact of the pet trade on Indonesian birds. Conservation Biology. Doi: 10.1111/cobi.12729

Hua F, Wang X, Zheng X, Fisher B, Wang L, Zhu J, Tang Y, Yu DW, Wilcove DS. 2016. Opportunities for biodiversity gains under the world’s largest reforestation programme. Nature Communications 7:12717.

Hua F, Sieving KE. 2016. Understory avifauna exhibits altered mobbing behavior in tropical forest degraded by selective logging. Oecologia 182:743-754.

Hua F, Hu J, Liu Y, Giam X, Lee TM, Luo H, Wu J, Liang Q, Zhao J, Long X, Pang H, Wang B, Liang W, Zhang Z, Gao X, Zhu J. 2016. Community‐wide changes in inter-taxonomic temporal co‐occurrence resulting from phenological shifts. Global Change Biology 22:1746-1754.

Hua F, Sieving KE, Fletcher RJ Jr, Wright CA. 2014. Increased perception of predation risk to adults and offspring alters avian reproductive strategy and performance. Behavioral Ecology 25:509-519. 

Newton International Fellow


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