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Lab Introduction

Tree Anatomy Lab

Director Professor: Hann-Chung Lo
Position: Professor
Ph.D., M.S., B.S. in Forestry, National Taiwan University
Research Program, Munich University, Germany
Base on anatomy, morphology and taxonomy of trees, my researches is focusing on embryology of forest tree species, especially endemic and rare species. Ecological restoration of degraded forest landscapes is also one of my interest topics. I accept committed graduate students and encourage them follow my instruction and develop independent research ideas on their own. Interested prospects are recommended to correspond with me directly in advance.

Tree Physiological Ecology Lab

Director Professor: Shing-Rong Kuo
Position: Professor
Qualification: PhD, 1986, National Taiwan University
The research of this lab is based on tree physiology. We focus on the ecology and the environmental factors that may affect the growth and development of a stand. Silviculture skill is also included in our research.
Tissue Culture and Biological Response Lab

Director Professor: Ya-Nan Wang
Position: Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. National Taiwan University
By using molecular biology, we focus on the cultivation of endangered trees. Hoping that with the technique of transgenic we can conquer the diseases that take place on trees.
Biomaterial Chemistry and Modification Lab

Director Professor: Shang-Tzen Chang
Position: Professor
Qualification: PhD, 1982, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, U.S.A.
My research interests are mainly on extractives of wood and their bioactivities, natural durability of wood, wood chemistry, wood preservation, photodegradation and photostabilization of wood and coatings, surface modification of wood. Research approaches of this lab focus on phytochemical analyses and biological screenings of species indigenous to Taiwan. The biological screenings include anti-bacteria, anti-termites, anti-mites, anti-mildew, anti-mosquito larvae, anti-fungi, antioxidant, and anti-inflammation effects. Additionally, developing various reagents for protecting the green color of bamboo culms is very imperative for the bamboo industry.
 Resource Policies and Economics Lab

Director Professor: Chin-Long Zheng
Position: Professor
Qualification: PhD, 1986, University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.
The research in this lab is based on the management of natural resources and forests. The relationship between nature and the society is also an important issue discussed in the lab. 
ForestHydrology and Watershed Management Lab

Director Professor: Ming-Chieh Chen
Position: Professor
Qualification: PhD, 1987, National Taiwan University 
Water cycle and soil erosion are two main topics in this lab. Such as water flow, precipitation, and evaportranspiration are all included in our investigation.
Analysis on Forest Ecosystems Lab

Director Professor: Biing T. Guan
Position: Professor
Qualification:  PhD, 1991, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.
We apply statistic on the analysis of ecological data in order to understand the space
distribution in different stands, and to estimate the bio mass and leaf area at the canopy of Taiwania cryptomerioides. In our research, we also focus on the alternation of the distribution of forests in Taiwan due to climate change.
Wildlife Ecology Lab

Director Professor: Hsiao-Wei Yuan
Position: Professor
Qualification: 1993, PhD, Natural Resources, Cornell University
Bird behavior and ecology, Wildlife management, Wildlife Conservation.
Stream Ecosystem Lab

Director Professor: Lih-Jih Wang
Position: Associate professor
Qualification: PhD, 1994, University of Washington, U.S.A.
The research of this lab is based on the ecosystem around Fu-Shan. Low elevation broad-leaf forests and the disturbance towards ecosystem that locates near water are the main targets in our research.
Wooden Construction Lab

Director Professor: Ming-Jer Tsai
Position: Associate professor
Qualification: PhD, Department of Forestry, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, Germany
1. Property of wood-based material
2. Nondestructive evaluation techniques for assessing properties of tree, wood and wood-based material
3. Restoration of wooden historic buildings
4. Preservation of wooden articles
5. Green building
Green Manufacturing Lab

Director Professor: Chun-Han Ko
Position: Associate professor
Qualification:  PhD, 1999, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
By using biotechnology and nano-technology we try to develop more profitable products from secondary metabolism. The recent researches are based on lower the pollination of pulping, the treatment of sewage from pulping, and turning forest slash into bio-fuel.
Forest Biodiversity Lab

Director Professor: Tzung-Su Ding
Position: Associate professor
Qualification: 2001, PhD,  Ecology,  University of California, Davis
My research interests are mainly on community ecology, landscape ecology, and macro-ecology of forest organisms, especially terrestrial birds.  Research approaches of this lab focus on field studies of community structure, GIS analyses of landscape structure, and meta-analyses of published data.  I accept up to two committed graduate students every year and encourage students develop independent research ideas on their own.  Interested prospects are recommended to correspond with me directly in advance.
Forest Molecular Genetics Lab

Director Professor: Fang-Hua Chu
Position: Associate professor
Qualification: Ph.D., Department of Plant Pathology, National Chung-Hsing University
The research direction in the Lab of Molecular Genetics of Forestry mainly derived into the following three topics. First, functional genetics research of native trees. Second, diversity of the genes involved in secondary metabolite. Third, promote and construct the industrial system of Chinese herbs medicine and functional food. Base on the results collected from our research, we hope it will provide important reference for investigating tree physiology, evolution, and exploitation of medical composition etc., and improving the practical value of the native trees on silviculture, tree improvement and secondary metabolism.
Chemistry Utilization of Biomaterials Lab

Director Professor: Hui-Ting Chang
Position: Associate professor
Qualification: PhD, 2000, National Taiwan University
The main research of the lab is based on the use of the chemical property from biomaterials in order to raise the durability of wood cellulose.
Resource Investigation Analysis Lab

Director Professor: Chyi-Rong Chiou
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification:  PhD, 1994, Colorado State University, U.S.A.
By analyzing the information from surveys, we use the final result to improve the efficiency of resource management.
Community-based Conservation Lab

Director Professor: Dau-Jye Lu
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification: PhD, 2000, University of Wales, U.K.
The key point of community-based conservation in this lab is to explore and construct a link between natural environment and the local society. We gather information from daily interactions between people and their surroundings.
Tree Physiology Lab

Director Professor: Erh-Yang Lu
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification: PhD, 1999, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.
This lab is working on two major topics 1. Forest nutrition: Nutrient compositions in green leaves and fallen leaves were analyzed to understand the traits of nutrient absorption, utilization and conservation for major tree species in Taiwan. The data of forest nutrition can serve as the basis for the evaluation of impact caused by environmental changes. 2. Herbivory in forest ecosystems: Herbivorous insects are primary consumers in forest ecosystems. Because of their high species diversity and large populations, herbivores can have effects on energy flow of forest ecosystems. We evaluated herbivorous damages on major tree species in various forests. We also measured leaf traits such as leaf nitrogen, leaf toughness, total phenol and condensed tannin to examine the correlations of these traits with level of herbivory.
Biomaterials Mechanics and Processing Lab

Director Professor: Far-Ching Lin
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification: PhD, 1997, Purdue University, Indiana, U.S.A.
The mission of the laboratory is to meet the requirements of the development of wooden structure and the utilization of bio-material, also the traditional wood processing techniques. So, the researches are focused on the production, manufacturing, and management of wood and furniture industries.
The major research areas of our laboratory are:
1. The development, processing, and application of bio-materials.
2. The mechanics behavior research of wood and bio-material composites.
3. Furniture structure and wooden structure.
4. Wood Biology: specified in the relationship between environment and wood quality.
Some suggestion for the students who are interested in our research area :
Computer skill : High level computer language, (VB, or Fortran, or C)
Required courses : Mechanics of material, Structural analysis.
Elective courses: Applied mechanics (Statics), Engineering mathematics, Business and Management, Economics, Operations Management, Marketing, Strategic Management.
Soil Biogeochemistry Lab

Director Professor: Chih-Hsin Cheng
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification: Ph.D., Cornell University (2003-2007), Crop and Soil Sciences
Our researches focus on the studies of biogeochemical processes in forest ecosystems. We particularly emphasize on soil carbon cycle and the related structures and ecological functions of soil organic mater. Major objectives are:
 (1) To expand the understanding of terrestrial ecosystems from nanoscale biogeocomplexities to landscape biogeochemistry.
(2) To advance state-of-the-art technologies to increase access to environmental chemistry biogeochemical processes and to mitigate climate change and protect the environment.
(3) To strengthen the functions of forestry/agroforestry ecosystems for enhancing carbon sequestration potential, providing bioenergy, and also stabilizing carbon through biochar application in soil.
Specific research projects include:
1. Ecological functions of black carbon in forest ecosystems.
2. Natural and anthropogenic effects on soil properties.
3. Renewable biomass, biofuel, and biochar.
Plant Evolution and Biogeographic Lab

Director Professor: Kuo-Fang Chung
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification: PhD, 2006, Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A.
By studying the evolution history and biogeographic patterns of vascular plants, we can gain the information of how biodiversity is formed and how it maintains. Moreover, the study of systematic classification enables us to discuss the issue of the biodiversity of vascular plants in different level. As a result, the research will provide the basic information for plant protection.
Biomaterial and Biochemical Technology Lab

Director Professor: Ting-Feng Yeh
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification: PhD, 2005, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.
By Biochemistry, wood chemistry, and biotechnology, we can study the connection between the three main components that build the cell wall of wood in order to increase the use of timber and their profit.
Environmental Microclimate Lab

Director Professor: Tomonori Kume
Position: Assistant professor
Qualification: PhD, 2006, University of Tokyo, Japan
In Asia, most of forests are situated in mountainous regions, which are important as water catchment areas and main carbon-pool. Thus, quantifying water and carbon balance in forests, and determining forests’ impacts on water and carbon