Impacts Theme Group Lead
Richard Corlett did his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Cambridge and PhD at the Australian National University. He has taught at Chiang Mai University (1980-82), National University of Singapore (1982-87 and 2008-2012), and University of Hong Kong (1988-2008). Since 2012, he has headed the Center for Integrative Conservation at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on ecology and conservation in tropical East Asia. In addition to many scientific papers, he has written several books, including The Ecology of Tropical East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Tropical Rain Forests: an Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison (Wiley, 2011) co-authored with Richard Primack. He was a lead author for the ‘Asia’ chapter in the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC AR5 report and for the IPBES Regional Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Asia-Pacific. He received the China Friendship Award in 2016.