BiosketchProf. Keping Ma is a professor of Plant Ecology, in Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a councilor for IUCN and Chair for Asia Regional Members Committee of IUCN. His research is mainly focused on biodiversity and its conservation and has made important achievements in forest community assembly, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and conservation biogeography. He has published more than 400 peer reviewed papers including over 240 papers in SCI journals such as Science, Science Advances, Nature Ecology and Evolution and PNAS.
Being one of the Chinese scientists who carried out biodiversity research in China since early 1990s, he initiated the Chinese Forest Biodiversity Monitoring Network (CForBio), Chinese Biodiversity Monitoring and Research Network (Sino BON) and National Specimen Information Infrastructure of China (NSII). He attended most of the meetings of conference of parties (COP) to Convention on Biological Diversity and its related extro-COPs and SBSTTA meetings as a scientific advisor to Chinese delegation since 1994 the first COP.