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Could you tell us a bit about your journey from a childhood in Inner Mongolia to F&ES?
I grew up in the countryside on a plain along the Yellow River at the foot of the Yinshan Mountains. Parents and schoolteachers used to warn us: “If you don’t study hard, you will become a shepherdess and spend your life wandering outside and dealing with sheep every day.” But I actually wanted to be a shepherdess, because I feel being with nature is very enjoyable. When I was six, my parents took my twin sister and me to Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia, to a get a better education. I did not become a shepherdess. Instead, I studied hard and got to go to Beijing Normal University. Looking for intimacy with nature led me to choose biology as my college major and ecology in graduate school. Then I came to F&ES in 2005 to study with Chad Oliver.
What got you interested in tigers?
One of my professors in Beijing, Jianping Ge, got a grant from a China-Russia cooperative science project to study biodiversity in northeastern China. It was a result of Chinese President Jiantao Hu’s visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005. Dr. Ge invited me to join this study. The Amur tiger’s habitat is very much influenced by forest harvesting and forest dynamics, so we decided to study how sustainable forest management could enhance its conservation.
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