An Update on Hsiao-wei Yuan

In 1993, Hsiao-wei Yuan obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Natural Resources.  She studied Common Terns on Oneida Lake.  Many former undergrads of the department will remember her as that energetic Teaching Assistant for Introductory Field Biology (then NTRES 210).  Hsiao-wei returned to her native Taiwan and became an Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University (NTU) (often referred to as the Harvard of Taiwan).  Hsiao-wei is now a Professor in her department, and last year became Dean of the Office of International Affairs for NTU, which requires a great deal of international travel.

Hsiao-wei teaches courses in Bird Ecology and Conservation, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Habitat, and Wildlife Management.  She and her grad students conduct research on several of Taiwan’s interesting birds, including the social Taiwan Yuhina.

In June, Tom Gavin (Hsaio-wei’s former major advisor at Cornell) will visit her in Taiwan, give several lectures, and advise students on their research projects at Sitou Experimental Forest.  Although his trip is planned for a month, he has vowed not to return to the states until he is fluent in Mandarin, or at least until he can hold an intelligent conversation with Hsiao-wei’s mother, who speaks no English.

Contact info for Hsiao-wei Yuan: hwyuan@ntu.edu.tw