Hong Liu

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environment
Florida International University

Dr. Liu is an ecologist with research interests in invasive species biology and conservation ecology. Her research areas include plant mating systems, population viability analysis and plant-animal interactions (seed dispersal, insect pollination, and insect herbivory). Her current research addresses important environmental issues such as predicting horticultural plant naturalization, the ecological consequences of specialized invasive pollinator and invasive mutualism. She also interested in rare plant restoration, especially endangered orchids. She is currently leading several conservation and restoration research projects in a remote area in southwestern China where the first orchid nature preserve is situated.


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  • Lin, W.-Y., J. Downing, H. Liu, X.-K. Ma, et al. 2015. Comparative reproductive biology of a rare endemic orchid and its sympatric congeners in southwestern China. Orchids. August: xxx
  • Lin, W.-Y., H. Liu, X.-K. Ma, T. Ying, Z.-B. Zhang, Z.-S. Wang, and Y.-B. Luo. 2014. Natural hybridization potential between a rare endemic orchid and its sympatric congeners in southwestern China. Orchids. March: 178-183.
  • Liu, H. H. Ren, Q. Liu, X.-Y. Wen, M. Maunder, and J.-Y. Gao. 2015. Translocation of threatened plants as a conservation measure in China. Conservation Biology in press.
  • Liu, H., Y. –B. Luo, J. Heinen, M. Bhat, and Z. –J. Liu. 2014. Eat your orchid and have it too: a new conservation model for the Chinese medicinal orchids. Biodiversity and Conservation. 23: 1215-1228. DOI 10.1007/s10531-014-0661-2
  • Liu, H., C. –L. Feng, X.-Q. Xie, W.-Y. Lin, Z. –H. Deng, X. –L. Wei, S. Y. Liu, Y. –B. Luo. 2014. Impacts of extreme weather on flowering phenology of wild orchids in southwestern China. In Darwin’s Orchids—Now and then, Bernhardt, P. and R. Meier (Eds.) University of Chicago, Chicago. Pp. 311-327.
  • Liu, Y., A.M.P. Jones, S. J. Murch, &  Ragone. 2014. Crop productivity, yield, and seasonality of breadfruit (Artocarpusspp.) Moraceae. Fruits 69: 345-361.
  • Liu, Y.,  Ragone,& S.J. Murch. 2015. Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis): a source of high-quality protein for food security and novel food product. Amino Acids DOI 10.1007/s00726-015-1914-4
  • Ren, H., J. Wang, H. Liu, L. Yuan, Y. Xu, Q. Zhang, H. Yu, J. Luo. 2015. Conservation introduction resulted in similar reproductive success of Camellia changii compared with augmentation. Plant Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s11258-015-0515-3
  • Ren, H., S. – G. Jian, Y. –J. Chen, H. Liu, Q. –M. Zhang, N. Liu, Y. Xu, and J. Luo. 2014. Distribution, status and conservation of Camellia changii Ye (Theaceae), a critically endangered plant endemic to southern China. Oryx 48: 358-360.
  • Ren, H., Q. Guo, H. Liu, J. Li, Q. Zhang, H. Xu, and F. Xu. 2014. Patterns of Alien Plant Invasion across Coastal Bay Areas in Southern China. 30: 448-455.
  • Turi, C. E., Y. Liu,  Ragone, & S. J. Murch. 2015. Breadfruit (Artocarpus spp.): A traditional crop with the potential to prevent hunger and mitigate diabetes in the tropics. Trends in Food Science & Technology. 10.1016/j.tifs.2015.07.014
  • Ying, T., G. –F. Geng, D. –B. Wang, H. Liu, J. Xu, Z. –B. Zhang, Z. –S. Wang, Y. –B. Luo. 2014. Developing microsatellite markers for Geodorum eulophioides (Orchidaceae) and cross-species amplification in two sympatric, congeneric species. Conservation Genetics Resources 6:957-959.

Hong Liu

11200 SW 8th St, AHC5 387

Miami, FL 33199



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