Faculty list

Dr. Kuo-Fang Chung

Associate Research Fellow
PhD – Washington University in St. Louis, USA, 2006
Research Fields
Plant systematics, Biogeography, Conservation Genetics, Ethnobotany.
Major Research Achievements (2013-2017)
  • Providing the first ethnobotanical evidence for the “out of Taiwan” hypothesis of Austronesian expansion and migrations based on phylogeograpy of the Pacific paper mulberry.
  • Phylogenetics and taxonomy of Asian Begonia. Reconstructing phylogenetic relationship of Asian Begonia, proposing new hypothesis on the speciation and evolution of Asian limestone Begonia, elucidating biogeography of the Filipino Begonia sect. Baryandra, describing new species (9 species), new combination (1 species), and new distribution record (1 species) of Asian Begonia.
  • Phylogenetics and taxonomy of Gesneriaceae. Describing new specie (11 species) and new combination (10 specie) of Primulina, Petrocodon, and Oreocharis.
  • The first taxonomic revision of Berberis of Taiwan, including the description of 3 new species.
  • Applying new ecological concept for wetland plant conservation.
Research Interests
  • Origins of tropical and subtropical plant diversity using Asian Begonia as the model system.
  • Origins and speciation of Sino-Vietnamese limestone flora.
  • Origins of global mountain plant diversity using Berberis and Oreomyrrhis clade of Chaerophyllum (Apiaceae)
  • Paper mulberry as a model to track the history of Austronesian expansion and migrations.
  • Plant ecology of artificially constructed rice terraces.
    Ongoing projects
    Publications (2009-2017)
    1. Payacan Claudia, Moncada Ximena, Rojas Gloria, Clarke Andrew, Kuo-Fang Chung, Allaby Robin, Seelenfreund Daniela, Seelenfreund Andrea*, accepted, “Phylogeography of herbarium specimens of asexually propagated paper mulberry [Broussonetia papyrifera (L.) L’Hér. ex Vent. (Moraceae)] reveals genetic diversity across the Pacific”, Annals of Botany. (SCI) (IF: 3.982; SCI ranking: 9.6%)
    2. Azani Nasim, Babineau Marielle, Bailey C. Donovan, Banks Hannah, Barbosa ArianeR., Pinto Rafael Barbosa, Boatwright JamesS., Borges LeonardoM., Brown GillianK., Bruneau Anne, Candido Elisa, Cardoso Domingos, Kuo-Fang Chung, Clark RuthP., Conceição Adilva deS., Crisp Michael, Cubas Paloma, Delgado-Salinas Alfonso, Dexter KyleG., Doyle JeffJ., Duminil Jérôme, Egan AshleyN., De La Estrella Manuel, Falcão MarcusJ., Filatov DmitryA., Fortuna-Perez Ana Paula, Fortunato RenéeH., Gagnon Edeline, Gasson Peter, Rando Juliana Gastaldello, Azevedo Tozzi Ana Maria Goulart de, Gunn Bee, Harris David, Haston Elspeth, Hawkins JulieA., Herendeen PatrickS., Hughes ColinE., Iganci JoãoR.V., Javadi Firouzeh, Kanu Sheku Alfred, Kazempour-Osaloo Shahrokh, Kite GeoffreyC., Klitgaard BenteB., Kochanovski FábioJ., Koenen ErikJ.M., Kovar Lynsey, Lavin Matt, Roux Marianne le, Lewis GwilymP., de Lima HaroldoC., López-Roberts Maria Cristina, Mackinder Barbara, Maia Vitor Hugo, Malécot Valéry, Mansano VidalF., Marazzi Brigitte, Mattapha Sawai, Miller JosephT., Mitsuyuki Chika, Moura Tania, Murphy DanielJ., Nageswara-Rao Madhugiri, Nevado Bruno, Neves Danilo, Ojeda DarioI., Pennington R. Toby, Prado DariénE., Prenner Gerhard, de Queiroz Luciano Paganucci, Ramos Gustavo, Ranzato Filardi FabianaL., Ribeiro PétalaG., Rico-Arce María de Lourdes, Sanderson MichaelJ., Santos-Silva Juliana, São-Mateus WallaceM.B., Silva MarcosJ.S., Simon MarceloF., Sinou Carole, Snak Cristiane, de Souza ÉlviaR., Sprent Janet, Steele KellyP., Steier JuliaE., Steeves Royce, Stirton CharlesH., Tagane Shuichiro, Torke BenjaminM., Toyama Hironori, Cruz Daiane Trabuco da, Vatanparast Mohammad, Wieringa JanJ., Wink Michael, Wojciechowski MartinF., Yahara Tetsukazu, Yi Tingshuang, Zimmerman Erin, 2017, “A new subfamily classification of the Leguminosae based on a taxonomically comprehensive phylogeny – The Legume Phylogeny Working Group (LPWG)”, Taxon, 66(1), 44-77. (SCI) (IF: 2.907; SCI ranking: 20.1%,45.7%)
    3. Tseng Yu-Hsin, Kim Young-Dong, Peng Ching-I, Htwe Khin Myo, Cho Seong-Hyun, Kono Yoshiko, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Begonia myanmarica (Begoniaceae), a new species from Myanmar, and molecular phylogenetics of Begonia sect. Monopteron”, Botanical Studies, 58, e21. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    4. Johany Peñailillo, Wenhsi Kuo, Gabriela Olivares, Gerardo Silva-Poblete, Barbara Peña-Ahumada, Sofía Muñoz, Ximena Moncada, Kuo-Fang Chung, Daniela Seelenfreund, Andrea Seelenfreund, 2017, “Characterization of Microsatellite Markers for Broussonetia papyrifera (Moraceae)”, Applications in Plant Sciences, 5(8), 1700044. (SCI) (IF: 0.911; SCI ranking: 67.9%)
    5. Erika J. Edwards, David S. Chatelet, Bo-Chang Chen, Jin Yao Ong, Shuichiro Tagane, Hironobu Kanemitsu, Kazuki Tagawa, Kentaro Teramoto, Brian Park, Kuo-Fang Chung, Jer-Ming Hu, Tetsukazu Yahara, Michael J. Donoghue*, 2017, “Convergence, Consilience, and the Evolution of Temperate Deciduous Forests”, The American Naturalist, 190(S1), S87-S104. (SCI) (IF: 3.148; SCI ranking: 39.1%,27.3%)
    6. Tseng Yu-Hsin, Huang Han-Yau, Xu Wei-Bin, Yang Hsun-An, Liu Yan, Peng Ching-I, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Development and Characterization of EST-SSR Markers for Begonia luzhaiensis (Begoniaceae)”, Applications in Plant Sciences, 5(5), 1700024. (SCI) (IF: 0.911; SCI ranking: 67.9%)
    7. Kuo-Fang Chung*, Kuo Wen-Hsi, Hsu Yi-Hsuan, Li Yi-Hsuan, Rubite Rosario Rivera, Xu Wei-Bin, 2017, “Molecular recircumscription of Broussonetia (Moraceae) and the identity and taxonomic status of B. kaempferi var. australis ”, Botanical Studies, 58, e11. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    8. Payacan Claudia, Moncada Ximena, Rojas Gloria, Clarke Andrew, Chung Kuo-Fang, Allaby Robin, Seelenfreund Daniela, Seelenfreund Andrea, 2017, “Phylogeography of herbarium specimens of asexually propagated paper mulberry [Broussonetia papyrifera (L.) L’Hér. ex Vent. (Moraceae)] reveals genetic diversity across the Pacific”, Annals of Botany, 120(3), 387-404. (SCI) (IF: 3.982; SCI ranking: 9.6%)
    9. Peng Ching-I, Rubite Rosario Rivera, Lin Che-Wei, Hughes Mark, Kono Yoshiko, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2017, “Three new species of Begonia sect. Baryandra from Panay Island, Philippines”, Botanical Studies, 58, e28. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    10. Takuro Ito, Chih-Chieh Yu, Koh Nakamura, Kuo-Fang Chung, Qin-er Yang, Cheng-Xin Fu, Zhe-Chen Qi, Goro Kokubugata*, 2017, “Unique parallel radiations of high-mountainous species of the genus Sedum (Crassulaceae) on the continental island of Taiwan”, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 113, 9-22. (SCI) (IF: 3.792; SCI ranking: 27.7%,28.3%,29.1%)
    11. Peñailillo Johany, Olivares Gabriela, Moncada Ximena, Payacán Claudia, Chang Chi-Shan, Chung Kuo-Fang, Matthews Peter J., Seelenfreund Andrea, Seelenfreund Daniela, 2016, “Sex Distribution of Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) in the Pacific”, PLOS ONE, 11(8), e0161148. (SCI) (IF: 3.057; SCI ranking: 17.5%)
    12. Guo, J, Pan, B, Liu, J, Xu, WB*, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2015, “Three new species of Primulina (Gesneriaceae) from limestone karsts of China based on morphological and molecular evidence”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 56, e34. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    13. 謝佳倫、方韻如、謝傳鎧、鍾國芳*,2015,〈濕地植物保育新思維:由貢寮水梯田的植物多樣性談其保育價值的生態學基礎〉,《臺大實驗林研究報告》,29(4), 279-291。(Others)
    14. Leong, WC, Deng, T, Sun, H, Peng, CI, Chung, KF*, 2015, “Begonia difformis comb. & stat. nov. (Sect. Platycentrum, Begoniaceae), a new species segregated from B. palmata D. Don”, PHYTOTAXA, 227(1), 83-91. (SCI) (IF: 1.087; SCI ranking: 60.8%)
    15. Rubite, RR, Hughes, M, Blanc, P, Chung, KF, Yang, HA, Kono, Y, Alejandro, GJD, De Layola, LB, Virata, AGN, Peng, CI*, 2015, “Three new species of Begonia endemic to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 56, e19. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    16. Hughes M, Rubite RR, Blanc P, Chung KF, Peng CI*, 2015, “The Miocene to Pleistocene colonization of the Philippine archipelago by Begonia sect. Baryandra (Begoniaceae).”, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY, 102(5), 695-706. (SCI) (IF: 2.811; SCI ranking: 20.6%)
    17. Peng, CI*, Lin, CW, Repin, R, Kono, Y, Leong, WC, Chung, KF, 2015, “Two new species of Begonia, B. moneta and B. peridoticola (Begoniaceae) from Sabah, Malaysia”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 56, e7. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    18. Nakamura, K, Wang, YF, Ho, MJ, Chung, KF, Peng, CI*, 2015, “New Distribution Record of Begonia grandis (Begoniaceae, section Diploclinium) from Taiwan, with subspecies assignment based on morphology and molecular phylogeny”, TAIWANIA, 60(1), 49-53. (Others)
    19. Chi-Shan Chang, Hsiao-Lei Liu, Ximena Moncada, Andrea Seelenfreund, Daniela Seelenfreund, Kuo-Fang Chung*, 2015, “A holistic picture of Austronesian migrations revealed by phylogeography of Pacific paper mulberry”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(44), 13537-13542.
    20. Yu, CC, Chung, KF*, 2014, “Systematics of Berberis sect. Wallichianae (Berberidaceae) of Taiwan and Luzon with description of three new species, B. schaaliae, B. ravenii, and B. pengii”, PHYTOTAXA, 184(2), 61-99. (SCI) (IF: 1.087; SCI ranking: 60.8%)
    21. Peng, CI, Ku, SM, Yang, HA, Leong, WC, Liu, Y, Nguyen, TH, Kono, Y, Chung, KF*, 2014, “Two new species of Begonia sect. Coelocentrum, B. guixiensis and B. longa, from Sino-Vietnamese limestone karsts”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 55, e52. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    22. Xu, WB, Meng, T, Zhang, Q, Wu, HW, Liu, Y*, Chung, KF*, 2014, “Petrocodon (Gesneriaceae) in the limestone karsts of Guangxi, China: three new species and a new bombination based on morphological and molecular evidence”, SYSTEMATIC BOTANY, 39(3), 965-974. (SCI) (IF: 1.098; SCI ranking: 87%,60.3%)
    23. Chung, KF, Leong, WC, Rubite, RR, Repin, R, Kiew, R, Liu, Y, Peng, CI*, 2014, “Phylogenetic analyses of Begonia sect. Coelocentrum and allied limestone species of China shed light on the evolution of Sino-Vietnamese karst flora”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 55, e1. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    24. Chung, KF*, 2013, “Type specimen of Oreomyrrhis borneensis Merr. (Apiaceae) unearthed in Herbarium of National Museum of Philippines (PNH)”, Phytotaxa, 142(1), 55-57. (SCI) (IF: 1.087; SCI ranking: 60.8%)
    25. Peng, CI, Yang, HA, Kono, Y, Chung, KF, Huang, YS, Wu, WH, Liu, Y*, 2013, “Novelties in Begonia sect. Coelocentrum: B. longgangensis and B. ferox from limestone areas in Guangxi, China”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 55, e44. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    26. Xu, WB, Liu, Y, Kono, Y, Chang, H, Peng, CI*, Chung, KF*, 2013, “Primulina cardaminifolia (Gesneriaceae), a rare new species from limestone areas in Guangxi, China”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 54, e19. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    27. Nakamura, K, Kono, Y, Huang, CJ, CHung, KF, Peng, CI*, 2013, “Correction of confusions regarding the identify and synonymy of Youngia (Asteraceae: Tribe Cichorieae) in Taiwan”, SYSTEMATIC BOTANY, 38(2), 507-516. (SCI) (IF: 1.098; SCI ranking: 87%,60.3%)
    28. 蒙濤、彭日成、鍾國芳、游旨价、譚衛寧、許為斌,2013,〈黃金柏屬—中國柏科一新紀錄屬〉,《廣西植物》,第33卷第3期,頁388-391。(Others)
    29. Kuo-Fang Chung*, Huang, HY, Peng, CI, Xu, WB*, 2013, “Primulina mabaensis (Gesneriaceae), a new species from a limestone cave of northern Guangdong, China”, PHYTOTAXA, 92 (2), 40-48. (SCI) (IF: 1.087; SCI ranking: 60.8%)
    30. Kono Y, Chung KF, Chen CH, Hoshi Y, Setoguchi H, Chou CH, Oginuma K, Peng CI, 2012, “Intraspecific karyotypic polymorphism is highly concordant with allozyme variation in Lysimachia mauritiana (Primulaceae: Myrsinoideae) in Taiwan: implications for the colonization history and dispersal patterns of coastal plants”, ANNALS OF BOTANY, 110(6), 1119-1135. (SCI) (IF: 3.982; SCI ranking: 9.6%)
    31. Xu, WB, Zhang, Q, Wen, F, Liao, WB, Chang, H, Chung, KF*, 2012, “Nine new combinations and one new name of Primulina (Gesneriaceae) from South China”, PHYTOTAXA, 64(1), 1-8. (SCI) (IF: 1.087; SCI ranking: 60.8%)
    32. Liu, Y, Xu, WB, Huang, YS, Peng, CI*, Chung, KF*, 2012, “Oreocharis dayaoshanioides, a rare new species of Gesneriaceae from eastern Guangxi, China”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 53(3), 393-399. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    33. Nakamura K, Chung KF, Huang CJ, Kono Y, Kokubugata G, Peng CI, 2012, “Extreme habitats that emerged in the Pleistocene triggered divergence of weedy Youngia (Asteraceae) in Taiwan.”, MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 63(2), 486-499. (SCI) (IF: 3.792; SCI ranking: 27.7%,28.3%,29.1%)
    34. Xu, WB, Pan, B, Liu, Y, Peng, CI*, Chung, KF*, 2012, “Two new species, Primulina multifida and P. pseudomollifolia (Gesneriaceae), from karst caves in Guangxi, China”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 53(1), 165-175. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    35. Chung KF, Lin TT, Tsai YS, Lin ST, Peng CI*, 2011, “Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Sassafras randaiense (Lauraceae).”, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY, 98(11), e326-e329. (SCI) (IF: 2.811; SCI ranking: 20.6%)
    36. 楊智凱*、 李勇毅、陳陽發、鍾年鈞、王亞男、鍾國芳,2010,〈臺大實驗林溪頭營林區野生蘭科植物多樣性及其保育〉,《臺大實驗林研究報告》,第24卷2期,頁123-136。(Others)
    37. Chung, KF, van der Werff, H, Peng, CI*, 2010, “Observations on the floral morphology of Sassafras randaiense (Lauraceae)”, ANNALS OF THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN, 97(1), 1-10. (SCI) (IF: 1.368; SCI ranking: 47.8%)
    38. Peng, CI, Liu, Y, Ku, SM, Kono, Y, Chung, KF*, 2010, “Begonia ×breviscapa (Begoniaceae), a new intersectional natural hybrid from limestone areas in Guangxi, China”, BOTANICAL STUDIES, 51(1), 107-117. (SCI) (IF: 1.159; SCI ranking: 57.9%)
    39. 楊智凱、陳揚發、洪志遠、鍾國芳、王亞男,2009,〈臺大實驗林溪頭營林區稀有及瀕危植物之調查研究〉,《臺大實驗林研究報告》,第23卷第4期,頁309-320。(Others)
    40. Chung, KF, Ku, SM, Kono, Y, Peng, CI*, 2009, “Emilia praetermissa Milne-Redh. (Asteraceae)-A misidentified alien species in northern Taiwan”, TAIWANIA, 54(4), 385-390. (Others)
    41. Chung, KF*, Torke, BM, Wu, K, 2009, “Unearthing a Forgotten Legacy of 20th Century Floristics: the Collection of Taiwanese Plant Specimens in the Herbarium of the Academy of Natural Sciences (PH)”, TAIWANIA, 54(2), 159-167. (Others)