Dr Si-Chong Chen

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Si-Chong Chen

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Macroecology, biogeography, plant ecology, seed ecology, species interaction

I work on the macroecological patterns in seed dispersal, seed predation, seed storage behaviours and relevant disciplines. My research aims to contribute to our understanding of seed ecology in three key ways: 1) by narrowing the gaps between data, intuitive ideas and theories; 2) by enhancing the integration of replicated studies at a macro-ecological scale; and 3) by extending understanding from a local scale and a small number of species to a global scale spanning many biomes and taxonomic groups.

  • 2016–2018, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • 2016, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • 2012, MSc, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • 2009, BSc, Wuhan University, China
  • 2008–2009, Research Student, Osaka University, Japan

Chen, S.-C., Poschlod, P., Antonelli, A., Liu, U., & Dickie, J.B. (2020).

Trade-off between seed dispersal in space and time.

Ecology Letters 23: 1635–1642.

Chen, S.-C., Wu, L.-M., Wang, B. & Dickie, J.B. (2020).

Macroevolutionary patterns in seed component mass and different evolutionary trajectories across seed desiccation responses.

New Phytologist 228: 770–777.

Chen, S.-C., Tamme, R., Thomson, F.J., & Moles, A.T. (2019).

Seeds tend to disperse further in the tropics.

Ecology Letters 22: 954–961.

Chen, S.-C., Pahlevani, A.H., Malíková, L., Riina, R., Thomson, F.J., & Giladi, I. (2019).

Trade-off or coordination? Correlations between ballochorous and myrmecochorous phases of diplochory.

Functional Ecology 33: 1469–1479.


Chen, S.-C. & Giladi, I. (2018)

Allometric relationships between masses of seed functional components.

Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 35: 1–7.

Chen, S.-C. & Moles, A.T. (2018).

Factors shaping large-scale gradients in seed physical defence: Seeds are not better defended towards the tropics.

Global Ecology and Biogeography 27: 417–428.


Chen, S.-C., Hemmings, F., Chen, F. & Moles, A.T. (2017).

Plants do not suffer greater losses to seed predation towards the tropics.

Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 1283–1291.


Chen, S.-C., Cornwell, W., Zhang, H.-X. & Moles, A.T. (2017).

Plants show more flesh in the tropics: variation in fruit type along latitudinal and climatic gradients.

Ecography 40: 531–538.


Chen, S.-C. & Moles, A.T. (2015).

A mammoth mouthful? A test of the idea that larger animals disperse larger seeds.

Global Ecology and Biogeography 24: 1269–1280.


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