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Hsiao-Hang Tao

DPhil Candidate

 
Position:
DPhil Candidate
Joined:
October 2012
Projects:
  • Measuring and Monitoring Biodiversity in the Oil Palm Landscape
Email:
hsiao-hang.tao@merton.ox.ac.uk
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Academic profile

Hsiao-Hang’s research interest lies at soil ecology and ecosystem services in tropical agroecosystems. Hsiao-Hang is a DPhil student at the Institute of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology, at the University of Oxford. Her study is supported by Taiwanese Government Scholarship. She received her BSc in Life Science in 2006 and MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2008 from National Taiwan University. Her MSc project focused on the identification of a protein kinase involved in nitrate signaling pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana. She worked at Wetland Ecology Laboratory as a research assistant at Biodiversity Research Center of Academia Sinica in Taipei since 2010, and subsequently worked at Observer Ecological Consultant Company in Taipei, before starting her DPhil study in 2012.

Current study

Hsiao’s DPhil study looks at the impact on ecosystem services provision of soil management practices used in oil palm plantations. The provision of ecosystem services is underpinned by ecosystem processes. Understanding how the variability in these processes affects the resilience of ecosystem services to environmental change is key to appropriate ecosystem management.  There is an urgent need globally to scope the local scale of ecosystem process research into landscape scale of ecosystem services for decision making and management practices.  Hsiao’s study is to look at how soil management in oil pam plantations affects the variability in soil functioning and the consequential effects on ecosystem service output.

The rapid expansion of oil palm cultivation in Southeast Asia in the past decades has led to deforestation, loss of biological diversity, poor water quality and greenhouse gas emission . Soil management is seen as one of the key solutions for achieving high yield and other vital ecosystem services in oil palm agroecosystems, such as biocontrol and runoff reduction. These soil management practices in addition will have various impacts on nutrient cycling and soil structure and provide a good model to investigate these links between ecosystem processes and services.

In her study, Hsiao will identify the key ecosystem service providers and the variability of community structure of soil decomposition under different soil management practices in oil palm ecosystem, then to link the ecosystem function to ecosystem services and goods provided in oil palm landscape, such as soil fertility and oil production. She will then testify the model by looking at ecosystem function and services at oil palm smallholders in Sumatra under different management schemes.

 

Selected publications

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Eleanor M. Slade, Kathy J. Willis, Jean-Pierre Caliman , Jake L. Snaddon (in press) Effects of soil management practices on soil fauna feeding activity in an Indonesian oil palm plantation. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Jake L. Snaddon, Eleanor M. Slade, Resti Wahyu, Jean-Pierre Caliman , Kathy J. Willis (2015) Effects of empty fruit bunch (EFB) application on soil fauna feeding activity in oil palm plantations. Conference proceedings for Workshop on sustainable management of soil in oil palm, Medan.

Chorng-Bin Hsu, Gwo-Wen Hwang, Jane-Fuh Lu, Chang-Po Chen, Hsiao-Hang Tao, Hwey-Lian Hsieh (2014). Habitat Characteristics of the Wintering Common Teal in the Huajiang Wetland, TaiwanWetlands 34 (6):1207-1218.

Conference presentations

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Slade, E.M., Wilis, K.J., Caliman, J.P., Snaddon, J.L. (2015) Long-term effects of crop residue application on soil biota activities and functions in oil palm agroecosystems. British Ecological Society Early Career Researcher Meeting, Stirling, UK (Oral & Poster, with Best Poster Prize)

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Snaddon, J.L., Slade, E.M., Caliman, J.P., Willis, K.J. (2015) Effects of long-term crop residue application on soil biota, aggregation and organic matter allocation in oil palm agroecosystems. Wageningen Soil Conference, Wageningen, Netherland (Oral presentation).

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Jake L. Snaddon, Eleanor M. Slade, Jean-Pierre Caliman, Kathy J. Willis (2015) Effects of soil management practices on soil fauna feeding activity in an Indonesian oil palm plantation. Early Careers Researcher Conference of British Society of Soil Science, York, UK (Oral presentation).

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Jake L. Snaddon, Eleanor M. Slade, Jean-Pierre Caliman, Kathy J. Willis (2015) Soil management practices effect on soil fauna feeding activity- a case study in an Indonesian oil palm plantation. Biosymposium 2015, Oxford, UK (Poster presentation)

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Jake L. Snaddon, Kathy J. Willis (2014) Effects of Management Practices on Soil Ecosystems in Indonesian Oil Palm Plantings. Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Oxford (Oral presentation)

Hsiao-Hang Tao, Jake L. Snaddon, Resti Wahyu, Jean-Pierre Caliman, Kathy J. Willis (2014) Effects of Soil Management on Ecosystem Processes and Ecosystem Services in Oil Palm Pantingsin Indonesia. The 4th Conference on Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE), Bali (Poster presentation)

Chorng-Bin Hsu, Hsiao-Hang Tao, Gou-Wen Huang, Chan-Po Chen, Hwey-Lian Hsieh (2012) The wintering habitat characteristics of the common teals in Huajiang Wetland, Taiwan. The 4th International EcoSummit, USA (Poster presentation)

Hsiao-Hang Tao, G.W. Hwang, J-F Lu, H.L. Hsieh, C.P. Chen, S.C. Huang (2011) Study on the habitat requirements of the common teals wintering in a wetland in northern Taiwan. Joint conference of SWS, WETPOL and Wetland Biogeochemistry conference, Czech of Republic (Poster presentation)

G.W.Huang, Hsiao-Hang Tao, J.F. Lu,S. S. Shih, H.H. Hsieh, C.P. Chen6, H. Y. Lee (2011) A pilot study on the vegetation cover of habitat suitability index for Ana crecca (common teal). Proceedings of 2011 Taiwan wetlands ecosystem conference, Taiwan Wetlands Society. 342-329.

L.F. Fan T.Y. Yang, C.H. Huang, C.M. Chiu, Hsiao-Hang. Tao, C.P. Chen, H.L. Hsieh (2011) A plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission in rice fields in Taiwan. Proceedings of 2011 Taiwan wetlands ecosystem conference, Taiwan Wetlands Society. 508-517.

Hsiao-Hang Tao, C.P. Chen, H.L. Hsieh (2010) Preliminary study on monitoring indicator system of Taiwan wetlands. Proceedings of 2010 Taiwan wetlands ecosystem conference, Taiwan Wetlands Society. 382-393