Ashwin graduated with a PhD from ETH Zurich in 2018. Ashwin’s work investigated the effects of forest fragmentation on species diversity in the Western Ghats, South India. In particular, his PhD worked on the effects of forest fragmentation on the Janzen-Connell mechanism. He is now working at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India.
Shihong worked in the lab for six months as a visiting scholar during his PhD at the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked on how biotic and abiotic factors, such as soil pathogens, insects, large mammals as well as snow cover affectedthe species diversity in Changbaishan Mountain, Northeastern China.