Ruijun Long

Theme Leader - Ecosystems Services

Ecosystem Services

Prof. Dr Long Ruijun, Theme Leader, Ecosystems Services, is an ecological and pastoral specialist with over 30 years of experience in educating, researching, managing, and implementing aspects of integrated ecosystem management and sustainable pastoralism development in the Asian high mountain regions. Prior to joining the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), he served as a Distinguished Professor and Director of Research at Lanzhou University, China. He held the national chairs of the National Undergraduate Education Steering Committee of Grassland Science and the National Professional Master Training Steering Committee of Grassland Science in China. 

Dr Long has been affiliated with various Chinese academies. He has been the Executive Dean of Chuiying Honors College, Lanzhou University; the Dean of Grassland Science College, Gansu Agricultural University; the Dean of the School of Animal Science and Technology, Yunnan Agricultural University;  the Founding Director of International Centre for Tibetan Plateau Ecosystem Management; the Director of Engineering Research Centre for Arid Agriculture and Ecological Rehabilitation, Ministry of Education, China; and a professor at the “Hundred Talents Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has also worked at the Northwest Plateau Institute of Biology, CAS, Xining, China.  

Dr Long obtained his PhD in pastoralism from Gansu Agricultural University, China, and, as a postdoctoral fellow, worked at the Rowett Research Institute, Scotland, UK. He also served as a visiting scientist at the University of Western Australia.  
Dr Long managed many projects as principal investigator under various national and international agencies such as National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Ministry of Education of China, Ministry of Agriculture of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the International Atomic Energy Agency/Food and Agriculture Organization, the European Commission , the World Bank/Global Environment Facility, the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), and AusAid. He has more than 400 publications to his name in a range of scientific, technical, and policy fields, from mountain environment and ecology to agro-pastoralism and community development. He has also specialized in ruminant nutrition and rumen microbiology with a focus on yak and Tibetan sheep. He has supervised more than 100 PhD and MSc students. He was an editor at The Rangeland Journal (CSIRO) from 2007 to 2016 and Section Editor for Livestock Production Science (Elsevier) from 2006 to 2007. Dr Long currently advises various mountain initiatives and forums around the globe, including the Mountain Research Initiative, Asia Dairy Goat Network, International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries, and Livestock Farming and Local Development Network Coordination.