Miao Sun | 孙苗

Miao Sun | 孙苗

Postdoctoral Scientist

Aarhus University (Denmark)

I’m a postdoctoral researcher in Plant Evolution & Biodiversity Group leading by Dr. Wolf L. Eiserhardt at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Former Soltis Lab member. 🐊 Once gator, always gator! 🐊

I have a keen passion for applying phylogenetic tree as a pivotal framework attempting to solve some fundamental issues in biology. Phylogenetic tree is a crucial reference system for biological research. It captures evolutionary relationships among species, linking all the biological data together with an evolutionary context, serving as the biological “Periodic Table”.

My research interests are:

  • Building and using large-scale phylogenetic trees to explore the evolutionary and/or ecological patterns with spatial and/or paleoclimate data. E.g., some works have done for rosids and PhyloSynth.

  • Investigating the phylogenetic incongruence among data partitions, and deciphering its potential evolutionary cause

  • Studying taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, origin and dispersal for a focal clade (e.g., Elaeagnus)

When NOT struggling for existence, I occasionally do some coding!!

Download my resumé 下载 中文简历.

  • Phylogeny
  • Taxonomy
  • Diversification
  • Evolution
  • Bioinformatics
  • PhD in Botany, 2014

    Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • MS in Botany, 2009

    Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • BS in Environmental Science, 2006

    Beijing Forestry University


Postdoc Associate on PhyloSynth Project
Oct 2019 – Present Aarhus, Denmark

Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate data avaiblity of molecular and taxonomic data
  • Collaborate with Dr. Stephen Smith
  • Design the best strategy in integrating all data
  • Reconstruct a global plant tree of life
  • Apply this large-scale tree in Macro-evolution and -ecology
  • Publication (papers, and posters)
Visiting Scholar
Mar 2020 – Aug 2020 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Postdoc on Dimensions Project
Jan 2016 – Aug 2019 Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • Served as a main communicating point between US and China
  • Data assemblage (field work and sampling, DNA extraction, evaluation, and sample preparation, molecuar marker design, and molecular data generation)
  • Analyses (phylogeny)
  • Publication (paper, and posters)
Postdoc on Open Tree of Life Project
Jan 2015 – Jan 2016 Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • Bridging US and China research teams
  • Assembling data
  • Building the China Tree of Plant Life (rosids)
  • Publishing results
Research Assistant
Sep 2014 – Jan 2015 Beijing, China
  • Chinese vascular plant phylogeny reconstruction

Teaching & Lectures

I am Certified Instructor of The Carpentries (a non-profit organization, aiming to teach foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide). I’m aslo an ex-board member of UF Carpentries Club. Here are some workshop stats that summerize the numbers of workshops we organized and the numbers of people that we trained.


  • Dec. 2: Giving a research talk in Wuhan Botanical Garden, CAS: Explore the Angiosperm diversity using the Tree of Life and biological big data

    It's big conference room! Thanks for [Director Wang](http://sourcedb.wbg.cas.cn/zw/rck/200907/t20090720_2708437.html) and Dr. Hu, Dr. Xu, Dr. Zhang for help and organizing this event!
    It’s big conference room! Thanks for Director Wang and Dr. Hu, Dr. Xu, Dr. Zhang for help and organizing this event!
    I like this place!
    I like this place!

  • Sept. 6: Séminaire AMAP: Explore Biodiversity Using Big Data and Tree of Life

    There are also 25 people attended via Zoom
    There are also 25 people attended via Zoom


  • Oct 23: Biogeography & Macroecology Course (Week 43)

Lecture titled as '_Building, Using, and Tending The Tree of Life_' on Friday, Oct 23, 2020
Lecture titled as ‘Building, Using, and Tending The Tree of Life’ on Friday, Oct 23, 2020


  • May 28-31: NSF-RCN Meeting: Cross-Scale Processes Impacting Biodiversity