An Shuqing is a professor and doctoral supervisor in Nanjing university, (School of Life Sciences), the head of Wetland Ecological Institute at Nanjing University and Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu; the general manager and representative for artificial person of Nanjing University Research Institute (Changshu）Co. Ltd and the director of Jiangsu Wetland Restoration Construction Laboratory. He has been invited as a guest speaker for many international conferences such as in Yale University, Ecological Society for America and International Spartina Conference. He was also the guest speaker of 8th International Wetlands Conference (2008, Brazil), as well as the member of the Scientific Advisory Committee in 9th International Wetlands Conference (2014, USA) and the organizer of the 10th International Wetlands Conference (2016, China). In 2012, he established first cooperative ecology research institute between the University and Government in China, which adopts the mode of enterprise management.
Professor An Shuqing dedicates himself to the long-term research of wetland ecology. He has managed 70 national and international projects such as The Project of National Pollution Control and Management, the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program), The National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), Sino-European scientific and technological cooperation, Sino-Australian scientific and technological cooperation, the projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China and World Wide Fund for Nature. Currently he has published 400 research essays including 170 SCI essays; 13 books and teaching materials; China’s first Dictionary of Ecology (Northeast Forestry University, 1994); China’s first Ecological Engineering (Nanjing University, 1996) and China’s first Wetland Ecological Construction (2003). He declares 50 patents of wetland and environmental realm and obtains 40invention patents. On 20th September, 2016, the INTECOL WWG awarded Professor Shuqing An the “Outstanding Wetland Scientists Award”. He also won five provincial awards including Award for Outstanding Achievement of International Ecological Engineering Society (1996) and Award for Jiangsu Science and Technology (2006). He was selected by the Talents Training Plan in the New Century of the Ministry of Education (2002), six talent peaks project in Jiangsu Province (2003) and outstanding young teacher plan in Jiangsu Province (1994).
International Association for Ecology authorizes Professor An Shuqing to organize 2016 the 10th International Wetlands Conference (in Changshu, Jiangsu). This is the first time for International Association for Ecology to hold important conference in China. Professor An Shuqing is the first one in China to organize such an important conference of International Association for Ecology.
Prof. Shuqing An created the system of "strengthening purification, ecological purification, ecological restoration and ecological beautification" of water pollution control in small watershed. He undertook the first engineering project in the history of WWF, and established "the model of wetland restoration based on community participation", which initiated the first river of wetland restoration project in WWF. The establishment of "the system of wetland conservation and restoration in Taihu Lake Basin" was promoted by the government of Jiangsu Province. He also built the "Dalian Lake wetland restoration model: based on community participation", "wetland conservation and reasonable utilization of Changshu model" and "wetland organic agriculture and sustainable development of regional economy model" and "artificial wetland strengthen purification and clean small watershed water quality improvement complete sets of technology" and other international famous achievements.
Since 2000, Professor An Shuqing is one of the leading experts in the field of wetland. He has completed 200 projects including wetland park planning, wetland restoration construction and scientific demonstration, constructed wetland design and wetland exhibition hall. The projects cover an area of 2,700 square kilometers, crossing 17 provinces and 48 municipalities, which account for 5‰ of the total wetland in China. As one of the first group of experts in designing, assessing and building national wetland park, he had surveyed across 200 national wetland parks in China, assessing and monitoring them.