I have been very interested in water, rivers and lake issues since I was a teenager. One of the main reasons that I chose to pursue ecology research as my career is probably because I heard a story about my grandfather’s friend when I was in high school. She is a Professor and works at an institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), as a freshwater ecologist. I heard some stories about her dedicating most of her efforts in life to her research career. After I entered CAS as a student, I knew more about the issues of lakes and rivers than ever.