Forest Ecology Research Group (FERG)

Biodiversity – Ecosystem Function Research at temporal and spatial scales as well as across forest biomes, rangelands and grasslands

Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali

Professor of Forest Ecology
College of Life Sciences, Hebei University

Guest Scientist
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTGB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Academic Editor
Biodiversity and Conservation
Forestry (UK)
Journal of Forestry Research
Forest Ecology and Management
Frontiers in Plant Science

Our broad-scale research interests are in the area of forest or plant ecology, particularly related to multiple abiotic and biotic controls on ecosystem functions and processes. We are interested in to evaluate the underlying ecological mechanisms for explaining biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship in a changing environment. Plant functional traits, demography, and trees’ size variation across space and time, as well as across forest biomes, are the main characteristics of our research. Using the multivariate statistical modeling (such as structural equation modeling) approach, we evaluate the multivariate relationships amongst environmental factors, multiple metrics of biodiversity and species/functional composition, and ecosystem functioning particularly aboveground biomass, carbon storage, and productivity in natural (subtropical, tropical, and temperate) forests, agroforestry systems, rangelands, and alpine plant communities. Most of our previous studies have focused on the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship at both local and regional scales. Currently, we evaluate the macro-ecological mechanisms underpinning biodiversity – ecosystem functioning at global and/ or pantropical scales.

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Location & contact

College of Life Sciences
Comprehensive Scientific Research Building
Office No. 554
Hebei University
No. 180 Wusi East Road, Baoding City, Hebei Province Post Code: 071002

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