Forest Diversity, Structure & Functions along Climate and Soil Gradients

Global Change Ecology

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Research focus

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.

Dr. Arshad Ali

Professor & Principal Investigator

Department of Forest Resources Management

College of Forestry

Nanjing Forestry University

Guest Professor

National Forest Ecosystem Research Station,

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

Chinese Academy of Sciences


Biodiversity & Conservation

Forest Ecology and Management

Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research

Journal of Forestry Research


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Department of Forest Resources Management

College of Forestry

Nanjing Forestry University

159 Longpan Road, Nanjing, 21007, Jiangsu, China

Office No. E12-322, First North Gate Building

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