Dr. Arshad Ali
Professor & Principal Investigator
Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali currently works as a Full-time Professor at Nanjing Forestry University, China. He is the Editor of Forest Ecology and Management, Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, and Journal of Forestry Research publishing by Elsevier, Oxford University Press and Springer, respectively. Having less than 5-year of an academic career, he has published over 50 scientific papers in top journals of forestry, ecology and environmental sciences such as Global Change Biology, Journal of Ecology, Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, Science of the Total Environment, etc. He is interested in a better understanding of the consequences of increasing disturbances, biodiversity loss and climate change on ecosystem function. He strives to contribute to the societal decision-making process in ways to assure the ecological sustainability of natural and managed plant ecosystems in a changing environment. Plant functional traits, demography and tree sizes variations across space and time, as well as across biomes, are the main characteristics of his research.

Full-time lab members

Mr. Farman Ullah

He is a PhD student (2020-2024) in Forest Ecology and Management on Chinese University and Nanjing Government Scholarships.  He is interested in to explore the forest diversity, structure and functioning of Pakistani forests. He is also working in the subtropical forests of Eastern China.

Ms Wang
Ms. Li-Qiu Wang 

She is MSc Forestry Student (Chinese Student), 2019-2021. She focuses on the global meta-analysis of the forest diversity, structure and functioning.


Mr. Suwash Kunwar

He is MSc Forestry Student on APFNet Scholarship, 2019-2021, International student from Nepal. He focuses on the multivariate relationships amongst topography, species diversity, plant functional trait diversity, composition, and abovergound biomass in tropical forests of Nepal.

Part-time researchers and co-advised students

Dr. Anvar Sanaei

He was my co-advised PhD student, graduated from University of Tehran Iran. Currently, he is working as a full-time researcher at Chinese Academy of Sciences while working as a part-time researcher in our group. His research interest encompasses the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, above-below-ground functional relationships between plants and their environment, plant-plant interactions, mechanisms of plant community assembly, and structure and variation of plant species diversity.

Ms. Maryam Kazempour Larsary

She is a PhD student (2017-2021) in forest science at University of Guilan, Iran. I am co-advising her during PhD study with Prof. Dr. Hassan Pourbabaei. She is interested in to explore the forest diversity, structure and functioning along climate and soil gradients in Iranian temperate forests.