Journal Papers

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56) Villa, M.P., Ali, A., Venâncio Martins, S., Nolasco de Oliveira Neto, S., Cristina Rodrigues, A., Teshome, M., Alvim Carvalho, F., Heringer, G. & Gastauer, M. (2020). Stand structural attributes and functional trait composition overrule the effects of functional divergence on aboveground biomass during Amazon forest succession. Forest Ecology and Management 477, 118481. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118481

55) Chun, J-H., Ali, A. & Lee, C-B. (2020) Topography and forest diversity facets regulate overstory and understory aboveground biomass in a temperate forest of South Korea. Science of the Total Environment 140783. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140783

54) Ali. A*., Mattsson. E., Nansanka. S.P. & Wang. L.Q. (2020) Topmost trees and foremost species underlie tropical forest structure, diversity and biomass through opposing mechanisms. Forest Ecology and Management 473, 118299. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118299

53) Wang, Y., Yang, X.D., Ali. A., Lv, G.H., Long, Y.X., Wang, Y.Y., Ma, Y.G. & Xu, C.C.  (2020). Flowering phenology shifts in response to functional traits and phylogeny of woody species in the desert area. Frontiers in Plant Science11, 536. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00536

52) Ali. A*., Sanaei, A., Ahmadaali, K., Asadi, O., Javanmiri Pour, M., Valipour, A., Karami, J., Aminpour, M., Kaboli, H. & Askari, Y. (2020) Environmental filtering, predominance of strong competitor trees and exclusion of moderate-weak competitor trees shape species richness and biomass. Science of the Total Environment 723, 138105. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138105

51) Yuan, Z#., Ali. A#., Ruiz-Benito, P., Jucker, T., Mori, A., Wang, S., Zhang, X., Li, H., Hao, Z., Wang, X. & Loreau, M. (2020) Above- and below-ground biodiversity jointly regulate temperate forest multifunctionality along a local-scale environmental gradient. Journal of Ecology 108 (5), 2012-2024.  DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13378

50) Ali. A*., Sanaei, A., Li, M., Asadi, O.N, Javanmiri Pour, M., Valipour, A., Karami, J., Aminpour, M., Kaboli, H. & Askari, Y. (2020) Big-trees – Energy mechanism underlies forest diversity and aboveground biomass. Forest Ecology and Management. 461, 117968. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2020.117968

49) Ali. A*., Sanaei, A., Li, M., Ahmadaali, K., Asadi, O., Javanmiri Pour, M., Valipour, A., Karami, J., Aminpour, M., Kaboli, H. & Askari, Y. (2019) Impacts of climatic and edaphic factors on the diversity, structure and biomass of species-poor and structurally-complex forests. Science of the Total Environment 706, 135719. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135719

48) Sanaei, A.#, Li, M.S. & Ali. A.#(2019) Topography, grazing, and textures control over rangelands’ vegetation quantity and quality. Science of the Total Environment 697, 134153. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134153

47) Yuan, Z.Q., Ali, A., Wang, S.P., Lin, F., Wang, X.G., Ye, J., Hao, Z.Q., Loreau, M. & Lin, J. (2019) Temporal stability of aboveground biomass is governed by species asynchrony in temperate forests. Ecological Indicators 107, 105661. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105661

46) Ali, A., Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Big-sized trees overrule remaining trees’ attributes and species richness as determinants of aboveground biomass in tropical forests. Global Change Biology 25(8), 2810-2824. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14707

45) Villa, P.M., Martins, S.V., Rodrigues, A.C., Safar, N.V.H., Bonilla. M.A.C. & Ali A. (2019) Testing species abundance distribution models in tropical forest successions: Implications for fine-scale passive restoration. Ecological Engineering 135, 28-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2019.05.015

44) Alice, R., Pedro, P.M., Ali, A., Walnir, J. & Andreza, N. (2019) Fine-scale habitat differentiation shapes the composition, structure and aboveground biomass, but not species richness, of a tropical Atlantic forest. Journal of Forestry Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11676-019-00994-x (Early view).

43) Yang, X.D., Qie, Y.D., Teng, D.X., Ali, A., Liu, Y., Bolan, N., Yang, S., Ma, L.G., Liu, W.G., Lv, G.H., Yang, S.T. & Simayi, Z. (2019) Prediction of groundwater depth in an arid region based on maximum tree height. Journal of Hydrology 574, 46-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.04.022

42) Yang, X.D., Ali, A., Xu, Y.L., Jiang, L.M. & Lv, G.H. (2019) Soil moisture and salinity as the main drivers for soil respiration across the natural forest and agricultural lands in an arid desert region. Catena177, 126-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2019.02.015

41) Ali, A., Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Elucidating space, climate, edaphic and biodiversity effects on aboveground biomass in tropical forests. 30(8), 918-927. Land Degradation & Development 30, 918–927. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.3278

40) Yuan, Z., Ali. A., Jucker, T., Ruiz-Benito, P., Wang, S., Jiang, L., Wang, X., Lin, F., Ye, J., Hao, Z. & Loreau, M. (2019) Multiple abiotic and biotic pathways shape biomass demographic processes in temperate forests. Ecology 100(5), e02650. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2650 (Most Read Paper, Top 10%; Wiley)

39) Yang, X.D., Wang, J., Xu, M.S., Ali A., Xu, Y.L., Lamb, D., Duan, M.C., Yan, K.H. & Yang, S.T. (2019) Effects of the ephemeral stream on plant species diversity and distribution in an alluvial fan of arid desert region: an application of a low altitude UAV. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0212057. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212057

38) Ali, A., Chen, H.Y.H., You, W.H. & Yan, E.R. (2019) Multiple abiotic and biotic drivers of aboveground biomass shift with forest strata. Forest Ecology and Management 436, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2019.01.007 

37) Yang, X.D. & Ali, A. (2019) “Biochar for Soil Water Conservation and Salinization Control in Arid Desert Regions” In Biochar from Biomass and Waste, pp. 161-168. Elsevier Publishers. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-811729-3.00009-1 (Book Chapter).

36) Ali, A., Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Tree crown complementarity links positive functional diversity and aboveground biomass in tropical forests. Science of the Total Environment 656, 45-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.342

35) Ali, A*. (2019) Forest stand structure and functioning: current knowledge and future challenges. Ecological Indicators 98, 665-677. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.11.017 (Review Paper).

34) Sanaei, A. Ali, A*. (2019)What is the role of perennial plants in semi-steppe rangelands? Direct and indirect effects of perennial on annual plant species. Ecological Indicators 98, 389-396. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.11.012

33) Ali, A., Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Climate and soils determine aboveground biomass indirectly via species diversity and stand structural complexity in tropical forests. Forest Ecology and Management 432, 823-831. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.10.024 (Highly Cited Paper, Top 1%; Web of Science)

32) Sanaei, A., Ali, A*., Ahmadaali, K. & Jahantab, E. (2019) Generalized and species-specific prediction models for aboveground biomass in semi-steppe rangelands. Journal of Plant Ecology. 12 (3), 428–437. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rty037

31) Ali, A., Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Climatic water availability is the main limiting factor of biotic attributes across large-scale elevational gradients in tropical forests. Science of the Total Environment 647, 1211-1221. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.072

30) Ali, A. & Mattsson, E.(2019) Wood density is a sustainability indicator for the management of dry zone homegarden agroforests: evidences from biodiversity – ecosystem function relationships. Special Issue (Climate and Agriculture) of Ecological Indicators 105, 474-482. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.04.024

29) Villa, P.M., Martins, S.V., de Oliveira Neto, S.N., Rodrigues, A.C., Safar, N.V.H., Delgado, L., Monsanto, Cancio, N.M. & Ali, A. (2018) Woody species diversity as an indicator of the forest recovery after shifting cultivation disturbance in the northern Amazon. Ecological Indicators 95(P1), 687-694. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.08.005

28) Ali, A. & Yan, E.R. (2018) Consequences of phylogenetic conservativeness and functional trait similarity on aboveground biomass vary across subtropical forest strata. Forest Ecology and Management 429, 28-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.06.042

27) Yuan, Z.Q., Wang, S.P., Ali, A., Gazol, A., Ruiz-Benito, P., Wang, X.G., Lin, F., Ye, J., Hao, Z.Q. & Loreau, M. (2018) Aboveground carbon storage is driven by functional trait composition and stand structural attributes rather than biodiversity in temperate mixed forests recovering from disturbances. Annals of Forest Science 75 (3), 67. DOI: 10.1007/s13595-018-0745-3

26) Ali, A., Lohbeck, M. & Yan, E.R. (2018) Forest strata-dependent functional evenness explains whole-community aboveground biomass through opposing mechanisms. Forest Ecology and Management 424, 439–447. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.05.015

25) Sanaei, A., Ali, A*., Chahouki, M.A.Z., Jafari, M. & Azarnivand, H. (2018) Plant coverage is a potential ecological indicator for species diversity and aboveground biomass in semi-steppe rangelands. Ecological Indicators 93, 256-266. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.05.011

24) Yuan, Z.Q., Ali, A., Wang, S.P., Gazol, A., Freckleton, R., Wang, X.G., Lin, F., Ye, J., Zhou, L., Hao, Z.Q. & Loreau, M. (2018) Abiotic and biotic determinants of coarse woody productivity in temperate mixed forests. Science of the Total Environment 630, 422-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.125

23) Ali, A. & Yan, E.R. (2018) The mediation roles of intraspecific and interspecific functional trait diversity for linking the response of aboveground biomass to species richness across forest strata in a subtropical forest. Ecological Indicators 85, 493-501. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.057

22) Sanaei, A., Chahouki, M.A.Z., Ali, A*., Jafari, M. & Azarnivand, H. (2018) Abiotic and biotic drivers of aboveground biomass in semi-steppe rangelands. Science of the Total Environment 615, 895-905.DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.010

21) Ali, A*. & Chahouki, M.A.Z. (2018) The positive relationships between plant coverage, species richness, and aboveground biomass are ubiquitous across plant growth forms in semi-steppe rangelands. Journal of Environmental Management 205, 308-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.09.079

20) Ali, A. & Yan, E.R. (2017) Functional identity of overstorey tree height and understorey conservative traits drive aboveground biomass in a subtropical forest. Ecological Indicators 83, 158-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.07

19) Ali, A. & Yan, E.R. (2017) The forest strata-dependent relationship between biodiversity and aboveground biomass within a subtropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management 401, 125-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.056

18) Ali, A. & Mattsson, E.(2017) Disentangling the effects of species diversity, and intraspecific and interspecific tree size variation on aboveground biomass in dry zone homegarden agroforestry systems. Science of the Total Environment 598, 38-48. DOI:  10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.131

17) Yang, X.D., Lv, G.H., Ali, A., Ran, Q.Y., Gong, X.W., Wang, F., Liu, Z.D., Qin, L. & Liu, W.G. (2017) Variations in functional traits and population dynamics of an ephemeral plant Lappula semiglabra with dew amount gradients in Ebinur Desert in NW, China. Ecohydrology 10(6) e1858. DOI:10.1002/eco.1858

16) Ali, A. & Mattsson, E.(2017) Individual tree size inequality enhances aboveground biomass in homegarden agroforestry systems in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Science of the Total Environment 575, 6-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.022

15) Ali, A., Yan, E.R., Scott, X.C., Cheng, J.Y. & Liu, X.Y. (2017) Community-weighted mean of leaf traits and divergence of wood traits predict aboveground biomass in secondary subtropical forests. Science of the Total Environment 574, 654–662. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.022

14) Zhao, Y.T., Ali, A. & Yan, E.R. (2017) The plant economics spectrum is structured by leaf habits and growth forms across subtropical species. Tree Physiology 37 (2): 173-185. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpw098

13) Ali, A. & Yan, E.R.(2017) Relationships between biodiversity and carbon stocks in forest ecosystems: a systematic literature review. Tropical Ecology 58(1), 1–14. (Review Paper).

12) Ali, A., Molau, U., Yang, B., Jägerbrand, A.K. & Alatalo, J.M. (2016) Diversity-productivity dependent resistance of an alpine plant community to different climate change scenarios. Ecological Research 31(6), 935–945. DOI: 10.1007/s11284-016-1403-6

11) Ali, A., Yan, E.R., Chen, H.Y.H., Chang, S.X., Zhao, Y.T., Yang, X.D. & Xu, M.S. (2016) Stand structural diversity rather than species diversity enhances aboveground carbon storage in secondary subtropical forests in Eastern China. Biogeosciences 13(16), 4627-4635. DOI:10.5194/bg-13-4627-2016, Biogeosciences Discussion., DOI:10.5194/bg-2016-6. Data from: Stand structural diversity rather than species diversity enhances aboveground carbon storage in secondary subtropical forests in Eastern China. Dryad Digital Repository. DOI:10.5061/dryad.8bp7m

10) Ali, A., Xu, M.S., Zhao, Y.T., Zhang, Q.Q., Zhou, L.L., Yang, X.D. & Yan, E.R. (2015) Allometric biomass equations for shrub and small tree species in subtropical China. Silva Fennica 49 (4), 1-10. DOI:10.14214/sf.1275

9) Ali, A. (2015)A review of strong evidence for the effect of functional dominance on carbon stocks in natural forest ecosystems. Research Journal of Forestry 9(3), 65-70. DOI:10.3923/rjf.2015.65.70 (Review Paper).

8) Yang, X.D., Zhang, X.N., Lv, G.H. & Ali, A. (2014)Linking Populus euphratica hydraulic redistribution to diversity assembly in the arid desert zone of Xinjiang, China. PLoS ONE9(10), e109071. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0109071

7) Ali, A., Ma, W.J., Yang, X.D., Sun, B.W., Shi, Q.R. & Xu, M.S. (2014) Biomass and carbon stocks in Schima superba dominated subtropical forests of eastern China. Journal of Forest Science, 60(5),198-207. DOI: 10.17221/21/2014-JFS

6) Song, Y.J., Tian, W.B., Liu, X.Y., Ying, F., Cheng, J.Y., Zhu, D.N., A. Ali. & Yan, E.R. (2016) Associations between litterfall dynamics and micro-climate in forests of Putuoshan Island, Zhejiang, China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 40 (11), 1154–1163. DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2016.0157

5) Xu. M.S., Zhao, Y.T., Yang, X.D., Shi, Q.R., Zhou, L.L., Zhang, Q.Q., Ali. A. & Yan. E.R. (2016) Geostatistical analysis of spatial variations in leaf traits of woody plants in Tiantong, Zhejiang Province. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 40 (1), 48-59. DOI:10.17521/cjpe.2015.0246

4) Zhao Y.T., Xu, M.S., Zhang, Z.H., Zhou, L.L., Zhang, Q.Q., Ali, A., Song, Y.J. & Yan, E.R. (2016) Characteristics of hydraulic architecture in woody plants across successional stages in evergreen broad-leaved forests in Tiantong, Zhejiang Province. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 40(2), 116-126. DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2015.0258

3) Ma, W.J., Zhao, Y.T., Zhang, Q.Q., Ali, A., Shi, Q.R. & Yan, E.R. (2014) C:N:P stoichiometry in forest floor litter of evergreen broad-leaved forests at different successional stages in Tiantong, Zhejiang, eastern China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 38(8), 833-842DOI:10.3724/SP.J.1258.2014.00078

2) Sun, B.W., Yang, X.D., Zhang, Z.H., Ma, W.J., Ali, A., Huang, H.X. & Yan, E.R. (2013) Relationships between soil carbon pool and vegetation carbon return through succession of evergreen broad-leaved forests in Tiantong region, Zhejiang Province, Eastern China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 37(9),803-810. DOI:10.3724/SP.J.1258.2013.00084

1) Yang, X.D., Yan, E.R., Zhang, Z.H., Sun, B.W., Huang, H.X., Ali, A., Ma, W.J. & Shi, Q.R. (2013) Tree architecture of overlapping species among successional stages in evergreen broad-leaved forests in Tiantong region, Zhejiang Province, China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 37(7), 611-619. DOI:10.3724/SP.J.1258.2013.00063