Our Research

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.

Publication summary

Journal  IF (2017-18) Qty Authorship Total IF
Global Change Biology 8.880 1 First author (1) 8.88
Forest Ecology and Management 3.126 7 First author (7) 21.882
Science of the Total Environment 5.589 10 First author (7), corresponding author (2), second author (1) 55.89
Journal of Ecology 5.687 1 Co-first author (1) 5.687
Ecology 4.285 1 Second author (1) 4.285
Ecological Indicators 4.490 8 First author (4), corresponding author (2), second author (1), coauthor (1) 35.92
Land Degradation & Development 4.275 1 First author (1) 4.275
Biogeosciences 3.951 1 First author (1) 3.951
Tree Physiology 3.477 1 Second author (1) 3.477
Catena 3.851 1 Second author (1) 3.851
Journal of Hydrology 4.405 1 Fourth author (1) 4.405
Journal of Plant Ecology 2.282 1 Corresponding author (1) 2.282
Annals of Forest Science 2.633 1 Third author (1) 2.633
Ecological Research 1.546 1 First author (1) 1.546
Silva Fennica 1.605 1 First author (1) 1.605
Tropical Ecology 0.647 1 First author (1) 0.647
Journal of Environmental Management 4.865 1 Corresponding author (1) 4.865
Frontiers in Plant Science 4.106 1 Third author (1) 4.106
Ecohydrology 2.564 1 Third author (1) 2.564
Ecological Engineering 3.406 1 Coauthor (1) 3.406
Journal of Forestry Research 1.150 1 Third author (1) 1.15
PloS ONE 2.776 2 Fourth author (2) 5.552
Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology 0.000 6 Various co-authorship (6)  0
Journal of Forest Science 0.000 1 First author (1) 0
Research Journal of Forestry 0.000 1 First author (1) 0
Total 0.000 53 First author (26), Corresponding author (7), co-first author (1), second author (5), third author (4),  Coauthor(10) 173.979