Biodiversity - Ecosystem Function 
Researches in Forests, Agroforests & 

Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali   

Environmental Sciences
AWKUM, Pakistan

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Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali

Doctorate and Post-doctorate in Ecology 

Specialization in Forest Ecology


Department of Forest Resources Management

College of Forestry

Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Editorial Board Member

Forest Ecology and Management

Elsevier Publishers

Editor (Section: Forest Management and Silviculture – Tropical)

Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research

Institute of Chartered Foresters; Oxford University Press, UK

Associate Subject Editor (Section: Forest Ecology and Management)

Journal of Forestry Research

Northeast Forestry University China; Springer Publishers

Research Interests

I am a full-time Professor of Forest Ecology and Management at College of Forestry, Nanjing Forestry University. My 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. I am 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 my research. Using the multivariate statistical modeling (such as structural equation modeling) approach, I 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 my previous studies have focused on the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship at both local and regional scales. Currently, I evaluate the macro-ecological mechanisms underpinning biodiversity – ecosystem functioning at global and/ or pantropical scales. Currently, I am also leading the Global Forest Diversity, Structure and Function (i.e. GlobalFDSF) research network.

我是南京林业大学林学院森林生态与管理专业的教授。我的研究领域为森林和植物生态学,特别是森林生态系统功能和过程的多种非生物和生物的控制机理。我的研究兴趣主要是森林生物多样性与生态系统功能之间的关系在环境变化背景下的潜在生态机制。过去几年中,我在植物功能性状、森林统计学特征、树木大小随时间和空间的变化、以及森林生物群落变化的潜在影响机制上做了大量工作。其中,代表性科研成果有,利用多元统计建模(如结构方程建模)的方法评估了不同地带上 (亚热带、热带和温带) 自然森林、农林复合系统、牧场和高山植物群落中环境因子、生物多样性和物种/功能组成之间的多元关系,以及阐述了地上生物量、碳储量、生产力和生态系统功能之间的关系。目前,除延续之前工作重点区域尺度上生物多样性和生态系统功能之间关系外,我正在全球和/或泛热带区域尺度评估支撑生物多样性和生态系统功能的宏观生态机制,其研究水平已处在全球森林多样性、结构和功能研究的前沿,是Global FDSF的发起者和领导人。

Studied Biomes

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Dr. Arshad Ali has joined the Board of Editors for Forest Ecology and Management, from 1st August 2019.

Dr. Arshad Ali has joined Nanjing Forestry University as a Professor, from 1st June 2019.

Dr. Arshad Ali has successfully defended Postdoctoral Research at South China Normal University on 10th May, 2019

Dr. Arshad Ali got excellent CSC student award in November, 2016

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Research collaborations

I have several research collaborations with well-known researchers, and still I am available to extend my research collaborations with mutual interests.

Interested MS and PhD students are welcome to join our lab.

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