Fucai Xia

  • Visiting Scholar
  • 715 W.State Street
  • Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Purdue University
  • email: xfc0707@163.com


  • 2017-Ph.D.in Ecology, Forestry College, Beijing Forestry University
  • 2002-M.S.in Botany-Life Science College, Northeast Normal University
  • 1996-B.S.in Wild Plant Resources Conservation and Utilization-Jilin Agricultural University


  • To study the regeneration mechanism of secondary forests in Northeast China
  • To study the cultivation and afforestation of Tilia mandshurica in Northeast China.


  • Fucai Xia, Chunfang Pan, Xiuhai Zhao. 2012. Plants phenological response to climate change of temperate deciduous forest. Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 21 (5): 793-799
  • Fucai Xia, Chunfang Pan, Xiuhai Zhao, Haiyan He, Haiyu Zhou. 2012. Influence of overstory on seasonal bariability of understory herbs in primary broad-leaved Korean pine forest of Changbai Mountain. Acta Botanica Boreali-Occidentalia Sinica, 13 (11): 1223-1230
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Zhao, Chunfang Pan, Juan Fan , Jinsong Wang, Ruiqiang Ni,  Jun Jiang. 2009. Seasonal variation of understory herbs in primary broad-leaved Korean pine forest and secondary aspen-birch forest in Changbai Mountains and its environmental interpretation. Journal of Northeast Forestry University, 11: 83 – 89
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Zhao, Chunfang Pan, Yuzhen Jia, Jinsong Wang. 2010. Stand structure of broad-leaved and Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) mixed forest in the Changbai Mountains. Chinese Journal of Applied Environment Biology, 4: 529-533.
  • Fuicai Xia, Xiu’ai Zhao, Chun-fang Pan, Jinsong Wang, Rui-ang Ni, Lei Wang, Huaijiang He. 2011, Stand spatial structure of secondary birch forest in Changbaishan Mountain. Acta Botanica Boreali-Occidentalia Sinica, 2: 407-412.
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Zhao, Chunfang Pan, Xiaojing Zhao, YuhongWang. 2009. Species diversity and seasonal dynamics of herbs in a Korean pine broad-leaved forest of Changbai Mountains,Journal of Jilin Agricultural University, 1: 27-31.
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Hao, Daoli An, Ruiqiang Ni, JinsongWang, Juan Fan. 2013. Stand structure of secondary popular-birch forest in Changbai Mountains, Journal of South China Agricultural University, 3: 383-387.
  • Yue Sun, Huaijing He, Liang Li, Jie Yao, Zhe Xie, Fengjie Wang, Fucai Xia.2016. Biomass and its distribution characteristics of filipendula palmata under the canopy of mixed coniferous and broad leaved forest in Jiaohe, Jilin Province, Chinese Journal of Applied Environment Biology, 22(6): 1055–1062.
  • Yue Sun,Fucai Xia,Huaijiang He,Baodong Liu,Gerong Wang,Liang Li. 2016. Community structure features of the larch-birch secondary forest on the northeastern slope of Changbai Mountains,northeast China.Journal of Beijing Forestry University, 38(12): 28–38.
  • Liang Li,Fucai Xia,Xiaoyan Wang,Xianlong Hang,Guowen Sun,Xiangju Wu,GuichunWang. 2017. A Study on stand spatial structure of broad-leaved Korean pine forest in Zhangguangcai Mountains,Acta Ecologica Sinica, 37(10): 3425-3436.
  • Yue Sun,Huaijiang He,Liang Li,Caimin Song,Fengjie Wang,Fucai Xia. 2017. Biomass allocation and biomass allometric models of six early-summer herbs under the canopy of broad-leaved Korean pine forest during different growth periods in Jiaohe,Jilin Province,Acta Ecologica Sinica, 37(19): 6523-6533.
  • Liang Li, Fucai Xia, Yue Sun, Xiao Zhang. 2017. Biomass allocation of eight early-spring herbs inbroadleaf-pinus koraiensis mixed forest.Journal of Beijing  Forestry University, 39(1): 35-38.


  • 2018- Regeneration of Secondary Forests in Northeast China Workshop: Response of Seed Rain to Cutting Disturbance
  • 2018- Jilin Provincial Forestry Survey and Design Institute Forum: How to Monitor Forest Herbs


1996- Beihua University, Forestry College: Botany


  • 2007-2012- Director- Youth Branch of China Forestry Society
  • 2019-Director- Forest Seed Base and National Forest Germplasm Resource Bank of Jilin Province
Akane Ota

Akane Ota

  • Ph.D. student,
    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ,
    Purdue University
  • aota@purdue.edu


  • 2018 – MS, Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, IN, advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Dukes,
    Thesis: Potential of biochar to mitigate the effects of extreme precipitation on soil greenhouse gas emissions and soybean growth
  • 2016 – BS, Bioenvironmental Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, advisor: Dr. Kazuhiro Harada
    Specialization: Social Science and Environmental International Cooperation in Southeast Asia
  • 2014 – Exchange Program, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL


To broaden understanding of bird diversity patterns and drives in big scale using statistical and machine-learning techniques as well as to estimate the impacts of climate change.


  • 2019 – Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 75th Annual Meeting, MO: Representative of Purdue University to the Midwest Three Minute Thesis competition
  • 2018 – Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, LA: Oral Presentation
  • 2018 – Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Research Symposium, IN: Poster Presentation
  • 2018 – Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference, MI: Oral Presentation
  • 2017 – Drought-Net Inter-Institutional Meeting at Colorado State University, CO: Student Participant
  • 2016 – The Japanese Forest Society 127th Annual Meeting, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2015 – The 11th Conference of Youth Paris 2015 in Tokyo, Japan: Student Participant
  • 2015 – The 6th Academic Consortium 21 Student World Forum 2015, Strasbourg, France and Freiburg, Germany, Student Representative of Nagoya University


  • 2018 – Purdue Climate Change Research Center Travel Grant
  • 2018 – Three Minute Thesis Competition, Second Place, Purdue University
  • 2016 – Takenaka Foundation Scholarship
  • 2016 – Best Senior Presentation Award, Nagoya University
  • 2013 – Japan Student Services Organization, Exchange Student Scholarship

Xufang Zhang

  • Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
  • Office: PFEN G021, 715 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907
  • Phone: (662) 617-5391
  • E-mail: zhan3600@purdue.edu or zxfmichelle@gmail.com
  • Personal website: https://xz2359.wixsite.com/xufangzhang


  • Ph.D. in Forest Resources (2018) (Concentration: Forest Policy and Economics), College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University.
  • B. S. in Accounting (2013), College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Forestry University.
Research Interests
  • Natural resource and environmental economics.
  • Natural resource policy and law.
  • International trade and trade policy.
  • Carbon sequestration and climate change.
  • Timberland investment and sustainable forest management.


  • January 2019-present, Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University.
  • January 2015-December 2018, Research Assistant, College of Forest Resources, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University.
  • September 2013- December 2015, Research Fellow, Research Center for Economics and Trade in Forest Products of the State Forestry Administration (SINO-RECTFOR).
  • Anonymous Reviewer for Canadian Journal of Forest Research, China Population Resources and Environment, and Journal of China Agricultural University.


  • Zhang, X., and Sun, C. (2018). The Financial Performance of Public Furniture Firms with Different Positions in Antidumping Actions. Forest Science, 64(5): 491-503.
  • Sun, C., and Zhang, X. (2018). Duration of U.S. forest products trade. Forest Policy and Economics, 95(2018): 57-68.
  • Zhang, X., Yang, H. and Zhang, X. (2016). Development level and trend in Chinese forestry carbon pools from 1989 to 2033. Resources Science, 38(2): 0290-0299 (in Chinese with English abstract).
  • Zhang, X., Yang, H. and Yuan T. (2016). Construction of China’s forestry carbon measuring model under the chain of compound structure. China Population, Resources and Environment, 26(4): 80-89 (in Chinese with English abstract).
  • Zhang, X., Yang, H., Zhang, X. and Hong, Y. (2015). Projection of global long-term carbon flow in forest product trade from a perspective of climate negotiation: 2010-2030. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 24(11): 3679-3685.
  • Yang, H., Zhang, X. and Hong, Y. (2014). Classification, production, and carbon stock of harvest wood products in China from 1961 to 2012. BioResource, 9(3): 4311-4322.
  • Zhang, X. and Yang, H. (2014). Comparisons of carbon stock and reduction in harvest wood products of China and the United States based on climate change. Forestry Economics, 36(7): 26-37 (in Chinese with English abstract).
  • Zhang, X. and Yang, H. (2014). Accounting methods and influences of carbon sequestration in harvest wood products based on climate change issues. Journal of Anhui Agricultural Sciences, 42(7): 2014-2017 (in Chinese with English abstract).
  • Zhang, X. and Yang, H. (2013). The cycle of carbon flows in harvest wood products and methods of carbon reduction of the United States. Forestry Economics, 37(12): 58-63 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Mo Zhou

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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Email: mozhou@purdue.edu
  • Tel: 001-765-494-3098
  • Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907


  • Beijing Forestry University, Beijing China,  MIS, B.S. 1998
  • Technical University of Munich, Munich Germany, Forestry, M.S. 2000
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, Forestry, Ph.D. 2005

Professional experience

  • 2021 – present Associate Professor of Forest Economics and Management, Purdue University
  • 2018 – 2021 Assistant Professor of Forest Economics and Management, Purdue University
  • 2011 – 2018   Assistant Professor of Forest Economics, West Virginia University
  • 2008 – 2011   Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Management, University of Alaska
  • 2005 – 2007  Research Associate, Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management, UW-Madison


  • Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 2015-present
  • Associate Editor of Forest Ecosystems, 2013-present

Featured Publications

Zhou, M*. and J. Buongiorno, J. 2019. Optimal forest management under financial risk aversion with discounted Markov decision process models. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. (In press)

Zhou, M*. 2017. “Valuing Environmental Amenities through Inverse Optimization: Theory and Case Study”. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 83: 217 – 230.

Zhou, M.* 2015. “Adapting Forest Management to Climate Policy Uncertainty: a Conceptual Framework”. Forest Policy and Economics 59, 66-74.

Zhou, M. *and J. Buongiorno. 2011. Effects of Stochastic Interest Rates in Decision Making under Risk: a Markov Decision Process Model for Forest Management. Forest Policy and Economics13: 402-410.

Zhou, M. and Buongiorno, J., 2006. Space-time modeling of timber prices. Journal of agricultural and resource economics, pp.40-56.

Jingjing Liang

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Curriculum vitae, last updated March 2019

  • Email: jjliang@purdue.edu
  • Tel: 001-765-496-0254
  • Mailing address: Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Liang is the founder and chief science officer of Science-i,  a transparent and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) web platform for international research collaboration. Dr. Liang has also cofounded Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative, an international multi-stakeholder team of foresters and forest scientists that supports cutting-edge research and policy making in forest sciences and related areas.

Dr. Liang is an SAF certified forester and enjoys having a boots-on-the-ground experience highlighted by one growing season that he measured 15,000 trees in two days, once every two weeks. One of the many highpoints of Dr. Liang’s career thus far was when he was the leading author of research articles published in Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

Dr. Liang’s research is interested in global biodiversity patterns and associated environmental and anthropogenic drivers, and he approaches this by utilizing machine learning and big data to help unravel the pressing issues facing the field today. While he’s working on answering today’s tough questions, Dr. Liang believes that the future success of the field will depend heavily on international collaborations and leveraging artificial intelligence to produce high impact research.

When Dr. Liang isn’t busy teaching his Big Data in Forest Research course or training machine learning algorithms, he enjoys going rock-climbing and spending time with his wife who is also a rock-climbing enthusiast and FNR faculty member, Dr. Mo Zhou. Dr. Liang is feeling right at home on the Purdue campus surrounded by our population of ginkgo trees, which he has a special affection for them due to them being incredibly unique and being living fossils.


  • 2005, Ph.D. (Forestry), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2001, B.S. (Ecology- Environmental Sciences), Peking University

Professional experience

  • 2018 – 2022 Associate Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
  • 2018 – 2022 Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
  • 2017– 2018 Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University
  • 2011—2017 Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University
  • 2007—2011 Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics and Management, School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2006—2007 Post-doctoral Biometrician
    Forest Sciences Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • 2005—2006 Research Associate
    Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2001—2005 Research Assistant
    Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • Since 2019, Senior member of the Editorial Team, Scientific Data
  • Since 2018, Senior member of the Editorial Team, Forest Ecosystems

Featured Publications

(Co-first author) Steidinger, B. S., T. W. Crowther, J. Liang, M. E. Van Nuland, G. D. A. Werner, P. B. Reich, G. Nabuurs, S. de-Miguel, M. Zhou, N. Picard, B. Herault, X. Zhao, C. Zhang, D. Routh, K. G. Peay, and GFBI consortium. 2019. Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses. Nature 569:404-408.

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Liang, J, T. W. Crowther, N. Picard, S. Wiser, M. Zhou, G. Alberti, E.-D. Schulze, A. D. McGuire, F. Bozzato, H. Pretzsch, S. de-Miguel, A. Paquette, B. Hérault, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, C. B. Barrett, H. B. Glick, G. M. Hengeveld, G.-J. Nabuurs, S. Pfautsch, H. Viana, A. C. Vibrans, C. Ammer, P. Schall, D. Verbyla, N. Tchebakova, M. Fischer, J. V. Watson, H. Y. H. Chen, X. Lei, M.-J. Schelhaas, H. Lu, D. Gianelle, E. I. Parfenova, C. Salas, E. Lee, B. Lee, H. S. Kim, H. Bruelheide, D. A. Coomes, D. Piotto, T. Sunderland, B. Schmid, S. Gourlet-Fleury, B. Sonké, R. Tavani, J. Zhu, S. Brandl, J. Vayreda, F. Kitahara, E. B. Searle, V. J. Neldner, M. R. Ngugi, C. Baraloto, L. Frizzera, R. Bałazy, J. Oleksyn, T. Zawiła-Niedźwiecki, O. Bouriaud, F. Bussotti, L. Finér, B. Jaroszewicz, T. Jucker, F. Valladares, A. M. Jagodzinski, P. L. Peri, C. Gonmadje, W. Marthy, T. O’Brien, E. H. Martin, A. R. Marshall, F. Rovero, R. Bitariho, P. A. Niklaus, P. Alvarez-Loayza, N. Chamuya, R. Valencia, F. Mortier, V. Wortel, N. L. Engone-Obiang, L. V. Ferreira, D. E. Odeke, R. M. Vasquez, S. L. Lewis, and P. B. Reich. 2016. Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science 354.
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Liang J, Zhou M, Tobin PC, McGuire AD, & Reich PB (2015) Biodiversity influences plant productivity through niche-efficiency. PNAS 112(18):5738-5743.
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​Liang, J. (2012) Mapping large-scale forest dynamics: a geospatial approach. Landscape Ecology 27(8): 1091-1108.