Prof. 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 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.

Education

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

Professional experience

  • 2018 – present 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

Editorship

  • 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.
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