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Songlin Fei

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Quantitative Ecology
PFEN Room 221E
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061

Songlin Fei—a quantitative ecologist specialized in forest ecology, invasion ecology, and geospatial analytics—joined the Purdue faculty in 2011. He received his PhD from Penn State University. 

Dr. Fei’s forest ecology work includes impacts of climate change on forest dynamic and biodiversity-ecosystem function. In their 2017 Science Advances paper, for the first time, they provided empirical evidences of the divergent responses of deciduous and evergreen trees in response to climate change. It was highlighted by Nature and was the focus of stories of hundreds of international (e.g., German Public Radio, UK Daily Mail, China Xinhua News) and national (e.g., NPR Living on Earth, The Atlantic, The Associated Press) media.  His research was ranked #59 in the top 100 science stories of 2017 by Discover magazine.  Dr. Fei’s invasion ecology work has been well supported by NSF and well recognized by public media. For example, his 2019 PNAS paper on invasive pests was highlighted by Science, NBC News, and many other media. In 2018, Dr. Fei was invited to the Capitol Hill to showcase his research during the Ag Research Congressional Exhibition and Reception. 

Dr. Fei is also leading the integrated digital forestry (iDiF) initiative, which aims to revolutionize forestry from labor intensive, manual methods to an effective, precise, digital system by testing and adopting existing digital tools and by developing new tools, algorithms, and platforms for precision forest management and for public health improvement and mitigation.

Awards & Honors

(2019) W.S. Cooper Award. Ecological Society of America.

(2018) Top 100 Science Stories of 2017. Discover Magazine.

(2018) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2011) Master Teacher Award. University of Kentucky.

Selected Publications

Fei, S., Morin, R. S., Oswalt, C. M., & Liebhold, A. M. (2019). Biomass losses resulting from insect and disease invasions in US forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(35), 17371--17376. doi:10.1073/pnas.1820601116

Jo, I., Fei, S., Oswalt, C. M., Domke, G. M., & Phillips, R. P. (2019). Shifts in dominant tree mycorrhizal associations in response to anthropogenic impacts. Science Advances, 5(4), eaav6358. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aav6358

Guo, Q., Fei, S., Potter, K. M., Liebhold, A. M., & Wen, J. (2019). Tree diversity regulates forest pest invasion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201821039. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821039116

McCallen, E., Knott, J., Nunez-Mir, G., Taylor, B., Jo, I., & Fei, S. (2019). Trends in ecology: shifts in ecological research themes over the past four decades. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(2), 109--116. doi:10.1002/fee.1993

Mushinski, R. M., Phillips, R. P., Payne, Z. C., Abney, R. B., Jo, I., Fei, S., . . . Raff, J. D. (2019). Microbial mechanisms and ecosystem flux estimation for aerobic NOy emissions from deciduous forest soils. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(6), 2138--2145. doi:10.1073/pnas.1814632116

Fei, S., Jo, I., Guo, Q., Wardle, D. A., Fang, J., Chen, A., . . . Brockerhoff, E. G. (2018). Impacts of climate on the biodiversity-productivity relationship in natural forests. Nature Communications, 9(1), 5436. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-07880-w

Jo, I., Potter, K. M., Domke, G. M., & Fei, S. (2018). Dominant forest tree mycorrhizal type mediates understory plant invasions. Ecology letters, 21, 217-224. doi:10.1111/ele.12884

Fei, S., Desprez, J. M., Potter, K. M., Jo, I., Knott, J. A., & Oswalt, C. M. (2017). Divergence of species responses to climate change. SCIENCE ADVANCES, 3(5). doi:10.1126/sciadv.1603055

Hamil, K. D., Iannone, Basil V., III, Huang, W. K., Fei, S., & Zhang, H. (2016). Cross-scale contradictions in ecological relationships. Landscape Ecology, 31(1), 7-18. doi:10.1007/s10980-015-0288-z

Fei, S., Phillips, J., & Shouse, M. (2014). Biogeomorphic impacts of invasive species. Annual reviews of ecology, evolution, and systematics, 45, 69-87. doi:10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-120213-091928

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