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Liang, Jingjing

Associate Professor of Forest Resources Management

Jingjing Liang is an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology within the School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University. His research interest is in biodiversity and ecosystem processes, ecological and socioeconomic impacts of biological conservation, and large-scale forest resource modeling and assessment. During his career, he has taught a wide spectrum of forestry and quantitative courses including dendrology, forest ecology, big data analysis in forest science, and forest management. He is also actively engaged in the international research community by serving as Coordinator and Co-Founder of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI). He is the leading author of several high-impact research articles in top-tier journals such as Science and PNAS. He received a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Peking University.  

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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. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8957
  • Liang, J., Watson, James V., Mo, Zhou, Lei, Xiangdong (2016) Effects of productivity on biodiversity in forest ecosystems across the United States and China. Conservation Biology 30:308-317.
  • Liang, J., Zhou, Mo, Tobin, Patrick C., Reich, Peter, McGuire, A. David. (2015) Biodiversity Influences Plant Productivity Through Niche-Efficiency. PNAS 112(18):5738-5743.
  • Liang, J. (2012) Mapping large-scale forest dynamics: a geospatial approach. Landscape Ecology 27(8): 1091-1108.
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