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FANG Jing-Yun
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Prof. FANG Jing-Yun

Email: fangjingyun@ibcas.ac.cn

Interested research fields:

Vegetation ecology, terrestrial carbon cycle, biodiversity and biogeography of plants, and ecological remote sensing



Ph.D., Osaka City University, Japan, March, 1989

M.S., Shinshu University, Japan, March, 1986

B.S., Anhui Agricultural University, July, 1982


Academic Appointments:

2010.8 - Director, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)

2010 -  Director, Key Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes of the Ministry of Education, Peking Univ.

2008 -  Academic Director, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking Univ.

2002 -  Cheung Kong Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology, Peking Univ.

1997.5- 2002.5  Professor, Department of Urban & Environmental Sciences, Peking Univ.

1995.1- 1997.4  Senior Scientist and Associate Director, Key Laboratory of Systems Ecology, CAS

1992.12 - 1994.12  Associate Scientist, Biosphere Ecology Section, RCEES, CAS

1989.5 - 1990.8    Assistant, Biosphere Ecology Section, RCEES, CAS


Honours and Awards:

2012   Member, International Eurasian Academy of Sciences

2011   The 2nd Chinese Government Award for Publishing for Books

2008   Member, TWAS (Academy of Sciences for the Developing World)

2007   HeLiangHeLi Science and Technology Progress Award (Life Science)

2006   Chang Jiang Scholars Achievement Award, China Ministry of Education and Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Foundation

2005   Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2004   National Natural Science Award of China (the second class)

2003   Natural Science Award of the China Ministry of Education (the first class)

2002   Yangtze Scholarship, China Ministry of Education and Yangtze Group

1994   National Outstanding Youth Foundation


Services for academic Societies:

Member, International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (2012- )

Member, TWAS (Academy of Sciences for the Developing World) (2008- )

Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2005- )

Member, the InterAcademy Council (IAC)’s IPCC review committee (2010)

Member, Scientific Steering Committee of the International Institute of Applied System Analysis (IIASA)

Member, Terrestrial Carbon Observations Panel (TCO) of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) (2007- )

Member, China National Expert Committee on Climate Change (2010- )

Vice-chairman, Beijing Municipal Academic Degrees Committee (2007-2011)

Standing committee member, Academic Division of Life Sciences and Medicine, CAS (2006-2012)

Member, Committee for consultation and evaluation of the CAS Academic Division (2008-2012)

Vice president, Ecological Society of China (2000-2008)

Member, IGBP-China National Committee (2004-2008)

Member, Governing Board, Botanical Society of China (2003-2006)

Member of Ecological Society of China, Botanical Society of China, Geographical Society of China, Ecological Society of America, and Ecological Society of Japan


Services for academic journals:

2008-2010: Associate editor, Ecosystems (USA)

2008-2010: Associate editor, BMC Ecology, BioMed Central (UK)

2007-2011: Associate editor, Ecological Research (Japan)

2006-2010: Editorial Board, Global Environmental Change (UK)

2002-2006: Associate editor, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (USA)

2000-2007: Associate chief-in-editor, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (China)

2008-Now: Editorial Board, Science in China (Life Science) (China)


Research Projects:

1.     Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), “Shrub encroachment and its impacts on ecosystem structure and function in temperate grasslands in China (31330012)”, 2014-2018, PI.

2.     Key Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, “A theoretic framework and integration of key technologies for Eco-grassland Developmental Area (Zone) in Inner Mongolia (KSZD-EW-Z-012)”, 2013-2015, PI.

3.     Strategic Priority Research Program - Climate Change: Carbon Budget and Relevant Issues, Chinese Academy of Sciences, (XDA05050000)”, 2011-2015, PI.

4.     National Basic Research Program of China (“973”project), “Carbon sources and sinks in China’s terrestrial ecosystems and their global significance (2010CB950600)”, 2010-2014, PI.

5.     Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), “Spatio-temporal patterns of terrestrial vegetation and their ecological functions in China (31021001)”, 2011-2013, PI.

6.     Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), “Distribution of grassland carbon stocks and its climatic control in China (90711002)”, 2008-2011, PI.

7.     A3 Foresight Program (NSFC), “Quantifying and predicting terrestrial carbon sinks in East Asia: Toward a network of climate change research (30721140306/31061140360)”, 2007-2012, PI.

8.     Consulting Program of the CAS Academic Division, “Independent review of the processes and the procedures of the IPCC by InterAcademy Council (IAC)”, 2009-2010, PI.

9.     Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), “Patterns of plant species diversity and their mechanisms in China’s mountains (40638039)”, 2007-2010, PI.



Selected publications:

1.     Fang JY, Wang ZH, Tang ZY, 2011. Atlas of Woody Plants in China: Distribution and Climate. Springer-Verlag, Berlin (Book: 2 volumes with 1972 pages and 11219 illustrations; Jointly published with Higher Education Press, Beijing)

2.         Shapiro TH, Diab R, de Brito Cruz CH, Cropper M, Fang JY, Fresco Louise O, Manabe S, Mehta G, Molina M, Williams P, Winnacker E-L, Zakri AH. 2010. Climate Change Assessments: Review of the Processes and Procedures of the IPCC (Report). The InterAcademy Council, Alkmaar, the Netherlands

3.         Wang SP, Chen AP, Fang JY, Pacala SW. 2013. Why abundant tropical tree species are phylogenetically old. PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1314992110

4.         Wang SP, Chen AP, Fang JY, Pacala SW. 2013. Speciation rates decline through time in individual-based models of speciation and extinction. The American Naturalist 182: E83-E93

5.         Xu XT, Wang ZH, Rahbek C, Lessard JP, Fang JY. 2013. Evolutionary history influences the effects of water-energy dynamics on oak diversity in Asia. Journal of Biogeography DOI 10.1111/jbi.12149

6.         Chen YH, Han WX, Tang LY, Tang ZY, Fang JY. 2013. Leaf nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations of woody plants differ in response to climate, soil and plant growth form. Ecography, 36: 178-184

7.         Guo ZD, Hu HF, Li P, Li NY, Fang JY. 2013. Spatio-temporal changes in biomass carbon sinks in China’s forests from 1977 to 2008. Science China-Life Sciences, 56: 661-671

8.         Fang JY, Shen ZH, Tang ZY, Wang XP, Wang ZH, et al. 2012. Forest community survey and the structural characteristics of forest in China. Ecography, 35: 1059-1071

9.         Fang JY, Wang XP, Liu YN, Tang ZY, White PS, Sanders NJ. Ecography, 35: 1072-1082

10.     Qiao XJ, Tang ZY, Shen ZH, Fang JY. 2012. What causes geographical variation in the species-area relationships? A test from forests in China. Ecography, 35: 1110-1116

11.     Yang YH, Fang JY, Ji CJ, Ma WH, et al. 2012. Widespread decreases in topsoil inorganic carbon stocks China’s grasslands during 1980s-2000s. Global Change Biology, 18: 3672-3680

12.     Zhao X, Zhou DJ, Fang JY. Satellite-based studies on large-scale vegetation changes in China. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 54: 713-728

13.     Fang JY, Wang ZH, Tang ZY, Brown JH. 2012. Large-scale patterns of tree species richness and the metabolic theory of ecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21: 508-512

14.     Pan YD, Birdsey RA, Fang JY, et al. 2011. A large and persistent carbon sink in the world’s forests. Science, doi: 10.1126/science.1201609 (co-leading author)

15.     Han WX, Fang JY, Reich PB, Woodward FI, Wang ZH. 2011. Biogeography and variability of eleven mineral elements in plant leaves across gradients of climate, soil and plant functional type in China. Ecology Letters, 14: 788-796

16.     Wang ZH, Fang JY, Tang ZY, Lin X. 2011. Patterns, determinants and models of woody plant diversity in China. Proceeding of the Royal Society B, 278: 2122–2132

17.     Wang Y, Fang JY, Kato T, Guo ZD, Zhu B, Mo WH, Tang YH. 2011. Inventory-based estimation of aboveground net primary production in Japan’s forest from 1980 to 2005. Biogeosciences, 8: 2099-2106

18.     Fang JY, Zhu JL, Wang SP, Yue C, Shen HH. 2011. Global warming, human-induced carbon emissions, and their uncertainties. Science in China (D-Earth Science), 54: 1458-1468

19.     Piao SL, Ciais P, Huang Y, Shen ZH, Peng SS, Li JS, Zhou LP, Liu HY, Ma YC, Ding YH, Friedlingstein P, Liu CZ, Tan K, Yu YQ, Zhang TY, Fang JY. 2010. The impacts of climate change on water resources and agriculture in China. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature09364

20.     Yang YH, Fang JY, Ma WH, Guo DL, Mohammat A. 2010. Large-scale pattern of biomass partitioning across China's grasslands. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 19: 268-277

21.     Yang YH, Fang JY, Ma WH, Smith P, Mohammat A, Wang SP, Wang W. 2010. Soil carbon stock and its changes in northern China’s grasslands from 1980s to 2000s. Global Change Biology, 16: 3036-3047

22.     Tan K, Ciais P, Piao SL, Wu XP, Tang YH, Vuichard N, Liang S, Fang JY. 2010. Application of the ORCHIDEE global vegetation model to evaluate biomass and soil carbon stocks of Qinghai-Tibetan grasslands. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24: GB1013

23.     Piao SL, Fang JY, Ciais P, Peylin P, Huang Y, Sitch S, Wang T. 2009. The carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystems in China. Nature, 458: 1009-1013

24.     Wang ZH, Brown J, Tang ZY, Fang JY. 2009. Temperature dependence, spatial scale, and tree species diversity in eastern Asia and North America. PNAS, 106: 13388–13392

25.     Yang YH, Fang JY, Ma WH, Smith P, Tang YH, Chen AP, Ji CJ, Hu HF, Rao S, Tan K, He JS. 2009. Changes in topsoil carbon stock in the Tibetan grasslands between the 1980s and 2004. Global Change Biology, 15: 2723-2729

26.     He JS, Wang XP, Flynn DFB, Wang L, Schmid B, Fang JY. 2009. Taxonomic, phylogenetic and environmental tradeoffs between leaf productivity and persistence. Ecology, 90: 2779-2791

27.     Fang JY, Wang SP, Yue C, et al. 2009, Scenario analysis on the global carbon emissions reduction goal proposed in the declaration of the 2009 G8 Summit. Science in China (D-Earth Science), 52: 1694-1702

28.     Wang XP, Fang JY, Sanders JN, White PS, Tang ZY. 2008. Relative importance of climate vs local factors in shaping the regional patterns of forest plant richness across northeast China. Ecography, 32: 133-142

29.     Yang YH, Fang JY, Tang YH, Zhu B. 2008. Storage, patterns and controls of soil organic carbon in the Tibetan grasslands. Global Change Biology, 14: 1592–1599

30.     Wang ZH, Tang ZY, Fang JY. 2007. Altitudinal patterns of seed plant richness in the Gaoligong Mountains, south-east Tibet, China. Diversity and Distributions, 13: 845–854

31.     Piao SL, Fang JY, Zhou LM, Tan K. 2007. Biomass carbon accumulation by China’s grasslands. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 21: GB2002

32.     Fang JY, Guo ZD, Piao SL, Chen AP. 2007. Terrestrial vegetation carbon sinks in China, 1981-2000. Science in China (D-Earth Science), 50: 1341-1350

33.     Kauppi PE, Ausubel JH, Fang JY, Mather A, Sedjo RA, Waggoner PE. 2006. Returning forests analyzed with the forest identity. PNAS, 103: 17574-17579

34.     Fang JY, Lechowicz ML. 2006. Climatic limits for the present distribution of beech (Fagus L.) species in the world. Journal of Biogeography, 33: 1804-1819

35.     Piao SL, Fang JY, Zhou LM, Ciais P, Zhu B. 2006. Variations in satellite-derived phenology in China’s temperate vegetation. Global Change Biology, 12: 672–685

36.     Tang ZY, Wang ZH, Zheng CY, Fang JY, 2006. Biodiversity in China’s mountains. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 4: 347-352

37.     Zhao SQ, Fang JY. 2006. Patterns of species richness for vascular plants in China’s nature reserves. Diversity and Distributions, 12: 364–372

38.     Tang ZY, Fang JY. 2006. Temperature variation along the northern and southern slopes of Mt. Taibai, China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 139: 200–207

39.     Fang JY, Brown S, Tang YH, Naruurs GJ, Wang XP, Shen HH. 2006. Overestimated biomass carbon pools of the northern mid- and high latitude forests. Climatic Change, 74: 355–368

40.     Han WX, Fang JY, Guo DL, Zhang Y. 2005. Leaf N and P stoichiometry across 753 terrestrial plant species in China. New Phytologist, 168: 377-385

41.     Fang JY, Piao SL, Zhou L, He JS, Wei FY, Myneni R, Tucker CJ, Tan K. 2005. Precipitation patterns alter growth of temperate vegetation. Geophysical Research Letters, 32: L21411

42.     Fang JY, Oikawa T, Kato T, Mo WH, Wang ZH. 2005. Biomass carbon accumulation by Japan’s forests from 1947-1995. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19: GB2004

43.     Fang JY, Rao S, Zhao SQ. 2005. Human-induced long-term changes in the lakes of the Jianghan Plain, Central Yangtze. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 3: 186-192

44.     Fang JY, Piao SL, He JS, Ma WH. 2004. Increasing terrestrial vegetation activity in China, 1982-1999. Science in China (C-Life Science), 47: 229-240

45.     Fang JY, Piao SL, Field CB, Pan YD, Guo QH, Zhou LM, Peng CH, Tao S. 2003. Increasing net primary production in China from 1982 to 1999. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 1: 293-297

46.     Piao SL, Fang JY, Zhou LM, Guo QH, Henderson M, Ji W, Li Y, Tao S. 2003. Interannual variations of monthly and seasonal normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) in China from 1982 to 1999. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 108(D14): 4401

47.     Fang JY, Chen AP, Peng CH, Zhao SQ, Ci LJ. 2001. Changes in forest biomass carbon storage in China between 1949 and 1998. Science, 292: 2320-2322

48.     Fang JY, Piao SL, Tang ZY, Peng CH, Ji W. 2001. Interannual variability in net primary production and precipitation. Science, 293: 1723a

49.     Fang JY, Wang GG, Liu GH, Xu SL. 1998. Forest biomass of China: an estimate based on the biomass-volume relationship. Ecological Applications, 8: 1084-1091

50.     Fang JY, Yoda K. 19881991. Climate and vegetation in China (IV). Ecological Research, 3: 37-51, 4: 71-83, 5: 9-23, 5: 291-302, 6: 113-125


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Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, China


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