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I have published over 40 papers (nearly 120 impact points; at average >3.5 points) in peer-reviewed journals including one book chapter, with several more currently in review or in revision. This includes papers in top forestry, ecology and multidisciplinary environmental journals such as Ecology (ESA journal)
, Forest Ecology and Management, Land Degradation & Development, Tree Physiology, Science of the Total Environment, Biogeosciences, Ecological Indicators, Journal of Environmental Management, Annals of Forest Science, Ecohydrology, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Plant Ecology, Ecological Research
. As of Feb 2019, these have been cited over 274 times (h-index = 10, i10-index= 10; based on Google Scholar metrics)
. Of these publications, 30 have been as first, second, third or corresponding author and have been cited over 200 times. See my Google Scholar profile for up-to-date citation metrics. PDF copies of articles in revision, under review or in press are available on request.
External citations in well-known journals:
Biological Reviews,Global Change Biology, Journal of Ecology, Ecological Applications, Forest Ecology and Management, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Scientific Reports, Ecology and Evolution, Science of the Total Environment, Applied Vegetation Science, Plant and Soil, Frontiers in Plant Science, BioEnergy Research, Agroforestry, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Forests, Flora, Forest systems, Arid Land Research and Management, and many other international and CSCD journals including MS and PhD thesis.
42) Yang, X.D., Ali, A.,
Xu, Y.L., Jiang, L.M. & Lv, G.H. (2019) Soil moisture and salinity as the main drivers for soil respiration across the natural forest and agricultural lands in an arid desert region. Catena
41) Ali, A.,
Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Elucidating space, climate, edaphic and biodiversity effects on aboveground biomass in tropical forests. Land Degradation & Development
40) Yuan, Z., Ali. A.,
Jucker, T., Ruiz-Benito, P., Wang, S., Jiang, L., Wang, X., Lin, F., Ye, J., Hao, Z. & Loreau, M. (2019) Multiple abiotic and biotic pathways shape biomass demographic processes in temperate forests. Ecology
39) Yang, X.D., Wang, J., Ali A.,
Xu, Y.L., Lamb, D. & Simayi, Z. (2019) Effects of the ephemeral stream on plant species diversity and distribution in an alluvial fan of arid desert region: an application of a low altitude UAV. PLoS ONE
38) Ali, A.,
Chen, H.Y.H., You, W.H. & Yan, E.R. (2019) Multiple abiotic and biotic drivers of aboveground biomass shift with forest strata. Forest Ecology and Management
436, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2019.01.007
37) Yang, X.D. & Ali, A.
(2019) "Biochar for Soil Water Conservation and Salinization Control in Arid Desert Regions" In Biochar from Biomass and Waste
, pp. 161-168. Elsevier Publishers
. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-811729-3.00009-1 (Book Chapter).
36) Ali, A.,
Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Tree crown complementarity links positive functional diversity and aboveground biomass in tropical forests. Science of the Total Environment
656, 45-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.342
35) Ali, A*.
(2019) Forest stand structure and functioning: current knowledge and future challenges. Ecological Indicators
98, 665-677. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.11.017 (Review Paper).
34) Sanaei, A. & Ali, A*.
What is the role of perennial plants in semi-steppe rangelands? Direct and indirect effects of perennial on annual plant species. Ecological Indicators
98, 389-396. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.11.012
33) Ali, A.,
Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Climate and soils determine aboveground biomass indirectly via species diversity and stand structural complexity in tropical forests. Forest Ecology and Management
432, 823-831. DOI: 10. 1016/ j. foreco. 2018. 10. 024
32) Sanaei, A., Ali, A*.,
Ahmadaali, K. & Jahantab, E. (2019) Generalized and species-specific prediction models for aboveground biomass in semi-steppe rangelands. Journal of Plant Ecology
. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rty037
31) Ali, A.,
Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2019) Climatic water availability is the main limiting factor of biotic attributes across large-scale elevational gradients in tropical forests. Science of the Total Environment
647, 1211-1221. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.072
30) Villa, P.M., Martins, S.V., de Oliveira Neto, S.N., Rodrigues, A.C., Safar, N.V.H., Delgado, L., Monsanto, Cancio, N.M. & Ali, A.
(2018) Woody species diversity as an indicator of the forest recovery after shifting cultivation disturbance in the northern Amazon. Ecological Indicators
95(P1), 687-694. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.08.005
29) Ali, A.
& Yan, E.R. (2018) Consequences of phylogenetic conservativeness and functional trait similarity on aboveground biomass vary across subtropical forest strata. Forest Ecology and Management
429, 28-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.06.042
28) Yuan, Z.Q., Wang, S.P., Ali, A.,
Gazol, A., Ruiz-Benito, P., Wang, X.G., Lin, F., Ye, J., Hao, Z.Q. & Loreau, M. (2018) Aboveground carbon storage is driven by functional trait composition and stand structural attributes rather than biodiversity in temperate mixed forests recovering from disturbances. Annals of Forest Science
75 (3), 67. DOI: 10.1007/s13595-018-0745-3
27) Ali, A.,
Lohbeck, M. & Yan, E.R. (2018) Forest strata-dependent functional evenness explains whole-community aboveground biomass through opposing mechanisms. Forest Ecology and Management
424, 439–447. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.05.015
26) Sanaei, A., Ali, A*.,
Chahouki, M.A.Z., Jafari, M. & Azarnivand, H. (2018) Plant coverage is a potential ecological indicator for species diversity and aboveground biomass in semi-steppe rangelands. Ecological Indicators
93, 256-266. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.05.011
25) Ali, A.
& Mattsson, E.
(2018) Wood density is a sustainability indicator for the management of dry zone homegarden agroforests: evidences from biodiversity - ecosystem function relationships. Special Issue (Climate and Agriculture) of Ecological Indicators
(In Press). DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.04.024
24) Yuan, Z.Q., Ali, A.,
Wang, S.P., Gazol, A., Freckleton, R., Wang, X.G., Lin, F., Ye, J., Zhou, L., Hao, Z.Q. & Loreau, M. (2018) Abiotic and biotic determinants of coarse woody productivity in temperate mixed forests. Science of the Total Environment
630, 422-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.125
23) Ali, A.
& Yan, E.R. (2018) The mediation roles of intraspecific and interspecific functional trait diversity for linking the response of aboveground biomass to species richness across forest strata in a subtropical forest. Ecological Indicators
85, 493-501. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.057
22) Sanaei, A., Chahouki, M.A.Z., Ali, A*.,
Jafari, M. & Azarnivand, H. (2018) Abiotic and biotic drivers of aboveground biomass in semi-steppe rangelands. Science of the Total Environment
21) Sanaei, A., Ali, A*.
& Chahouki, M.A.Z. (2018) The positive relationships between plant coverage, species richness, and aboveground biomass are ubiquitous across plant growth forms in semi-steppe rangelands. Journal of Environmental Management
205, 308-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.09.079
20) Ali, A.
& Yan, E.R. (2017) Functional identity of overstorey tree height and understorey conservative traits drive aboveground biomass in a subtropical forest. Ecological Indicators
83, 158-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.07
19) Ali, A.
& Yan, E.R. (2017) The forest strata-dependent relationship between biodiversity and aboveground biomass within a subtropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management
401, 125-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.056
18) Ali, A.
& Mattsson, E.
(2017) Disentangling the effects of species diversity, and intraspecific and interspecific tree size variation on aboveground biomass in dry zone homegarden agroforestry systems. Science of the Total Environment
598, 38-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.131
17) Yang, X.D., Lv, G.H., Ali, A.,
Ran, Q.Y., Gong, X.W., Wang, F., Liu, Z.D., Qin, L. & Liu, W.G. (2017) Variations in functional traits and population dynamics of an ephemeral plant Lappula semiglabra
with dew amount gradients in Ebinur Desert in NW, China. Ecohydrology
10(6) e1858. DOI:10.1002/eco.1858
16) Ali, A.
& Mattsson, E.
(2017) Individual tree size inequality enhances aboveground biomass in homegarden agroforestry systems in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Science of the Total Environment
575, 6-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.022
15) Ali, A.,
Yan, E.R., Scott, X.C., Cheng, J.Y. & Liu, X.Y. (2017) Community-weighted mean of leaf traits and divergence of wood traits predict aboveground biomass in secondary subtropical forests. Science of the Total Environment
574, 654–662. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.022
14) Zhao, Y.T., Ali, A.
& Yan, E.R. (2017) The plant economics spectrum is structured by leaf habits and growth forms across subtropical species. Tree Physiology
37 (2): 173-185. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpw098
13) Ali, A.
& Yan, E.R.
(2017) Relationships between biodiversity and carbon stocks in forest ecosystems: a systematic literature review. Tropical Ecology
58(1), 1–14. (Review Paper).
2016 and earlier
12) Ali, A.,
Molau, U., Yang, B., Jägerbrand, A.K. & Alatalo, J.M. (2016) Diversity-productivity dependent resistance of an alpine plant community to different climate change scenarios. Ecological Research
31(6), 935–945. DOI: 10.1007/s11284-016-1403-6
11) Ali, A.,
Yan, E.R., Chen, H.Y.H., Chang, S.X., Zhao, Y.T., Yang, X.D. & Xu, M.S. (2016) Stand structural diversity rather than species diversity enhances aboveground carbon storage in secondary subtropical forests in Eastern China. Biogeosciences
13(16), 4627-4635. DOI:10.5194/bg-13-4627-2016, Biogeosciences Discussion
., DOI:10.5194/bg-2016-6. Data from: Stand structural diversity rather than species diversity enhances aboveground carbon storage in secondary subtropical forests in Eastern China. Dryad Digital Repository
10) Ali, A.,
Xu, M.S., Zhao, Y.T., Zhang, Q.Q., Zhou, L.L., Yang, X.D. & Yan, E.R. (2015) Allometric biomass equations for shrub and small tree species in subtropical China. Silva Fennica
49 (4), 1-10. DOI:10.14214/sf.1275
9) Ali, A.
A review of strong evidence for the effect of functional dominance on carbon stocks in natural forest ecosystems. Research Journal of Forestry
9(3), 65-70. DOI:10.3923/rjf.2015.65.70 (Review Paper).
8) Yang, X.D., Zhang, X.N., Lv, G.H. & Ali, A.
Linking Populus euphratica
hydraulic redistribution to diversity assembly in the arid desert zone of Xinjiang, China. PLoS ONE,
9(10), e109071. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0109071
7) Ali, A.,
Ma, W.J., Yang, X.D., Sun, B.W., Shi, Q.R. & Xu, M.S. (2014) Biomass and carbon stocks in Schima superba
dominated subtropical forests of eastern China. Journal of Forest Science
198-207. DOI: 10.17221/21/2014-JFS
6) Song, Y.J., Tian, W.B., Liu, X.Y., Ying, F., Cheng, J.Y., Zhu, D.N., A. Ali.
& Yan, E.R. (2016) Associations between litterfall dynamics and micro-climate in forests of Putuoshan Island, Zhejiang, China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology
, 40 (11), 1154–1163. DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2016.0157
5) Xu. M.S., Zhao, Y.T., Yang, X.D., Shi, Q.R., Zhou, L.L., Zhang, Q.Q., Ali. A.
& Yan. E.R. (2016) Geostatistical analysis of spatial variations in leaf traits of woody plants in Tiantong, Zhejiang Province. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology
, 40 (1), 48-59. DOI:10.17521/cjpe.2015.0246
4) Zhao Y.T., Xu, M.S., Zhang, Z.H., Zhou, L.L., Zhang, Q.Q., Ali, A.
, Song, Y.J. & Yan, E.R. (2016) Characteristics of hydraulic architecture in woody plants across successional stages in evergreen broad-leaved forests in Tiantong, Zhejiang Province. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology
, 40(2), 116-126. DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2015.0258
3) Ma, W.J., Zhao, Y.T., Zhang, Q.Q., Ali, A.,
Shi, Q.R. & Yan, E.R. (2014) C:N:P stoichiometry in forest floor litter of evergreen broad-leaved forests at different successional stages in Tiantong, Zhejiang, eastern China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology
, 38(8), 833-842.
2) Sun, B.W., Yang, X.D., Zhang, Z.H., Ma, W.J., Ali, A
., Huang, H.X. & Yan, E.R. (2013) Relationships between soil carbon pool and vegetation carbon return through succession of evergreen broad-leaved forests in Tiantong region, Zhejiang Province, Eastern China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology
1) Yang, X.D., Yan, E.R., Zhang, Z.H., Sun, B.W., Huang, H.X., Ali, A.,
Ma, W.J. & Shi, Q.R. (2013) Tree architecture of overlapping species among successional stages in evergreen broad-leaved forests in Tiantong region, Zhejiang Province, China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology
, 37(7), 611-619. DOI:10.3724/SP.J.1258.2013.00063
Editorials, Conference Abstracts, Posters and Presentations
6) Ali, A.,
Lin, S.L., He, J.K., Kong, F.M., Yu, J.H. & Jiang, H.S. (2018) Tree Functional diversity increases aboveground biomass via increasing tree crown complementarity in tropical forests of Hainan Island, Southern China. sciencesconf.org:sfecologie2018:208615. (oral presentation in International Conference on Ecological Sciences
, Rennes, France)
5) Ali. A.
(2017) Represented East China Normal University as the main organizer or student in charge in The 15th Challenge Cup Carnival on Technological Innovation of Overseas Students in China
. Biodiversity and the functioning of forests in Eastern China.
4) Ali, A.
& Yan, E.R. (2016) Stand structural diversity rather than species diversity enhances aboveground carbon storage in secondary subtropical forests in Eastern China. 2016 2nd graduate students’ forum (Guang Hua forum) held at School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University
. Available at http://www.sees.ecnu.edu.cn/index.php?classid=7345&newsid=10911&t=show (First presentation on 18th December, 2016)
3) Ali, A.,
Yan, E.R., Xu, M.S., Zhao, Y.T. & Zhou, L.L. (2015) Functional dominance and divergence predict carbon stocks in subtropical forests: Testing the mass ratio and niche complementarity hypotheses. 64th International symposium on ecology held at East China Normal University
, Shanghai (Research Poster on 26th Sep, 2015). Available at http://www.sees.ecnu.edu.cn/index.php?classid=7345&newsid=10609&t=show
2) Ali, A.
(2014) Deforestation: a key ecological issue. The Express Tribune
, opinion letter no. 697344. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/697344/deforestation-a-key-ecological-issue/
1) Ali, A.,
Yan, E.R. & Yang. X.D. (2013) Effects of stand structural diversity on carbon stocks in the subtropical forests of eastern China. 2013 national conference of Ecological Society of China (held at Nanchang China)
. Available at http://www.planta.cn/forum/files_planta/oeparagraphae__104.pdf (Page 26, Poster no. P38)