Prof. Dr. Maihe Li
- 1996 - 1999: Dr. rer. net. techn. (Supervisors: Prof. Herbert Aulitzky, Prof. Hanno Richter), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
- 1994 - 1996: Degree in Forest Ecology (Supervisor: Prof. Herbert Aulitzky), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
- 1993 - 1994: Shanghai International Studies University, China
- 1990 - 1991: Teacher's vocational studies, Forestry University Nanjing, China
- 1981 - 1985: Degree in Forestry, Central-South University of Forestry & Technology, China
My research interests mainly concentrate on high-elevation ecosystems, global change ecology, and aboveground-belowground interactions of the plant-soil system in a rapidly changing world. My current research projects focus on ecophysiological responses, acclimation, and adaptation of plants/trees and their ecosystems to environmental change such as increasing air temperature, more severe and more frequent drought events, greater nitrogen deposition, and their interactions.
Previous research projects
- 21) Interactive effects of N and water on plant carbon physiology in semi-arid grasslands (using experimental sites in Xilinhaote experiments, Erguna research station) (in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Xingguo Han, Yong Jiang, Zhuwen Xu, Zhenwen Wang etc., 2010 - present)
- 20) Leaf triats of various tree species in a community in relation to environmental changes, funded by China West Normal University (2019 - 2020. Project participants: Zhong Du and Yanli Zhang)
- 19) Effects of drought duration on phenology, growth and physiology of Fagus sylvatica and Quercus petraea trees. China Scholarship Council CSC (No. 201703270004. 2018 - 2019; Project participant: Xiaogai Ge, Shennan Ouyang, Yue Yang etc.)
- 18) Drought effects on phenology with emphasis on reproductive phenology and the underlying physiological mechanisms in pine trees. Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation SSSTC (No. EG 06-032016. 2016 – 2018; Project participant: Peng He)
- 17) Spring recovery ability of previously drought-stressed trees in relation to resource storage. China Scholarship Council CSC (No. 201803270002. 2018 – 2019; Project participant: Yue Yang, Lijun Wu etc.)
- 16) Physiological coupling mechanisms of carbon and nutrient dynamics underlying the drought-induced decline of Scots pine. Swiss National Science Foundation SNF (No. 31003A_157126. 2015 – 2019; Project participant: Leonie Schönbeck etc.).
- 15) Ecophysiological mechanisms determining the elevational limits of different life forms: trees vs. shrubs vs. forbs. The National Natural Science Foundation of China NSFC (No. 41371076. 2014 – 2017; Project participant: Xue Wang etc.).
- 14) The alpine treeline dynamics and the underlying mechanisms in a changing world. The Fundamental Research Funds of the Academy of Forestry Sciences (No. CAFYBB2014ZD001. 2014 – 2017, in collaboration with Prof. Jingpin Lei).
- 13) Carbon dynamics and balance of woody plants at the respective upper limits – shrubs vs. trees across Eurasia. Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation SSSTC (No. EG 06-032015. 2015 – 2016; Project participant: Xue Wang etc.).
- 12) Ontogenetic effects on C-, N- and P-allocation in deciduous and evergreen trees under air warming. China Scholarship Council CSC (No. 201303270003. 2014 – 2015; Project participant: Jianfeng Liu)
- 11) Tree Height-diameter Relationships in the Alpine Treeline Ecotone Compared with Those in Closed Forests on Changbai Mountain, Northeastern China.China Scholarship Council CSC (No. 201604910644. 2016 – 2017; Project participant: Xiaoyu Wang).
- 10) Patterns and mechanisms of the high-mountain landscapes. Open-End Research Fund of the State Key Laboratory for Forest and Soil Ecology, China (No. LFSE2013-01. 2013 – 2014; Project participant: Xue Wang etc.).
- 9) Dynamics of the semi-arid grassland-forest boundary and the underlying mechanisms. Open-End Research Fund of the State Key Laboratory for Forest and Soil Ecology, China (No. LFSE2015-03, 2015 - 2015; Project participant: Wentao Lu etc.).
- 8) Carbon balance and the alpine treeline dynamics under climate change. The National Natural Science Foundation of China NSFC (No. 40771071. 2008 – 2010; Project participants: Hongli Pan and Zhong Du).
- 7) Carbon- and nutrient-physiology of trees growing at their northernmost limits compared to the upper limits. The China National Public Welfare Foundations of State Forestry Administration (Key Program. No. CAFIFEEPZBB2007001. 2007 – 2011, in collaboration with Prof. Wenfa Xiao and Zuoming Shi)
- 6) Comparing and linking the δ13C and δ18O in needles and tree rings for understanding the past physiology in trees. Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation SSSTC (No. EG 44-092011. 2012 - 2012; Project participant: Caifeng Yan).
- 5) Effects of global changes on soil Collembola. Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation SSSTC (No. EG 07-092009. 2009 - 2009; Project participant: Guoliang Xu).
- 4) The reaction of soil fauna to environment changes. (Swiss) Staatssekretariat für Bildung und Forschung SBF (No. 2007.0266. 2007 – 2008; Project participant: Guoliang Xu)
- 3) Physiological mechanisms of the alpine treeline formation in areas of the Gonggan Mts. The National Natural Science Foundation of China NSFC (No. 30540039. 2006 - 2006; Project participant: Junyan Zhang).
- 2) Climate change effects on wetland landscape in Zoige, eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. China Scholarship Council CSC (No. 2004851026. 2004 – 2005; Project participant: Pengfei Qiu).
- 1) Radial growth responses of Cryptomeria japonica to the climate. Open-End Research Fund of the key laboratory of ecological processes at Institute of Mountain Hazards and Development CAS (2005 - 2005; Project participant: Xiaohu Cai).
He, P.; Fontana, S.; Ma, C.; Liu, H.; Xu, L.; Wang, R.; Jiang, Y.; Li, M., 2023: Using leaf traits to explain species co-existence and its consequences for primary productivity across a forest-steppe ecotone. Science of the Total Environment, 859: 160139 (12 pp.). doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.160139
Cong, Y.; Saurer, M.; Bai, E.; Siegwolf, R.; Gessler, A.; Liu, K.; Han, H.; Dang, Y.; Xu, W.; He, H.S.; Li, M., 2022: In situ13CO2 labeling reveals that alpine treeline trees allocate less photoassimilates to roots compared to low-elevation trees. Tree Physiology, 42, 10: 1943-1956. doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpac048
Yu, W.; Zhang, L.; Luo, F.; Yu, F.; Li, M., 2022: Roles of clonal parental effects in regulating interspecific competition between two floating plants. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.924001
Wang, X.; Schönbeck, L.; Gessler, A.; Yang, Y.; Rigling, A.; Yu, D.; He, P.; Li, M., 2022: The effects of previous summer drought and fertilization on winter non-structural carbon reserves and spring leaf development of downy oak saplings. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13: (12 pp.). doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.1035191
Wang, C.; Brunner, I.; Zong, S.; Li, M., 2022: Contrasting dynamics in the fine root mass of angiosperm and gymnosperm forests on the global scale. Ecosystems, doi: 10.1007/s10021-022-00766-5
Niu, F.; Li, Z.; Malladi, A.; Zhang, D.; Li, M., 2016: Expression dynamics of two Pht1 genes in Eucalyptus dunnii and Corymbia citriodora in relation to phosphate supply. In: Takahashi, M. (eds), 2016: Proceedings of the 2015 international conference on medicine and biopharmaceuticals. International conference on medicine and biopharmaceuticals (ICMB), Guilin, China, August 15-16, 2015. 1374-1385. doi: 10.1142/9789814719810_0176
Pan, H.; Liu, X.; Li, M., 2010: Non-linear Responses of Morphology and Growth of Fargesia nitida to Altitude in Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan, Southwestern China. In: Zhang, H.; Yu, X. (eds), 2010: Regional Soil Contamination Surveying, Environmental Documentation. Symposium from Cross-strait Environment and Resources and 2nd Representative Conference of Chinese Environmental Resources and Ecological Conservation Society, Linyi. 197-205.
Zhong, Y.; Li, M.; Kräuchi, N., 2004: Global warming facilitates plant migration and biological invasion. Geographical Research, 23, 3: 437-445.
Li, M.; Kräuchi, N., 2004: Using a combined index of native and non-native plant diversity for estimating ecosystem and environmental change over time and space. In: 2004: Bridging Scales and Epistemologies. Linking Local Knowledge with Global Science in Multi-Scale Assessments. Proceedings of International Conference. (20 pp.).
Li, M.; Zhong, Y.; Kräuchi, N., 2004: Effects of global climate change on vegetation change. In: Chen, B.Z.; Quin, D.H. (eds), 2004: Proceedings of the Symposium on Climate Change and Ecological Environment. Symposium on Climate Change and Ecological Environment. 411-418.
- Mountain Ecology and Environment (20 hrs)
- Plant Carbohydrates (6 hrs)
- 1) Dr. Xiao-Hu Cai (2005 - 2005)
- 2) Dr. Pengfei Qiu (2007 - 2008)
- 3) Dr. Guoliang Xu (2008 - 2010)
- 4) Dr. Caifeng Yan (2012 - 2014, in collaboration with Professor Dr. Xingguo Han at Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- 5) Dr. Xin Sui (2016 - 2018, in collaboration with Professor Dr. Hongwei Ni at Heilongjiang Academy of Forestry, China)
(Joint) PhD Students
- 1) Jun-Yan Zhang (2004 - 2008, co-supervised with Prof. Dr. Genwei Cheng at University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- 2) Hong-Li Pan (2006 - 2009)
- 3) Zhong Du (2007 - 2010)
- 4) Caifeng Yan (2009 - 2012, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Shijie Han at University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- 5) Xue Wang (2012 - 2015, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Yong Jiang at University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- 6) Xiaoyu Wang (2015 - 2018, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Limin Dai and Dapao Yu at University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- 7) Leonie Schönbeck (2015 - 2019, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Kahmen Ansgar at University of Basel)
- 8) Peng He (2016 - 2019, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Yong Jiang at University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- 9) Yu Cong (2016 - 2019, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Hong S. He at Northeast Normal University, China)
- 10) Yue Yang (2017 - ......, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Zhenfang Wu at Northeast Normal University, China)
- 11) Ao Wang (2017 - ......, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Andreas Rigling at ETH Zurich)
- 12) Yanyan Ni (2017 - ......, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Wenfa Xiao at the Chinese Academy of Forestry)
- 13) Peng Zhang (2018 - ......, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Guangze Jin at Northeast Forestry University, China)
Joint MSc Students
- 1) Pan Li (2004 - 2007, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Sangen Wang at Southwest University, China)
- 2) Jie Wu (2005 - 2008, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Sangen Wang at Southwest University, China)
- 3) Ao Wang (2015 - 2017, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Feihai Yu at Beijing Forestry University, China)
- 4) Yanli Zhang (2017 - 2020, co-supervised with Professor Dr. Jingpin Lei at the Chinese Academy of Forestry)
- Lei Zhang (Guest PhD student, 2015.11 - 2016. 8)
- Professor Dr. Jianfeng Liu (2014. 5 - 2015. 4)
- Professor Dr. Zhuwen Xu (2016. 2 - 2016. 3)
- Professor Dr. Xiaotao Lyv (2016.4 - 2016. 5)
- Professor Dr. Xiaogai Ge (2018. 5 - 2019. 5)
- Professor Dr. Haiyan Ren (2018. 1 - 2018. 2)
- Professor Dr. Zhong Du (2019. 5 - 2020. 8)
- Professor Dr. Xin Sui (2020. 12 - 2021. 12)