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The Forest Ecosystem Function Sustainability and Management Division is comprised of many individual groups, including the Natural Forest Conservation Group, the Secondary Forest Ecology and Management Group, the Plantation Forest Ecology Group, the Boundary Interface Ecology Group, the Ecological Meteorology Group, the Forestry Eco-engineering Group, the Landscape Ecology Group, the Landscape Process Group, and the Disturbance Ecology Group. The division currently has 18 full professors, 16 associate professors, and more than 60 postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. and M.S. students. The staff is comprised of a “CAS International Collaboration and Partnership Innovation Team”, two chief-scientists of the “National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program)”, one recipient of the Chinese “Distinguished Young Scholars of NSFC”, two recipients of the Chinese NSFC “National Excellent Young Scientist Award”, and four awardees of the Chinese Academy of Sciences “One Hundred Talents Program”.

Han Shijie: Male, Born in 1956, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Recipient of “One Hundred Talents Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chief Scientist of the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program). Dr. Han is currently director of the Changbai Mountain Forest Ecosystem Experimental Station. He has received the National Award for Progress in Sciences and Technologies, and the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award. Dr. Han is founder of boundary layer ecology. He was among the first cohort to study forest eddy flux and its in-situ measurement. His major contributions include documenting that old-growth broadleaf Korean pine continues to sequester carbon and developing new methods for measuring carbon flux between forest and atmosphere. He has been in charge of many Chinese national-level research projects, including an NSFC Young Researcher Project, four NSFC regular projects, two NSFC major projects, one International Collaboration Project, and one “973 Project”. He has published more than 50 SCI papers and 7 books.

Zhu Jiaojun: Male, 1965, Ph.D. with major in Forestry. Dr. Zhu is a recipient of the “One Hundred Talents Program” award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as the “Distinguished Young Scholars of NSFC” . He is a chief scientist of the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program). Dr. Zhu is the director of the CAS Qingyuan Forest Ecosystem Research Station, the deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology, and expert panel member in the Department of Life Sciences and Forestry of CNSF. He is also an editorial member of Journal of Forestry, Journal of Plant Ecology, Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology and Acta Ecologica Sinica. He has received the TWNSO Award in Agriculture in 1998, the National Award for Progress in Sciences and Technologies in 2008, and the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award in 2010. His research interests are forest ecology and management and shelter forest ecology. In pursuing these interests, he has: 1) Developed the concept of protective maturity in shelter forests; 2) Defined the age of protective maturity and phase-directional management of shelter plantations; 3) Evaluated the effects of the Three-North Shelter Forest Program (TNSFP) based on remote sensing data, and identified the main problems existing in the program; 4) Determined the pattern of water consumption and carrying capacity for shelter forests and reclassified shelter forest regions in Northeast China; and 5) Established new methods for quantifying secondary forest structure and applied those methods to manage these ecosystems. He has published more than 150 papers and 4 books, of which more than 40 papers have been indexed by SCI. He has also obtained seven patents, and three of his strategic consulting reports were adopted by the General Office of the Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

He Hongshi: Male, born in 1962, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Full Professor at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a recipient of the “One Hundred Talents Program” award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001. Dr. He works primarily on landscape ecology, forest landscape modeling, and global change ecology. He has developed an internationally recognized landscape model called LANDIS PRO, which has been widely used in more than 40 countries and regions. Dr. He has worked to develop the framework and standards for landscape modeling and clarify the mechanisms of how landscape processes affect forest ecosystems. He has published more than 150 papers, with more than 100 SCI papers. The total number of citations of his SCI papers is over 2200. Dr. He serves as a subject-editor for the journals of Landscape Ecology, Landscape and Urban Planning, Environmental Management, Ecological Processes, and Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology. He was the guest editor-in-chief for Ecological Modeling in 2004, Forest Ecology and Management in 2008, and Environmental Management in 2011.

Hao Zhanqing (PhD): Male, born in 1964, professor of ecology. He is currently the assistant director of the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAECAS), the director of the Forest Ecology and Forestry Engineering Center in the Institute, and the deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Forest and Soil Ecology. He also serves as a member of the Chinese National Committee for Diversitas, a member of the Biodiversity Committee of CAS, and an editorial committee member for the Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, Biodiversity Science, Acta Ecologica Sinica and Guihaia. Professor Hao’s research focuses primarily on forest ecology and biodiversity conservation. In 2004, he established a 25-ha permanent forest dynamic plot at Changbai Mountain, Northeastern China, which is the first large-scale forest plot in the temperate zone in the world. He has systematically conducted research on the spatial distribution patterns of species, species interactions, mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance, spatio-temporal dynamics of seed rain and seedlings, spatio-temporal heterogeneity of soil and litter, and community dynamics. His research has contributed significantly to community assembly theories developed for tropical forests. He has published many papers in major ecology journals, such as Journal of Ecology, Ecography, Oecologia, Oikos, PLoS ONE, and Journal of Vegetation Science.

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