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* Special Issue of Landscape Ecology: Landscape patterns and ecosystem processes of the Mongolian Plateau

1)    Wu J, Naeem S, Elser J, Bai Y, Huang J, Kang L, Pan Q, Wang Q, Hao S, Han X (2015) Testing biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationship in the world’s largest grassland: overview of the IMGRE project. Landscape Ecology 30(9):1723-1736.

2)    Wu J, Zhang Q, Li A, Liang C (2015) Historical landscape dynamics of Inner Mongolia: patterns, drivers, and impacts. Landscape Ecology 30(9):1579-1598.

3)    Yuan F, Wu J, Li A, Rowe H, Bai Y, Huang J, Han X (2015) Spatial patterns of soil nutrients, plant diversity, and aboveground biomass in the Inner Mongolia grassland: before and after a biodiversity removal experiment. Landscape Ecology 30(9):1737-1750

4)    Fang J, Bai Y, Wu J (2015) Towards a better understanding of landscape patterns and ecosystem processes of the Mongolian Plateau. Landscape Ecology 30(9):1573-1578.

5)    Briske DD, Zhao M, Han G, Xiu C, Kemp DR, Willms W, Havstad K, Kang L, Wang Z, Wu J, Han X, Bai Y (2015) Strategies to alleviate poverty and grassland degradation in Inner Mongolia: Intensification vs production efficiency of livestock systems. Journal of Environmental Management 152:177-182

6)    Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, C. F. Ford, S. G. Hao, L. Kang, and J. F. Harrison. 2012. Heavy Livestock Grazing Promotes Locust Outbreaks by Lowering Plant Nitrogen Content. Science 335:467-469.

7)    Lv, X. T., D. L. Kong, Q. M. Pan, M. E. Simmons, and X. G. Han. 2012. Nitrogen and water availability interact to affect leaf stoichiometry in a semi-arid grassland. Oecologia 168:301-310.

8)    Lv, X. T., G. T. Freschet, D. F. B. Flynn, and X. G. Han. 2012. Plasticity in leaf and stem nutrient resorption proficiency potentially reinforces plant-soil feedbacks and microscale heterogeneity in a semi-arid grassland. Journal of Ecology 100:144-150.

9)    Bai, Y., J. Wu, C. M. Clark, Q. Pan, L. Zhang, S. Chen, Q. Wang, and X. Han. 2012. Grazing alters ecosystem functioning and C:N:P stoichiometry of grasslands along a regional precipitation gradient. Journal of Applied Ecology 49:1204-1215.

10)    Yu, Q., H. H. Wu, N. P. He, X. T. Lv, Z. P. Wang, J. J. Elser, J. G. Wu, and X. G. Han. 2012. Testing the Growth Rate Hypothesis in Vascular Plants with Above- and Below-Ground Biomass. Plos One 7:ARTN e32162, DOI 32110.31371/journal.pone.0032162.

11)    Wei, C. Z., H. F. Zheng, Q. Li, X. T. Lv, Q. Yu, H. Y. Zhang, Q. S. Chen, N. P. He, P. Kardol, W. J. Liang, and X. G. Han. 2012. Nitrogen Addition Regulates Soil Nematode Community Composition through Ammonium Suppression. Plos One 7,:ARTN e43384, DOI 43310.41371/journal.pone.0043384.

12)    Wang, W., J. G. Wu, and X. G. Han. 2012. Estimation of soil carbon sequestration potential in typical steppe of Inner Mongolia and associated uncertainty. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 23:29-37.

13)    Li, A., J. G. Wu, and J. H. Huang. 2012. Distinguishing between human-induced and climate-driven vegetation changes: a critical application of RESTREND in inner Mongolia. Landscape Ecology 27:969-982.

14)    Li, S., P. H. Verburg, S. Lv, J. Wu, and X. Li. 2012. Spatial analysis of the driving factors of grassland degradation under conditions of climate change and intensive use in Inner Mongolia, China. Regional Environmental Change 12:461-474.

15)    Clark, C. M., Y. F. Bai, W. D. Bowman, J. M. Cowles, M. E. Fenn, F. S. Gilliam, G. K. Phoenix, I. Siddique, C. J. Stevens, H. U. Sverdrup, and H. L. Throop. 2012. Nitrogen deposition and terrestrial biodiversity. Pages 1-18 in D. Tilman, editor. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

16)    Zheng, S. X., Z. C. Lan, W. H. Li, R. X. Shao, Y. M. Shan, H. W. Wan, F. Taube, and Y. F. Bai. 2011. Differential responses of plant functional trait to grazing between two contrasting dominant C3 and C4 species in a typical steppe of Inner Mongolia, China. Plant and Soil 340:141-155.

17)    Zhang, G. M., X. G. Han, and J. J. Elser. 2011. Rapid top-down regulation of plant C:N:P stoichiometry by grasshoppers in an Inner Mongolia grassland ecosystem. Oecologia 166:253-264.

18)    Yu, Q., J. J. Elser, N. He, H. Wu, Q. Chen, G. Zhang, L. Zhang, and X. Han. 2011. Stoichiometric homeostasis of vascular plants in the Inner Mongolia grassland. Oecologia 166:1-10.

19)    Pan, Q. M., Y. F. Bai, J. G. Wu, and X. G. Han. 2011. Hierarchical Plant Responses and Diversity Loss after Nitrogen Addition: Testing Three Functionally-Based Hypotheses in the Inner Mongolia Grassland. Plos One 6:ARTN e20078, DOI 20010.21371/journal.pone.0020078.

20)    Liu, W., J. M. Wand, and Z. P. Wang. 2011. Plant functional type effects on methane uptake by soils in typical grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology 35:275-283.

21)    Kong, D. L., H. F. Wu, M. Wang, M. Simmons, X. T. Lv, Q. Yu, and X. G. Han. 2010. Structural and chemical differences between shoot- and root-derived roots of three perennial grasses in a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia China. Plant and Soil 336:209-217.

22)    Zheng, S. X., H. Y. Ren, Z. C. Lan, W. H. Li, K. B. Wang, and Y. F. Bai. 2010. Effects of grazing on leaf traits and ecosystem functioning in Inner Mongolia grasslands: scaling from species to community. Biogeosciences 7:1117-1132.

23)    Yu, Q., Q. S. Chen, J. J. Elser, N. P. He, H. H. Wu, G. M. Zhang, J. G. Wu, Y. F. Bai, and X. G. Han. 2010. Linking stoichiometric homoeostasis with ecosystem structure, functioning and stability. Ecology Letters 13:1390-1399.

24)    Wang, L., D. L. Wang, Y. G. Bai, Y. Huang, M. Fan, J. S. Liu, and Y. X. Li. 2010. Spatially complex neighboring relationships among grassland plant species as an effective mechanism of defense against herbivory. Oecologia 164:193-200.

25)    Su, Y. Y., L. D. Guo, and K. D. Hyde. 2010. Response of endophytic fungi of Stipa grandis to experimental plant function group removal in Inner Mongolia steppe, China. Fungal Diversity 43:93-101.

26)    Lv, X. T. and X. G. Han. 2010. Nutrient resorption responses to water and nitrogen amendment in semi-arid grassland of Inner Mongolia, China. Plant and Soil 327:481-491.

27)    Cease, A. J., S. G. Hao, L. Kang, J. J. Elser, and J. F. Harrison. 2010. Are color or high rearing density related to migratory polyphenism in the band-winged grasshopper, Oedaleus asiaticus? Journal of Insect Physiology 56:926-936.

28)    Bai, Y., J. Wu, C. M. Clark, S. Naeem, Q. Pan, J. Huang, L. Zhang, and X. Han. 2010. Tradeoffs and thresholds in the effects of nitrogen addition on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: evidence from inner Mongolia Grasslands. Global Change Biology 16:358 - 372.

29)    Yuan, F., J. Wu, Y. Bai, and X. Han. 2009. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationship. Pages 1-37 in J. G. Wu and J. Yang, editors. Lectures in Modern Ecology (IV): Theory and Applications. Higher Education Press, Beijing.

30)    Wu, J. G. 2009. Ecological dynamics in fragmented landscapes. Pages 438-444 in S. A. Levin, editor. The Princeton Guide  to Ecology. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

31)    Sun, X. F., J. H. Huang, M. Wang, and X. G. Han. 2009. Responses of litter decomposition to biodiversity manipulation in the Inner Mongolia grassland of China. Biodiversity Science 17:397-405.

32)    Huang, J., Y. Bai, and J. Y. 2009. Chapter 9, Xilingol grassland, Inner Mongolia. Pages 120-135 in C. R. Squires, X. Lv, Q. Lu, T. Wang, and Y. Yang, editors. Rangeland degradation and recovery in China’s pastoral lands. Oxfordshire: CAB International.

33)    Han, X. G., K. Owens, X. B. Wu, J. G. Wu, and J. H. Huang. 2009. The Grasslands of Inner Mongolia: A Special Feature. Rangeland Ecology and Management 62:303-304.

34)    Yuan, F., X. Han, J. Ge, and J. Wu. 2008. Net primary productivity of Leymus chinensis steppe in Xilin River Basin of Inner Mongolia and its responses to global climate change. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 19:2168-2176.

35)    Wu, J. G. 2008. Changing perspectives on biodiversity conservation: from species protection to regional sustainability. Biodiversity Science 16:205-213.

36)    Bai, Y., J. Wu, Q. Xing, Q. Pan, J. Huang, D. Yang, and X. Han. 2008. Primary production and rain use efficiency across a precipitation gradient on the Mongolia Plateau. Ecology 89:2140–2153.

37)    Bai, Y., J. Wu, Q. Pan, J. Huang, Q. Wang, F. Li, A. Buyantuyev, and X. Han. 2007. Positive Linear Relationship between Productivity and Diversity: Evidence from the Eurasian Steppe. Journal of Applied Ecology 44:1023-1034.

38)    Jiang, G., X. Han, and J. Wu. 2006. Restoration and management of the Inner Mongolia Grassland require a sustainable strategy. AMBIO 35:269-270.

 



COMPLETED DISSERTATIONS AND THESES

1)    Cease, A. J. 2012. Locust outbreaks and migration in the Asian steppe: The influence of land management practices and host plant nutrient status. Ph.D. Dissertation. Arizona State University, Tempe.

 

2)    Li, A. 2012. Historical Changes of the Inner Mongolia Grassland Ecosystem during the Shift in Land Use from Nomadism to Sedentariness. Ph.D. Dissertation. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

3)    Flynn, D. F. B. 2011. Linking plant traits and herbivory in grassland biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research. Ph.D. Dissertation. Columbia University, New York.

 

4)    Liu, J. 2011. A multiscale research on exploitation and utilization potential of bioenergy in Inner Mongolia. Ph.D. Dissertation. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

5)    Lv, X. 2010. Nutrient use responses of dominant plants to biodiversity, nitrogen and water amendment in a temperate steppe. Ph.D. Dissertation. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

6)    Kong, D. 2009. Effects of water addition, nitrogen addition and plant functional group removal on root structure and dynamics of a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia. Ph.D. Dissertation. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

7)    Yu, Q. 2009. The study of plant stoichiometry in a temperate steppe of Inner Mongolia. Ph.D. Dissertation. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

8)    Zhang, G. M. 2007. Ecological Stoichiometry of Interactions between Plants and Insects in the Inner Mongolia grassland. Ph.D. Dissertation. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

9)    Yuan, F. 2011. Spatial Relationships among Soil Nutrients, Plant Biodiversity and Aboveground Biomass in the Inner Mongolia Grassland, China M.S. Thesis. Arizona State University, Tempe.

 

10) Guan, X. 2011. Effects of intensity and utilization methods on community structure and functioning in the typical steppe. M.S. Thesis. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

11) Xu, S. 2011. Linkages between plant functional groups, soil stoichiometry and mineralization in a typical grassland. M.S. Thesis. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

12) Wang, W. 2011. Soil carbon sequestration potential of typical steppe in Xilinguole, Inner Mongolia. M.S. Thesis. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

13) Liu, W. 2010. Effects of plant community composition on methane flux in Inner Mongolia typical grassland. M.S. Thesis. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

14) Sun, X. F. 2009. Response of litter decomposition to biodiversity in a temperate steppe of Inner Mongolia. M.S. Thesis. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

15) Sha, Q. 2009. Soil nitrogen mineralization under the effect of plant species removal in a typical temperate steppe, Inner Mongolia. M.S. Thesis. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

16) Ren, H. 2009. Effects of grazing on plant C: N: P stoichiometry and resource allocation in the Xilin River basin, Inner Mongolia, China. M.S. Thesis. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Š      More than 50 conference presentations have been made by about 15 people from the IMGRE project, including PIs and graduate students.

Š      A symposium was organized at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (the 94th ESA Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA); Organizers: C. Clark and J.G. Wu

Š      With Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, IMGRE PIs (J. Wu, J. Elser, S. Naeem), co-organized the “Regional and Global Network of Grassland Ecosystem Research: Issues and Perspectives,” Beijing, China, August 12-14, 2009