Zhai, Deli

Member Profile

Deli Zhai
Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology University of Oklahoma
101 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman, OK 73019-5300, US
Email: zhaideli@mail.kib.ac.cn

RESEARCH AREA
Global climate change; Forest transition; Plantation Ecology; Land Use/Land Cover change

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, P. R. China. 2008-2012

M.S. in Ecology, College of Biology, Hainan Normal University, Haikou, P. R. China. 2005-2008

B.S. in Environment Science, Department of Chemistry, Hainan Tropical Ocean University (formerly Qiongzhou University), Sanya, China. 2002-2005

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT
Assistant professor, since 2015. Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China.

Postdoctoral researcher, 2012-2015. Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China.

Postdoctoral researcher, 2013-2013. Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute), University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Pattern, time lag, and causes of forest transition in Xishuangbanna, NSFC (31300403), 2014-2016, Principal Investigator

Mapping deciduous aged rubber plantations and natural forests through integration of MODIS and multi-temporal Landsat imagery, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2013M540722), 2013-2015, Principal Investigator

Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs, NSFC and Belmont Forum co-funded (41661144001), 2016-2018, Principal Participant

Investigating and recalibrating traditional ecological calendars and climate change adaptation in the Himalaya, the External Cooperation Program of Chinese Academy of Science (151853KYSB20160032), 2017-2019, Principal Participant

Reponses of Asia Mountain ecosystem to global changes and its adaptation, Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences of Chinese Academy of Science (QYZDY-SSW-SMC014), 2016- 2020, Principal Participant

PUBLICATIONS
1) Zhai, D.-L., Xu, J.-C., Dai, Z.-C. Schmidt-Vogt D., 2017. Lost in transition: forest transition and natural forest loss in tropical China. Plant Diversity (online).

2) Zhai, D.-L., Cannon, C.H., Dai, Z.-C., Zhang, C.-P., Xu, J.-C., 2015. Deforestation and fragmentation of natural forests in the upper Changhua watershed, Hainan, China: implications for biodiversity conservation. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187, 1-12.

3) Zhai, D.-L., Xu, J.-C., Dai, Z.-C., 2015. Forest Transition in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan. Plant Diversity and Resources 37, 99-104.

4) Zhai, D.-L., Xu, J.-C., Dai, Z.-C., Cannon, C., Grumbine, R.E., 2014. Increasing tree cover while losing diverse natural forests in tropical Hainan, China. Regional Environmental Change 14, 611-621.

5) Zhai, D.-L., Cannon, C.H., Slik, J.W.F., Zhang, C.-P., Dai, Z.-C., 2012. Rubber and pulp plantations represent a double threat to Hainan's natural tropical forests. Journal of Environmental Management 96, 64-73.

6) Zinda, J.A., Trac, C.J., Zhai, D.-L., Harrell, S., 2016. Dual-function forests in the returning farmland to forest program and the flexibility of environmental policy in China. Geoforum (in press).

7) Dai, Z.-C., Fu, W., Qi, S.-S., Zhai, D.-L., Chen, S.-C., Wan, L.-Y., Huang, P., Du, D.-L., 2016. Different Responses of an Invasive Clonal Plant Wedelia trilobata and its Native Congener to Gibberellin: Implications for Biological Invasion. Journal of Chemical Ecology 42, 85-94.

8) Kou, W., Xiao, X., Dong, J., Gan, S., Zhai, D.-L., Zhang, G., Qin, Y., Li, L., 2015. Mapping Deciduous Rubber Plantation Areas and Stand Ages with PALSAR and Landsat Images. Remote Sensing 7, 1048-1073.

9) Dai, Z.-C., Qi, S.-S., Miao, S.-L., Liu, Y.-T., Tian, Y.-F., Zhai, D.-L., Huang, P., Du, D.-L., 2015. Isolation of NBS-LRR RGAs from invasive Wedelia trilobata and the calculation of evolutionary rates to understand bioinvasion from a molecular evolution perspective. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 61, 19-27.

10) Qi, S.-S., Dai, Z.-C., Miao, S.-L., Zhai, D.-L., Si, C.-C., Huang, P., Wang, R.-P., Du, D.-L., 2014. Light limitation and litter of an invasive clonal plant, Wedelia trilobata, inhibit its seedling recruitment. Annals of Botany 114, 425-433.

11) Qi, S.-S., Dai, Z.-C., Zhai, D.-L., Chen S.-C., Si, C.-C., Huang, P., Wang, R.-P., Zhong Q.-X., Du, D.-L., 2014. Curvilinear effects of invasive plants on plant diversity: plant community invaded by Sphagneticola trilobata. PLoS One 9, e113964.

12) Dai, Z.-C., Si, C.-C., Zhai, D.-L., Huang, P., Qi, S.-S., Zhong, Q.-X., Hu, X., Li, H.-M., Du, D.-L., 2013. Human impacts on genetic diversity and differentiation in six natural populations of Madhuca hainanensis, an endemic and endangered timber species in China. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 50, 212-219.