Biography & Abstract



Prof. Shirong Liu

Chinese Academy of Forestry



Dr. Shirong Liu was graduated in 1990 with PhD majoring in forest ecology at the Northeast Forestry University, PR. China. He has long been research working on forest ecosystem ecology and forest eco-hydrology at Chinese Academy of Forestry since 1990. In 1994-1995 He was at the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management, the University of Edinburgh, UK, as a Post-doctoral Fellow working on impacts of climate change on forests and trees. In 1995-1996, he was at the College of Forest Resource, North Carolina State University, USA, as a visiting scholar working on protected areas management and biodiversity conservation. Since 2004, He has been the vice president of the Chinese Academy of Forestry and the chief research scientisit in the field of forest ecology. He is also a board member of IUFRO and INTECOL, Director-general of Ecological Society of China, and Chairman of the Association of Forest Ecology, Forestry Society of China.
His current research fields are forest eco-hydrology, focusing on long term restoration hydrology and large scale watershed hydrology, and climate change and eco-hydrolological responses, forest adaptation and watershed management.


Title: China's Research in Ecology - Interface between Science and Policy-Making

Abstract: Ecology is traditionally defined as the study of how living and non-living things interact with each other and also with their environment, while the scope of Ecology is dramatically expanding with cross-scale and cross-disciplinary approaches in response to the complex and emerging regional/global eco-environmental problems. To tackle the existing challenges and cope with uncertainties under climate change, China’s ecology research not only aims at the global ecology research frontier, but also emphasizes its role in underpinning the well-informed policy-making and the implementation of national strategies in support of eco-civilization and sustainable development, through provision of eco-friendly philosophy and concepts, ecological techniques and knowledge for national key engineering projects.

China’s ecology research has accomplished a number of achievements in basic ecology, applied ecology and long term ecosystem research network. The future China’s ecology needs highlighting innovative scientific discovery and intrinsic ecosystem mechanism understanding, and interdisciplinary research on multi-processes and multi-scales; emphasizing process-based system modelling and prediction, while bridging ecological science and well inform decision and policy making. China’s ecology will continue to attach attention on global change ecology, ecosystem services and ecosystem management, ecology in extreme living environment, degraded ecosystem rehabilitation, conservation biology, invasive species and ecological control, biogeochemical cycles, eco-hydrology and watershed management, epidemic ecology and evolution, urban ecology, eco-civilization and sustainable development.