Yuelin Li,  Ph.D, Professor


South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Guangzhou 510650
P. R. China
Tel. +86 20 37252678 /37252615.
Fax: +86 20 37252615 /


Research Areas

Forest Ecology;Environmental Ecology


1. July 2005 - July 2007   Postdoc Fellowship

Dept. of Plant Ecology, Bayreuth University, Germany

2. Sept./1999--Jun./2002      Ph.D.

Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences & South China Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences,  P. R. China 

Major: Plant ecology

Vice-president, graduate student association of South China Institute of Botany

3. Sept./ 1996 -- Jul./ 1999    M.S

Central South Forestry University, P. R. China

  Major: Forest Cultivation

  President of graduate student association of Central South Forestry University

4. Sept./1992 -- Jul./1996     B.S

Central South Forestry University, P. R. China

  Major: Forestry


Work Experience

December 2015 - to date   Chun Woon-young professor,  South China Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

December 2008 - to date     Associate professor, South China Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

August 2012                  Visiting scientist, Dept. of Plant Ecology, Bayreuth University, Germany

July 2010- August 2010      Visiting scientist, Kangwon University, South Korea

May 2008 – July 2008  Visiting scientist, Dept. of Plant Ecology, Bayreuth University, Germany

November 2003 – June 2005, Assistant Professor, South China Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

May 2003 – October 2003      DAAD fellowship, Visiting scientist, Dept. of Plant Ecology, Bayreuth University, Germany

June 2002 – May 2003   Assistant Professor, South China Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sept.1996 –July 1999   A part-time assistant of the department of forestry, Central South Forestry University, China

Teaching Experience


PhD Theses

Yang Fangfang (2011). Dynamics of coarse woody debris in the monsoon evergreen broadleaved forest at Dinghushan reserve, China. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Master theses

Huang Dewei (2012). Comparison of sap flow velocities of dominant species in coniferous and broad-leaved mixed forests in Dinghushan. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Zhang Yaru (2013). Effects of simulated acid rain on the photosynthetic and physiologic characteristics of dominant understory plants in Dinghushan Mountain of subtropical China. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Ou Yangxu (2014). Responses of hydrological processes to simulated warming in two main forest types in Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Cheng Jing (2015) Water use characteristics and its controlling factors in two main forest types in Dinghushan. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Wang Yue (2016).The ecological characteristics and reintroduction of Begonia fimbristipula Hance. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences(co-supervisor).

Wang Lijing (2018). Canopy stomatal conductance and water use characteristics of the dominant trees at different succession stages in Dinghushan. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Deng Yonghong (2019). Hydrological and hydrochemistry response to simulated warming in three main forest types at Dinghushan, Southern China. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.


  1. Zhang Qiang, Liu Qing, Yin Huajun, Zhao Chunzhang, Zhang Lin, Zhou Guoying, Yin Chunying, Lu Zhijun, Xiong Gaoming, Li Yuelin, Li Jiaxiang, Xu Wenting, Tang Zhiyao and Xie Zongqiang. C:N:P stoichiometry of Ericaceae species in shrubland biomes across Southern China: influences of climate, soil and species identity. J Plant Ecol, 12(2): 346-357, 2019.

  2. Dennis Otieno, Li Yuelin*, Liu Xiaodong, Zhou Guoyi, Cheng Jing, Ou Yangxu, et al. Spatial heterogeneity in stand characteristics alters water use patterns of mountain forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 236, 78-86, 2017. (* Corresponding author)

  3. Fang Xiong, Zhou Guoyi, Li Yuelin, Liu Shizhong, Chu Guowei, Xu Zhihong, Liu Juxiu. Warming effects on biomass and composition of microbial communities and enzyme activities within soil aggregates in subtropical forest. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 52(3)353-365, 2016.

  4. Zhang Taiping, Huang Xinyu, Yang Yue, Li Yuelin, Randy A. Dahlgren. Spatial and temporal variability in nitrous oxide and methane emissions in urban riparian zones of the Pearl River Delta. Environ Sci Pollut Res. 231552-1564, 2016.

  5. Liu Xiaodong, Li Yuelin*, Chen Xiuzhi, Zhou Guoyi, Cheng Jing, Zhang Deqiang, et al. Partitioning evapotranspiration in an intact forested watershed in southern China. Ecohydrology, 8(6):1037-1047, 2015. (*co-first authors)

  6. Dennis Otieno, Li Yuelin*, Ou Yangxu, Zhang Qianmei, Cheng Jing, Liu Shizhong, Tang Xuli, Eun-young Jung, Zhang Deqiang, John Tenhunen. Stand characteristics and water use at two elevations in a sub-tropical evergreen forest in southern China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 194C: 155-166. 2014.(* Corresponding author)

  7. Liu Juxiu, Zhang Deqiang, Huang Wenjuan, Zhou Guoyi *, Li Yuelin, Liu Shizhong. Quantify the loss of major ions induced by CO2 enrichment and nitrogen addition in subtropical model forest ecosystems. Journal of Geography Research. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 10.1002/2013JG002343, 2014.

  8. Li yuelin, Yang Fangfang, Ou Yangxu, Zhang Deqiang, Liu Juxiu, Chu Guowei, Yaru Zhang, Dennis Otieno, Guoyi Zhou. Changes in forest soil properties in different successional stages in lower tropical China. PLoS ONE, 8(11): e81359. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081359, 2013.

  9. Zhou Guoyi, Peng Changhui, Li Yuelin, Liu Shizhong, Zhang Qianmei, Tang Xuli, Liu Jiuxiu, Yan Junhua, Zhang Deqiang, Chu Guowei. A climate change–induced threat to the ecological resilience of a subtropical monsoon evergreen broadleaved forest in south China. Global Change Biology, 19(4): 1197-1210, 2013.

  10. Jingfeng XiaoGe SunJiquan ChenHui ChenShiping ChenGang DongShenghua GaoHaiqiang GuoJixun GuoShijie HanTomomichi KatoYuelin LiGuanghui LinWeizhi LuMingguo MaSteven McNultyChangliang ShaoXufeng WangXiao XieXudong ZhangZhiqiang ZhangBin ZhaoGuangsheng ZhouJie Zhou. Carbon fluxes, evapotranspiration, and water use efficiency of terrestrial ecosystems in China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 182-18376-90, 2013.

  11. Yao Yunjun, Liang Shunlin, Cheng Jie, Liu Shaomin, Joshua B. Fisher, Zhang Xudong, Jia Kun , Zhao Xiang, Qin Qiming, Zhao Bin, Han Shijie, Zhou Guangsheng, Zhou Guoyi, Li Yuelin et al., MODIS-driven estimation of terrestrial latent heat flux in China based on a modified Priestley–Taylor algorithm. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 171-172: 187-202, 2013.

  12. Li Yuelin, Yan Junhua, Zhou Guoyi, Zhang Deqiang. Quantification of ecosystem carbon exchange characteristics in a dominant subtropical evergreen forest ecosystem. Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 48(1): 1-10, 2012.

  13. Chen Xiaomei, Li Yuelin, Mo Jiangming, Otieno Dennis, Tenhunen John, Yan Junhua, Liu Juxiu, Zhang Deqiang. Effects of nitrogen deposition on soil organic carbon fractions in the subtropical forest ecosystems of S China. Journal of plant nutrition and soil science, 175: 947-953, 2012.

  14. Tan Zheng-Hong, Zhang Yi-Ping, Liang Naishen, Yue-Joe Hsia, Zhang Yong-Jiang, Zhou Guo-Yi, Li Yue-Lin, et al., An observational study of the carbon-sink strength of East Asian subtropical evergreen forests.  Environmental research letters, (7) 044017. Doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044017, 2012.

  15. Huang Wenjuan, Liu Juxiu, Zhang Deqiang, Li Yuelin, D. Otieno, Xu Zhihong, Li Yin, Liu Shizhong, Chu Guowei. Responses of soil acid phosphomonoesterase activity to simulated nitrogen deposition in three forests of subtropical China. Pedosphere, 22(5): 698-706, 2012.

  16. Liu Juxiu, Zhou Guoyi, Xu Zhihong, Duan Honglang, Li Yuelin, Zhang Deqiang. Photosynthesis acclimation, leaf nitrogen concentration, and growth of four tree species over 3 years in response to elevated carbon dioxide and nitrogen treatment in subtropical China. Journal of Soils and sediments, 11:1155-1164, 2011.

  17. Huang Yuhui, Li Yuelin, Xiao Yin, Katherine O.Wenigmann, Zhou Guoyi, Zhang Deqiang, Mike Wenigmann, Tang Xuli, Liu Juxiu. Controls of litter quality on the carbon sink in soils through partitioning the products of decomposing litter in a forest succession series in South China. Forest Ecology and Management, 261(7): 1170-1177, 2011.

  18. Hussain, M. Z., T. Grünwald, J. D. Tenhunen, Li Yuelin, H. Mirzae, C. Bernhofer, D. Otieno, N.Q. Dinh, M. Schmidt, M. Wartinger, K. Owen, Summer drought influence on CO2 and water fluxes of extensively managed grassland in Germany. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment141(1-2): 67–76, 2011.

  19. Otieno D.O., Mirzaei H., Hussain M.Z., Li Yuelin., Schmidt M., Wartinger M. Jung, E., Pereira J.S. and Tenhunen J. Herbaceous layer development during spring does not deplete soil nitrogen in the Portuguese montado. J. Arid Environments 75:231-238,  2011.

  20. Yang Fang-fang, Li Yue-lin, Zhou Guo-Yi, K.O. Wenigmann, Zhang De-Qiang, Mike Wenigmann, Liu Shi-Zhong, Zhang Qian-Mei. Dynamics of coarse woody debris and decomposition rates in an old-growth forest in lower tropical China.  Forest Ecology and Management, 259(8): 1666-1672, 2010,

  21. Zhou Guo-yi, Wei Xiao-Hua, Luo Yan, Zhang Ming-Fang, Li Yue-Lin, Qiao Yu-Na, Liu Hai-Gui, and Wang Chun-Lin, Forest recovery and river discharge at the regional scale of Guangdong Province, China, Water Resource Research. 46, W09503, doi:10.1029/2009WR008829. 2010.

  22. Hussain M.Z., Otieno D.O., Mirzae H, Li Yue-Lin et al. CO2 exchange and biomass development of the herbaceous vegetation in the Portuguese montado ecosystem during spring. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 132, 143–152, 2009.

  23. Liu Shen, Li Yue-lin*, Zhou Guo-yi, Zhang De-qiang. K Owen, Luo Y, D Otieno, J Tenhunen. Applying biomass and stem fluxes to quantify temporal and spatial fluctuations of an old-growth forest in disturbance. Biogeosciences. 6 (9): 1839-1848, 2009.

  24. Yan Junhua, Zhou GuoyYi, Li Yuelin*, Zhang Dengqiang, Otieno, D., and Tenhunen, J.  A comparison of CO2 fluxes via eddy covariance measurements with model predictions in a dominant subtropical forest ecosystem, Biogeosciences Discuss. 6, 2913-2937, 2009.

  25. Li Yuelin, J. Tenhunen, H. Mirzae, et al. Assessment and up-scaling of CO2 exchange by patches of the herbaceous vegetation mosaic in a Portuguese cork oak woodland. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 148: 1318-1331, 2008.

  26. Li Yuelin, D.Otieno, K.Owen, J.Tenhunen, Zhang Yun, Lin Yong-Biao, Rao Xin-Quan. Temporal Variability in Soil CO2 Emission in an Orchard Forest Ecosystem in Lower Subtropical China. Pedosphere, 18:273-283, 2008.

  27. Li Yuelin, J. Tenhunen, K. Owen, M. Schmitt, M. Bahn, D. Otieno, M. Schmidt, Th. Gruenwald, M.Z. Hussain, H. Mirzae, Ch. Bernhofer. Patterns in CO2 gas exchange capacity of grassland ecosystems in the Alps. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 148: 51-68, 2008.

  28. Mirzae H, Kreyling J, Hussain MZ, Li Yuelin, Tenhunen JD, Beirkuhnlein C, Jentsch A. A single drought event of 100-year recurrence enhances subsequent carbon uptake and changes carbon allocation in experimental grassland communities. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 171 (5): 681-689, 2008.

  29. Li Yuelin, Zhao P, Peng S L. Modeling the relationship between soil CO2 emission and environmental factors in lower subtropical China. Tropische Biodiversität im globalen Wandel. Tagungsband für 16. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, 19-22 Februar,  Rostock, Deutschland, Seite 211. 2003.

  30. Zhao P, Sun G C, Zeng X P, Peng S L, Li Yuelin. Photosynthetic responses of plants to elevated CO2 and possible effects on community composition and succession in different lower subtropical forests in South China under global change. Tropische Biodiversität im globalen Wandel. Tagungsband für 16. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, 19-22 Februar, Rostock, Deutschland, Seite 209. 2003.

Research Interests

1. Plant ecophysiology: Water relations, stress physiology, adaptations to water stress and forest land ecology.
2. Carbon balance of forest ecosystems.
3. Ecosystem functioning: Community processes, biotic interactions and the interactions among plant communities with their physical environments.
4. Landscape ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem carbon and water fluxes.



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