Address: Haidian District, Xiangshan Nanxincun No. 20, State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Postcode: 100093
Telephone:  010-62836508

Research Areas

Vegetation Ecology, Conservation Ecology, Restoration Ecology

Admissions Information

Vegetation Ecology, Master of Degree, 1 Student 
Test Subjects: Politics, English, Botany, Plant Ecology


1979.9-1983.7: Inner Mongolia University, Biology, Bachelor of Science

1992.7-1999.7: Utrecht University, Department of Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Ph.D.

Work Experience

1983.9-Present: Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Academic Tenure

Director, China Association for Scientific Expedition
Director, The China Society on Tibet Plateau
Director and Secretary-General, Ecological Society of Beijing
Committee member, Fourth Forest Resources Assessment Committee of State Forestry Administration
Associate Editor, Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology
Editorial Board, Guihaia

Projects Undertaken

1983-1991: Participated in a series of scientific surveys and research projects: comprehensive scientific expedition of Henduan Mountains (1983-1984), vegetation survey in Changbai Mountains (1985), China-British vegetation survey in Fanjingshan Mountains(1985), vegetation survey in Luliang Mountains(1985), vegetation survey in Tianshan Mountains(1986), plant resources survey in southwest of Guizhou province (1986), suitable tree research in Mu Us region(1987-1989), comprehensive scientific expedition of Karakorum - Kunlun Mountains (1987 - 1990), China-US desert plants survey in Xinjiang province (1989), China-Pakistan comprehensive vegetation survey in northwest of Himalayas and Karakoram Mountains(1989), Study on the optimize ecological model of grassland in northern China (1989-1992), China-United States desert vegetation survey in the western United States (1990), comprehensive scientific vegetation in Qinghai Hoh Xil region (1990), China-France scientific expedition in Karakorum - Kunlun Mountains (1990-1991).
1992-1999: mainly engaged in the cooperation of China-Netherlands Water Green Okabayashi ecology.
1992-1999: Mainly engaged in the cooperation of China-Netherlands project: ecological research of Fagus forest in China
1999 - Present: participated in and chaired a series of research: ecological environment in arid region of western China: evolution and prediction (973, 1999 to 2004, Chair), experiment and demonstration study on comprehensive management of agro-pastoral interlaced region of Hunshandake sandy land and north part of Beijing (Innovation Project of CAS project, 2000-2004, sub-theme chair), sharing systems of vegetation and species information (scientific and technological project, 2001-2005, chair), geographical distribution of the genus Fagus in East Asia (Fund, 2005-2007, Chair), endangered factors of four firs in southeastern China: geographical and climate change (Fund, 2007, Chair), species adaptability and optimal allocation in karst region of southwest China (973, 2006-2010, Chair), associated degradation mechanism of vegetation and soil in karst region of southwest China (Innovation Project of CAS project, 2007-2009, chair), Habitat expand principles of Abies endangered species in southern China (innovation project of CAS project, 2007-2009, attend).
In research projects: comprehensive scientific expedition in north China and adjacent regions (2008-2012, science and technology foundation special project, attend), climate change and related issues of carbon balance arguments (special, 2011-2005, attend), compilation of research on vegetation of China and vegetation mapping work.

Papers and Book Directory

GUO- Ke. 1993. Vegetation of Qinghai Hoh Xil Region. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 17(2): 120-132.
GUO- Ke. 1995. Main characteristics of Littledalea racemosa alpine steppe in Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 19(3): 248-254.
GUO- Ke, Dong-Xuejun, Zhao-Yuxing, Liu-Zhimao. 1996. Variation in transpiration rate of plant cuttings. Acta Botanica Sinica, 38(8): 661-665.
GUO- Ke, Li-Bosheng, Zheng-Du. 1997. Floristic composition and distribution in the Karakorum –Kunlun Mountains. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 21(2): 105-114.
GUO- Ke, Zheng-Du, Li-Bosheng. 1998. The characteristics of plant life form spectrain in the Karakorum Kunlun Mountains. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 22(1): 51-59.
GUO- Ke, Marinus J.A., Werger. 1999. Different responses to shade of evergreen and deciduous oak seedlings and the effect of acorn size. Acta Oecologia, 20(6): 579-586.
GUO- Ke. 2000. Cyclic succession of Artemisia ordosica krasch community in the Mu Us Sandy Grassland. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 24(2): 243-247.
GUO-Ke, Dong Xuejun, Liu Zhimao. 2000. Characteristics of soil moisture content on sand dunes in Mu Us sandy grassland: why artemisia ordosicadeclines on old fixed sand dunes. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 24(3): 275-279.
Guo-Ke. 2000. Germination, seedling survival and growth of two Carpinus species from a Chinese beech forest. Acta phytoecologica Sinica, 24(4): 385-390.
Guo-Ke, LI-Rui, Marinus J.A. Werger. 2001. Effect of acorn burying depth on germination, seedling emergence and development of Quercus aliena var. acuteserrata. Acta Botanica Sinica, 43(9): 974-978.
Guo-Ke, Zheng-Du. 2002. Regional differentiation of vegetation on the west Kunlun, the west Karakorum, and the north-west Himalaya and the implication for the ecological environment. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 26(1): 17-22.
Guo-Ke. 2003. Seedling establishment of Fagus engleriana, a dominant in mountain deciduous forests. Chinese Jounal of Applied Ecology, 14(2): 161-164.
Guo-Ke. Marinus Werger. 2004. Responses of Fagus engleriana seedlings to light and nutrient availability. Chinese Bulletin of Botany, 46(5): 533-541.
Guo-Ke, Liu-Haijing. 2004. A comparative researches on the development of elm seedlings in four habitats in the Hunshandak Sandland, Inner Mongolia, China. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 24(9): 2024-2028.
Guo-Ke. 2008. How to save four endangered firs in South China under Global warming? World Engineering Convention, Brasilia.
Guo-Ke, Marinus Werger. 2010. Effect of prevailing monsoons on the distribution of beeches in continental East Asia. Forest Ecology and Management, 259, 2197-2203.
Liu-Haijing, Guo-Ke*. 2003. Classification and ordination analysis of plant communities in Inter-dune lowland in Hunshandak Sandy Land . Acta Ecologica Sinica, 23(10): 2163-2169.
Liu-Haijing, Guo-Ke*. 2005. The impacts of sand burial on seedling development of Caragana intermedia . Acta Ecologica Sinica, 25(10): 2550-2556.
Song-Changye, Guo-Ke*. 2007. Relationship between plant community and soil on the interdune lowland in the middle of otingdag sand land. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 31(1): 40-49.
Xiong-Lijun, Guo-Ke*, Zhao-Changming, Liu-Changcheng. 2007. Species diversity of Fagus pashanica community in Daba Mountains,Sichuan. Biodiversity Science, 15(4): 400-407.
Hu-Jianying, Guo-Ke*, Dong-Ming. 2008. Variation of leaf structure of two dominant species in alpine grassland and the relationship between leaf structure and ecological factors. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 32(2): 370-378.
Xiong-Lijun, Guo-Ke*, Zhao-Changming, Liu-Changcheng. 2008. Species diversity of Fagus engleriana community in Daba Mountains, Sichuan, China. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 28(8): 4007-4014.
Wei-Yafen, Guo-Ke*, Chen-Jiquan. 2008. Effect of precipitation pattern on recruitmet of soil water in Kubuqi Desert, northwestern China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 32(6): 1346-1355.
Liu-Changcheng, Wei-Yafen, Liu-Yuguo, Guo- Ke*. 2009. Biomass of canopy and shrub layers of karst forests in Puding, Guizhou, China. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology, 33(4): 698-705.
Chang-Cheng Liu, Yu-Guo Liu, Ke- Guo*, Yuan-Run Zheng. 2010. Influence of drought intensity on the response of six woody karst species subjected to successive cycles of drought and rewatering. Physiologia Plantarum, 139: 39-54.
Chang-Cheng Liu, Yu-Guo Liu, Ke- Guo*, Da-Yong Fan, Li-Fei Yu, Rui Yang. 2011. Exploitation of patchy soil water resources by the clonal vine Ficus tikoua in karst habitats of southwestern China. Acta Physiol Plant, 33:93-102.
Changcheng Liu, Yuguo Liu, Ke Guo*, Dayong Fan, Guoqing Li, Yuanrun Zheng, Lifei Yu, Rui Yang. 2011. Effect of drought on pigments, osmotic adjustment and antioxidant enzymes in six woody plant species in karst habitats of southwestern China. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 71, 174-183.
Liu Chang-Cheng, Liu Yu-Guo Liu, Ke Guo*, Guo-Qing Li, Yuan-Run Zheng, Li-Fei Yu, Rui Yang, 2010. Comparative ecophysiological responses to drought of two shrub and four tree species from karst habitats of southwestern China. Trees, DOI 10.1007/s00468-010-0533-7.

Guo Ke. 1996. The Six Chapter Vegetaion. in: The natural environment in Hoh Xil Region of Qinghai province (Edt. Li Bingyuan), Science Press. 100-118.
Guo Ke. 1996. 1:1,000,000 vegetation map in Hoh Xil region of Qinghai province. In: The natural environment in Hoh Xil Region of Qinghai province (Edt. Li Bingyuan), Science Press. Attachment 2.
Guo Ke. 1999. The Seven Chapter, Biology (write); The Eight Chapter (participate), Landscape ecology type (participate); The Nine Chapter, vertical nature zone (participate). in: Geography of Karakorum-Kunlun Mountain Region (Edt. Zheng Du). Science Press. 85-137.
Guo Ke. 1999. Seedling Performance of Dominant Tree Species in Chinese Beech Forests. Utrecht University. (ISBN: 90-393-2020-9) .
Guo Ke. 2003. Nature Reserve of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: achievements and prospects. in: The environment and development of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Edt. Zheng Du), Hebei Science and Technology Press, 176-192.

Graduate Education

Name                   Degree                     Start time      Graduate time
Liu Haijing           Master’s Degree     2001.9           2004.7
Song Chuangye    Master’s Degree     2002.9           2005.7
Hu Jianying         Master’s Degree     2004.9           2007.7
Xiong Lijun         Master’s Degree     2004.9           2007.7
Wei Yafen           Master’s Degree      2005.9           2008.7
Liu Changcheng   Master’s Degree     2005.9           2008 Transfer to Ph.D.
Liu Yuguo           Master’s Degree      2007.9           2010 Transfer to Ph.D.

Liu Changcheng  PhD                         2008.9            2010.7
Li Guoqing         PhD                         2008.9
Liu Yuguo          PhD                          2010.9

Zhao Liqing        Postdoctoral 2009.5
Yang Jun            Postdoctoral 2010.5