Prof. Dr. Peili Shi 

Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modelling,

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, 

Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGSNRR, CAS).

A 11, Datun Road. Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P R China

Tel: +86 10 6488 9686


Research Areas

Ecosystem Ecology of Alpine ecosystems


1996 – 1999   Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resource Research, 

                      Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

                       Ph.D. in Ecology

1990 – 1993   Southwest University, Chongqing, China

                       M.S. in Plant Ecology

1986 – 1990   Southwest University, Chongqing, China

                       B. S. in Biology


Work Experience

2009 – Present    Professor

                           Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research,

                            Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijin

1999 – 2009        Associate professor

                            Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research,

                            Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

1993 – 1996        Assistant professor

                            Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu

Teaching Experience

2006- 2015      General Ecology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2007- present  Advanced Forest Ecology

2016- present  Biogeography and Macroecology

2015- present  Plant-soil Interaction, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources, CAS

Honors & Distinctions

First prize of Science and Technology, Tibetan Autonomous Region Government


1)    Zheng L, Shi P*, Song M, Zhou T, Zong N, Zhang X. 2021. Climate sensitivity of high altitude tree growth across the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Forest Ecology and Management 486:118963.

2)    Zhou T, Sun J, Shi P*. 2021. Plant-microbe interactions regulate the aboveground community nitrogen accumulation rate in different environmental conditions on the Tibetan Plateau. Catena 204:105407.

3)    Zheng L, Gaire N P, Shi P*. 2021. Tree growth responses to climate change across the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Journal of Plant Ecology, 14:829-842.

4)    Shi P*, Duan C, Wang L, Wu N, Kotru R, Gurung J. 2021. Integrated landscape approaches to building resilience and multifunctionality in the Kailash Sacred Landscape, China. Journal of Mountain Science 18: 10.1007/s11629-11020-16500-x.

5)    Zong N, Song M, Zhao G, Shi P*. 2020. Nitrogen economy of alpine plants on the north Tibetan Plateau: nitrogen conservation by resorption rather than open sources through biological symbiotic fixation. Ecology and Evolution 10:2051-2061.

6)    Shi P*, Zhang X. 2020. Towards regional synergy: Reconciling rangeland ecological functioning with forage production service of cultivated pasture. Journal of Resources and Ecology 11: 247-252.

7)    Shi P*,Wu N & Rawat G S. 2020. The patterns of timberline and its response to climate change in the Himalayas. Journal of Resources and Ecology 11: 343-348.

8)    Shi C, Schneider L, Hu Y, Shen M, Sun C, Xia J. Forbes B R, Shi P, Zhang Y, Ciais P. 2020. Warming-induced unprecedented high-elevation forest growth over the monsoonal Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Research Letters 15: 054011.

9)    Chai X, Shi P*, Song M, Zong N, He Y, Li Y, Zhang X, LiuY. 2020. The relative controls of temperature and soil moisture on the start of carbon flux phenology and net ecosystem production in two alpine meadows on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Plant Ecology. 13: 247-255.

10) Zhao G, Liu M, Shi P*, Zong N, Wang J, Wu J, Zhang X. 2019. Spatial–temporal Variation of ANPP and Rain-Use Efficiency Along a Precipitation Gradient on Changtang Plateau, Tibet. Remote Sensing 11: 325.

11) Song M, Zong N, Jiang J, Shi P*, Zhang X, Gao J, Zhou H, Li Y, Loreau M. 2019. Nutrient- induced shifts of dominant species reduced stability via increase in species synchrony and population variability. Science of the Total Environment 692: 441-449.

12) Geng S, Shi P*, Song M, Zong N, Zu J, Zhu W. 2019. Diversity of vegetation composition enhances ecosystem stability along elevational gradients in the Taihang Mountains, China. Ecological Indicators 104: 594-603.

13) Duan C, Shi P*, Zong N, Wang J, Song M, Zhang X. 2019. Feeding solution: crop-livestock integration via crop-forage rotation in southern Tibetan Plateau. Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment 284:106589.

14) Chai X, Shi P*, Song M, Zong N, He Y, Zhao G, Zhang X. 2019. Carbon flux phenology and net ecosystem productivity simulated by a bioclimatic index in an alpine steppe-meadow on the Tibetan Plateau. Ecological Modelling 394: 66-75.

15) Zong N, Shi P*, Chai X. 2018. Effects of warming and nitrogen addition on nutrient resorption efficiency in an alpine meadow on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 64: 482-490.

16) Geng S, Shi P*, Zong N, Zhu W. 2018. Using Soil Survey Database to Assess Soil Quality in the Heterogeneous Taihang Mountains, North China. Sustainability 10:3443.

17) Zhao G, Shi P*, Wu J, Xiong D, Zong N, Zhang X. 2017. Foliar nutrient resorption patterns of four functional plants along a precipitation gradient on the Tibetan Changtang Plateau. Ecology and Evolution 7: 7201-7212.

18) Chai X, Shi P*, Zong N, He Y, Zhang X, Xu M, Zhang J. 2017. A growing season climatic index to simulate gross primary productivity and carbon budget in a Tibetan alpine meadow. Ecological Indicators 81: 285-294.

19) Zong N, Shi P*, Song M, Zhang X, Jiang J, Chai X. 2016. Nitrogen Critical Loads for an Alpine Meadow Ecosystem on the Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Management 57:531-542.

20) Xiong D, Shi P*, Zhang X, Zou C. B. 2016. Effects of grazing exclusion on carbon sequestration and plant diversity in grasslands of China - A meta-analysis. Ecological Engineering 94: 647-655.

21) Wang J, Feng J, Chen B, Shi P*, Zhang J, Fang J, Wang Z, Yao S, Ding L. 2016. Controls of seed quantity and quality on seedling recruitment of smith fir along altitudinal gradient in southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Mountain Science 13: 811-821.

22) Zong N, Song M, Shi P*, Jiang J, Zhang X, Shen Z. 2014. Timing patterns of nitrogen application alter plant production and CO2 efflux in an alpine meadow on the Tibetan Plateau, China. Pedobiologia 57, 263-269.

23) He Y, Xu X, Kueffer C, Zhang X, Shi P. 2014. Leaf litter of a dominant cushion plant shifts nitrogen mineralization to immobilization at high but not low temperature in an alpine meadow. Plant and Soil 383, 415-426.

24) Jiang J, Zong N, Song M, Shi P*, Ma W, Fu G, Shen Z, Zhang X, Ouyang, H. 2013. Responses of ecosystem respiration and its components to fertilization in an alpine meadow on the Tibetan Plateau. European Journal of Soil Biology 56, 101-106.

25) Fujimura S, Shi P, Iwama K, Zhang X, Gopal J & Jitsuyama Y. 2010. Effect of Altitude on the Response of Net Photosynthetic Rate to Carbon Dioxide Increase by Spring Wheat. Plant Prod. Sci. 13, 141-149.

26) Ma W, Shi P*, Li W, He Y, Zhang X, Shen Z, Chai S. 2010. Changes in individual plant traits and biomass allocation in alpine meadow with elevation variation on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Science China Life Sciences 53, 1142-1151.

27) Shi P*, Körner Ch., Hoch G. 2008. A test of the growth-limitation theory for alpine treeline formation in evergreen- and deciduous taxa of the Eastern Himalayas. Functional Ecology, 22: 213-220.

28) Li M, Xiao W, Shi P, Wang S, Zhong Y, Liu X, Wang X, Cai X, Shi Z. 2008. Nitrogen and carbon source–sink relationships in trees at the Himalayan treelines compared with lower elevations. Plant, Cell and Environment 31: 1377-1387.

29) Shi P*, Zhang X, Zhong Z, Ouyang H. 2006. Diurnal and seasonal variability of soil CO2 efflux in a cropland ecosystem on the Tibetan Plateau. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 137: 220-233. 

30) Shi P*, Körner Ch, Hoch G. 2006. End of season carbon supply status of woody species near the treeline in western China. Basic and Applied Ecology 7: 370-377.

Research Interests

Plant Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology of Alpine ecosystems

Recent years with focus on:

      1). alpine treeline ecology,

      2). ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycling

      3). alpine rangeland ecology and management


1). Alpine treeline ecology, cooparation with Prof Christian Körner, Dr. Günter Hock, University of Basel, Switzerland

2). Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative, with International Center for Integrated Mountain Development