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Dr Ferry Slik Associate Professor, Faculty of Science

About Me Publications

Dr Ferry Slik

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science johan.slik@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

My research focuses on trying to understand spatial and temporal patterns in plant distributions. I do this with the help of remote sensing (GIS), molecular techniques and spatial and temporal modeling. One of my main research themes is how global change will affect plant communities and vegetation patterns. Based on this I try to design optimum conservation strategies that integrate economic and social development with environmental sustainability.

Most of the research is focused on tropical Asia, one of the fastest developing and changing tropical regions in the world. Its once continuous tropical forests are now fragmented and mostly degraded. These changes have put enormous pressures on tropical Asia’s natural ecosystems. My aim is to study these changes and try to find ways to maintain or restore the functions of tropical Asia’s natural ecosystems.

EDUCATION

MSc - Leiden University, Netherlands
PhD - Leiden University, Netherlands

RESEARCH INTERESTS

tropical forest ecology, tropical trees, forest carbon storage, forest diversity, biogeography, forest disturbance and succession, functional traits

67

Scopus Publications

32

Google Scholar h-index

63

Google Scholar i10-index


FUTURE PROJECTS

Pan-tropical Forest Tree Project

This work is a cooperative project joined by more than 200 researchers worldwide. It currently contains data from more than 3000 individual plots, about 800,000 trees, including approximately 12,000 tree species. This data will be used for mapping and understanding tropical tree species distributions worldwide. Please contact me if you like to join by contributing your tree inventory data.

Application invited for:

Brunei Forest Observatory

This project will establish a large network of permanent plots in the many undisturbed forest types of Brunei Darussalam. This network will function as a research infrastructure for the study of tropical forests under climate change. Data will be collected on tree species composition, tree growth, recruitment and mortality, soil parameters, climate and any other relevant environmental parameters. The idea is that researchers from around the world will come to Brunei to use this research infrastructure. We hope to have this project ready and running by 2016.

Application invited for:

Forest Fragmentation Project Southwest China

In 2012 we established 50 permanent plots in forest fragments ranging in size from one to several 1000 hectares in Xishuangbanna, southern China. These forest fragments are surrounded by rubber plantations that have sprung up in the region since the 1990s. Again, the idea is that researchers from around the world will come and use this permanent research infrastructure to study the effects of forest fragmentation on both animals and plants. If you are interested to work in this plot network, please contact me.

Application invited for:


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Chen, S., J.W.F. Slik, L. Mao, J. Zhang, R. Sa, K. Zhou, J. Gao, 2015. Spatial patterns and environmental correlates of bryophyte richness: sampling effort matters. Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 593-607.

Dexter, K.G., B. Smart, C. Baldauf, T.R. Baker, M.P. Bessike Balinga, R.J.W. Brienen, S. Fauset, T.R. Feldpausch, L. Ferreira-Da Silva, J. Ilunga Muledi, S.L. Lewis, G. Lopez-Gonzalez, B.H. Marimon-Junior, B. S. Marimon, P. Meerts, N. Page, N. Parthasarathy, O.L. Phillips, T.C.H. Sunderland, I. Theilade, J. Weinritt, K. Affum-Baffoe, A. Araujo, L. Arroyo, S.K. Begne, E. Carvalho-Das Neves, M. Collins, A. Cuni-Sanchez, M.N.K. Djuikouo, F. Elias, E.G. Foli, K.J. Jeffery, T.J. Killeen, Y. Malhi, L. Maracahipes, C. Mendoza, A. Monteagudo-Mendoza, P. Morandi, C. Oliveira-Dos Santos, A. G. Parada, G. Pardo, K.S.-H. Peh, R.P. Salomao, M. Silveira, H. Sinatora-Miranda, J.W.F. Slik, B. Sonke, H.E. Taedoumg, M. Toledo, R.K. Umetsu, R.G. Villaroel, V.A. Vos, L.J.T. White, R.T. Pennington, 2015. Floristics and biogeography of vegetation in seasonally dry tropical regions. International Forestry Review 17: 10-32.

Roeder, M., M. McLeish, P. Beckschafer, M. de Blecourt, E. Paudel, R.D. Harrison, J.W.F. Slik, in 2015. Phylogenetic clustering increases with succession for lianas in a Chinese tropical montane rain forest. Ecography 38: 832-841.

Slik, J.W.F., V. Arroyo-Rodriguez, S.I. Aiba et al., 2015. An estimate of the number of tropical tree species. PNAS 112: 7472-7477.

Sreekar, R, G. Huang, J.B. Zhao, B.O. Pasion, M. Yasuda, K. Zhang, I. Peabotuwage, X. Wang, R.C. Quan, J.W.F. Slik, R.T. Corlett, E. Goodale, R.D. Harrison, 2015. The use of species-area relationships to partition the effects of hunting and deforestation on bird extirpations in a fragmented landscape. Diversity and Distributions 21: 441-450.


TOP PUBLICATIONS

Slik, J.W.F., V. Arroyo-Rodriguez, S.I. Aiba et al., 2015. An estimate of the number of tropical tree species. PNAS 112: 7472-7477.

Raes, N., C.H. Cannon, R.J. Heijmans, T. Piessens, L.G. Saw, P.C. van Welzen, J.W.F. Slik, 2014. Historical distribution of Sundaland’s dipterocarp rainforests at Quaternary glacial maxima. PNAS 111: 16790-16795.

Slik, J.W.F., G. Paoli, K. McGuire, I. Amaral, J. Barroso, M. Bastian, L. Blanc, F. Bongers, P. Boundja, C. Clark, M. Collins, G. Dauby, Y. Ding, J.L. Doucet, E. Eler, L. Ferreira, O. Forshed, G. Frederiksson, J.F. Gillet, D. Harris, M. Leal, Y. Laumonier, Y. Malhi, A. Mansor, E. Martin, K. Miyamoto, A. Araujo-Murakami, H. Nagamasu, R. Nilus, E. Nurtjahya, A. Oliveira, O. Onrizal, A. Parada-Gutierrez, A. Permana, L. Poorter, J. Poulsen, H. Ramirez-Angulo, J. Reitsma, F. Rovero, A. Rozak, D. Sheil, J. Silva-Espejo, M. Silveira, W. Spironelo, H. ter Steege, T. Stevart, G.E. Navarro-Aguilar, T. Sunderland, E. Suzuki, J. Tang, I. Theilade, G. van der Heijden, J. van Valkenburg, T. Van Do, E. Vilanova, V. Vos, S. Wich, H. Woll, T. Yoneda, R. Zang, M.G. Zhang, N. Zweifel, 2013. Large trees drive forest aboveground biomass variation in moist lowland forests across the tropics. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 1261-1271.

Slik, J.W.F., S.I. Aiba, M. Bastian, F.Q. Brearley, C.H. Cannon, K.A.O. Eichhorn, G. Frederiksson, K. Kartawinata, Y. Laumonier, A. Mansor, A. Marjokorpi, E. Meijaard, R. Morley, H. Nagamasu, R. Nilus, E. Nurtjahya, J. Payne, A. Permana, A.D. Poulsen, N. Raes, S. Riswan, C. van Schaik, D. Sheil, K. Sidiyasa, E. Suzuki, J.L.C.H. van Valkenburg, C.O. Webb, S. Wich, T. Yoneda, R. Zakaria, N. Zweifel, 2011. Soils on exposed Sunda Shelf shaped biogeographic patterns in Southeast Asia's equatorial forests. PNAS 108: 12343-12347.

Slik J.W.F., S.I. Aiba, F.Q. Brearley, C.H. Cannon, O. Forshed, K. Kitayama, H. Nagamasu, R. Nilus, J. Payne, G. Paoli, A. Poulsen, N. Raes, D. Sheil, K. Sidiyasa, E. Suzuki, J.L.C.H. van Valkenburg, 2010. Environmental correlates for tree biomass, basal area, wood specific gravity and stem density gradients in Borneo's tropical forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 50-60.


GRANT DETAILS

Grant type: URG, Grant Number: UBD/PNC2/2/RG/1(303), Project Title: The importance of large trees for carbon storage in tropical forests, Investigators (PI/Co-PI): JWF Slik (PI) Rahayu Sukri (Co-PI), Start Date: 01/10/2014, End Date: 30/04/2017


Scopus Publications

Total Publications: 67



1. Topography and soil type are critical to understanding how bird and herpetofaunal communities persist in forest fragments of tropical China, Biological Conservation

2. Patterns and drivers of plant biodiversity in Chinese university campuses, Landscape and Urban Planning

3. Priority areas for the conservation of perennial plants in China, Biological Conservation

4. Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome, Scientific Reports

5. Temporal Changes in Tree Species and Trait Composition in a Cyclone-prone Pacific Dipterocarp Forest, Ecosystems

6. The utility of DNA metabarcoding for studying the response of arthropod diversity and composition to land-use change in the tropics, Scientific Reports

7. Distinctive tropical forest variants have unique soil microbial communities, but not always low microbial diversity, Frontiers in Microbiology

8. Using species distribution modeling to delineate the botanical richness patterns and phytogeographical regions of China, Scientific Reports

9. Proximity to the host is an important characteristic for selection of the first support in lianas, Journal of Vegetation Science

10. Correction: An estimate of the number of tropical tree species (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2015) 112 (7472-7477) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423147112), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

11. Local-scale Partitioning of Functional and Phylogenetic Beta Diversity in a Tropical Tree Assemblage, Scientific Reports

12. An estimate of the number of tropical tree species, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

13. Latitudinal diversity gradients in bryophytes and woody plants: Roles of temperature and water availability, Journal of Systematics and Evolution

14. Spatial patterns and environmental correlates of bryophyte richness: sampling effort matters, Biodiversity and Conservation

15. Phylogenetic clustering increases with succession for lianas in a Chinese tropical montane rain forest, Ecography

16. The use of species-area relationships to partition the effects of hunting and deforestation on bird extirpations in a fragmented landscape, Diversity and Distributions

17. Historical distribution of Sundaland's Dipterocarp rainforests at Quaternary glacial maxima, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

18. Topography related habitat associations of tree species traits, composition and diversity in a Chinese tropical forest, Forest Ecology and Management

19. Estimating the Aboveground Biomass of Bornean Forest, Biotropica

20. Major declines of woody plant species ranges under climate change in Yunnan, China, Diversity and Distributions

21. Forest fragment spatial distribution matters for tropical tree conservation, Biological Conservation

22. Variation in forest soil fungal diversity along a latitudinal gradient, Fungal Diversity

23. Monodominance of Parashorea chinensis on fertile soils in a Chinese tropical rain forest, Journal of Tropical Ecology

24. The influence of tectonics, sea-level changes and dispersal on migration and diversification of Isonandreae (Sapotaceae), Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

25. Functional and phylogenetic assembly in a Chinese tropical tree community across size classes, spatial scales and habitats, Functional Ecology

26. Large trees drive forest aboveground biomass variation in moist lowland forests across the tropics, Global Ecology and Biogeography

27. Change in Phylogenetic Community Structure during Succession of Traditionally Managed Tropical Rainforest in Southwest China, PLoS ONE

28. Consequences of defaunation for a tropical tree community, Ecology Letters

29. Global legume diversity assessment: Concepts, key indicators, and strategies, Taxon

30. Using species distribution modeling to improve conservation and land use planning of Yunnan, China, Biological Conservation

31. Leaf element concentrations of terrestrial plants across China are influenced by taxonomy and the environment, Global Ecology and Biogeography

32. Hydraulic conductivity traits predict growth rates and adult stature of 40 Asian tropical tree species better than wood density, Journal of Ecology

33. Rubber and pulp plantations represent a double threat to Hainan's natural tropical forests, Journal of Environmental Management

34. Erratum to: Comparative chloroplast DNA phylogeography of two tropical pioneer trees, Macaranga gigantea and Macaranga pearsonii (Euphorbiaceae) (Tree Genetics & Genomes, (2011), 7, (573-585), 10.1007/s11295-010-0357-z), Tree Genetics and Genomes

35. Human and environmental influences on plant diversity and composition in Ben En National Park, Vietnam, Journal of Tropical Forest Science

36. Soils on exposed Sunda Shelf shaped biogeographic patterns in the equatorial forests of Southeast Asia, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

37. Wallace's Line and plant distributions: Two or three phytogeographical areas and where to group Java?, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

38. Traditional forest management has limited impact on plant diversity and composition in a tropical seasonal rainforest in SW China, Biological Conservation

39. Comparative chloroplast DNA phylogeography of two tropical pioneer trees, Macaranga gigantea and Macaranga pearsonii (Euphorbiaceae), Tree Genetics and Genomes

40. Limited edge effects along a burned-unburned bornean forest boundary seven years after disturbance, Biotropica

41. Spatial patterns of wood traits in China are controlled by phylogeny and the environment, Global Ecology and Biogeography

42. Key to the Malesian species of Mallotus (Euphorbiaceae), Blumea: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Plant Geography

43. Biodiversity Conservation in the REDD, Carbon Balance and Management

44. Fire as a selective force in a Bornean tropical everwet forest, Oecologia

45. Drought-mortality relationships for tropical forests, New Phytologist

46. Biodiversity inventory and informatics in Southeast Asia, Biodiversity and Conservation

47. Environmental correlates of tree biomass, basal area, wood specific gravity and stem density gradients in Borneo's tropical forests, Global Ecology and Biogeography

48. Patterns in species richness and composition of plant families in the Malay Archipelago, Blumea: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Plant Geography

49. Environmental correlates for tropical tree diversity and distribution patterns in Borneo: BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH, Diversity and Distributions

50. Botanical richness and endemicity patterns of Borneo derived from species distribution models, Ecography

51. Tree diversity, composition, forest structure and aboveground biomass dynamics after single and repeated fire in a Bornean rain forest, Oecologia

52. Wood density as a conservation tool: Quantification of disturbance and identification of conservation-priority areas in tropical forests, Conservation Biology

53. Soil nutrients affect spatial patterns of aboveground biomass and emergent tree density in southwestern Borneo, Oecologia

54. Bird community changes in response to single and repeated fires in a lowland tropical rainforest of eastern Borneo, Biodiversity and Conservation

55. Estimating species-specific wood density from the genus average in Indonesian trees, Journal of Tropical Ecology

56. A taxonomic revision of mallotus section philippinenses (former section Rottlera - Euphorbiaceae) in Malesia and Thailand, Blumea: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Plant Geography

57. Assessing tropical lowland forest disturbance using plant morphological and ecological attributes, Forest Ecology and Management

58. Epiphytism and pollinator specialization: Drivers for orchid diversity?, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

59. El Niño droughts and their effects on tree species composition and diversity in tropical rain forests, Oecologia

60. Fire survival of lowland tropical rain forest trees in relation to stem diameter and topographic position, Oecologia

61. A floristic analysis of the lowland dipterocarp forests of Borneo, Journal of Biogeography

62. Macaranga and Mallotus species (Euphorbiaceae) as indicators for disturbance in the mixed lowland dipterocarp forest of East Kalimantan (Indonesia), Ecological Indicators

63. Effects of fire and selective logging on the tree species composition of lowland dipterocarp forest in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, Biodiversity and Conservation

64. A phylogeny of Mallotus (Euphorbiaceae) based on morphology: Indications for a pioneer origin of Macaranga, Systematic Botany

65. A taxonomic revision of Mallotus sections Hancea and Stylanthus (Euphorbiaceae), Blumea: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Plant Geography

66. A taxonomic revision of Mallotus section Polyadenii (Euphorbiaceae), Blumea: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Plant Geography

67. Three new Malesian species of Mallotus section Hancea (Euphorbiaceae), Blumea: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Plant Geography