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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

70

Scopus Publications

33

Google Scholar h-index

65

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: 70



1. Long-term carbon sink in Borneo's forests halted by drought and vulnerable to edge effects, Nature Communications

2. Distinctive Soil Archaeal Communities in Different Variants of Tropical Equatorial Forest, Microbial Ecology

3. Drivers of metacommunity structure diverge for common and rare Amazonian tree species, PLoS ONE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26. Estimating the aboveground biomass of Bornean forest, Biotropica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

37. 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

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

39. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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