The Xi Lab at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

   Biodiversity Ecology Ecoinformatics & Sustainability

   BBB

Department of Biological and Health Sciences
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202, USA
Phone - (361)-593-2758 ;  E-Mail - weimin.xi@tamuk.edu 



Research in the Xi Lab focuses on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem ecology, ecological engineering, ecoinformatics and sustainability. We seek to understand the importance of disturbance, land use and climate change maintained species coexistence and and ecosystem processes. By examining responses of population and communitys to disturbance and human activities within community and across landscapes,we focus on population and community dynamics, mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance, geographical variation in species and communities,  and how disturbance, environmental factors and human activities influence these patterns at various spatial and temporal scales. To address these issues, we use field survey data and quantitative analytical modeling of long-term population and community data.


Current topics of active research include:    
   


  • Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Agroforestry and Ecological Engenieeing
  • Modelling Vegetation Dynamics of Forests under Climate Change and Drought
  • Forest Restoration for the Southern Pine Beetle and Other Invasive Pest Species
  • Forest Response to Natural Disturbance: Changes in a Carolina Piedmont Forest
 
Sustainable Agricultural Systems, 
Agroforestry and Ecological Engenieeing

Publications:
Xi, W., Fugui Wang, Peili Shi, Erfu Dai, Ambrose O. Anoruo, Huaxing Bi, Alexander Rahmlow, Binghui He, and Wenhua Li.  2014. Challenges to sustainable development in China: a review of six large-scale forest restoration and land conservation programs. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 33 (5): 435-453 PDF

Xiaoyan Wang, W. Xi, Niels Anten, Huaxing Bi. 2013. Development of Root-Carving Industry Leads to Ecological and Environmental Degradation in China. Forest Research: Open Access 2:113 
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Xu, Huasen, Huaxing Bi, Lubo Gao, Lei Yun, Yifang Chang, W. Xi, Wenchao Liao, Biao Bao. 2013. Distribution and morphological variation of fine root in a walnut-soybean intercropping system in the Loess Plateau of China. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology 15(5):998-1002 PDF

Chen, Jingjing, Binghui He, Xiaoyan Wang, Yun Ma, W. Xi. 2013. The effects of Herba Andrographitis hedgerows on soil erodibility and fractal features on sloping cropland in the Three Gorges Reservoir area. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20(10):7063–7070 PDF

Gao, Lubo,  Huasen Xu, Huaxing Bi, W. Xi,  Biao Bao, Xiaoyan Wang, Chao Bi, Yifang Chang. 2013. Intercropping Competition between apple trees and crops in agroforestry systems on the Loess Plateau of China. PLoS ONE 8(7) 1-8 PDF

Waldron, John D., W. Xi. 2013. Forest Restoration: Simple Concept, Complex Process. Forest Research: Open Access 2(1) 102 PDF

He, W., W. Xi,  and N.P.R Anten. 2013. Chronic wind and plant communities in dunes: total biomass, inter-specific competition, and species abundance. Journal of Arid Environments 90 (1) 69-76 PDF

Xi, W. 2012. Climate Data Re-analysis. In S. George Philander (ed). Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (2nd Edition). SAGE Publications, Inc. 

Xi, W.
2012. Wisconsin. In S. George Philander (ed). 
Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (2nd Edition). SAGE Publications, Inc. 

Xi, W.
2012. North Carolina. In S. George Philander (ed). 
Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (2nd Edition). SAGE Publications, Inc. 

Xi, W., Huaxing Bi, Binghui He. 2012. Forest landscape restoration in China. In John Stanturf, Palle Madsen and David Lamb (eds.). A Goal-oriented Approach to Forest Landscape Restoration. Springer. PDF

Xi, W. (Editor). 2012. Tree and Forestry Science and Biotechnology 6 (1) (Special Issue on Forest Restoration). Global Science Books Ltd., UK (weblink) (Issue infomation)

Modeling Vegetation Dynamics of Forests under Climate Change and Drought

Summary: Using downscaled climate predictions, we are currently working on a USDA Forest Service supported project to modeling changes in forest composition, carbon and nutrient dynamics (including wet forests and below ground carbon and nutrient dynamics) using up to 15 different global climate models and three different emission scenarios for Northern Wisconsin and the Great Lakes States. This research is a joint venture between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. We are also participating in developing LANDIS-II - a widely used landscape model designed to simulate forest succession and disturbances, and related tools. In addition,  we are participating in developing models and procedures to map and predict the distribution and abundance of tree species based on remote sensing (multi-temporal, multi-seasonal Landsat images) in the Great Lake States.

Publications:
Xi, W., Robert M. Scheller, and David Mladenoff. Simulating the impacts of climate change, land use and mitigation strategies on forest biomass in northern Wisconsin, USA (In preparation)

Janowiak, M.K.; Iverson, L.; Mladenoff, D.J.; Peters, E.; Wythers, K.R.; Xi, W.; Brandt, L.A.; Butler, P.R.; Handler, S.D.; Shannon, P.D.; Swanston, C.W.; Parker, L.R.; Amman, A.J.; Bogaczyk, B.; Handler, C.; Lesch, E.; Reich, P.B.; Matthews, s.; Peters, M.; Prasad, A.; Khanal, S.; Liu, F.; Bal, T.; Bronson, D.; Burton, A.; Ferris, J.; Fosgitt, J.; Hagan, S.; Johnston, E.; Kane, E.; Matula, C.; O'Connor, R.; Higgins, D.; St. Pierre, M.; Daley, J.; Davenport, M.; Emery, M.R.; Fehringer, D.; Johnson, G.; Neitzel, D.; Notaro, M.; Rissman, A.; Rittenhouse, C.; Ziel, R. 2014. Forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis for northern Wisconsin and western Upper Michigan: a report from the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station (In Press)

Dai, Erfu,  Zhuo Wu, Xiaofan Wang, Tao Pan, W. Xi. 2014. Progress and prospect of research on forest landscape model. Journal of Geographical Sciences (In Press)

Mairota, Paola, Vincenzo Leronni, W. Xi, David Mladenoff, Harini Nagendra. 2014. Using spatial simulations of habitat modification for adaptive management of protected areas: Mediterranean grassland modification by woody plant encroachment. Environmental Conservation 41 (2): 144–156 PDF


Xi, W. 2013. Ecological Modeling for Informing Forest Restoration and Management. Forest Research: Open Access 2:113 PDF

Shang, Zongbo, Hong S. He, W. Xi, Stephen R. Shifley, and Brian J. Palik. 2012. Integrating LANDIS model and a multi-criteria decision-making approach to evaluate national forest management plan in Missouri Ozarks, USA. Ecological Modelling 229: 50– 63. PDF

Forest Restoration Planning and Assessment for the Southern Pine Beetle and Other Invasive Pest Species

Summary: We have been studying regeneration of forests after infestation by Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) and the restoration of landscape that have been damaged by the Southern Pine Beetle (SPB). This research is a joint venture between the Knowledge Engineering Lab at Texas A&M University and the Ecology, Biology and Management of Bark Beetles and Invasive Forest Insects of Southern Conifers Unit, the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. The goal in this project is to develop a procedure to facilitate restoration planning and evaluation in a sustainable forest management context. The specific objectives are (1) to adapt the LANDIS forest simulation model for use in SPB damage restoration planning and evaluation;  (2) to apply the LANDIS model and develop a SPB damage restoration plan that can be implemented in a sustainable forest management context.

Publications:
Xi, W., Charles W. Lafon, David M. Cairns, John D. Waldron, Maria D. Tchakerian, Kier D. Klepzig, and Robert N. Coulson. Simulating Impacts of Invasive Plants in Southern Appalachian Landscapes Using LANDIS (In preparation) [POSTER]

Andrew G. Birt, Zeng, Yu, Maria Tchakerian, Robert N. Coulson, Charles W. Lafon, David M. Cairns, John D. Waldron, W. Xi, Szu-Hung Chen, Douglas Streett. 2014. Evaluating Southern Appalachian Forest Dynamics without Eastern Hemlock: Consequences of Herbivory by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Open Journal of Forestry 4 (2) 91-99 PDF

Wang, Lei, Andrew G. Birt, Charles W. Lafon, David M. Cairns, Robert N. Coulson, Maria D. Tchakerian, W. Xi, Sorin C. Popescu, James M. Guldin.2013. Computer-based synthetic data to assess the tree delineation algorithm from airborne LiDAR survey. Geoinformatica 17:35–61  PDF

Xi, W., John D. Waldron, David M. Cairns, Charles W. Lafon, Andrew G. Birt, Maria D. Tchakerian, Kier D. Klepzig, and Robert N. Coulson. 2012. Restoration of southern pine forests after the southern pine beetle. In John Stanturf, Palle Madsen and David Lamb (eds.). A Goal-oriented Approach to Forest Landscape Restoration. Springer. PDF

Jonas, Sarah Z., W. Xi, John D. Waldron, Robert Coulson. 2012. The impacts of hemlock decline and the ecological considerations for forest restoration following Hemlock Woolly Adelgid outbreaks. Tree and Forestry Science and Biotechnology 6 (1):22-26. PDF

Birt, Andrew G., Valdez-Vivas, Martin,  Richard M. Feldman, Charles W. Lafon, David M. Cairns, Robert N. Coulson, Maria D. Tchakerian, W. Xi, James M. Guldin. 2010. A simple, stochastic weather generator for ecological modelling. Environmental Modelling & Software. 25: 1252-1255. PDF

Birt, Andrew G., W. Xi, Robert N. Coulson. 2009. LANDISVIEW: A visualization tool for landscape modeling. Environmental Modelling & Software 24(11): 1339-1341. PDF

Xi, W., Robert N. Coulson, Andrew G. Birt, Zongbo Shang, John D. Waldron, Charles W. Lafon, David M. Cairns, Maria D. Tchakerian, and Kier D. Klepzig. 2009. Review of forest landscape models: types, methods, development and applications. Acta Ecologica Sinica 29 (1): 69-78. PDF


Xi, W., John D. Waldron, Charles W. Lafon, David M. Cairns, Andrew G. Birt, Maria D. Tchakerian, Robert N. Coulson, and Kier D. Klepzig. 2009. Modeling long-term effects of altered fire regimes following southern pine beetle outbreaks. Ecological Restoration 27 (1):24-26. PDF

Birt, Andrew G., Richard M. Feldman, David M. Cairns, Robert N. Coulson, Maria D. Tchakerian, W. Xi, James M. Guldin. 2009. Stage structured matrix models for organisms with non-geometric development times. Ecology 90 (1): 56-78. PDF

Xi, W., Lei Wang, Maria D. Tchakerian, and Robert N. Coulson. 2009. South Pine Beetle Hazard in the Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina: A GIS Approach to Mapping South Pine Beetle Hazard in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. In Peter Eredics (ed.) Mapping Forestry. ESRI Map Book. ESRI Press.

Xi, W., Lei Wang, Andrew G. Birt, Maria D. Tchakerian, Robert N. Coulson, and Kier D. Klepzig. 2008. An integrated approach to mapping forest conditions in the southern Appalachians. Ecological Restoration 26(4): 290-292. PDF

Xi, W., Robert N. Coulson, John D. Waldron, Maria D. Tchakerian, Charles W. Lafon, David M. Cairns, Andrew G. Birt, and Kier D. Klepzig. 2008. Landscape modeling for forest restoration planning and assessment: Lessons from the southern Appalachian Mountains. Journal of Forestry 106 (4):191-197. PDF

Waldron, J.D. , R.N. Coulson, D.M. Cairns, C.W. Lafon, M.D. Tchakerian, W. Xi, K.D. Klepzig, and A.G. Birt. 2008. Evaluating the Impact of Invasive Species in Forest Landscapes: the southern pine beetle and the hemlock woolly adelgid. The Encyclopedia of Forest Environmental Threats. PDF [weblink]

Cairns, David M., Charles W. Lafon, Andrew G. Birt, John D. Waldron, Maria Tchakerian, Robert N. Coulson, W. Xi, and Kier Klepzig. 2008. Simulation modeling as a tool for understanding the landscape ecology of southern pine beetle infestations in southern Appalachian forests. Geography Compass 2(3): 580-599. PDF

Cairns, David M., Charles W. Lafon, John D. Waldron, Maria Tchakerian, Robert N. Coulson, Kier D. Klepzig, Andrew G. Birt, W. Xi. 2008. Simulating the reciprocal interaction of forest landscape structure and southern pine beetle herbivory using LANDIS. Landscape Ecology 23 (4): 403-415. PDF

Xi, W., J.D. Waldron, R.N. Coulson, M.D. Tchakerian, D.M. Cairns, C.W. Lafon, A. G. Birt, and K.D. Klepzig. 2007. Landscape Modeling for Forest Restoration: Concepts and Applications. Pages 92-95 in Stanturf, John (Ed.). 2007. Proceedings of the IUFRO Conference on Forest Landscape Restoration. Seoul, Korea 14-19 May 2007. Korea Forest Research Institute, 268pp. PDF

Forest Response to Natural Disturbance: Changes in Structure and Diversity on a North Carolina Piedmont Forest

Summary: This research focused on the role of large, infrequent natural disturbance on the dynamics and diversity of temperate forests. We examined five years of population change after Hurricane Fran (1996) using growth and survivorship records from ca. 45,800 trees and regeneration represented by ca. 15,000 young trees and new seedlings in the Duke Forest, a model system for investigating Southeastern temperate forests. We also assessed longer-term effects of wind disturbance event by examining forest recovery following Hurricane Hazel (1954). We explored the importance and generality of disturbance-maintained tree species coexistence and the diversity maintenance mechanisms within Piedmont forests and adjacent regions of the eastern United States by comparing recovery patterns.

Publications:
Xi, W., Robert K. Peet and Dean L. Urban. Hurricane disturbances, tree species diversity and succession in North Carolina Piedmont forests (In revision)

Xi, W. and Robert K. Peet. Learning from hurricanes: forest response to infrequent catastrophic windstorms of North Carolina Piedmont forests (In revision)

Xi, W., Robert K. Peet, and Dean L. Urban. 2012. The impacts of a large hurricane on understory sapling dynamics and diversity in North Carolina Piedmont forests, USA. Tree and Forestry Science and Biotechnology 6 (1): 51-59PDF

Xi, W. and Robert K. Peet. 2011. The complexity of catastrophic wind disturbance on temperate forests. Pages 503-534 in Anthony Lupo (editor). Recent Hurricane Research: Climate, Dynamics, and Societal Impacts. ISBN 978-953-307-238-8. InTech, Vienna, Austria. PDF

Xi, W. and Robert K. Peet. 2008. Hurricane effects on the Piedmont forests: Patterns and implications. Ecological Restoration 26(4): 295-298. PDF

Xi, W., Robert K. Peet, James K. DeCoster, and Dean L. Urban. 2008. Tree damage risk factors associated with large, infrequent wind disturbances of Carolina forests. Forestry 81(3):317-334. PDF

Xi, W., Robert K. Peet and Dean. L. Urban. 2008. Changes in forest structure, species diversity, and spatial pattern following hurricane disturbance in a Piedmont North Carolina forest. Journal of Plant Ecology 1(1):43-57. PDF

Xi, W. and Robert K. Peet. 2008.  Long-term studies of forest dynamics in the Duke Forest, southeastern United States: A synthesis. Journal of Plant Ecology (Chinese Version) 32(2): 299-318. PDF

Palmer, Michael W., Robert K. Peet, Rebecca A. Reed, W. Xi, and Peter S. White. 2007. A multiscale study of vascular plants in a North Carolina Piedmont forest. Ecology 88(10):2674. PDF (This is a data paper, and the bulk of the description of the data can be found at Ecological Archives E088-162)