Landscape Ecology, Macroecology & Ecological Informatics


BSc: Meteorology, Beijing Institute of Meteorology, 1985

MSc: Fire Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, 1989

PhD: Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, 1997


Research Interests

I had worked in diverse fields such as: forest ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology & hydrology. I mostly wandered in the boundary areas between environmental science and biology. I am a problem-oriented researcher instead of organism-oriented. Thus, it is not surprise that I worked on trees, grassland, watersheds, microclimates, tigers, corals and so on. Currently, I focused mainly on macroecology, big-data techniques and global change biology. Specifically, species range shifts and diversity trends in response to climate change are my favorite topics.


Selected Publications

♦ Research Articles

1. Li Q, Kou X, Beierkuhnlein C, Liu S, Ge J (2018) Global patterns of nonanalogous climates in the past and future derived from thermal and hydraulic factors. Global Change Biology 24: 2463-2475.

2. Kou X, Li Q, Beierkuhnlein C, Zhao Y, Liu S (2014) A New Tool for Exploring Climate Change Induced Range Shifts of Conifer Species in China. Plos One 9.

3. Kou X, Li Q, Liu S (2011) Quantifying Species' Range Shifts in Relation to Climate Change: A Case Study of Abies spp. in China. Plos One 6.

4. Wang T, Wu J, Kou X, Oliver C, Mou P, et al. (2010) Ecologically asynchronous agricultural practice erodes sustainability of the Loess Plateau of China. Ecological Applications 20: 1126-1135.

5. Kou X, Ge J, Wang Y, Zhang C (2007) Validation of the weather generator CLIGEN with daily precipitation data from the Loess Plateau, China. Journal Of Hydrology 347: 347-357.


Contact Information

College of Life Sciences,

Beijing Normal University,

Beijing 100875,

P. R. China

Tel. : 13520449706

E-mail: xj_kou@bnu.edu.cn