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XIA Shangwen
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Associate Professor
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XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China


2009 - 2015 

Doctor, In Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTBG, UCAS) 

2004 - 2007 

Master, In Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTBG, CAS) 

2000 - 2004 

Bachelor, In Agriculture, Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) 


Working Experience  

2022/3 after, Associate Professor, XTBG, CAS;  

2016/03— 2022/02, Assistant Professor, XTBG, CAS;  

2015/07— 2016/03, Research Assistant, XTBG, CAS; 



Research Direction 

Plant Ecology, Soil Ecology 



Research interests: 

1)      Plant species diversity maintain mechanisms, especially focus on seedling niche differentiation and regeneration. 

2)      Plants soil feedback mechanisms and forest management. 

3)      Plant root functional traits and rhizosphere microbial interactions. 



1.        Xia, S.-W.#, W. Yuan#, L. Lin, X. Yang*, X. Feng, X. Li, X. Liu, P. Chen, S. Zeng, D. Wang, Q. Su, and X. Wang*. 2022. Latitudinal Gradient for Mercury Accumulation and Isotopic Evidence for Post-depositional Processes Among Three Tropical Forests in Southwest China. Journal of Hazardous Materials 429:128295. 

2.        Li, L.-L., J. M. Plotnik, S.-W. Xia, E. Meaux, and R.-C. Quan. 2021. Cooperating elephants mitigate competition until the stakes get too high. PLOS Biology 19:e3001391. 

3.        Mishra, S., W. Wang, I. P. de Oliveira, A. J. Atapattu, S. W. Xia, R. Grillo, C. H. Lescano, and X. Yang. 2021. Interaction mechanism of plant-based nanoarchitectured materials with digestive enzymes of termites as target for pest control: Evidence from molecular docking simulation and in vitro studies. Journal of Hazardous Materials 403:123840.  

4.        Meng, Y., H. Chen, J. E. Behm, S.-W. Xia, B. Wang, S. Liu, and X. Yang. 2021. Effects of different tea plantation management systems on arthropod assemblages and network structure. Ecosphere 12.  

5.        Zhou, Q., D. Li, S.-W. Xia, Z. Chen, B. Wang, and J. Wu. 2021. Plant–rodent interactions after a heavy snowfall decrease plant regeneration and soil carbon emission in an old-growth forest. Forest Ecosystems 8:30.  

6.        Zou, C., F. Martini, S. -W. Xia, D. Castillo-Diaz, and U. M. Goodale. 2021. Elevation and micro environmental conditions directly and indirectly influence forests’ soil seed bank communities. Global Ecology and Conservation 26:e01443.  

7.        Hemati, Z.#, S. Selvalakshmi#, S.-W. Xia*, and X. Yang*. 2020. Identification of indicators: Monitoring the impacts of rubber plantations on soil quality in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China. Ecological Indicators 116:106491.  

8.        Atapattu, A. J., S.-W. Xia*, M. Cao, W. fu Zhang, S. Mishra, and X. Yang*. 2020. Can Dominant Canopy Species Leaf Litter Determine Soil Nutrient Heterogeneity? A Case Study in a Tropical Rainforest in Southwest China. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition.  

9.        Martini, F., S.-W. Xia, C. Zou, and U. M. Goodale. 2020. Seedling growth and survival responses to multiple soil properties in subtropical forests of south China. Forest Ecology and Management 474:118382.  

10.    Gao, J., Z. Liu, W. Zhao, K. W. Tomlinson, S.-W. Xia, Q. Zeng, X. Wang, and J. Chen. 2020. Combined genotype and phenotype analyses reveal patterns of genomic adaptation to local environments in the subtropical oak Quercus acutissima. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 00:jse.12568.  

11.    Yue, X., A. C. Hughes, K. W. Tomlinson, S.-W. Xia, S. Li, J. Chen, and J. Scheibe. 2020. Body size and diet-related morphological variation of bats over the past 65 years in China. Journal of Mammalogy 101:61–79.  

12.    Xia, S.-W., M. Cao, X. Yang, J. Chen*, and U. M. Goodale. 2019. Fine scale heterogeneity of soil properties causes seedling spatial niche separation in a tropical rainforest. Plant and Soil 438:435–445. 

13.    Martini, F.#, S.-W. Xia#, X. Yang*, and U. M. Goodale*. 2019. Small‐scale and multi‐species approaches for assessing litter decomposition and soil dynamics in high‐diversity forests. Applications in Plant Sciences 7:e01241. 

14.    Mao, Z., Y. Wang, M. L. McCormack, N. Rowe, X. Deng, X. Yang, S.-W. Xia, J. Nespoulous, R. C. Sidle, D. Guo, and A. Stokes. 2018. Mechanical traits of fine roots as a function of topology and anatomy. Annals of Botany 122:1103–1116.  

15.    Liu, S., X. Lin, J. E. Behm, H. Yuan, P. Stiblik, J. ?obotník, J. Gan, S.-W. Xia*, and X. Yang*. 2019. Comparative responses of termite functional and taxonomic diversity to land‐use change. Ecological Entomology een.12755.  

16.    Xia, S.-W., J. Chen, D. Schaefer, and U. M. Goodale. 2016. Effect of topography and litterfall input on fine-scale patch consistency of soil chemical properties in a tropical rainforest. Plant and Soil 404:385–398.  

17.    Xia, S.-W., J. Chen, D. Schaefer, and M. Detto. 2015. Scale-dependent soil macronutrient heterogeneity reveals effects of litterfall in a tropical rainforest. Plant and Soil 391:51–61. 




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