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Yiqing Li

Yiqing in the Forest
Dr. Yiqing Li

Associate Professor of Forestry
B.S., Inner Mongolia Forestry College
M.S., Beijing Forestry University
Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico


  • FOR 202 Forestry & Natural Resources (3)
  • FOR 440 Forest Ecosyst Restoration/Mgt (3)
  • NRES 196 Intro to Natural Resource Mgmt (3)
  • NRES 410 Invasive Species & Ecosystems (3)
  • NRES 420 Hydrology and Watershed Mgmt (3)
  • NRES 430 GIS Application in Nat Res Mgt (3)

Research interests

  • Forest soil ecology
  • Carbon sequestration of tropical forests
  • Tropical silviculture and forest ecosystem restoration
  • Impacts of invasive species on tropical forests
  • Tropical sustainable natural resource management

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed articles

  • Li, Y. and J. Dendy. 2010. Effects of conversion of agricultural land to forest and pasture on soil CO2 efflux in Hawaii. Pacific Agriculture and Natural Resources 2: 41-46.
  • Gonzalaz, G., Y. Li and X. Zou. 2010. Effects of post-hurricane fertilization and debris removal on earthworm abundance and biomass in subtropical forests in Puerto Rico. Biodiversidade e Ecologia (In press).
  • Li, Y. and B. Mathews. 2010. Soil carbon changes after conversion of sugarcane plantation to forest and pasture in Hawaii. Plant and Soil 335: 245-253.
  • Li, Y. A. Shimabukuro and B. Mathews. 2010. The effects of tree plantation rotation on earthworm abundance and biomass in Hawaii. Applied Soil Ecology 46: 151-154.
  • Li, Y., Y. Chen, Y. Zhang and Y. Xia, 2009. Rehabilitating China’s Largest Inland River. Conservation Biology 23: 531-536.
  • Zhao, R., Y. Chen, H. Zhou, Y. Li, Y. Qian, and L. Zhang. 2008. Assessment of wetland fragmentation in the Tarim River basin, western China. Environmental Geology 57: 455–464.
  • Zhang, Y., X. Mao and Y. Li. 2007. Forest ecosystems in the long sweep of history: an economic perspective. Scientia Silvae Sinicae 43: 96-104.
  • Li, Y., M. Xu and X. Zou. 2006. Heterotrophic soil respiration in relation to biotic and abiotic factors in wet tropical forests. Plant and Soil 281, 193-201.
  • Li, Y., M. Xu and X. Zou. 2006. The effects of nutrient additions on ecosystem carbon dynamics in a wet tropical forest. Global Change Biology 12, 284-293.
  • Ruan, H., Y. Li and X. Zou. 2005. Soil communities and plant litter decomposition as influenced by forest debris: Variation across tropical riparian and upland sites. Pedobiologia 49, 529-538.
  • Li, Y., H. Ruan, X. Zou and R. Mayster. 2005. The response of major soil decomposers to landslide disturbance in a Puerto Rican forest. Soil Science 170, 202-211.
  • Li, Y., M. Xu, X. Zou and Y. Zhang. 2005. Comparing of soil organic carbon dynamics in plantations and secondary forests in wet tropics in Puerto Rico. Global Change Biology 11, 239-248.
  • Zhang, Y. and Y. Li. 2005. Pricing or valuing natural resources? Environmental Sciences and Policy 8, 179-186.
  • Zhang, Y. and Y. Li. 2005. Reply to comment on “Pricing or valuing natural resources?” Environmental Sciences and Policy 8, 189-190.
  • Li, Y., M. Xu, X. Zou and Y. Xia. 2005. Soil CO2 efflux and fungal and bacterial biomass in a plantation and a secondary forest in wet tropics in Puerto Rico. Plant and Soil 268, 151-160.
  • Zhang, Y., Y. Li and Y. Pan. 2005. Critique on non-market valuation of natural and environmental resources. Journal of Natural Resources 20, 21-27. (In Chinese)
  • **Li, Y., M. Xu, O.J. Sun and W. Cui. 2004. Effects of root and litter exclusion on soil CO2 efflux and microbial biomass in wet tropical forests. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 36: 2111-2114.
  • Liu, B., M. Xu, M. Henderson and Y. Li. 2004. Taking China's temperature: Daily range, warming trends, and regional variations, 1955-2000. Journal of Climate 17, 4453 - 4462.
  • Feng, Z., Y. Yang, Y. Zhang, P. Zhang and Y. Li. 2004. Grain-for-green policy and its impacts on grain supply in west China. Land Use Policy 22, 301-312.
  • Liu, D. and Y. Li. 1998. On human and nature relationship and natural resource sustainability. Scientia Silvae Sinicae 34: 99-112.
  • Li, Y. 1992. Modeling of diameter distribution of Pinus yunnanensis. Forest Research 5: 633-638.

Book Chapter

  • Li, Y. and G. Gonzalez. 2007. Soil fungi and macrofauna in the Neotropics. In: Myster R.W. (eds) “Post-agricultural succession in the Neotropics”, Springer.

Contact Information

Yiqing Li, Associate Professor, Tropical Forest Ecology & Management
Tel: (808) 932-7156
Fax: (808) 932-7037
Office: College of Agriculture Building, room 109
Mail: 200 W Kāwili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091