Forest Ecologist, Purdue University
Founder & CSO, Science-i
Co-director, Purdue Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence Lab (FACAI)
Co-coordinator, Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI)
Jingjing Liang, an Associate Professor at Purdue University, heads the Purdue Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence (FACAI) Laboratory.
His research employs AI tools and extensive tree survey data to address key questions in global forest ecology. He led an international team in creating the first global forest inventory database GFBi, featuring over 2 million sample plots worldwide. Dr. Liang’s work revealed the Earth’s tree species count and a positive link between species diversity and forest productivity. A proponent of open science, he established the Science-i platform, aiding numerous under-represented scientists globally in impactful research endeavors.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
B.S. (Environ. Sci.)
Peking University, China
2022 – present Associate Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
2018 – 2022 Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
2017– 2018: Associate Professor of Forest Ecology , School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University
2011–2017: Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology (Tenure track), School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University
2007–2011: Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics and Management, School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2019-present Senior Editor, Scientific Data
2018-2020 Senior Handling Editor, Forest Ecosystems
2017-2019 Associate Editor, Scientific Data
2011-2018 Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Forest
Overall, Liang’s research activities have generated 58 peer-reviewed publications, 10 books, book chapters, and reports, and 11 conference proceedings and other publications.
The following list summarizes Liang’s publications careerwide. Types of contribution to each publication are denoted by: Advising a student or post-doctotal associate to conduct the research; Bringing about data compilation and data analyses; Conceiving the research question; Designing the research; Entirely and indepedently completing the publication. Liang contributed to the writing of all the following publications. †: graduate students or post-doctoral research fellows whom Liang has supervised in the development of an article. *: Corresponding author. Scimago journal ranking (SJR) for the year of publication and discipline are also provided, e.g. Q1 multidisciplinary. IF: impact factor for year 2018-2020.
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67. Liang, J. (2022) We need to count every tree on the planet – here’s why. NewScientist (3376) https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25333760-100-we-need-to-count-every-tree-on-the-planet-heres-why/: March 5th 2022.
68. Pérez, J. G., R. D. Cóndor-Golec, R. Tavani, J. Fox, and Liang, J. 2020. Pandemic Lessons: Open Data for Forest and Climate Action. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub 20200812.
69. Liang, J., de Miguel, S. 2018. Did you know? The Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative. Silva Mediterranea Issue 28 – January 2018. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2pp.
70. Liang, J., Watson, J.V. .2014. Is Forestry a Dying Profession? Here’s What Our Students Say. The Forestry Source 19(3):6.
71. Liang, J., J. Buongiorno, R. A. Monserud. 2012 Bootstrap simulation and response surface optimization in forest management. Proceedings of the 2012 Southern Forest Economics Workers (SOFEW) Annual Meeting.
72. Zhou, M., and Liang, J. 2012. Modeling Alaska Boreal Forests with a Controlled Trend Surface Approach. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-157. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 299 p.
73. Liang, J. 2011. Population Dynamics of Alaska Boreal Forest under Climate Change. In: 2011 Society of American Foresters National Convention, Honolulu, HI 2011. vol 109. Journal of Forestry, p. 493
74. Liang, J. 2011. Geospatial Mapping of Forest Dynamics. In: 2011 Society of American Foresters National Convention, Honolulu, HI. vol 109. Journal of Forestry, p. 501
75. Liang, J. 2010 Does tree diversity increase forest productivity? SciTopics (Invited article). http://www.scitopics.com/Does_Tree_Diversity_Increase_Forest_Productivity.html
76. Zhou, M., and Liang, J. 2010. Modeling Alaska boreal forests with a controlled trend surface approach. 2010 Joint Meeting of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium and the Southern Mensurationists, McWilliams W & Roesch FA (eds): pp 25-39.
77. Liang, J. and M. Zhou. 2010 Dynamics and Management of Alaska Boreal Forest. SciTopics http://www.scitopics.com/Dynamics_and_Management_of_Alaska_Boreal_Forest.html
2021 Mapping Planted Forests in China using multi-source data and machine learning. World Resources Institute (PI, Total Funded: $150,000)
2020 Multi-sensor biodiversity framework developed from bioacoustic and spacebased sensor platforms. NASA (Co-PI, Total Funded: ca $800,000)
2020 A Retrospective Assessment of Conservation Cost Sharing’s Success in Controlling Invasive Plants in Nonindustrial Private Forests. USDA NIFA (Co-PI, Total Funded: $500,000)
2020 Enhancing the Awareness, Knowledge, and Understanding of Sustainable Maple Syrup Production Practices Among Current and Potential Maple Syrup Producers, USDA. (Co-PI, Total Funded: ca $499,440)
2020 Economic Analysis of Growth & Yield and Thinning Decisions on Hardwood Plantations, Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center (HTIRC), USDA Forest Service, Purdue University. (Co-PI, Total Funded: ca $496,468)
2019 Investigating ice storm risks in a changing climate, Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC). (Co-PI, Total Funded: ca $19,600)
2017 Major international conference/workshop grant. Beijing Forestry University (PI, Total Funded: ca $98,000)
2017 Climate change and water use: can increase diversity help protect forests? Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Co-PI, PI: Alain Paquette, Total funded: $509,000)
2016 Integrating Biological Conservation into Sustainable Forestry Based on Nationwide Analysis of Productivity-Biodiversity Relationship. USDA NIFA (PI, Total Funded: $30,340).
2015 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in North American Reclaimed Lands. ESSROC-Italcementi Group (PI, Total Funded: $69,508).
2012 Stand Initiation Diversity Experiment. West Virginia University Research Corporation (PI, Total funded: $75,000)
2011 Mapping and Managing Central Appalachian Temperate Forest and Alaska Boreal Forest under Climate Change: Population Dynamics, Carbon, and Biodiversity. USDA MS-104 (PI, Total Funded: $277,610)
2010 Geospatial forest dynamics and management of Afognak Island, Alaska. Afognak Native Corporation Grant (PI, Total Funded: $29,600). Trained indigenous Afognak natives to conduct inventory and management of their forested land.
2009 Measurement and Management of Alaska Boreal Forest Under Risks. USDA ALK-09-08 (PI, Total Funded: $723,056). Hired and trained undergraduate students including Alaska natives to conduct forest inventory.
2008 Spatial projection of forest growth and woody biomass yield in coastal Alaska. USDA PNW 08-JV-112619 (PI, Total Funded: $56,294).
2007 Forest Stand Characterization and Growth and Yield for the Alaskan Northern Forest. USDA ALK-03-12 (PI, Total Funded: $518,495).
Purdue University (2018-present)
West Virginia University (2011-2017)
University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007-2011)
Liang is committed to serving as a positive role model and mentor for undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates, in advising and assisting them in research and professional development. Overall, Liang has mentored 18 students and staff, including two post-doctoral research associates, 15 graduate students, and one undergraduate research student.
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