Biology and Health Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Weimin Xi



  • Ph.D. (Biology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Teaching Specialties

  • Ecology, Human Ecology, Human Disease and Health
  • Environmental Biology, Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • Plant Taxonomy and Systematics 

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity, Landscape Ecology, Climate Change Biology and Drought impact
  • Sustainable Urban Forestry, Agroforestry, Ecological Engineering, Disturbance Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Ecosystems Management
  • Ecological Modeling, Geo-spatial Analysis, Ecoinformatics

Professional Links


  • Associate Editor-in-Chief: Chinese Agricultural Science Bulletin, 2010-Present
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief: Transactions of Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, 2012-Present
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Forestry Research, 2010-Present
  • Associate Editor: The Forestry Chronicle, 2017-Present
  • Associate Editor: A Biotech, 2017-Present


  • Dean's Award for Scholarly & Creative Production, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2019
  • Digital Fellow, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2017
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Service, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2017
  • Because You Care Award, City of Kingsville, 2015
  • Henry C. Cowles Award for Best Publication (with Dr. David Cairns et al.), Association of American Geographers, 2009
  • The Impact Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
  • Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America, 2008-Present

Recent Publications (*Corresponding author)


  • Xi*, W., Robert K. Peet, Michael T. Lee, Dean L. Urban. 2019. Hurricane disturbances, tree diversity, and succession in North Carolina Piedmont forests, USA. Journal of Forestry Research (Invited paper) 30 (1): 219-231. (Link to Hurricane disturbances... article)
  • Subedi, Mukti R., W. Xi*, Christopher B. Edgar, Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Brent C. Hedquist. 2019. Assessment of geostatistical methods for spatiotemporal analysis of drought patterns in east Texas, USA. Spatial Information Research 27 (1): 11–21. (Link to Assessment of geostatistical... article)


  • Qin, Juan, Zhouping Shangguan, W. Xi*. 2018. Seasonal variations of leaf traits and drought adaptation strategies of four common woody species in South Texas, USA. Journal of Forestry Research (Invited paper) (Link to Seasonal variations of leaf... article)
  • Sun, H., E. Dai, Y. Li, W. Xi*. 2018. Climate change and sustainable forestry: a regional perspective from northeast China. The Forestry Chronicle 94(03): 201-207. (Link to Climate change... article)
  • Dai, E, Jianjia Zhu, Xiaoli Wang, W. Xi. 2018. Multiple ecosystem services of monoculture and mixed plantations: A case study of the Huitong experimental forest of Southern China. Land Use Policy 79(10): 717-724. (Link to Multiple ecosystem aervices... article)


  • Wu, Z, E. Dai, Q. Ge, W. Xi, X. Wang. 2017. Modelling the integrated effects of land use and climate change scenarios on forest ecosystem aboveground biomass, a case study in Taihe County of China (in Chinese). Acta Geographica Sinica. 72:1539-1554.
  • Dai, E., X. Wang, J. Zhu, W. Xi. 2017. Quantifying ecosystem service trade-offs for plantation forest management to benefit provisioning and regulating services. Ecology and Evolution 7:7807-7821.
  • He, B, T. Guo, H. Huang, W. Xi, X. Chen. 2017. Physiological responses of Scaevola aemula seedlings under high temperature stress. South African Journal of Botany 112:203-209.
  • Wu, Z, E. Dai, Q. Ge, W. Xi, X. Wang. 2017. Modelling the integrated effects of land use and climate change scenarios on forest ecosystem aboveground biomass, a case study in Taihe County of China. Journal of Geographical Sciences 27(2):205-222.
  • McCloughan, Ashley, Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, David Wester, W. Xi. 2017. Evaluating Removal of Competition on Morphology of Endangered Slender Rush-Pea (Hoffmannseggia tenella) Endemic to Southern Texas, USA. Natural Areas Journal: 37(3):382-393.
  • David Ramirez, W. Xi, Kailas Malwade, Oluwatosin Oyelakin. 2017. The climate change-air pollution connection: adsorption as a mitigation strategy. In Facing the Threat: Climate Change. Jose A. Raynal Villaseñor, María Elena Raynal-Gutiérrez, Benito Corona-Vasquez, Polioptro F. Martínez-Austria, Carlos Patiño-Gómez (Eds.). Universidad de las Américas Puebla.


  • Qin, Juan, W. Xi, Alexander Rahmlow, Haiyan Kong, Zhen Zhang, Zhouping Shangguan. 2016. Effects of forest plantation types on leaf traits of Ulmus pumila and Robinia pseudoacacia on the Loess Plateau, China. Ecological Engineering: 97:416-425.
  • Dai, Erfu, Heng Zhu, Zuo Wu, Xiaofan Wang, W. Xi, Jianjia Zhu. 2016. The impact of climate change on forest aboveground biomass in the Moshao forest farm of Huitong station (in Chinese). Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology: 27(10):3059-3069.
  • Dai, E., Z. Wu, Q. Ge, W. Xi, X. Wang. 2016. Predicting the responses of forest distribution and aboveground biomass to climate change under RCPs scenarios in southern China. Global Change Biology: 22 (11):3642-3661.
  • Xi, W., E Dai, HS. He. 2016. Advances in forest landscape models: current research and applications. Progress in Geography: 35(1):35-46 (in Chinese, invited review).
  • Ren,Yin, Shanshan Chen, Xiaohua Wei, W. Xi, Yunjian Luo, Xiaodong Song, Shudi Zuo, Yusheng Yang. 2016. Disentangling the factors that contribute to variation in forest biomass increment in the mid-subtropical forests of China. Journal of Forestry Research 27(4): 919-930

Professional Associations

Plant Systematics and Ecoinformatics Links

Contact Information

Department of Biological and Health Sciences
Biology-Earth Science Building 202 (Research Lab); Kleberg Hall 118C (Office)
MSC 158 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-2758
fax: (361) 593-3800
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Dr. Weimin Xi