Biology and Health Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Weimin Xi

Professor, Senior Ecologist

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

Teaching Specialties

  • Ecology, Human Ecology, Disease Ecology and Global Health
  • Biodiversity Science, Conservation Biology, and Environmental Biology
  • Plant Biology, Plant Taxonomy and Biological Systematics
  • Ecological Modeling, Geospatial Analysis and Technology

Research Interests

  • Conservation Biology, Climate Change Biology and Global Sustainability
  • Landscape Ecology, Disturbance Ecology and Ecosystems Management
  • Sustainable Forestry, Agroforestry and Ecological Engineering
  • Ecological Modeling, Geospatial Analysis and Ecoinformatics

Professional Links

Selected Editorships

  • Associate Editor: Journal of Forestry Research, 2010-
  • Associate Editor: The Forestry Chronicle, 2017-
  • Associate Editor: aBiotech, 2017-
  • Editorial Board Member: Acta Ecologica Sinica, 2010-
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 2022-

Selected Awards

  • Dean's Award for Scholarly & Creative Production, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2019
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Service, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2017
  • Impact Award, Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
  • Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America, 2008-
  • Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), Full Member 2003-

Selected Publications (*Corresponding author)


  • Chaudhary, Tilak, W. Xi*, Mukti Subedi, Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Haibin Su, Nicholas Dewez, Stephen Clarke. 2022. East Texas forests show strong resilience to exceptional drought. Forestry (In press).
  • Yan, Ming, Qingqing Liu, Zhiping Liu, W. Xi*. 2022. Impacts of drought and stand factors on tree mortality: A case study of national forests in east Texas, USA. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 2022, 33 (11):1-10 (In Chinese).
  • Yan, Ming, Zhiping Liu, Mukti R. Subedi, Linfeng Liang, W. Xi*. 2022. The complex impacts of unprecedented drought on forest tree mortality: a case study of dead trees in east Texas, USA. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 42(3):1034- 1046 (In Chinese, doi: 10.5846/stxb202101150152).


  • Subedi, Mukti R., W. Xi*, Christopher B. Edgar, Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Ming Yan. 2021. Tree mortality and biomass loss in drought-affected forests of East Texas, USA. Journal of Forestry Research: 32(1):67–80 (Online published 26 March 2020,


  • Xi, W.*, Xiaohuan Zhou, Jianwei Zhang. 2020. LANDISVIEW 2.0: An upgraded visualization and analytical tool for landscape modeling, Environmental Modelling & Software 34: 104849. (
  • Ling, Pui-Yu; Stephen Prince; Giovanni Baiocchi, Caren Dymond, W. Xi; George. Hurtt. 2020. Impact of fire and harvest on forest ecosystem services in a species-rich area in the Southern Appalachians. Ecosphere: 11(6) Article e03150 (


  • 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 30 (1): 219-231. (Link to article)
  • SubediMukti 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 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 (Link to 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 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 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

Systematics and Ecoinformatics Links

Contact Information

Department of Biological and Health Sciences
Kleberg Hall 116 (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