Shi-Dan Zhu
19th Sep


Shi-Dan Zhu

Research profile:

I joined the research group in 2016, and my research interest focuses on xylem and leaf hydraulics of tropical and subtropical forest tree species. As a consequence of global warming, rainfall seasonality in tropical and lower subtropical regions in southern and southwestern China result in significant seasonal drought with increasing frequency and intensity, which in turn brought profound impacts on tree survival, forest composition, and ecosystem function in those regions. By investigating plant hydraulic characteristics and monitoring their seasonal patterns of water status, we could understand the degree of forests’ vulnerability to seasonal drought. Our researches are to reveal the adaptation of tropical and lower subtropical plants and the changes of forest compositions in response to climate change, and to provide guidelines for forest management and vegetation restoration in heavily-degraded areas.

Research Projects

[1] Plant hydraulics of tropical and subtropical forests across Guangxi province, granted by Guangxi University (Principal Investigator)

[2] Xylem hydraulics of woody plants from tropical and lower subtropical forests and their hydraulic response to seasonal drought, granted by National Science Foundation of China (Principal Investigator)

[3] Water relations and drought tolerance of woody plants from different successional stages of subtropical forests, granted by National Science Foundation of China (Principal Investigator)

Curriculum Vitae

[1] 2005-2010, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden; Degree: Ph.D. of Natural Science; Specialization: Plant Eco-physiology; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kunfang Cao; Thesis title: Comparison of leaf traits, hydraulic architecture and photosynthesis between lianas and trees in tropical seasonal rain forests

[2] 2001-2005, Henan Agricultural University; Degree: Bachelor of Agriculture; Specialization: Agricultural Resource and Environment

Work experience

[1] 2016-present, Junior professor in Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group, College of Forestry, Guangxi University

[2] 2010-2015, Assistant professor in Ecology and Environment Science Center, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences


-Zhu SD, Liu H, Xu QY, Cao KF, Ye Q (2015) Are leaves more vulnerable to cavitation than branches? Functional Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435, 12656.

-Zhu SD, Li RH, Song J, He PC, Liu H, Berninger F, Ye Q (2015) Different leaf cost–benefit strategies of ferns distributed in contrasting light habitats of sub–tropical forests. Annals of Botany, 117, 497–506.

-Li RH*, Zhu SD*, Chen HYH, John R, Zhou GY, Zhang DQ, Zhang QM, Ye Q (2015) Are functional traits a good predictor of global change impacts on tree species abundance dynamics in a subtropical forest? Ecology Letters, 18, 1181–1189 (Co-first author).

-Zhu SD, Chen YJ, Cao KF, Ye Q (2015) Interspecific variation in branch and leaf traits among three Syzygium tree species from different successional tropical forests. Functional Plant Biology, 42, 423–432

-Zhu SD, Song JJ, Li RH, Ye Q (2013) Plant hydraulics and photosynthesis of 34 woody species from different successional stages of subtropical forests. Plant, Cell and Environment, 36, 879–891.

-Zhu SD, Cao KF (2010) Contrasting cost-benefit strategy between lianas and trees in a tropical seasonal rain forest in southwestern China. Oecologia, 163, 591–599.

-Zhu SD, Cao KF (2009) Hydraulic properties and photosynthetic rates in co–occurring lianas and trees in a seasonal tropical rainforest in southwestern China. Plant Ecology, 204, 295–304.

-Zhang W, Shen WJ, Zhu SD, Wan SQ, Luo YQ, Yan JH, Wang KY, liu L, Dai HT, Li PX, Dai KY, Zhang WX, Liu ZF, Wang FM, Kuang YW, Li ZA, Lin YB, Rao XQ, Li J, Zou B, Cai XA, Mo JM, Zhao P, Ye Q, Huang JG, Fu SL (2015) CAN canopy addition of nitrogen better illustrate the effect of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on forest ecosystem? Scientific Reports, 5, 11245

-Fu PL, Jiang YJ, Wang AY, Brodribb TJ, Zhang JL, Zhu SD, Cao KF (2012) Stem hydraulic traits and leaf water-stress tolerance are coordinated with the leaf phenology of angiosperm trees in an Asian tropical dry karst forest. Annals of Botany, 110, 189–199

– Fan ZX, Brauning A, Cao KF, Zhu SD (2009) Growth–climate responses of high–elevation conifers in the central Hengduan Mountains, southwestern China. Forest Ecology and Management, 258, 306–313.


Contact details:

Dr. Shi-Dan Zhu
Junior Professor
Plant Ecophysiology & Evolution Group
State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources
College of Forestry, Guangxi University
Nanning, Guangxi 530005
PR China

Email: zhushidan <at>

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