My primary research interest is in plant physiological mechanisms underlying the ecological properties of species, communities and ecosystems. At Guangxi University, I will be focusing on the water relations of seeds during the germination, seedling emergence and seedling development.
I have developed specific projects on the climate resilience of tropical and subtropical tree species’ seed germination, the ecopysiological physiology of tropical pioneer species and conservation of “dust” seeded species through understating the water relations during regeneration. I hold an undergraduate special degree in Botany from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Masters in Forest Science (2001) and a Ph.D. (2009) from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in USA. My Ph.D, thesis research focused on the ecophysiology of tropical pioneer species in Sri Lanka. Following my Ph.D., I won the prestigious Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) from the National Institutes of Health, USA to conduct research in University of California San Diego and to teach at San Diego State University. My research in California focused on how variation in precipitation and nitrogen deposition affects the physiological ecology of coastal sage and chaparral plants in Southern California. As part of the IRACDA fellowship, I was nationally trained to teach college level science and mentor students in their career development. In 2012, I Joined Professor Cao Kunfang’s research group in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and successfully completed my post doctoral research there. During this time, I was funded by CAS as well as the China National Post Doctoral Fund general and special grants to focus on the regeneration ecology and seed germination of tropical species. In 2014, I joined Guangxi University as an Associate Professor to work with Dr. Cao Kunfang at the Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group, State Key Laboratory Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources as well as College of Forestry. I have received several awards for scientific excellence and was the editor of three special issues published in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry and one in Forest Ecology and Management. I currently serve as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, an international academic journal dedicated to research on the sustainable development of forest resources.
1. Climate resilience of seed germination and seedling establishment
How seed germination and seedling developmental physiology of tropical and subtropical trees are affected by climate change is poorly understood, especially in marginal communities that exist in climatic transitional zones such as the subtropical to tropical transitional regions of Guangxi. Climate change scenarios predict higher frequency, intensity, and severity in drought periods for tropical regions and prolonged and more intense drought have already been observed in many parts of the world. If the generally expected inverse relationship between species’ shade tolerance and drought tolerance is true, we are likely to see a community level shift in species distribution that favors more drought-tolerant pioneer species at the loss of valuable timber species that are usually more shade tolerant. I am investigating how drought, light and temperature stress affects the survival and function of tropical and subtropical forest species, specifically during the seed germination and seedling development process. The focus will be on the species’ physiological responses related to carbon acquisition and hydraulic conductivity. In addition to providing fundamental knowledge on the mechanisms of carbon gain, water balance and transport, this research will be able to evaluate which strategically important resource species should be prioritized for food and resource security, conservation and climate adaptation strategies. If you are interested in joining the project please e-mail me with your CV at uromi.goodale at outlook dot com.
2. Biophysics of seed water relations
Water is the most crucial physical factor that affects seed viability during storage as well as during germination. Understanding the biophysical aspects of water during germination and storage are fundamental for developing a sound scientific basis for long term seed storage and predicting seed germination success after storage. For many seeds preservation or viability after storage depends on the seed moisture content as well as preservation temperature. Water uptake is an essential requirement for seed germination in any flowering plant seed. In addition, oxygen and an appropriate temperature are needed for mature, non-dormant seeds to complete germination. In minute dust seeds it is crucial that they gain sufficient amounts of water to counter large losses of net water across the seed coat (testa). Water relations are known to match species’ habitat requirements and hence allowing for better understanding conservation needs of especially threatened species. This project is designed to assess the factors that affect seed coat permeability to water, the effect of Absicic Acid on regulating internal water in seeds and to determine how mobilization of storage resources affect different phases of germination.
Uromi Manage Goodale, M.F.S. (Masters in Forest Science), Ph.D.
Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group
State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources
College of Forestry
Guangxi, PR China
Email: uromi.goodale <at> outlook <dot> com
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Curriculum Vitae: Uromi Manage Goodale
-Chen Y., Goodale U. M., Fan X-L., and J-Y. Gao. 2015. Asymbiotic seed germination and in vitro seedling development of Paphiopedilum spicerianum: An orchid with an extremely small population in China. Global Ecology and Conservation. 3:367-378. Link
-Ashton M. S., Goodale U. M., Bawa K., Ashton P. S., and D. Neidel. 2014. Restoring working forests in human dominated landscapes of South Asia: An introduction. Forest Ecology and Management 329:335-339.Link
-Yao, X., Goodale U. M., Li Z. L., and Q. Y. Lan. 2014. Relative importance of drying rate, desiccation tolerance, and cryotolerance for the conservation of Ardisia elliptica, A. brunnescens and A. virens. Cryoletters 35: 162-170.Link
-Zi X., Sheng C., Goodale U. M., Shao S., and J. Gao. 2014. In situ seed baiting to isolate germination-enhancing fungi for an epiphytic orchid, Dendrobium aphyllum (Orchidaceae). Mycorrhiza24:487-499.Link
-Goodale U. M., Berlyn G. P., Gregoire T. G., Tennakoon. K. U., and M. S. Ashton. 2014. Differences in seedling survival and growth among tropical rain forest pioneers in relation to canopy openness and herbivory. Biotropica 46:183–193.Link
-Goodale E., Kotagama S. W., Shankar Raman T. R., Sidhu S., Goodale U. M., Parker S., and J. Chen. 2013. The response of birds and mixed-species bird flocks to human-modified landscapes in Sri Lanka and southern India. Forest Ecology and Management.Link
-Laurance, W.F., Useche, D.C., Rendeiro, J., Kalka, M., Bradshaw, C.J.A., Ansell, F., Laurance, S.G., Edwards, D.P., and ancillary co-authors including U. M. Goodale. 2012. Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas. Nature. 489: 290–294.Link
-Goodale U. M.,Berlyn G. P., Ashton, M. S., Gregoire T. G., Sinhakumara B. M. P., and K. U. Tennakoon. 2012. Disturbance and tropical pioneer species: patterns of association across life history stages. Forest Ecology and Management. 227: 54–66.Link
-Goodale, E., Goodale, U. M., and R. Mana. 2011. The role of toxic Pitohuis in mixed species flocks in lowland forests in Papua New Guinea. Emu – Austral Ornithology. 112: 9-16.Link
-Keleman, A., Goodale, U. M., and K. Dooley. 2010. Conservation and the Agricultural Frontier: Collapsing conceptual boundaries. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 29 (6-8): 1-20.Link
-Goodale, E., Lalbhai, P., Goodale, U. M., and M. S. Ashton. 2009. The effect of shelterwood cuts and crown thinnings on the abundance and distribution of birds in a southern New England forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 258: 314-322.Link
-Goodale, U. M.,Berlyn, G. P., Gregoire, T. G., and M. S. Ashton. 2009. Ecological significance of crown functional traits across size classes and disturbance environments in eight pioneer species of a Sri Lankan rainforest. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 28 (1-2): 22-47.Link
-Paulos, H. M., Berlyn, G. P., and U. M. Goodale. 2008. Physiological and structural mechanisms of niche differentiation for three sky island oaks in relation to light and temperature. Desert Plants. 24: 3-12.Link
-Paulos, H. M., Goodale, U. M., and G. P. Berlyn. 2007. Drought response of two Mexican oak
species, Quercus laceyi and Quercus sideroxyla (Fagaceae), in relation to elevational position. American Journal of Botany. 94: 809-818.Link
-Lanfer, A. G., Stern, M. J., Margoluis, C., and U. M. Goodale. 2003. A Synthesis of the March 2001 conference on the viability of transboundary protected areas at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 17: 235-248.
-Lanfer, A. G., Margoluis, C., Stern, M. J., and U. M. Goodale. 2003. The Goals and challenges of the March 30-31, 2001 Yale ISTF conference titled Transboundary Protected Areas: The Viability of Regional Conservation Strategies. Journal of Sustainable Forestry.17: 1-6.
-Ohlson, K., and U. M. Goodale.2002. On the margins of forest and market: A case study of medicinal uses in four communities near Sinharaja, a Sri Lankan rain forest. Journal of the Tropical Resources Institute. 21: 38-42.
-Goodale, U. M. 2001. Important allometric characteristics of native pioneer tree species for potential use in forest restoration in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Tropical Resources Institute. 20: 24-28.
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