Dr. Jian-Guo Huang

Professor & Head of Research Group of Forest Ecology & Modeling in South China Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China More recent updates in the Resume below



  • 2019 to present, Chief Scientist, Center of Plant Ecology, Core Botanical Gardens of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • May 2017 to present, Co-Director for Key Laboratory of Vegetation Restoration and Management of Degraded Ecosystems of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China
  • Nov. 2016 to present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Forest Research Institute, University of Quebec at Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Quebec, Canada
  • July 2016 to present, Co-Director for Ecology & Environmental Research Center, South China Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China
  • January, 2014 to today, Professor & Principle Investigator, South China Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
  • July 2013 to January, 2014, Postdoc Research Fellow, Department of Basic Sciences, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada
  • Nov. 2012 to July, 2013, Postdoc Research Associate, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, USA
  • Jan 2010 to Oct. 2012, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


  • Sep, 2004- Oct. 2009, Ph.D in Environmental Sciences at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec, Canada (Supervisor: Dr. Yves Bergeron)
  • Sep. 2000 –Nov. 2003, Master in Physical Geography at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute), China
  • Sep. 1995 – July 1999, Bachelor in Hydrological and Engineering Geology at Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China


1) To investigate inter-annual growth response of trees and forests to climate change/warming in the northern hemisphere using dendrochronology and forest ecology. 2) To monitor intra-annual xylem formation and tree phenology(budburst, flowering and shoots/branches extension) in response to climate change and further clarify the potential mechanisms behind. 3) To quantify the potential relationships between tree growth and environmental factors using linear/nonlinear and mixed models, and further assess the potential changes in forest growth, composition, and structure under global change.


PUBLICATIONS corresponding author indicated as *


  • 51) Huang JG*, Ma QQ, Rossi S, Biondi F, Deslauriers A, Fonti P, Liang E, Mäkinen H, Oberhuber W, Rathgeber CBK, Tognetti R, Treml V, Yang B, Zhang J-L, Antonucci S, Bergeron Y, Camarero JJ, Campelo F, Čufar K, Cuny HE, De Luis M, Giovannelli A, Gričar J, Gruber A, Gryc V, Güney A, Guo X, Huang W, Jyske T, Kašpar J, King G, Krause C, Lemay A, Liu F, Lombardi F, Martinez del Castillo E, Morin H, Nabais C, Nöjd P, Peters RL, Prislan P, Saracino A, Swidrak I, Vavrčík H, Vieira J, Yua B, Zhang S, Zeng Q, Zhang Y, Ziaco E.(2020) Environmental drivers of secondary growth resumption in Northern Hemisphere conifers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/08/04/2007058117
  • 50)Usmani A, Silvestro R, Zhang S, Huang J-G*, Saracino A, Rossi S. (2020) Ecotypic differentiation of black spruce populations: temperature triggers bud burst but not bud set. Trees, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00468-020-01999-4
  • 49) Guo Xl., Khare S., Silvestro R., Huang JG*, Sylvain JD., Delagrange S., S. Rossi (2020) Minimum spring temperatures at the provenance origin drive leaf phenology in sugar maple populations. Tree Physiology, tpaa096, https://doi.org/10.1093/treephys/tpaa096
  • 48) Guo XL.#, Huang JG.*#, Li JY., Liang HX., Yu BY., Ma QQ., Jiang SW., Lu XK., Fu SL., Ye Q., Zhao P., Cai X. (2020) Nitrogen addition to the canopy of Castanopsis chinensis (Sprengel) Hance promoted xylem formation in a subtropical forest in China. Annals of Forest Science, in press.
  • 47)Zhang SK., V. Buttò, S. Khare, A. Deslauriers, H. Morin, J.G. Huang*, H. Ren, S. Rossi. (2020) Calibrating PhenoCam data with phenological observations in black spruce. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, in press.
  • 46)Lin, H., CY. Tu, JY Fang, B. Gioli, B. Loubet, C. Gruening, G.Y. Zhou, J. Beringer, J.G. Huang, J. Dušek, M. Liddell, P. Buysse, P.L. Shi, Q.H. Song, S.J. Han, V. Magliulo, Y. Li, J. Grace. (2020) Forests buffer thermal fluctuation better than non-forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology in press.
  • 45)Li J., Huang JG*, Tardif J., Liang H., Jiang S., Zhu H., Zhou P. (2020) Spatially heterogeneous responses of tree radial growth to recent El Niño southern-oscillation variability across East Asia subtropical forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 287, 107939.
  • 44) Zhang SK., Belien E., Ren H., Rossi S., Huang JG*(2020) Wood anatomy of boreal species in a warming world: a review. iForest 13: 130-138. – doi: 10.3832/ifor3230-013.


  • 43)Zhang SK., Isabel N., Huang J.G.*, Ren H., Rossi S. (2019) Responses of bud-break phenology to daily-asymmetric warming: daytime warming intensifies the advancement of bud break. International Journal of Biometeorology 63(12):1631-1640, doi 10.1007/s00484-019-01776-0.
  • 42) Yu BY, Huang J.G.*, Ma Q., Guo XL., Liang HX., Zhang SK., Fu SL., Wan SQ., Yan JH, Zhang W. (2019) Comparison of the effects of canopy and understory nitrogen addition on xylem growth of two dominant species in a warm temperate forest, China.Dendrochronologia 125604.
  • 41) Liang HX, Huang J.G.*, Ma Q., Li JY., Wang Z., Guo X., Zhu H., Jiang SW., Zhou P. Yu BY. Luo DW (2019) Contributions of competition and climate on radial growth of Pinus massoniana in subtropics of China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 274: 7-17.
  • 40) Silvestro R., Rossi S., Zhang SK., Froment I., Huang J.G., Saracino A (2019) From phenology to forest management: Ecotypes selection can avoid early or late frosts, but not both. Forest Ecology and Management 436: 21-26.


  • 39)Delpierre N., Lireux S., Hartig F., Camarero J., Cheaib A., Cufar K., Cuny H., Fonti P., Gričar J., Huang J.G., Krause C., Liu G., De Luis M., Mäkinen H., Martínez del C. E., Nöjd, P., Oberhuber W., Prislan P., Rossi S., Treml V., Vavrick H., Rathgeber C. (2018) Support for a two-phase temperature model using chilling and forcing temperatures to predict the onset of wood formation in Northern hemisphere conifers. Global Change Biology 25(3):1089-1105. IF=8.997
  • 38)Chen L.#, Huang J.G.*#, Ma Q.Q.#, Hänninen H.#, Tremblay F., Bergeron Y. (2018) Long-term changes in the impacts of global warming on leaf phenology of four temperate tree species. Global Change Biology 25(3):997-1004. Doi:10.1111/GCB.14496. IF=8.997
  • 37)Ma Q.Q., Huang J.G.*, Hänninen H., Berninger F. (2018) Divergent trends in the risk of spring frost damage to trees in Europe with recent warming. Global Change Biology 25(1):351-360. Doi:10.1111/gcb.14479. IF=8.997
  • 36)Fu Y., Li R., Huang JG., Bergeron Y., Fu Y. (2018) Satellite observed impacts of wildfires on regional atmosphere composition and the shortwave radiative forcing: a multiple case study. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere 123(15):8326-8343 doi.org/10.1029/2017JD027927
  • 35)Jiang, X.Y., Liu N, Lv XK, Huang, J.G.*,Cheng J., Guo XL, Wu S (2018) Canopy and understory nitrogen addition increase the xylem tracheid size of dominant broadleaf species in a subtropical forest of China. Science of the Total Environment, 642:733-741. IF=4.9
  • 34)Chen L.#, Huang J.G.* #, Ma Q.Q., Hänninen H., Rossi S., Piao S.L., Bergeron Y. (2018) Spring phenology at different atitudes is becoming more uniform under global change in Europe. Global Change Biology, 24:3969-3975, DOI:10.1111/gcb.14288. IF=8.997 (#co-first author)
  • 33)Ma QQ, Huang JG*, Hänninen H., Berninger F. (2018) Reduced geographical variability in spring phenology of temperate trees with recent warming. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 256:526-533.IF=4.039
  • 32)Huang JG*#, Guo XL#, Rossi S, Zhai LH, Yu BY, Zhang SK, Zhang MF (2018) Intra-annual wood formation of subtropical Chinese red pine shows better growth in dry season than wet season. Tree Physiology, 38:1225-1236 IF=3.653 (#co-first author)
  • 31)Jiang, X.Y., Huang, J.G.*, Cheng, J., Dawson, A., Stadt, K., Comeau, P., and Chen, H.Y.H. (2018) Interspecific variation in growth responses to tree size, competition and climate of western Canadian boreal mixed forests. Science of the Total Environment, 631:1070-1078. IF=4.9
  • 30)Zhang SK, Rossi S, Huang JG*, Jiang SW, Yu BY, Zhang W, Ye Q. (2018) Intra-annual dynamics of xylem formation in Liquidambar formosana subjected to canopy and understory N addition. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:79. Doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.00079. IF= 4.298
  • 29)Chen L., Huang JG*, Dawson A., Zhai LH, Stadt K., Comeau P., Whitehouse C. (2018) Contributions of insects and droughts to growth decline of trembling aspen mixed boreal forest of western Canada. Global Change Biology, 24:655-667. doi:10.1111/gcb.13855 online. IF=8.997


  • 28)Alam S, Huang JG*, Stadt K, Comeau PG, Dawson A, Gea-Izquierdo G, Aakala T, Hölttä T, Vesala T, Mäkelä A, Berninger F. (2017) Effects of competition, drought stress and photosynthetic productivity on the radial growth of white spruce in western Canada. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:1915. Doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.01915. IF= 4.298
  • 27)Luo DW, Huang JG*, Jiang XY, Ma QQ, Liang HX, Guo XL, Zhang SK. (2017) Effect of climate and competition on radial growth of Pinus massoniana and Schima superba in China’s subtropical monsoon mixed forest. Dendrochronologia 46:24-34 IF=2.259.
  • 26)Zhang SK., Huang J.G.*, Rossi S., Ma Q.Q., Yu B.Y., Zhai L.H., Luo D.W., Guo X.L., Fu S.L., Zhang W. (2017) Intra-annual dynamics of xylem growth in Pinus massoniana submitted to an experimental N addition in central China. Tree Physiology 37:1546-1553 doi:10.1093/treephys/tpx079 IF=3.653
  • 25)Shi P.J., Chen Z., Reddy G.V.P., Hui C., Huang J.G., Xiao M. (2017) Timing of cherry tree blooming: Contrasting effects of rising winter low temperatures and early spring temperatures. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 240-241:78-89 IF=3.887
  • 24)Shi P.J., Fan M.L., Ratkowsky D.A., Huang J.G.*, Wu H.I., Chen L., Fang S.Y., and Zhang C.X. (2017) Comparison of two ontogenetic growth equations for animals and plants. Ecological Modelling 349:1-10. IF=2.363
  • 23)Chen L., Huang JG*, Alam S., Zhai LH, Dawson A., Stadt K., Comeau P. (2017) Drought causes reduced growth of trembling aspen in western Canada. Global Change Biology, 23;2887-2902, doi: 10.1111/gcb.13595. IF=8.502
  • 22)Chen L., Huang JG*, Stadt K., Comeau P., Zhai LH, Dawson A. and S. Alam (2017) Drought explains variation in the radial growth of white spruce in western Canada. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 233: 133-142. IF=3.887


  • 21)Rossi, S., Anfodillo T., Čufar K., Cuny H., Deslauriers A., Fonti P., Frank D., Gričar J., Gruber A., Huang J.G.*, Jyske T., Kašpar J., King G., Krause C., Liang E., Makinen H., Morin H., Nöjd P., Oberhuber W., Prislan P., Rathgeber, C.B.K., Saracino A., Swidrak I., and Treml V. (2016) Pattern of xylem phenology in conifers of cold ecosystems at the Northern Hemisphere. Global Change Biology,22:3804-3813 doi:10.1111/gcb.13317 Attach:GCB2016R.pdf IF=8.502
  • 20)Deslauriers, A., Huang JG*, Beaulieau, M., Balducci, L., Rossi S. (2016) The contribution of carbon and water in modulating wood formation in black spruce saplings. Plant Physiology, 170: 2072-2084. Attach:PlantPhy2016.pdf IF=6.456
  • 19)Jiang, X.Y., Huang, J.G.*, Stadt, K., Comeau, P., and Chen, H.Y.H. (2016) Spatial climate-dependent growth response of western Canadian boreal mixedwood forest. Global and Planetary Change, 139: 141-150. Attach:GPC2016.pdf IF=3.915


  • 18)Cuny, H.E., Rathgeber, C.B.K., Frank D., Fonti P., Mäkinen H., Prislan P., Rossi S., del Castillo E., Campelo F., Vavrčík H., Camarero J., Bryukhanova M.V., Jyske T., Gričar J., Gryc J., Luis M., Vieira J., Čufar K., Kirdyanov A.V., Oberhuber W., Treml V., Huang J.G., Li X., Swidrak I., Deslauriers A., Liang E., Nöjd P., Gruber A., Nabais C., Morin H., Krause C., King G., and Fournier M. (2015) Wood biomass production lags stem-girth increase by over one month in coniferous forests. Nature Plants 15160 doi:10.1038/NPLANTS.2015.160 Attach:NaturePlants2015.pdf IF=10.3
  • 17) Shi, P.J., Huang, J.G.*, Cang, H., Grissino-Mayer, H., Tardif, J., Zhai, L.H., Wang, F.S., and Li, B.L. (2015) Capturing spiral radial growth of conifers using the superellipse to model tree-ring geometric shape. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6:856. Doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00856 (co-first author) Attach:Frontiers2015.pdf IF= 4.298
  • 16)Zhang W, Sheng WJ, Zhu SD, Wan SQ, Luo YQ, Yan JH, Wang KY, Liu L, Dai H., Li P., Dai K., Zhang WX., Liu ZF., Wang FM., Kuang YW., Li Z., Lin Y., Rao XQ., Li J., Zou B., Cai X., Mo JM., Zhao P., Ye Q., Huang JG, Fu SL (2015). CAN canopy addition of nitrogen better illustrate the effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on forest ecosystem? Scientific Reports, 5:11245 doi:10.1038/srep11245. IF= 4.259
  • 15) Rossi S., Huang JG., and Morin H. 2015. Assessing responses of tree growth to climate changes at inter- and intra-annual temporal scale. Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology, Edit by Peh K., Corlett R.T., Bergeron Y. September 2015, page 499-517, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK.


  • 14) Huang J.G.*, Deslauriers A., and Rossi S.(2014) Xylem formation can be modeled statistically as a function of primary growth and cambium activity. New Phytologist 203:831-841 Attach:Huang2014.pdf IF=7.33
  • 13) Gea-Izquierdo G.*, Bergeron Y., Huang J.G., Lapointe-Garant M.P., Grace J., and Berninger F.(2014) The relationship between productivity and tree-ring growth in boreal coniferous forests. Boreal Environment Research 19:363-378 IF=1.805

Prior to back to China in 2014

  • 12) Huang, J.G.*, Stadt, K., Dawson, A., and Comeau, P. (2013) Modelling growth-competition relationships in trembling aspen and white spruce mixed boreal forests of western Canada. PLOS ONE 8(10): e77607. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077607 IF=2.806
  • 11) Huang, J.G.*, Bergeron, Y., Berninger, F., Zhai, L.H., Tardif, J., and Denneler, B. (2013) Impact of future climate on radial growth of four major boreal tree species in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. PLOS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056758 IF=2.806
  • 10) Zhai, L.H., Bergeron, Y., Huang, J.G.*, and Berninger F. (2012) Variation in intra-annual wood formation, and foliage and shoot development of three major Canadian boreal tree species. American Journal of Botany, 99(5):827-837. (*corresponding author) Attach:Zhai2012.pdf IF=3.05
  • 9) Huang J.G., Bergeron, Y., Zhai L.H.*, and Denneler B.(2011) Variation in intra-annual radial growth (xylem formation) of Picea mariana (Pinaceae) along a latitudinal gradient in western Quebec, Canada. American Journal of Botany, 98(5):792-800. doi:10.3732/ajb.1000074 This article is highlighted by AJB (http://www.amjbot.org/) and featured in ScienceDaily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110516102251.htm and Eurekalert http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/ajob-wgc051611.php IF2011=2.664 Attach:Huang2011.pdf IF=3.05
  • 8) Lapointe-Garant, M.P.*, Huang, J.G., Gea Izquierdo, G., Raulier, F., Bernier, P., and Berninger, F. (2010). Use of tree rings to study the effect of climate change on trembling aspen in Quebec. Global Change Biology, 16:2039-2051 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02048.x Attach:GCB2010A.pdf Δ IF=8.502
  • 7) Huang, J.G.*, Tardif, J., Bergeron, Y., Denneler, B., Berninger, F, and Girardin M.P. (2010). Radial growth response of four dominant boreal tree species to climate along a latitudinal gradient in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. Global Change Biology, 16: 711-731. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01990.x.Attach:GCB2010.pdf. IF=8.502
  • 6) Huang, J.G.*, Tardif, J., Denneler, B., Bergeron, Y. and Berninger, F (2008). Tree-ring evidence extends the historic northern range limit of severe defoliation by insects in the aspen stands of western Quebec, Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 38:2535-2544. Attach:CJFR2008.PDF IF=1.827
  • 5) Li, J.B.*, Cook, E.R., D’Arrigo, R., Chen, F., Gou, X.H., Peng, J.F., and Huang, J.G. (2008) Common tree growth anomalies over the northeastern Tibetan Plateau during the last six centuries: Implications for regional moisture change. Global Change Biology, 14, 2096-2107. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01603.x Attach:GCB2008.pdf IF=8.502
  • 4) Huang, J.G.*, Bergeron, Y., Denneler, B., Berninger, F. and Tardif J. (2007) Response of forest trees to increased atmospheric CO2. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 26(5): 265-283. DOI:10.1080/07352680701626978 Attach:CRPS2007.pdf Top 5 highly-cited articles from 2007-2009, and free access http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cited/BPTS.pdf IF=6.825
  • 3) Huang, J.G.*, Lin, J.D. and Miao, S.L. (2007) Tibet: holy place, not ‘‘Western Storehouse’’! Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 5(3), 122-123. IF=8.039
  • 2) Huang, J.G. and Zhang, Q.B.* (2007) Tree rings and climate for the last 680 years in Wulan area of northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Climatic Change 80, 369-377, DOI 10.1007/s10584-006-9135-1. Attach:ClimChange.pdf IF=3.496
  • 1) Zhang, Q.B.*, G.D., Cheng, T.D., Yao, X.C., Kang and Huang, J.G. (2003) A 2326-year tree-ring record of climate variability on the northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters,Vol.30, No.14, 1739, doi:10.1029/2003GL017425. IF=4.253

Thesis and Report

  • 3) Huang, J.G. (2009) Effects of climate and of potential future climate on radial growth of four dominant boreal tree species (Trembling aspen, paper birch, black spruce, and jack pine) in the mixed and coniferous boreal forest of western Quebec, Canada. Ph.D. Thesis, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec, Canada. 287 pp. http://bibliotheque.uqat.ca/documents/theses/jianguohuang.pdf
  • 2) Huang, J.G. (2006). Is CO2 enrichment responsible for better growth of trees? Synthèse remis comme exigence partielle du programme de doctorat en science de l'environnement. 50 p.
  • 1) Huang, J.G. (2003). Dendroclimatological studies of Sabina przewalskii Kom. in Wulan and Tongren areas of northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (in Chinese with English abstract). M.S. thesis, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, P.R. China.80pp.

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