Forestry & Environmental Science

    Faculty Profile

    Dr. Mizanur Rahman


    Contact Information:

    • Office Address: Room no. 111 (E), Dept. of Forestry and Env. Science, SUST, Sylhet, Bangladesh
    • Phone: Tel: +880-821-713491 (extn. 2888), Mob: +880-1711-153231
    • Email:,


    • PhD in Natural Science, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
    • MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands
    • BSc (Honours) in Forestry, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh

    Research Interests:

    • I research the long-term growth and physiological responses of South Asian moist forest trees to global environmental changes and their implications for the global carbon and hydrological cycles. I use several approaches and tools e.g., Tree-ring analysis, Wood anatomy, Stable isotope analysis, and Modelling.

    Active Research Project

    1. 2020-2023: CResTBAN: Climate smart trees for Bangladesh. Funded by BANBEIS, Ministry of Education, Bangladesh.
    2. 2020-2021: Tree growth and hydraulic response to climate. Funded by SUST Research Center.

    Previous Research Project

    1. 2019-2020: Drought tolerance of Bangladeshi moist forest trees. Funded by British Ecological Society (BES), UK.
    2. 2019-2020: Functional traits as drivers of tree growth and hydraulic behaviour. Funded by SUST Research Center.

    External Affiliations:

    • Associate Editor, Journal of Ecology (IF: 6.26)
    • Member of British Ecological Society (BES)
    • Member of Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)
    • Member of Tree-Ring Society (TRS)
    • Member of Association for Tree Ring Research (ATR)
    • Member of Institution of Foresters Bangladesh (IFB)

    Awards & Recognition:

    • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for PhD degree in Germany. (2015-2019)
    • NFP fellowship (Netherland Fellowship Program) for doing MSc in Netherlands. (2011-2013)

    Journal Publications

    1. Zuidema PA, ….. Rahman M,….et al. (2022) Tropical tree growth driven by dry-season climate variability. Nature Geoscience. 15: 269-276. (Impact Factor: 21.53).
    2. Rahman AAS, Rahman M, Shimanto MH, Kibria MG, Islam M (2022) Stomatal size and density trade-off varies with leaf phenology and species shade tolerance in a South Asian moist tropical forest. Functional Plant Biology. 49(3) 307-318. (Impact Factor 2.81)
    3. Rahman M, Islam M, Masood M, Gebrekirstos A, Bräuning A (2021) Flood signals in tree-ring δ18O and wood anatomical parameters in Lagerstoremia speciosa: Implications for developing flood management strategies in Bangladesh. Science of the Total Environment. (Impact Factor: 10.75)
    4. Rahman M, Billah M, Rahman MO, Datta D, Ahsanuzzaman M, Islam M (2021) Disentangling the role of competition, light interception, and functional traits in tree growth rate variation in South Asian tropical moist forests. Forest Ecology and Management (Impact Factor: 4.38).
    5. Islam M, Rahman M, Gebrekirstos A, Bräuning A (2020) Tree-ring δ18O climate signals vary among tree functional types in South Asian tropical moist forests. Science of the Total Environment. 143939. (Impact Factor: 10.75)
    6. Rahman M, Islam M, Shimanto MH, Ferdous J, Rahman AAS, Sagor PS, Chowdhury T (2020) A global analysis on the effect of temperature, socio‑economic and environmental factors on the spread and mortality rate of the COVID‑19 pandemic. Environment, Development and Sustainability (Impact Factor: 4.08)
    7. Rahman M, Islam M, Gebrekirstos A, Bräuning A (2020) Disentangling the effects of atmospheric CO2 and climate on intrinsic water-use efficiency in South Asian tropical moist forest trees. Tree Physiology. 40: 623–640 (Impact Factor: 4.56)
    8. Zuidema PA, Heinrich I, Rahman M, Vlam M, Zwartsenberg SA, van der Sleen P (2020) Recent CO2 rise has modified the sensitivity of tropical tree growth to rainfall and temperature. Global Change Biology. 26: 4028-4041 (IF: 10.86)
    9. Rahman M, Islam M, Gebrekirstos A, Bräuning A (2019) Trends in tree growth and intrinsic water use efficiency in the tropics under elevated CO2 and climate change. Trees: Structure and Function. 33: 623–640 (Impact Factor: 2.89)
    10. Rahman M, Islam M, Bräuning A (2019) Species-specific growth resilience to drought in a mixed semi-deciduous tropical moist forest in South Asia. Forest Ecology and Management, 433: 487–496. (Impact Factor: 4.38)
    11. Islam M, Rahman M & Bräuning A (2019) Long-term wood anatomical time series of two ecologically contrasting tropical tree species reveal differential hydraulic adjustment to climatic stress. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 265: 412-423. (Impact Factor: 6.42)
    12. Islam M, Rahman M & Bräuning A (2019) Impact of extreme drought on tree-ring width and vessel anatomical features of Chukrasia tabularis. Dendrochronologia, 63: 63-72. (Impact Factor: 3.07)
    13. Rahman M, Islam M, Wernicke J, Bräuning A (2018) Changes in Sensitivity of Tree-Ring Widths to Climate in a Tropical Moist Forest Tree in Bangladesh. Forests, 9(12), 761. (Impact Factor: 3.28)
    14. Islam M, Rahman M & Bräuning A (2018) Long-term hydraulic adjustment of three tropical moist forest tree species to changing climate. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9: 1761. (Impact Factor: 6.62)
    15. Rahman M, Islam M & Bräuning A (2018) Tree radial growth is projected to decline in South Asian moist forest trees under climate change. Global and Planetary Change, 170: 106-119. (Impact Factor: 4.96)
    16. Islam M, Rahman M & Bräuning A (2018) Xylem anatomical responses of diffuse porous Chukrasia tabularis to climate in a South Asian moist tropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 412: 9-20. (Impact Factor: 4.38)
    17. Islam M, Rahman M & Bräuning A (2018) Growth-ring boundary anatomy and dendrochronologiccal potential in a moist tropical forests in Northeastern Bangladesh. Tree-Ring Research, 74(1): 76-93. (Impact Factor: 1.63)
    18. Rahman M, Islam M & Bräuning A (2017) Local and regional climatic signals in tree-rings of Chukrasia tabularis in Bangladesh. Dendrochronologia, 45: 1-11. (Impact Factor: 3.07)
    19. Rahman M, Islam M, Islam R, Sobuj NA (2017) Towards sustainability of tropical forests: Implications for enhanced carbon stock and climate change mitigation. Journal of Forest and Environmental Science, 33(4): 281-294.
    20. Islam M, Dey G, Rahman M (2017), Forest fragmentation reduced carbon storage in a moist tropical forest in Bangladesh: Implications for policy development. Land Use Policy, 65: 15-25. (Impact Factor: 6.19)
    21. Rahman M, Islam R, Islam, M (2017) Long-term growth decline in Toona ciliata in a moist tropical forest in Bangladesh: Impact of global warming. Acta Oecologica. 80: 8-17. (Impact Factor: 1.93)
    22. Islam M, Salim SH, Kaosar MH & Rahman M (2016) The effect of soil moisture content and forest canopy openness on the regeneration of Garjan Dipterocarpus turbinatus C.F. Gaertn. (Dipterocarpaceae) in a protected forest area of Bangladesh. Tropical Ecology. 57(3): 455-464. (Impact Factor: 1.33)
    23. Sohel MSI, Alamgir M, Akter S & Rahman M (2015) Carbon storage in a bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) Plantation in the degraded tropical forests: Implications for policy development. Land use policy. 49: 142-151. (Impact Factor: 6.19)
    24. Rahman M, Nath NM, Sarker S, Adnan M & Islam M (2015) Management and economic aspects of growing Aquilaria agallocha Roxb. in Bangladesh. Small- Scale Forestry. 14(4): 459-478. (Impact Factor: 1.33)
    25. Islam M, Dey A & Rahman M (2014) Effect of tree diversity on soil organic carbon content in the homegarden agroforestry system of North-Eastern Bangladesh. Small Scale Forestry. 14(1): 91–101. (Impact Factor: 1.33)
    26. Rahman H, Rahman M, Islam M and Reza S (2012) The Importance of Forests to Protect Medicinal Plants: a Case Study of Khadimnagar National Park, Bangladesh. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. 7(4):283–294.
    27. Sobuj NA and Rahman M (2011) Comparison of Plant Diversity of Natural Forest and Plantations of Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary of Bangladesh. Journal of Forest Science. 27(3): 127-134.
    28. Islam M, Saha N and Rahman M (2011) Economic activities decrease biodiversity in Hakaluki haor, the largest inland fresh-water ecosystem in Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Sciences. 2(2): 946-956.
    29. Sobuj NA and Rahman M (2011) Assessment of plant diversity in Khadimnagar National Park of Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Sciences. 2(1): 79-91.
    30. Rahman M, Das NC, Saha N and Islam M (2010) Nature, profitability and sustainability of murta (Schumannianthus dichotoma (Sal.) Willd.) based small-scale enterprises in north eastern Bangladesh. Small-Scale Forestry. 9 (3): 369–378. (Impact Factor: 1.33)
    31. Rahman M, Islam J, Islam M, Alam M and Rana P (2010) Species composition and indigenous management of home garden of Manipuri community in Sylhet, Bangladesh. International Journal of Forest Usufructs Management. 11(1):37-51.
    32. Rahman M, Rahman MM and Islam M (2009) Financial Viability and Conservation Role of Betel Leaf Based Agroforestry: An Indigenous Hill Farming System of Khasia Community in Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research. 20(2): 131-136. (Impact Factor: 2.36)