Forestry & Environmental Science

    Faculty Profile

    Dr. Mohammed Abu Sayed Arfin Khan


    Contact Information:

    • Office Address: AMS Dean Office, Room no. 120, E-Building, SUST Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Sylhet-3114; Bangladesh
    • Phone: 88-0821713491/273, Mobile: 01917174537
    • Email:,


    Dr Arfin Khan is a professor of Forestry and Environmental Science at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. Previously, he did his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Forestry from the same department. Dr Arfin Khan finished his doctoral degree “Doctor of Natural Sciences” and also completed his postdoctoral research in Climate Change & Ecosystem Functioning from the Department of Disturbance Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany. Dr Arfin Khan’s research interest and specializations are (a) assessing the impacts of extreme climatic events on plants and ecosystem functioning, (b) evaluating livelihood vulnerability and exploring adaptation strategies in the face of climate change, and (c) understanding the role of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on plant diversity and forest ecosystem services. He is currently participating in several worldwide coordinated research projects such as sPlot, DarkDivNet, Soil DarkDivNet, and Drought-Net. He previously worked in climate change manipulation experiments in Europe and supervised several research projects regarding multiple drivers of forest ecosystem functioning in Bangladesh. Jointly with his colleagues and with students, Dr Arfin Khan has published 40+ manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals, i.e. Nature Ecology and Evolution, Global Change Biology, Ecosystems, Plant and Soil, Journal of Vegetation Science, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Acta Oecologica etc.


    • 2018: Posdoctoral Research on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change, University of Bayreuth, Germany
    • 2016: Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) specialized on Climate Change and Ecosystem Functioning, University of Bayreuth, Germany
    • 2009: M.Sc. in Forestry (Second position with distinction, CGPA 3.93 out of 4), Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Sylhet-3114 Bangladesh
    • 2007: B.Sc (Hons) in Forestry (First position with distinction, CGPA 3.88 out of 4), Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh

    Research Interests:

    • Climate Change Impact and Adaptation
    • Ecosystem functioning
    • Experimental Plant Ecology
    • Forest Ecology
    • Forest management
    • Extreme Climatic Events

    Active Research Project

    1. 2021 - 2023: Working as a local coordinator in a research project entitled “Protecting ecosystems and livelihoods of the Sundarbans, a World Heritage site: Assessing the impact of natural hazards on forest-based ecosystem services (CRRP2020-08MY-Srivastava)”. Period: Nov 2020 – Oct 2023. Funded by Asia-Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research.
    2. 2021-2023: Principal Investigator of a research project (2021-2023) entitled "Accessing the Impacts of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbance on Ecological Biocapacity of Sundarban Mangrove Forest Ecosystem". Period: July 2021 – June 2023. Funded by SUST Research Centre, SUST, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
    3. 2020 - 2021: Working as a project co-investigator in a climate change related research project entitled “Impact of climate change on yield and plant functional traits of three major agroforestry species in Bangladesh”. Period: July 2020 – June 2021. Funded by SUST Research Center, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

    Previous Research Project

    1. 2019 - 2021: Working as a project director in a climate change related research project entitled “Measuring the combined effects of climate and anthropogenic perturbation on major functions of tropical forest ecosystems in Bangladesh”. Period: July 2019 – June 2021. Funded by SUST Research Center, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
    2. 2016 - 2017: Worked as a project director in a climate change related research project entitled “Extreme Climatic Events and Adaptation of Local People in the North-Eastern Region of Bangladesh”. Period: July 2016 – June 2017. Funded by SUST Research Center, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
    3. 2010: Worked as project director in a climate change adaptation related project entitled “Community based climate change adaptation in farming systems: a case study from Sylhet district, Bangladesh” funded by Social Science Research Council, Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh. Duration: 1 year (Jan 2010- October 2010)
    4. 2008 -2009: Worked as a research assistant in an ecological research project entitled “Biodiversity, Invasion and Disturvabce- A Case Study from Protected Areas of Bangladesh”. Duration: 6 months (December 2008 – April 2009)
    5. 2007 -2008: Worked as a research assistant in UGC (University Grant Commission) supported research project entitled “Present Status of Local Fruits in Sylhet District and its Improvement”. Duration: 1 year (Dec 2007 – November 2008)

    External Affiliations:

    • Post Doctoral fellow, Disturbance Ecology, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
    • Member- British Ecological Society (BES)
    • Member- International Biogeography Society (IBS)
    • Alumni- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    • Alumni- Association of German Universities in Bangladesh (AAGUB)
    • Alumni- FES Alumni Association, FES, SUST.
    • Reviewer- New Phytologist (Impact factor: 7.33), Journal of Applied Ecology (Impact factor: 5.74), Science of the Total Environment (Impact factor: 4.90), Plant and Soil (Impact factor: 3.05), Scientific Reports (Impact Factor: 3.99), Ecology and Evolution (Impact factor: 2.53)

    Awards & Recognition:

    • Research fellow of East-West Center, Hawaii, U. S. A/ Nishorgo Support Project (January 2006 - August 2006).
    • Got the award “DAAD-Preis 2012” form the University of Bayreuth, Germany
    • DAAD research fellow (October 2011 – June 2015)
    • Junior fellowship awards 2016 from the University of Bayreuth, Germany

    Journal Publications

    1. A google earth engine approach for anthropogenic forest fire assessment with remote sensing data in Rema-Kalenga wildlife sanctuary, Bangladesh
    2. Rainfall Modifies the Disturbance Effects on Regulating Ecosystem Services in Tropical Forests of Bangladesh
    3. Traits of dominant plant species drive normalized difference vegetation index in grasslands globally
    4. Anthropogenic disturbance modifies tree functional traits in the only remnant swamp forest of Bangladesh
    5. Karim, M.R., Mukul, S.A., Zahir R.B., Shamim Reza Saimun, S.R., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S. 2023. The role of protected areas co-management in enhancing resistance and resilience of deciduous forest ecosystem to extreme climatic events in Bangladesh. Journal of Environmental Management, 326, 2023, 116800.
    6. Sabatini, F.M., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Jandt, U. Chytrý M, Field R, Kessler M, Lenoir J, Schrodt F, Susan K. Wiser S.K., Arfin Khan, M.A.S. et al. (2022). Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity. Nature Communications 13, 4683 (2022).
    7. Mukul, S.A., Arfin-khan, M.A.S., Uddin MBU. 2021. Invasive Alien Species of Bangladesh.In: Invasive Alien Species: Observations and Issues from Around the World, Volume 2: Issues and Invasions in Asia and the Pacific Region, First Edition. Edited by T. Pullaiah and Michael R. Ielmini. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    8. Van Sundert, K., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Bharath, S., Buckley, Y.M., Caldeira, M.C., Donohue, I., Dubbert, M., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Eskelinen, A., Finn, A., Gebauer, T., Haider, S., Hansart, A., Jentsch, A., Kübert, A., Nijs, I., Nock, C.A., Nogueira, C., Porath-Krause, A.J., Radujković, D., Raynaud, X., Risch, A.C., Roscher, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schuchardt, M.A., Schütz, M., Siebert, J., Sitters, J., Spohn, M., Virtanen, R., Werner, C., Wilfahrt, P., Vicca, S., 2021. Fertilized graminoids intensify negative drought effects on grassland productivity. Glob. Chang. Biol. 27, 2441–2457.
    9. Wilfahrt, P.A., Schweiger, A.H., Abrantes, N., Arfin‐Khan, M.A.S., Bahn, M., Berauer, B.J., Bierbaumer, M., Djukic, I., Dusseldorp, M., Eibes, P., Estiarte, M., Hessberg, A., Holub, P., Ingrisch, J., Schmidt, I.K., Kesic, L., Klem, K., Kröel‐Dulay, G., Larsen, K.S., Lõhmus, K., Mänd, P., Orbán, I., Orlovic, S., Peñuelas, J., Reinthaler, D., Radujković, D., Schuchardt, M., Schweiger, J.M. ‐I., Stojnic, S., Tietema, A., Urban, O., Vicca, S., Jentsch, A., 2021. Disentangling climate from soil nutrient effects on plant biomass production using a multispecies phytometer. Ecosphere 12.
    10. Saimun MSR, Karim MR, Sultana F, Arfin-Khan MAS. 2021. Multiple drivers of tree and soil carbon stock in the tropical forest ecosystems of Bangladesh. Trees, For. People 5, 100108.
    11. Arfin-khan, M.A.S., Saimun, M.S.R., 2020. Forest dependency: Status, assessment tools, and influencing factors, in: Filho, W.L. et al. (Ed.), Life on Land, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020, pp. 1–10
    12. Karim, R., Sultana, F., Reza, S., Mukul, S.A., Arfin-khan, M.A.S., 2020. Plant diversity and local rainfall regime mediate soil ecosystem functions in tropical forests of north-east Bangladesh. Environ. Adv. 2, 100022.
    13. Masum, K.M., Islam, M.S., Parvej, M., Abdullah-Al-Mamun, M.M., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., 2020. Biodiversity comparison between forest-protected and forest-reserved areas in Bangladesh in context of co-management for conservation. Forestist.
    14. Mukul, S.A., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Uddin, M.B., 2020. Identifying threats from invasive alien species in Bangladesh. Glob. Ecol. Conserv. 23, e01196.
    15. Vetter, V.M.S., Kreyling, J., Dengler, J., Apostolova, I., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Berauer, B.J., Berwaers, S., De Boeck, H.J., Nijs, I., Schuchardt, M.A., Sopotlieva, D., von Gillhausen, P., Wilfahrt, P.A., Zimmermann, M., Jentsch, A., 2020. Invader presence disrupts the stabilizing effect of species richness in plant community recovery after drought. Glob. Chang. Biol. 26, 3539–3551.
    16. Berauer, B.J., Wilfahrt, P.A., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Eibes, P., Von Heßberg, A., Ingrisch, J., Schloter, M., Schuchardt, M.A., Jentsch, A., 2019. Low resistance of montane and alpine grasslands to abrupt changes in temperature and precipitation regimes. Arctic, Antarct. Alp. Res. 51, 215–231.
    17. Bruelheide, H., Dengler, J., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Purschke, O., Hennekens, S.M., Chytrý, M., Pillar, V.D., Jansen, F., Kattge, J., Sandel, B., Aubin, I., Biurrun, I., Field, R., Haider, S., Jandt, U., Lenoir, J., Peet, R.K., Peyre, G., Sabatini, F.M., Schmidt, M., Schrodt, F., Winter, M., Aćić, S., Agrillo, E., Alvarez, M., Ambarlı, D., Angelini, P., Apostolova, I., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Arnst, E., Attorre, F., Baraloto, C., Beckmann, M., Berg, C., Bergeron, Y., Bergmeier, E., Bjorkman, A.D., Bondareva, V., Borchardt, P., Botta-Dukát, Z., Boyle, B., Breen, A., Brisse, H., Byun, C., Cabido, M.R., Casella, L., Cayuela, L., Černý, T., Chepinoga, V., Csiky, J., Curran, M., Ćušterevska, R., Dajić Stevanović, Z., De Bie, E., de Ruffray, P., De Sanctis, M., Dimopoulos, P., Dressler, S., Ejrnæs, R., El-Sheikh, M.A.E.R.M., Enquist, B., Ewald, J., Fagúndez, J., Finckh, M., Font, X., Forey, E., Fotiadis, G., García-Mijangos, I., de Gasper, A.L., Golub, V., Gutierrez, A.G., Hatim, M.Z., He, T., Higuchi, P., Holubová, D., Hölzel, N., Homeier, J., Indreica, A., Işık Gürsoy, D., Jansen, S., Janssen, J., Jedrzejek, B., Jiroušek, M., Jürgens, N., Kącki, Z., Kavgacı, A., Kearsley, E., Kessler, M., Knollová, I., Kolomiychuk, V., Korolyuk, A., Kozhevnikova, M., Kozub, Ł., Krstonošić, D., Kühl, H., Kühn, I., Kuzemko, A., Küzmič, F., Landucci, F., Lee, M.T., Levesley, A., Li, C.F., Liu, H., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Lysenko, T., Macanović, A., Mahdavi, P., Manning, P., Marcenò, C., Martynenko, V., Mencuccini, M., Minden, V., Moeslund, J.E., Moretti, M., Müller, J. V., Munzinger, J., Niinemets, Ü., Nobis, M., Noroozi, J., Nowak, A., Onyshchenko, V., Overbeck, G.E., Ozinga, W.A., Pauchard, A., Pedashenko, H., Peñuelas, J., Pérez-Haase, A., Peterka, T., Petřík, P., Phillips, O.L., Prokhorov, V., Rašomavičius, V., Revermann, R., Rodwell, J., Ruprecht, E., Rūsiņa, S., Samimi, C., Schaminée, J.H.J., Schmiedel, U., Šibík, J., Šilc, U., Škvorc, Ž., Smyth, A., Sop, T., Sopotlieva, D., Sparrow, B., Stančić, Z., Svenning, J.C., Swacha, G., Tang, Z., Tsiripidis, I., Turtureanu, P.D., Uğurlu, E., Uogintas, D., Valachovič, M., Vanselow, K.A., Vashenyak, Y., Vassilev, K., Vélez-Martin, E., Venanzoni, R., Vibrans, A.C., Violle, C., Virtanen, R., von Wehrden, H., Wagner, V., Walker, D.A., Wana, D., Weiher, E., Wesche, K., Whitfeld, T., Willner, W., Wiser, S., Wohlgemuth, T., Yamalov, S., Zizka, G., Zverev, A., 2019. sPlot – A new tool for global vegetation analyses. J. Veg. Sci. 30, 161–186.
    18. Kreyling, J., Grant, K., Hammerl, V., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Malyshev, A. V., Peñuelas, J., Pritsch, K., Sardans, J., Schloter, M., Schuerings, J., Jentsch, A., Beierkuhnlein, C., 2019. Winter warming is ecologically more relevant than summer warming in a cool-temperate grassland. Sci. Rep. 9, 1–9.
    19. Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Vetter, V.M.S., Reshi, Z.A., Dar, P.A., Jentsch, A., 2018. Factors influencing seedling emergence of three global invaders in greenhouses representing major eco-regions of the world. Plant Biol. 1–9
    20. Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Beierkuhnlein, C., Kreyling, J., Backhaus, S., Varga, S., Jentsch, A., 2018. Phenological sensitivity of early and late flowering species under seasonal warming and altered precipitation in a seminatural temperate grassland ecosystem. Ecosystems.
    21. Bruelheide, H., Dengler, J., Purschke, O., Lenoir, J., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Hennekens, S.M., Botta-Dukát, Z., Chytrý, M., Field, R., Jansen, F., Kattge, J., Pillar, V.D., Schrodt, F., Mahecha, M.D., Peet, R.K., Sandel, B., van Bodegom, P., Altman, J., Alvarez-Dávila, E., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Attorre, F., Aubin, I., Baraloto, C., Barroso, J.G., Bauters, M., Bergmeier, E., Biurrun, I., Bjorkman, A.D., Blonder, B., Čarni, A., Cayuela, L., Černý, T., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Craven, D., Dainese, M., Derroire, G., De Sanctis, M., Díaz, S., Doležal, J., Farfan-Rios, W., Feldpausch, T.R., Fenton, N.J., Garnier, E., Guerin, G.R., Gutiérrez, A.G., Haider, S., Hattab, T., Henry, G., Hérault, B., Higuchi, P., Hölzel, N., Homeier, J., Jentsch, A., Jürgens, N., Kącki, Z., Karger, D.N., Kessler, M., Kleyer, M., Knollová, I., Korolyuk, A.Y., Kühn, I., Laughlin, D.C., Lens, F., Loos, J., Louault, F., Lyubenova, M.I., Malhi, Y., Marcenò, C., Mencuccini, M., Müller, J. V., Munzinger, J., Myers-Smith, I.H., Neill, D.A., Niinemets, Ü., Orwin, K.H., Ozinga, W.A., Penuelas, J., Pérez-Haase, A., Petřík, P., Phillips, O.L., Pärtel, M., Reich, P.B., Römermann, C., Rodrigues, A. V., Sabatini, F.M., Sardans, J., Schmidt, M., Seidler, G., Silva Espejo, J.E., Silveira, M., Smyth, A., Sporbert, M., Svenning, J.C., Tang, Z., Thomas, R., Tsiripidis, I., Vassilev, K., Violle, C., Virtanen, R., Weiher, E., Welk, E., Wesche, K., Winter, M., Wirth, C., Jandt, U., 2018. Global trait–environment relationships of plant communities. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 2, 1906–1917.
    22. Henry, H.A.L., Abedi, M., Alados, C.L., Beard, K.H., Fraser, L.H., Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J., Kulmatiski, A., Lamb, E.G., Sun, W., Vankoughnett, M.R., Venn, S., Werner, C., Beil, I., Blindow, I., Dahlke, S., Dubbert, M., Effinger, A., Garris, H.W., Gartzia, M., Gebauer, T., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Malyshev, A. V., Morgan, J., Nock, C., Paulson, J.P., Pueyo, Y., Stover, H.J., Yang, X., 2018. Increased soil frost versus summer drought as drivers of plant biomass responses to reduced precipitation: Results from a globally coordinated field experiment. Ecosystems 21, 1432–1444.
    23. Malyshev, A. V., Henry, H.A.L., Bolte, A., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Kreyling, J., 2018. Temporal photoperiod sensitivity and forcing requirements for budburst in temperate tree seedlings. Agric. For. Meteorol. 248, 82–90.
    24. Gellesch, E., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Kreyling, J., Jentsch, A., Beierkuhnlein, C., 2017. Grassland experiments under climatic extremes: reproductive fitness vs- biomass. Environ. Exp. Bot. 144, 68–75.
    25. Kreyling, J., Dengler, J., Walter, J., Velev, N., Ugurlu, E., Sopotlieva, D., Ransijn, J., Picon-Cochard, C., Nijs, I., Hernandez, P., Güler, B., von Gillhaussen, P., De Boeck, H.J., Bloor, J.M.G., Berwaers, S., Beierkuhnlein, C., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Apostolova, I., Altan, Y., Zeiter, M., Wellstein, C., Sternberg, M., Stampfli, A., Campetella, G., Bartha, S., Bahn, M., Jentsch, A., 2017. Species richness effects on grassland recovery from drought depend on community productivity in a multisite experiment. Ecol. Lett. 20, 1405–1413.
    26. Abdullah-al-pavel, M., Mukul, S.A., Uddin, M.B., Harada, K., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., 2016. Effects of stand characteristics on tree species richness in and around a conservation area of northeast Bangladesh. J. Mt. Sci. 13, 1085–1095.
    27. Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Kreyling, J., Beierkuhnlein, C., Jentsch, A., 2016. Ecotype-specific improvement of nitrogen status in European grasses after drought combined with rewetting. Acta Oecologica 77, 118–127.
    28. Kreyling, J., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Sultana, F., Babel, W., Beierkuhnlein, C., Foken, T., Walter, J., Jentsch, A., 2016. Drought effects in climate change manipulation experiments: Quantifying the influence of ambient weather conditions and rain-out shelter artifacts. Ecosystems 20,301–315.
    29. Malyshev, A. V., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Beierkuhnlein, C., Steinbauer, M.J., Henry, H.A.L., Jentsch, A., Dengler, J.J., Willner, E., Kreyling, J., 2016. Plant responses to climatic extremes: Within-species variation equals among-species variation. Glob. Chang. Biol. 22, 449–464.
    30. Steinbauer, M.J., Beierkuhnlein, C., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Harter, D.E.V., Irl, S.D.H., Jentsch, A., Schweiger, A.H., Svenning, J.C., Dengler, J., 2016. How to differentiate facilitation and environmentally driven co-existence. J. Veg. Sci. 27, 1071–1079.
    31. Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Grant, K., Beierkuhnlein, C., Kreyling, J., Jentsch, A., 2014. Climatic extremes lead to species-specific legume facilitation in an experimental temperate grassland. Plant Soil 379, 161–175.
    32. Mukul, S.A., Biswas, S.R., Rashid, A.Z.M.M., Miah, D., Uddin, M.B., Alamgir, M., Khan, N.A., Islam, S., 2014. A new estimate of carbon for Bangladesh forest ecosystems with their spatial distribution and REDD + implications. Int. J. Res. Land-use Sustain. 1, 33–41.
    33. Abdullah-al-pavel, M., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Rahman, S.A., 2013. Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Folk Communities : An approach to Vegetable Production in Flood Prone Areas. Int. J. Agron. Plant Prod. 4, 745–752.
    34. Arfin Khan, M.A.S., Uddin, M.S., Haque, C.E., 2012. Rural livelihoods of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and their impacts on forests : The case of Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary, in: Uddin, N. (Ed.), Life in Locker: The State of the Ruhingyas in Bangladesh. Scholar’s press, pp. 1–105.
    35. Anik, S.I., Arfin Khan, M.A.S., 2012. Climate change adaptation through local knowledge in the north eastern region of Bangladesh. Mitig. Adapt. Strateg. Glob. Chang. 17, 879–896.
    36. Rahman, M.H., Fardusi, M.J., Roy, B., Kamal, M.M., Uddin, M.J., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., 2011b. Production, economics, employment generation and marketing pattern of rattan-based cottage enterprises: A case study from an urban area of north-eastern Bangladesh. Small-scale For. 11, 207–221.
    37. Rahman, M.H., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Roy, B., Fardusi, M.J., 2011a. Assessment of natural regeneration status and diversity of tree species in the biodiversity conservation areas of Northeastern Bangladesh. J. For. Res. 22, 551–559.
    38. Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Sultana, F., Rahman, M.H., Roy, B., Anik, S.I., 2011. Status and ethno-medicinal usage of invasive plants in traditional health care practices: a case study from northeastern Bangladesh. J. For. Res. 22, 649–658.
    39. Rahman, M., Bahauddin, M., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Islam, M., Uddin, M., 2012. Assessment of soil physical properties under plantation and deforested sites in a biodiversity conservation area of north-eastern Bangladesh. Int. J. Environ. Sci. 3, 1079–1088.
    40. Rahman, H., Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Fardusi, M.J., Roy, B., 2010. Status , distribution and diversity of invasive forest undergrowth species in the tropics : A study from northeastern Bangladesh. J. For. Sci. 26, 149–159.
    41. Arfin-Khan, M.A.S., Mukul, S.A., Uddin, M.S., Kibria, M.G., Sultana, F., 2009. The use of medicinal plants in healthcare practices by Rohingya refugees in a degraded forest and conservation area of Bangladesh. Int. J. Biodivers. Sci. Ecosyst. Serv. Manag. 5, 76–82.

    Conference Proceedings

    1. Anke Jentsch, Mohammed A. S. Arfin Khan, Juergen Kreyling, Peter A. Wilfahrt, Carl Beierkuhnlein. Extreme weather events and ecosystem functioning: Heavy rain spells have stronger impacts on productivity, nutrient cycling and biotic interactions than severe drought. Paper presented in the ESA 103rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, La, USA.
    2. Mohammed A.S. Arfin Khan. J. Kreyling, C. Beierkuhnlein, A. Jentsch. Provenance-specific improvement of nitrogen status in grasses after drought combined with rewetting: implication for grassland ecosystem management. Paper presented in the ClimMani annual meeting, Poznan, Poland.
    3. Mohammed A.S. Arfin Khan, Jake M. Alexander, Christoph Küffer, Carl Beierkuhnlein, Anke Jentsch. Seedling emergence of invasive plants is limited by low temperature and humidity in experimental target-climate and can be predicted by climate of native and non-native origin. Paper presented in the IBS conference, Bayreuth, Germany. January 2015
    4. Mohammed Abu Sayed Arfin Khan, Fahmida Sultana, Anke Jentsch, Carsten Schaller, Julia Walter, Joerg Huebner, Wolfgang Babel, Thomas Foken, Juergen Kreyling. Outside weather conditions determine drought effects in climate change manipulation experiments – effect sizes, rain-out shelter artifacts, and ways forward. Paper presented in the BIOGEOMON, 8th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behaviour, Bayreuth, Germany. July 2014
    5. Mohammed Abu Sayed Arfin Khan, Juergen Kreyling, Fahmida Sultana, Wolfgang Babel, Carl Beierkuhnlein, Thomas Foken, Joerg Huebner, Carsten Schaller, Julia Walter, Anke Jentsch. Can legume presence modifies responses of temperate grassland species under annually recurrent pulsed drought and heavy rainfall events? Paper presented in the GfÖ Conference, 43rd Annual Meeting, Potsdam, Germany. September 2013
    6. Fahmida Sultana, Mohammed A. S. Arfin Khan, Julia Walter, Juergen Kreyling, Thomas Foken, Anke Jentsch. Plant responses in precipitation manipulation experiments are modified by outside weather conditions. Paper presented in the GfÖ Conference, 43rd Annual Meeting, Potsdam, Germany. September 2013
    7. Mohammed A. S. Arfin Khan, Juergen Kreyling, Anke Jentsch. Can legume presence modifies responses of temperate grassland species under annually recurrent pulsed drought and heavy rainfall events? Paper presented in the GfÖ Conference, 43rd Annual Meeting, Potsdam, Germany. September 2013
    8. Mohammed A. S. Arfin Khan, KI Grant, C Beierkuhnlein, J Kreyling, A Jentsch. Role of legume presence in modifying plants response to extreme weather events in temperate grassland. Paper presented in the BayCEER Workshop held at University of Bayreuth, Germany. October 2012.
    9. Mohammed A. S. Arfin Khan. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation through Community Based Agroforestry (CBA) in Low Laying Developing Countries. Paper presented in the 3rd international Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, Bangladesh. February 2009


    • Forestry and Climate Change
    • Forest Management Plan
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Forest Mensuration and Inventory
    • Protected Areas and Wildlife Management
    • Environmental Pollution and Climate Change
    • Biodiversity Conservation
    • Social forestry and Forestry Extension
    • Agroforestry and Upland Farming
    • Forest Harvesting
    • Dendrology
    • Forest Ecology

    Graduate Supervision

    1. Microclimatic condition and species richness associate with soil ecosystem functions in tropical forest ecosystems of north-eastern Bangladesh
    2. Impacts of Anthropogenic Disturbance and Local Climate on Tree Biomass in Three Protected Areas of Sylhet
    3. Carbon sequestration through urban and rural homestead in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh
    4. Effects of Soil Properties and Topography on Tree Biomass Production in Khadimnagar National Park
    5. Impacts of anthropogenic disturbance, topography and stand structure on tree carbon stock in the tropical semi-evergreen forest of Bangladesh
    6. Impact of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Plant Carbon Sequestration in Khadimnagar National Park
    7. Climate change, livelihood vulnerability and local adaptation of wetland communities in the north eastern region of Bangladesh
    8. Climate Change and its Impact on Species Richness in the Protected Areas of Bangladesh
    9. Exploring Sea Level Rise induced Impacts, Livelihood Vulnerability and Evaluation of Adaptation Strategies in Khulna
    10. Climate change perception and adaptation in forested and non-forested areas of Sylhet Region, Bangladesh
    11. Climate Change Scenario, Livelihood Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies in and around Two Contrasting Forest Ecosystems of Bangladesh
    12. Comparing the temperature change of Dhaka and Chittagong division, Bangladesh
    13. Temperature scenario of Bangladesh
    14. Climate change scenario, livelihood vulnerability and adaptation strategies in the wetland ecosystem of north-eastern Bangladesh
    15. Status, quantitative structure and conservation of flora and fauna through spiritual beliefs in Bangladesh
    16. Above-ground Carbon Stock and Plant Functional Trait Diversity in the Ratargul Swamp Forest Ecosystem
    17. Plant trait-environment relationships in north-eastern hill forest ecosystem of Bangladesh
    18. Factors Affecting Plant Diversity in Khadimnagar National Park
    19. A Comparative Assessment of Forest Canopy Coverage By Hemispherical Photography And Its Relationship With Above-Ground Carbon Stock
    20. Effects of biotic and abiotic factors on climber and fern diversity in a tropical semi evergreen forest ecosystem of Khadimnagar National Park
    21. Biotic Factors Affecting Butterfly Diversity in a Tropical Semi-evergreen Forest: The case of Khadimnagar National Park, Bangladesh
    22. Impact of Rohingya Refugee Settlement on Forest Vegetation Cover in Ukhia Range, Cox’s Bazar
    23. Assessing the effects of plantation on soil physical and chemical properties at Tilagahr eco-park, Sylhet
    24. Assessing the tree diversity of urban garden: a case study from Dhaka city, Bangladesh
    25. Diversity and structure of tree species in and around Satchari national park, Bangladesh
    26. Present status, financial suitability, problem and solution of mushroom cultivation in Sylhet city corporation
    27. Trees outside forests: ecological & financial importance of homestead forest
    28. Indigenous technique, management and financial suitability of floating garden in Jamalgonj Upazila, Sunamgonj
    29. Status and financial feasibility of small-scale forest based enterprises (SSFBEs) in north eastern Bangladesh
    30. Factors Affecting Plant Functional Trait Diversity in the Semi-Evergreen Forest Ecosystem of North-Eastern Bangladesh
    31. Abiotic and Biotic Factors Influence Soil Fungal and Bacterial Populations in the Tropical Forest Ecosystem of North-Eastern Bangladesh
    32. Effects of Drought and Temperature on Morphological and Eco-Physiological Responses of two N-Fixing Legume and Non-Legume Forest Tree seedlings
    33. Mapping plant functional trait diversity and its relationship with tree carbon sequestration in the tropical semi-evergreen forest of Bangladesh
    34. Assessment of Land Use and Forest Vegetation Cover Changes through Remote Sensing after Rohingya Refugee Influx in Ukhia Upazila
    35. Effects of Co-management and Climate Change on Forest Vegetation Cover of Lawachara National Park, Bangladesh
    36. Comparing the photosynthetic response of functionally different agroforestry species under warming and drought stress
    37. Influence of Stand characteristics on Leaf area index of Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary
    38. Comparing plant functional traits between evergreen and deciduous species under different soil parameters in the Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary