Forestry & Environmental Science

    Faculty Profile

    Dr. Mohammed Abu Sayed Arfin Khan

    Associate Professor

    Contact Information:

    • Office Address: Department of Forestry and Environmental Science; Shahjalal University of Science and Technology; Sylhet-3114; Bangladesh
    • Phone: 88-0821713491/273, Mobile: 0088 01917174537
    • Email: khan-for@sust.edu, nobelarfin@yahoo.com

    Biography:

    I am an associate professor of Forestry and Environmental Science at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. Currently, I am affiliated as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Disturbance Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany. I did my Bachelor and Masters Degree in Forestry from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. I have finished my doctorate degree “Doctor of Natural Sciences” from Department of Disturbance Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany. My scientific interest and specialization are (a) assessing the effects of extreme climatic events on plants and ecosystem functioning, (b) evaluating livelihood vulnerability and exploring adaptation strategies in the face of recent climate change, and (c) understanding the role of human disturbance on plant diversity and forest ecosystem services. My research activities include working in a worldwide coordinated drought experiment, participation in several climate change manipulation experiments in Europe, and supervising climate change impact and adaptation related projects in Bangladesh. Jointly with my colleagues and with students I have published about 30 manuscripts in international scientific journals, i.e. Global Change Biology (IF: 8.50), Ecosystems (IF: 4.19), Plant and Soil (IF: 3.05), Journal of Vegetation Science (IF: 2.92), Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (IF: 2.21), and Acta Oecologica (IF: 1.65).

    Education:

    • 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, Ecosystem functioning, Plant Ecology, Forest management

    Active Research Project

    1. Effects of extreme climatic events on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

    Previous Research Project

    1. Community based climate change adaptation in farming systems: a case study from Sylhet district, Bangladesh (January 2010- October 2010)
    2. Protected Areas and Rural Livelihoods. January- August, 2006.
    3. Climate change scenario and adaptation in the forested areas of north eastern Bangladesh.

    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)
    • Reviewer- New Phytologist (Impact factor: 7.33)
    • Reviewer- Plant and Soil (Impact factor: 3.05)
    • Reviewer- Science of the Total Environment (Impact factor: 4.90)
    • Reviewer- Journal of Applied Ecology (Impact factor: 5.74)
    • Reviewer- 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. 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. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2:1906-1917. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0699-8
    2. Arfin-Khan MAS, Vetter VMS, Reshi ZA, Dar PA, Jentsch A. 2018. Factors influencing seedling emergence of three global invaders in greenhouses representing major eco-regions of the world. Plant Biology, 20(3):610-618.
    3. Arfin Khan MAS, 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 Semi-natural Temperate Grassland Ecosystem, 21(7): 1306-1320.
    4. Henry HAL, Abedi M, Alados CL, Beard KH, Fraser LH, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Kulmatiski A, Lamb EG, Sun W, Vankoughnett MR, Venn S, Werner C, Beil I, Blindow I, Dahlke S, Dubbert M, Effinger A, Garris HW, Gartzia M, Gebauer T, Arfin Khan MAS, Malyshev AV, Morgan J, Nock C, Paulson JP, Pueyo Y, Stover HJ, 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(7):1432–1444
    5. Malyshev AV, Henry HAL, Bolte A, Arfin Khan MAS, Kreyling J. 2018. Temporal photoperiod sensitivity and forcing requirements for budburst in temperate tree seedlings. Agric For Meteorol. 248:82–90.
    6. Gellesch E, Arfin Khan MAS, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C. 2018. Grassland experiments under climatic extremes: reproductive fitness vs- biomass. Environ Exp Bot. 144:68–75
    7. 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 HJ, Bloor JMG, Berwaers S, Beierkuhnlein C, Arfin Khan MAS, 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. 1405–1413.
    8. Abdullah-al-pavel M, Mukul SA, Uddin MB, Harada K, Arfin Khan MAS. 2016. Effects of stand characteristics on tree species richness in and around a conservation area of northeast Bangladesh. J Mt Sci 13:1085–95
    9. Kreyling J, Arfin Khan MAS, 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 (2):301-315
    10. Steinbauer MJ, Beierkuhnlein C, Arfin Khan MAS, Harter DE V, Irl SDH, Jentsch A, Schweiger AH, Svenning JC, Dengler J. 2016. How to differentiate facilitation and environmentally driven co-existence. Journal of Vegetation Science 27:1071–1079
    11. Arfin Khan MAS, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A. 2016. Ecotype-specific improvement of nitrogen status in European grasses after drought combined with rewetting. Acta Oecologica 77:11827
    12. Malyshev AV, Arfin Khan MAS, Beierkuhnlein C, Steinbauer MJ, Henry HAL, Jentsch A, Dengler J, Willner E, Kreyling J. Plant responses to climatic extremes: within-species variation equals among-species variation, Glob. Chan. Biol., 22:449–464
    13. Arfin Khan MAS, Grant K, Beierkuhnlein C, Kreyling J, Jentsch A, 2014. Climatic extremes lead to species-specific legume facilitation in an experimental temperate grassland. Plant and Soil, 379, 161–175.
    14. Arfin Khan MAS, Uddin MS, Haque CE. 2013. Rural Livelihoods of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh and their Impacts on Forests: The Case of Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary. In: Uddin N, editor. Life in Locker: The State of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh. 1st editio. Scholars Press. pp 6374.
    15. Anik SI and Arfin Khan MAS, 2012. Climate change adaptation through local knowledge in the north eastern region of Bangladesh, Mitig Adapt Strateg Glob Change, 17:879-896.
    16. Arfin Khan MAS, Sultana F, Rahman MH, Roy B and Anik SI, 2011. Status and ethno-medicinal usage of invasive plants in traditional health care practices: a case study from northeastern Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research, 22(4): 649 ?658.
    17. Rahman MH, Arfin Khan MAS, Roy B and Fardusi MJ, 2011. Assessment of natural regeneration status and diversity of tree species in the biodiversity conservation areas of Northeastern Bangladesh, Journal of Forestry Research, 22(4): 551 ?559.
    18. Rahman MH, Arfin Khan MAS, Fardusi MJ, and Roy B, 2010.Status, distribution and diversity of invasive forest undergrowth species in the tropics: a study from northeastern Bangladesh, Journal of Forest Science, 26(3):149-159.
    19. Arfin Khan MAS, Mukul SA, Uddin MS, Kibria MG and Sultana F, 2009. The use of medicinal plants in health care practices by the Rohingya refugees in a degraded forest and conservation area of Bangladesh. Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management. 5(2):76-82.
    20. Uddin MS and Arfin Khan MAS. 2007. Comparing the impacts of local people and Rohingya refugees on Teknaf Game Reserve, Bangladesh. In: Fox, J; Bushley; S. Dutt and S.A.Quazi (eds). Making Conservation Work: Linking Rural Livelihoods & Protected Area Management in Bangladesh. East-West Center and Nishorgo Program of the Bangladesh Forest Department. 149-175pp
    21. Arfin Khan MAS, Uddin MB, Uddin MS, Chowdhury MSH, and Mukul SA, 2007. Distribution and status of forests in the tropic: Bangladesh perspective. Proc. Pakistan Acad. Sci., 44(2): 145-153
    22. Rahman MH, Fardusi MJ, Roy B, Kamal MM, Uddin MJ, Arfin Khan MAS. 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 11:20721

    Conference Proceedings

    1. 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. September 2015
    2. Mohammed A. S. Arfin Khan, Juergen Kreyling, Fahmida Sultana, Wolfgang Babel, Carl Beierkuhnlein, Thomas Foken, Julia Walter, Anke Jentsch. Ambient conditions influence drought effects in climate change manipulation experiments – effect sizes, rain-out shelter artifacts, and ways forward. Paper presented in the ESA 100th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. August 2015
    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

    Teaching

    • 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. Carbon sequestration through urban and rural homestead in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh
    2. Climate change perception and adaptation in forested and non-forested areas of Sylhet Region, Bangladesh
    3. Climate change scenario of Bangladesh: past, present and future
    4. Status, quantitative structure and conservation of flora and fauna through spiritual beliefs in Bangladesh
    5. Assessing the effects of plantation on soil physical and chemical properties at Tilagahr eco-park, Sylhet
    6. Trees outside forests: ecological & financial importance of homestead forest
    7. Impacts of ship breaking yards on environment at Sitakhunda, Chittagong
    8. Status and financial feasibility of small-scale forest based enterprises (SSFBEs) in north eastern Bangladesh
    9. Climate Change, Livelihood Vulnerability and Local Adaptation of Wetland Communities in the North Eastern Region of Bangladesh
    10. Climate Change Scenario, Livelihood Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies in Forest and Wetland Ecosystem of North-Eastern Bangladesh
    11. A Comparative Assessment of Forest Canopy Coverage By Hemispherical Photography And Its Relationship With Above-Ground Carbon Stock