Muhammad Arif

Muhammad Arif
Southwest University

PhD in Forestry Economics and Management; Postdoc in Ecology
Available for potential collaborations.

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Introduction
Dr. Muhammad Arif is primarily interested in riparian areas along long rivers, large reservoirs, and dams, as well as forest or plant ecology, forest economics, and forest management. His research focuses on abiotic and biotic factors that affect ecosystem processes and functions. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0359-5161. Available for potential collaborations.
Additional affiliations
December 2018 - present
Southwest University in Chongqing
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Research Project: Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Conditions for the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir, China
Education
September 2014 - July 2018
Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China
Field of study
  • Forestry Economics and Management
March 2011 - February 2014
Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Field of study
  • Forestry Extension
November 2008 - February 2011
Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan
Field of study
  • Forestry

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Publications (33)
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The possible negative impacts of flow regulation on riparian zone conditions can be observed due to the disruption of the natural flow regime in reservoirs. In spite of considerable literature on the qualitative effects of external disturbances on riparian health indicators (RHIs), quantitative evaluations of such changes induced by pressure are ra...
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Research into species composition and diversity in forest systems with successional stages can provide a scientific basis for optimal allocation and regulation of community structure. However, it is unclear how succession in arid and semi-arid forests changes the composition and diversity of species. The present study analyzed how species compositi...
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Tourism along river basins benefits both tourists and the economy, but its management necessitates trade-offs between nature-based recreation and ecological functioning. Despite ecosystem services being helpful in managing environmental challenges, there are limited data on the impact of tourism activities on ecosystem functioning across different...
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Riparian plants are an integral part of the river ecosystem and have significant impacts on the water quality of the reservoir area. The special hydrological process of the riparian zone makes it possible to become a "source" or "sink" of organic matter and nutrients. This study quantifies the flooding period on the decomposition as well as nutrien...
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Hydrological fluctuations accelerate biodiversity loss and damage riparian ecosystems surrounding dams and reservoirs. Restoration of vegetation is urgently required in such highly impacted buffer zones. However, it is not known how the nonstructural carbohydrate (NSC) and organic acid concentrations of prominent woody plants such as Salix matsudan...
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Greenbelts around roads are an essential part of the ecosystem that can reduce heavy metal contamination from traffic and contribute to sustainable development. However, only limited studies have examined the rapid detection of heavy metal content in urban road greenbelt zones. In the present study, soil spectral reflectance was measured using a Fi...
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Environmental illiteracy threatens ecosystem functions globally, however, many continue to deny its existence. Knowledge deficit theory suggests that suspicions will decrease once officials and the public are presented with new facts. Despite extensive worldwide initiatives to improve riparian buffer zones, there is minimal evidence about the impac...
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Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) stoichiometric ratios give valuable insight into ecosystem function. The purpose of the present study is to probe into the C, N, and P stoichiometric characteristics in various organs and their relationships with soil factors of the dominant deciduous conifer plant species (Taxodium ascendens and Taxodiu...
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Topographic features impact the riparian landscape, which shapes reservoir ecosystems. We know little about ecological network parameter (ENP) responses to topographical features (riparian width, stream-channel width, slope, and elevation) from three land-use areas (rural, urban, and rural-urban transitional) in larger dams and reservoirs globally....
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Natural ecosystems generally include litter decomposition as part of the natural cycle since the material properties and the environment greatly influence the decomposition rate. The invasion of exotic plants alters the species diversity and growth characteristics of plant communities, but its impact on litter decomposition is unknown in the ripari...
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Nature-based tourism has an influence on ecosystem functioning around watercourses, but this influence lacks scientific evidence. Additionally, strategic and operational management of streams necessitates trade-offs between the recreational activities and values of tourists and riparian zone hospitality services. This paper aims to assist environme...
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Salinity is significant abiotic stress that affects the majority of agricultural, irrigated, and cultivated land. It is an issue of global importance, causing many socio-economic problems. Salt stress mainly occurs due to two factors: (1) soil type and (2) irrigation water. It is a major environmental constraint, limiting crop growth, plant product...
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Although environmental illiteracy threatens the functioning of landscapes throughout the world, it is frequently ignored. The traditional wisdom assumes that suspicions will evaporate when the public and government authorities are provided with new information. Despite significant efforts to enhance riparian corridor output, limited data are availa...
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There is currently a lack of evidence surrounding changes in the health of riparian zones under different land‐use patterns within mega‐reservoirs and around dams. Scientific evidence for the quantitative effects of stress indicators is vague and varies significantly among reservoirs and dams worldwide. In this study, we used a field‐based approach...
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Human interventions such as tunnel construction have caused groundwater depletion, which substantially affected the functions of forest tree species and their communities. However, the extent to which tunneling-induced groundwater depletion (TIGD) degrades their function levels at various spatial-temporal scales under varying climate conditions rem...
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Litter decomposition is an important soil nutrient source that promotes vegetation in deteriorated riparian zones worldwide. The periodic submergence and sediment burial effects on two prominent annual herbaceous plants (Echinochloa crusgali and Bidens tripartite) are little known in mega-reservoir settings. Our study focuses on the mass and carbon...
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Ecological stoichiometric studies can be useful for managing the deteriorated riparian zones of mega-reservoirs in which nutrients significantly impact the balanced vegetation cover. The pre-sent study aims to explore the effects of periodic submergence on the stoichiometric ecological characteristics of carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P)...
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Plant and microbiome interactions are necessary for plant nutrient acquisition. However, relatively little is known about the responses of roots, bulk, and rhizosphere soil microbial communities in different artificial vegetation types (woody and herbaceous) in riparian areas of massive dams and reservoirs. Therefore, this study aims to assess such...
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Many rivers across the globe are regulated by dams, resulting in a strong alteration of the plant community composition of the drawdown zone. But, how these changes happen along the drawdown zone is less understood. In this study, a multivariate analysis was used to explore plant composition and similarity along the drawdown zone of the Three Gorge...
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The construction of dams has caused riparian habitat degradation and ecosystem service loss globally. It is critical to assess the response of riparian plant communities to inundation gradients for their conservation. Recent evidence suggests that plant community assemblages are governed by flooding stress, soil nutrient availability, climate (envi...
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Submergence impedes photosynthesis and respiration but facilitates aerenchyma formation in bermudagrass. Still, the regulatory genes underlying these physiological responses are unclear in the literature. To identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) related to these physiological mechanisms, we studied the expression of DEGs in aboveground and...
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Riparian buffer width and stream channel width have different impacts on ecological networks (e.g., plant cover, regeneration, exotics, erosion, habitat, and stressors) and provide various ecosystem services. The protection of riparian zones of increasing widths for higher-order streams and connected tributaries alongside mega-reservoirs and around...
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Foliar decomposition has significant effects on nutrient cycling and the productivity of riparian ecosystems, but studies on the impact of related hydrological dynamics have been lacking. Here, the litterbag method was carried out to compare decomposition and nutrient release characteristics in situ, including three foliage types [two single-specie...
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Organic acids are critical as secondary metabolites for plant adaption in a stressful situation. Oxalic acid, tartaric acid, and malic acid can improve plant tolerance under waterlogged conditions. Two prominent woody species (Taxodium distichum-Swamp cypress and Salix matsudana-Chinese willow) have been experiencing long-term winter submergence an...
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Riparian ecosystem services along higher-order streams and connected tributaries may change over time as disturbances continuously increase, resulting in diverse deterioration of buffer zones. How habitat, plant cover, regeneration, erosion, and exotic parameters (riparian health conditions) change within huge dams and reservoirs worldwide is an un...
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AimsThis study aimed to examine the effects of NaCl on Cd tolerance of two halophytes with contrasting salt-tolerance ability: the euhalophyte Suaeda glauca and the recretohalophyte Limonium aureum.Methods Plant growth, photosynthesis and physiological responses of two halophytes were measured in a pot experiment treated with 0, 3 and 6 mg kg−1 Cd...
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Intense industrial activities could result in massive accumulations of trace elements in the soil and risk the terrestrial ecosystems and human health. A total of 119 topsoil samples from a typical industrial area, Huinong District, Ningxia, Northwest China, were collected, and the contents of six trace elements (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, and Zn) were de...
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China's One Belt One Road (OBOR), a momentous initiative, is going to trigger off multidimensional geo-strategic and geo-economical changes across the globe. Chinese's enterprises are going to hire agricultural lands under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) coalition agreements in Pakistan. Simultaneously, the government of Punjab, Pakistan ha...
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Environmental degradation, exponential rising of population, and overexploitation of forestry resources are the rigorous threats to developing countries. Little efforts have been carried out for inventory, research, and standard documentation about existing growing forest resources in the irrigated plantations of Pakistan. Chichawatni forest, owing...
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Medicinal plants have been a source of affordable health care and of income for millennia in virtually all cultures. About 53,000 plant species, worldwide, are used for medicinal purposes. Globally, the indigenous communities are getting many benefits and ethnomedicinal products from biodiversity. Medicinal plants of Murree have a central position...
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Irrigated plantations (IPs) are a prominent component of the forest cover in Pakistan, while less research work has reported on the estimation of the carbon stock (CS) from these man-made plantations. The objective of this study was to assess the CS in biomass and soil of the Chichawatni Irrigated Plantation (CIP) a leading compact IP in Pakistan....

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The project consists of six main aspects: 1) habitat investigation and evaluation of the Three Gorges Reservoir fluctuating zone; 2) investigation and evaluation of the vegetation coverage in the Three Gorges Reservoir fluctuating zone; 3) investigation and evaluation of soil retention and stability of reservoir banks; 4) hydrological investigation and evaluation of the Three Gorges Reservoir fluctuating zone; 5 ) investigation and evaluation of the land use pattern of Three Gorges Reservoir areas; and 6 ) investigation of the surrounding environment and management of Three Gorges Reservoir areas.
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Specific contributions include: (i) assessing riparian zone changes under the influence of stress factors in higher-order streams and tributaries; (ii) determining impacts of riparian topographical features on ecological networks along the riparian drawdown zones; and (iii) measuring environmental literacy impacts on clean production within three different land-uses in the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir.