Yuxin Chen

Yuxin Chen
Xiamen University | XMU · College of the Environment & Ecology

PhD in Ecology

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Introduction
Yuxin is interested in biodiversity change and ecosystem functioning in a changing climate. Website: https://www.biodiversity-xmu.com/
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - present
Xiamen University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
December 2016 - January 2018
University of Zurich
Position
  • PostDoc Position
July 2016 - July 2019
Sun Yat-Sen University
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Biodiversity and forest ecology
Education
September 2011 - July 2016
Sun Yat-Sen University
Field of study
  • Ecology
September 2007 - July 2011
Sun Yat-Sen University
Field of study
  • Biological Science

Publications

Publications (25)
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Water use efficiency (WUE) is central to the global cycles of water and carbon. However, whether increasing tree diversity in forests can increase WUE remains poorly understood because the variation in WUE may result from multiple mechanisms acting concurrently. Disentangling their relative importance represents a major challenge. Here, we conducte...
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Investigating the link among plant growth rates, traits and local environmental heterogeneity is necessary for understanding forest dynamics and community assembly. Although recent results showed that aboveground traits are key for determining organism’s performance and main resource-use strategies, it is clear that organism performance is influenc...
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Rapid and large-scale biological invasion results in widespread biodiversity loss and degradation of essential ecosystem services, especially in mangrove forests. Recent evidence suggests that the establishment and dispersal of invasive species may be exacerbated in a fragmented landscape, but the influence of mangrove fragmentation on coastal biol...
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Growing threats from extreme climatic events and biodiversity loss have raised concerns about their interactive consequences for ecosystem functioning. Evidence suggests that biodiversity is crucial to buffer ecosystem functioning facing climatic extremes. However, whether evolutionary processes in species mixtures underpin such biodiversity-depend...
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Rapid and large-scale biological invasion results in widespread biodiversity loss and degradation of essential ecosystem services, especially in mangrove forests. Recent evidence suggests that the establishment and dispersal of invasive species may exacerbated in fragmented landscape, but the influence of mangrove fragmentation on coastal biologica...
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Insect herbivory on seedling leaves is one of the most important factors driving seedling growth and mortality in natural forests, which sets the pivotal roles of insect herbivory in affecting natural forest regeneration and species composition. The intensity of herbivory can be influenced by multiple biotic and abiotic factors affecting leaf detec...
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Aim How environmental factors drive plant distribution across the globe is one of the most fundamental questions in ecology. Nevertheless, the relative importance of different environmental factors in driving plant distributions across spatial scales and among plant groups is not clear. This study aims to disentangle how plant–environment relations...
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Aims The importance of density-dependent mortality in maintaining tree species diversity is widely accepted. However, density-dependent effects may vary in magnitude and direction with different abiotic conditions in forests. Theoretical predictions surmise that density-dependent effects may vary with soil available nitrogen (AN), but this still ne...
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1. Functional traits are expected to provide insights into the abiotic and biotic drivers of plant demography. However, successfully linking traits to plant demographic performance likely requires the consideration of important contextual and individual‐level information that is often ignored in trait‐based ecology. 2. Here, we modeled 8 years of g...
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The structure of a plant community in terms of functional traits can strongly affect community productivity. Two components may contribute to this, community-wide trait means (mass-ratio hypothesis) or community-wide trait variations (diversity hypothesis) across species and individuals. We compared the explanatory power of the two hypotheses for e...
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The effect of biodiversity on primary productivity has been a hot topic in ecology for over 20 years. Biodiversity-productivity relationships in natural ecosystems are highly variable, although positive relationships are most common. Understanding the conditions under which different relationships emerge is still a major challenge. Here, by analyzi...
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Although direct tree demographic responses to drought are widely recognized, studies of drought‐mediated changes in tree interactions are rare. We hypothesize that drought exacerbates soil water limitation and intensifies competition for water, but reduces light limitation and competition for light. We predict that competition would be stronger for...
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Plant traits from different organs are thought to be coordinated to achieve main vital functions. However, evidence on how the coordination of traits affect plant vital rates (e.g. mortality rates) is rare due to the poor representation of root traits, which play important roles in water and soil nutrients uptake. In this study, we collected plant...
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Yang et al have raised criticism that the results reported by us would not be relevant for natural forests. We argue that productivity is positively related to species richness also in subtropical natural forests, and that both the species pools and the range of tree species richness used in our experiment are representative of many natural forests...
Preprint
Forest ecosystems contribute substantially to global terrestrial primary productivity and climate regulation, but, in contrast to grasslands, experimental evidence for a positive biodiversity-productivity relationship in highly diverse forests is still lacking ¹ . Here, we provide such evidence from a large forest biodiversity experiment with a nov...
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Background/Question/Methods Numerous grassland experiments have found evidence for the complementarity effect -- an increase in productivity with higher plant species richness due to niche partitioning. However, empirical tests of complementarity in complex tropical forests are lacking. We conducted a spatially explicit analysis of 541,568 growth...
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Background/Question/Methods The relationship between species richness and ecosystem functioning still remains challenging and controversial. The biodiversity effects undoubtedly originate from species interactions which, in turn, are positively but probably weakly correlated with species richness due to the influences of species evenness, spatial...

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