Faculty list

Dr. Mao-Ning Tuanmu

Assistant Research Fellow
Research Fields
Spatial ecology, macroecology, biodiversity conservation, remote sensing, ecological modeling
Major Research Achievements (2013-2017)
  • Spatial ecology and macroecology: Understanding species – environment relationships and identifying environmental determinants of biodiversity is the fundamental step to understand and ultimately predict ecological consequences of environmental changes. However, a lack of spatially and temporally high resolution and consistent environmental data layers obscures the real relationships and prevents effective biodiversity monitoring. To address this issue, my colleagues and I have developed novel approaches, with the help of remote sensing, to provide fine-grain information on global environmental characteristics, including land cover (Tuanmu & Jetz, 2014), spatial habitat heterogeneity (Tuanmu & Jetz, 2015), and climate (Parmentier et al., 2014; 2015). These remote sensing-based environmental characteristics have enhanced our understanding of and improved our ability to model broad-scaled species distributions (Tuanmu & Jetz, 2014; He et al., 2015) and biodiversity patterns (Tuanmu & Jetz, 2015; Crowther, 2015).
  • Conservation biology: Biodiversity loss is one of the most serious crises facing humanity. Effective conservation requires better understanding of the feedback interactions between human and natural systems (Hull et al., 2015). Based on long-term socio-economic surveys of households, field surveys on giant pandas and their food resources, and remote sensing-based habitat models (Tuanmu et al., 2010; 2011), my colleagues and I have found a reversion of a more-than-30-year decreasing trend of panda habitat in a flagship nature reserve in China. Our study indicated that using an incentive-based strategy to engage people into conservation efforts as a complement to command-and-control, community- and norm-based strategies may help achieve greater conservation effectiveness and provide a potential solution for the conflict between human wellbeing and biodiversity conservation (Wu et al., 2013; Tuanmu et al., 2016).
Research Interests
  • Spatial patterns and temporal dynamics of biodiversity
  • Use of remote sensing in biodiversity monitoring and conservation
  • Biotic and abiotic determinants of (meta-)community structure
    Ongoing projects
    • Environmental and biodiversity representativeness of global protected area network
    • Impacts of climate change on biotic homogenization
    • Meta-community structure of bats along environmental gradients
    • The use of intraspecific trait variation to understand processes structuring biodiversity patterns
      Publications (2009-2017)
      1. Gretta T. Pecl*, Miguel B. Araújo, Johann D. Bell, Julia Blanchard, Timothy C. Bonebrake, I-Ching Chen, Timothy D. Clark, Robert K. Colwell, Finn Danielsen, Birgitta Evengård, Lorena Falconi, Simon Ferrier, Stewart Frusher, Raquel A. Garcia, Roger B. Griffis, Alistair J. Hobday, Charlene Janion-Scheepers, Marta A. Jarzyna, Sarah Jennings, Jonathan Lenoir, Hlif I. Linnetved, Victoria Y. Martin, Phillipa C. McCormack, Jan McDonald, Nicola J. Mitchell, Tero Mustonen, John M. Pandolfi, Nathalie Pettorelli, Ekaterina Popova, Sharon A. Robinson, Brett R. Scheffers, Justine D. Shaw, Cascade J. B. Sorte, Jan M. Strugnell, Jennifer M. Sunday, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Adriana Vergés, Cecilia Villanueva, Thomas Wernberg, Erik Wapstra, Stephen E. Williams, to appear, “The universal impacts of species on the move”, SCIENCE, ,. (SCI) (IF: 34.661; SCI ranking: 3.2%)
      2. Phoebe L. Zarnetske, Benjamin Baiser, Angela Strecker, Sydne Record, Jonathan Belmaker, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, 2017, “The interplay between landscape structure and biotic interactions”, CURRENT LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY REPORTS, 2(1), 12-29.
      3. Marko J. Spasojevic*, Christie A. Bahlai, Bethany A. Bradley, Bradley J. Butterfield, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Seeta Sistla, Ruscena Wiederholt, Katharine N. Suding, 2016, “Scaling up the diversity-resilience relationship with trait databases and remote sensing data: the recovery of productivity after wildfire”, GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 22(4), 1421-1432. (SCI) (IF: 8.444; SCI ranking: 4%,2%,1.8%)
      4. Mao-Ning Tuanmu*, Andres Viña, Wu Yang, Xiaodong Chen, Ashton M. Shortridge, Jianguo Liu, 2016, “Effects of payments for ecosystem services on wildlife habitat recovery”, CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, 30(4), 827-835. (SCI) (IF: 4.267; SCI ranking: 15.3%,11.1%,12.2%)
      5. Michael N Dawson*, Jan C. Axmacher, Carl Beierkuhnlein, Jessica Blois, Bethany A. Bradley, Anna F. Cord, Jürgen Dengler, Kate S. He, Lawrence R. Heaney, Roland Jansson, Miguel D. Mahecha, Corinne Myers, David Nogués-Bravo, Anna Papadopoulou, Björn Reu, Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez, Manuel J. Steinbauer, Alycia Stigall, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, and Daniel G. Gavin, 2016, “A second horizon scan of biogeography: Golden ages, Midas touches, and the Red Queen”, FRONTIERS OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 8(4), e29770.
      6. Mao-Ning Tuanmu*, Walter Jetz, 2015, “A global, remote sensing-based characterization of terrestrial habitat heterogeneity for biodiversity and ecosystem modeling”, GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 24(11), 1329-1339. (SCI) (IF: 5.84; SCI ranking: 2%,8%)
      7. Benoit Parmentier, Brian J. McGill, Adam M. Wilson, James Regetz, Walter Jetz, Robert Guralnick, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Mark Schildhauer, 2015, “Using multi-timescale methods and satellite derived land surface temperature for the interpolation of daily maximum air temperature in Oregon”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY, 35(13), 3862-3878. (SCI) (IF: 3.609; SCI ranking: 16.7%)
      8. Kate S. He*, Bethany A. Bradley, Anna F. Cord, Duccio Rocchini, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Sebastian Schmidtlein, Woody Turner, Martin Wegmann, Nathalie Pettorelli, 2015, “Will remote sensing shape the next generation of species distribution models? ”, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 1(1), 4-18.
      9. Thomas Crowther et al., 2015, “Mapping tree density at a global scale”, NATURE, 525, 201-205. (SCI) (IF: 38.138; SCI ranking: 1.6%)
      10. Vanessa Hull*, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Jianguo Liu, 2015, “Synthesis of human-nature feedbacks”, ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, 20(3), 17. (SCI, SSCI) (IF: 2.89; SCI ranking: 30%; SSCI ranking: 14.4%)
      11. Jonathan Belmaker*, Phoebe Zarnetske, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Sara Zonneveld, Sydne Record, Angela Strecker, Lydia Beaudrot, 2015, “Empirical evidence for the scale-dependence of biotic interactions”, GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 24(7), 750-761. (SCI) (IF: 5.84; SCI ranking: 2%,8%)
      12. Mao-Ning Tuanmu*, Walter Jetz, 2014, “A global 1km consensus land cover product for biodiversity and ecosystem modeling”, GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 23(9), 1031-1045. (SCI) (IF: 5.84; SCI ranking: 2%,8%)
      13. Benoit Parmentier*, Brian McGill, Adam M. Wilson, James Regetz, Walter Jetz, Robert P. Guralnick, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Natalie Robinson, Mark Schildhauer, 2014, “An assessment of methods and remotely sensed covariates for regional predictions of 1 km daily maximum air temperature”, REMOTE SENSING, 6(9), 8639-8670. (SCI) (IF: 3.036; SCI ranking: 17.9%)
      14. Vanessa Hull*, Jindong Zhang, Shiqiang Zhou, Jinyan Huang, Andrés Viña, Wei Liu, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Rengui Li, Dian Liu, Weihua Xu, Yan Huang, Zhiyun Ouyang, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu, 2014, “Impact of livestock on giant pandas and their habitat”, JOURNAL FOR NATURE CONSERVATION, 22(3), 256-264. (SCI) (IF: 2.22; SCI ranking: 26.5%,42%)
      15. Wu Yang*, Wei Liu, Andrés Viña, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Guangming He, Thomas Dietz, Jianguo Liu, 2013, “Nonlinear effects of group size on collective action and resource outcomes”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 110(27), 10916-10921. (SCI) (IF: 9.423; SCI ranking: 6.3%)
      16. Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Andrés Viña, Julie A. Winkler, Yu Li, Weihua Xu, Zhiyun Ouyang, Jianguo Liu*, 2013, “Climate change impacts on understory bamboo species and giant pandas in China’s Qinling Mountains”, NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE, 3, 249-253. (SCI, SSCI) (IF: 17.184; SCI ranking: 0.9%,1.2%; SSCI ranking: 1%)
      17. Andrés Viña*, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Weihua Xu, Yu Li, Jiaguo Qi, Zhiyun Ouyang, Jianguo Liu, 2012, “Relationship between floristic similarity and vegetated land surface phenology: Implications for the synoptic monitoring of species diversity at broad geographic regions”, REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 121, 488-496. (SCI) (IF: 5.881; SCI ranking: 4.4%,3.6%,4.2%)
      18. Vanessa Hull*, Weihua Xu, Wei Liu, Shiqiang Zhou, Andrés Viña, Jindong Zhang, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Jinyan Huang, Marc Linderman, Xiaodong Chen, Yan Huang, Zhiyun Ouyang, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu, 2011, “Evaluating the efficacy of zoning designations for protected area management: the case of Wolong Nature Reserve and giant pandas”, BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 144(12), 3028-3037. (SCI) (IF: 3.985; SCI ranking: 13.8%,14.3%,18%)
      19. Mao-Ning Tuanmu*, Andres Viña, Gary Roloff, Wei Liu, Zhiyun Ouyang, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu, 2011, “Temporal transferability of wildlife habitat models: implications for habitat monitoring”, JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 38(8), 1510-1523. (SCI) (IF: 3.997; SCI ranking: 10.2%,17.3%)
      20. Andrés Viña*, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Weihua Xu, Yu Li, Zhiyun Ouyang, Ruth DeFries, Jianguo Liu, 2010, “Range-wide analysis of wildlife habitat: implications for conservation”, BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 143(9), 1960-1969. (SCI) (IF: 3.985; SCI ranking: 13.8%,14.3%,18%)
      21. Mao-Ning Tuanmu*, Andrés Viña, Scott Bearer, Weihua Xu, Zhiyun Ouyang, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu, 2010, “Mapping understory vegetation using phenological characteristics derived from remotely sensed data”, REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 114(8), 1833-1844. (SCI) (IF: 5.881; SCI ranking: 4.4%,3.6%,4.2%)