Dead wood is well-known to be an important and obvious structural component of the forest ecosystem. Not only does dead wood preserve a great deal of the global carbon sink, but it also plays a pivotal role in harbouring a great diversity of animals. For my PhD study, I am specifically interested in how whole-tree aboveground traits and forest environment together affect dead wood decomposition and associated wood fauna community dynamics. Moreover, I will study how wide-ranging dead wood invertebrates from termites to beetles, varying in their functional traits, in turn affect dead wood decomposition. To do this, I will sample from “tree cemeteries” in The Netherlands and China, each hosting logs of wide-ranging tree species.
Tuo B., Tian W.B., Guo C., et al. (2019) Latitudinal variation in soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus pools across island forests and shrublands in eastern China. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology. 30(08):2631-2638.
Guo C., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Tuo B., Ci H. & Yan E.R. 2020. Non-negligible contribution of subordinates in community-level litter decomposition: deciduous trees in an evergreen world. Journal of Ecology, doi 10.1111/1365-2745.13341.
Guo C., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Tuo B., Ci H. & Yan E.R. 2019. Invertebrate phenology modulates the effect of the leaf economics spectrum on litter decomposition rate across 41 subtropical woody plant species. Functional Ecology, doi 10.1111/1365-2435.13496.