Keping Ma, Professor

Secretary General for CNC-DIVERSITAS

Phone:86-10-62836223(o), 86-10-82599518(Fax)
Address: Institute of Botany, CAS, No.20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, China

Research Interest: Plant community ecology and biodiversity science.

Being one of the Chinese scientists who initiated biodiversity research in China in early 1990s, I contribute myself to Chinese biodiversity conservation research. In collaboration with my colleagues, I initiated the establishment of CForBio, digitization of specimens in China, set-up of CVH, Catalogue of Life-China and EOL-Chinese Regional Center. I attended most of the meetings of conference of parties (COP) to Convention on Biological Diversity, its related extro-COPs and SBSTTA meetings, and working group meetings on thematic issues as a scientific advisor to Chinese delegation. I also participated in evaluations on many nature reserves and national parks in China and gave lectures and conservation advices to nature reserve managers.

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  • 1987 − 1991, Ph.D., Plant Ecology, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China.
  • 1985 − 1987, M.Sc., Plant Ecology, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China.
  • 1978 – 1982, BA, Biology, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar, China.


  • 1995 − present, Professor, IBCAS
  • 2006 − 2010, Director General, IBCAS
  • 2002 − 2006, Deputy Director General, IBCAS
  • 1998 − 2002, Director of Research Center for Plant Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation, IBCAS

Professional Affiliations

  • Chinese Science Bulletin (Associate Editor-in-Chief, 2010 − 2014)
  • Botanical Society of China (Vice-President, 2009 − present)
  • Biodiversity Science (Editor-in-chief, 2008 − present)
  • Forest Ecology and Management (Member of the Editorial Committee, 2007 − present)
  • Chinese National Committee, DIVERSITAS (Secretary General, 2004 − present)
  • Biodiversity Committee, CAS (Deputy Director & Secretary General, 2004 − present)
  • Councillor, IUCN (2007 − 2012)
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Member of the Editorial Committee, 2006 − 2010)
  • Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology (Editor-in-chief, 1998 − 2008)


  • 马克平主持. 生物多样性与生物安全(中国科学院战略性先导科技专项(A类),2017 - 2022)
  • 马克平主持. 典型森林群落生态多样性维持及其对全球变化的响应(重点研发计划课题,2017 - 2022)
  • 马克平主持. 群落多样性的形成与维持机制(中国科学院B类先导科技专项培育项目,2017 - 2018)
  • 马克平主持,国家标本资源共享平台建设(科技部国家科技基础条件平台之一,2011 -)
  • 马克平主持. 古田山亚热带森林林下真菌多样性多尺度格局及其与幼苗动态的关系(基金委面上项目,2015-2018)
  • 马克平主持. 亚热带森林地上植物多样性与地下微生物多样性及生态系统功能关系的研究 (国际合作,2014-2017)
  • 马克平主持,西南生物多样性评估与产业开发策略 (院科技服务网络计划项目,2014-2016)
  • 马克平主持,森林固碳对气候变化响应的群落学机制:大型森林动态样地途径 (基金委面上项目,2013-2016)
  • 马克平主持. 亚热带常绿阔叶林北部区域森林固碳现状、速率和潜力研究 (生态系统固碳现状、速率、机制和潜力课题的专题,2011-2015)
  • 马克平主持. Dimensions 合作研究项目:整合系统发育、功能性状和转录组学区分森林群落生物多样性驱动因素 (国际合作项目,2013-2014)
  • 马克平主持,中国生物多样性监测与变化机理研究(中国科学院重要方向项目,2011 - 2015)
  • 马克平主持. 不同人为干扰梯度下气候变化对亚热带森林碳库及碳通量影响的研究(Earthwatch Institute国际合作项目,2009 - 2012)


    Reprsentative papers more

  1. Wubing Xu, Jens-Christian Svenning, Guoke Chen, Bin Chen, Jihong Huang, Keping Ma*. 2018. Plant geographical range size and climate stability in China: Growth form matters. Global Ecology and Biogeography.27(5):506-517.
  2. Lei Chen, Liza S. Comita, S. Joseph Wright, Nathan G. Swenson, Jess K. Zimmerman, Xiangcheng Mi, Zhanqing Hao, Wanhui Ye, Stephen P. Hubbell, W. John Kress, Maria Uriarte, Jill Thompson, Christopher J. Nytch, Xugao Wang, Juyu Lian, Keping Ma*. 2018. Forest tree neighborhoods are structured more by negative conspecific density dependence than by interactions among closely related species. Ecography. 40:001-009.
  3. Nathan G. Swenson , Yoshiko Iida, Robert Howe, Amy Wolf, María Natalia Umaña , Krittika Petprakob , Benjamin L. Turner , Keping Ma. 2017. Tree co-occurrence and transcriptomic response to drought. Nature Communications.8: 1996 |DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02034-w.
  4. Han Baocai, María Natalia Umaňa, Mi Xiangcheng, Liu Xiaojuan, Chen Lei, Wang Yunquan, Liang Yu, Wei Wei, Keping Ma*. 2017. The role of transcriptomes linked with responses to light environment on seedling mortality in a subtropical forest, China. Journal of Ecology. 105: 592-601.
  5. Zhang Minggang, J.W.Ferry Slik, Ma Keping*. 2017.Priority areas for the conservation of perennial plants in China. Biological Conservation. 210(B):56-63.
  6. Du Yanjun, Simon A.Queenborough, Chen Lei, Wang Yunquan, Mi Xiangcheng, Ma Keping*, Liza S. Comita. 2017. Intraspecific and phylogenetic density-dependent seedling recruitment in a subtropical evergreen forest. Oecologia. 184(1):193-203.
  7. Liu X.J., Swenson N.G., Lin D.M., Mi X.C., Umana M.N., Schmid. B. & Ma K.P*. 2016. Linking individual-level functional traits to tree growth in a subtropical forest. Ecology. 97(9):2396-2405.
  8. Zhang MG, J.W.F Slik, KP Ma*. 2016. Priority areas for the conservation of perennial plants in China. Biological Conservation.
  9. Huang JH, JH Huang, CR Liu, JL Zhang, XH Lu, KP Ma* . 2016. Diversity hotspots and conservation gaps for the Chinese endemic seed flora. Biological Conservation. 198:104-112 .
  10. Lin DM, K J. Anderson-Teixeira, JS Lai, XC Mi, HB Ren, KP Ma*. 2016. Traits of dominant tree species predict local scale variation in forest aboveground and topsoil carbon stocks. Plant and Soil. 409: 435-446.
  11. Zhu Y., Comita L.S., Hubbell S.P. & Ma KP. 2015. Conspecific and phylogenetic density-dependent survival differs across life stages in a tropical forest. Journal of Ecology, 103, 957-966.
  12. Xu WB, Chen GK., Liu CR. & Ma KP. 2015. Latitudinal differences in species abundance distributions, rather than spatial aggregation, explain beta-diversity along latitudinal gradients. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24: 1170-1180
  13. Du YJ, LF Mao, S A. Queenborough, R P. Freckleton, B Chen and KP Ma. 2015. Phylogenetic constraints and trait correlates of flowering phenology in the angiosperm flora of China. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(8):928-938
  14. Zhang NL, SQ Wan, JX Guo, GD Han, J Gutknecht, B Schmid, L Yu, WX Liu, J Bi, Z Wang, KP Ma*.2015.Precipitation modifies the effects of warming and nitrogen addition on soil microbial communities in northern Chinese grasslands. Soil Biology & Biochemistry.89:12-23.
  15. Yang WJ, KP Ma, H. Kreft.2014. Environmental and socio-economic factors shaping the geography of floristic collections in China. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23: 1284-1292
  16. Zhang NL, WX Liu, HJ Yang, XJ Yu, J LM Gutknecht, Z Zhang, SQ Wan, KP Ma*.2013. Soil microbial responses to warming and increased precipitation and their implications for ecosystem C cycling. Oecologia, 173(3):1125-1142
  17. Yang WJ, KP Ma* and Holger Kreft*. 2013. Geographical sampling bias in a large distributional database and its effects on species richness–environment models. Journal of Biogeography,40:1415-1426
  18. Lai JS, D Coomes, XJ Du, CF Hsieh, I-F Sun, WC Chao, XC Mi, HB Ren, XG Wang, ZQ Hao, KP Ma*. 2013. A general combined model to describe tree-diameter distributions within subtropical and temperate forest communities. Oikos, 122(11):1635-1641
  19. Chen GK, M Kéry, M Plattner, KP Ma and B Gardner. 2013. Imperfect detection is the rule rather than the exception in plant distribution studies. Journal of Ecology, 101: 183 – 191
  20. Liu XJ, N Swenson, JL Zhang, KP Ma*. 2013. The environment and space, not phylogeny, determine trait dispersion in a subtropical forest. Functional Ecology, 27(1):264-272
  21. Mi XC, N G. Swenson, R Valencia, J Kress, DL. Erickson, Á Pérez-Castañeda, HB Ren, SH Su, N Gunatilleke, S Gunatilleke, ZQ Hao, WH Ye, M Cao, H S Suresh, H S Dattaraja, S Sukumar, KP Ma*. 2012. The contribution of rare species to community phylogenetic diversity across a global network of forest plots. American Naturalist,180:E17-30
  22. Huang JH, B Chen, CR Liu, JS Lai, JL Zhang and KP Ma*. 2012. Identifying hotspots of endemic woody seed plant diversity in China. Diversity and Distributions, 18:673-688
  23. Cheng JJ, XC Mi, K Nadrowski, HB Ren, JT Zhang and KP Ma. 2012. Separating the effect of mechanisms shaping species-abundance distributions at multiple scales in a subtropical forest. Oikos, 121:236-244
  24. Zhang NL, Xia JY, Yu XJ, Ma KP, Wan SQ. 2011. Soil microbial community changes and their linkages with ecosystem carbon exchange under asymmetrically diurnal warming. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 43: 2053-2059
  25. Li ZS, CM Shi, YB Liu, JL Zhang, QB Zhang, KP Ma*. 2011. Summer mean temperature variation from 1710-2005 inferred from tree-ring data of the Baimang Snow Mountains, northwestern Yunnan, China. Climate Research,47: 207-218
  26. Li ZS, QB Zhang, KP Ma*. 2011. Tree-ring reconstruction of summer temperature for A.D. 1475-003 in the central Hengduan Mountains, Northwestern Yunnan, China. Climatic Change, 2011, 1-13
  27. Zhang LW, XC Mi, HB Shao, KP Ma*.2011. Strong plant-soil associations in a heterogeneous subtropical broad-leaved forest. Plant and Soil, 347:211–220
  28. Du HM, Y Liang, KQ Pei and KP Ma. 2011. UV radiation-responsive proteins in rice leaves: a proteomic analysis. Plant & Cell Physiology. 52(2): 306 -316
  29. Chen L, XC Mi, L Comita, LW Zhang, HB Ren, KP Ma *. 2010. Community-level consequences of density dependence and habitat association in a subtropical broad-leaved forest. Ecology Letters,13:695-704
  30. Zhu Y, XC Mi, HB Ren and KP Ma*, 2010. Density dependence is prevalent in a heterogeneous subtropical forest. Oikos, 119: 109-119
  31. Shen GC, MJ Yu, XS Hu, XC Mi, HB Ren, I-F Sun, KP, Ma. 2009. Species-area relationships explained by the joint effects of dispersal limitation and habitat heterogeneity. Ecology 90, 3033–3041
  32. Chen GK, M Kéry, JL Zhang and KP Ma*. 2009.Factors Affecting Detection Probability In Plant Distribution Studies. Journal of Ecology, 97: 1383-1389
  33. Lai JS, XC Mi, HB Ren, KP Ma*. 2009. Species-habitatmh associations change in a subtropical forest of China. Journal of Vegetation Science. 20:415-423
  34. Legendre, P., XC Mi, HB Ren, KP Ma, MJ Yu, I. F. Sun, and FL He. 2009. Partitioning beta diversity in a subtropical broad-leaved forest of China. Ecology, 90: 663-674
  35. Zhang, NL, SQ Wan, LH Li, J. Bi, M. Zhao, KP Ma*. 2008. Impacts of urea N addition on soil microbial community in a semi-arid temperate steppe in northern China. Plant and Soil,311: 19-28
  36. Wang T, QB Zhang and KP Ma*.2006. Treeline dynamics in relation to climatic variability in the central Tianshan Mountains, northwestern China. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 15:406-415