Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Associate in Plant Trait Ecology and Carbon-Nitroge



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Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am an ecologist with broad a research interest in plant function traits, nitrogen cycling, biogeography and fire, and currently working with Prof. Iain Colin Prentice (@LabPrentice) in REALM project, also hold an Honorary Research Fellow at the Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

My main interests are centred on the interactions between plant and environment under optimal consideration to get better mechanistic understanding of the key physical and biological processes within carbon and nitrogen terrestrial cycles.

Within REALM project, I will test a comprehensive approach to the first-principles prediction of a small set of leaf traits, with a view to suggesting a new way to represent these key traits in ecosystem models.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Dong N, Wright IJ, Chen JM, et al., 2022, Rising CO2 and warming reduce global canopy deman for nitrogen, New Phytologist, Vol:235, ISSN:0028-646X, Pages:1692-1700

Daniel F, Prentice IC, Gallagher R, et al., 2021, AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora., Scientific Data, Vol:8, ISSN:2052-4463, Pages:1-20

Dong N, Prentice IC, Wright IJ, et al., 2020, Components of leaf-trait variation along environmental gradients, New Phytologist, Vol:228, ISSN:0028-646X, Pages:82-94

Kelley D, Bistinas I, Whitley R, et al., 2019, How contemporary bioclimatic and human controls change global fire regimes, Nature Climate Change, Vol:9, ISSN:1758-678X, Pages:690-+

Wright IJ, Dong N, Maire V, et al., 2017, Global climatic drivers of leaf size, Science, Vol:357, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:917-921

Dong N, Prentice IC, Harrison SP, et al., 2017, Biophysical homoeostasis of leaf temperature: A neglected process for vegetation and land-surface modelling, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Vol:26, ISSN:1466-822X, Pages:998-1007

Dong N, Prentice IC, Evans BJ, et al., 2017, Leaf nitrogen from first principles: field evidence for adaptive variation with climate, Biogeosciences, Vol:14, ISSN:1726-4189, Pages:481-495

Prentice IC, Dong N, Gleason SM, et al., 2013, Balancing the costs of carbon gain and water transport: testing a new theoretical framework for plant functional ecology, Ecology Letters, Vol:17, ISSN:1461-023X, Pages:82-91

Jiang L, Han X, Dong N, et al., 2011, Plant species effects on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics in a temperate steppe of northern China, Plant and Soil, Vol:346, ISSN:0032-079X, Pages:331-347

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