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FU Bojie
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  Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 2871, Beijing 100085, China
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Education and Appointments:


    2012-present, Distinguished Professor, Chair of Steering Committee, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    2009-2011 Professor, Vice Chair of Steering Committee, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    2001-2008Director-General,Professor,Bureau of Natural Resources & Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    1996-2001, Deputy-Director, Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    1994-1996, Division Director, Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    1992-1994, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Land and Water Management, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

    1991-1992, Associate Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    1989-1990, Assistant Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    1984-1986, Lecturer, Department of Geography, Shaanxi Normal University


    PhD. (1989) Geography and Environmental Sciences, Split PhD Programme in Peking University (Beijing, China) and University of Stirling (Stirling, UK)

    MSc. (1984) Physical Geography, Shaanxi Normal University (Xi’an, China)

    BSc. (1982) Geography, Shaanxi Normal University (Xi’an, China)

Research Interest:

Dryland Land Use and Landscape Ecology

Ecosystem Services and Management

Public Services:

Professional Services and Honors

  • Honorary Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG), 2020
  • ISI High Cited Researcher (Cross-Field), 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University of US. 2019
  • Vice President of International Geographical Union (IGU), 2018-2026
  • Member of Science Advisory Committee, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), 2017-2022
  • Chair of China National Committee for Ecological Protection and Restoration, 2016-2021
  • Vice President of International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), 2013-2018
  • President of the Geographical Society of China, 2015-2019
  • Member of Science Advisory Committee, Future-Earth Asia, 2015-2019
  • MEP (Multidisciplinary Expert Panel) member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2012-2014
  • Vice President of Future Earth China Committee (CNC-FE), 2014-2022
  • Vice President of International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE), 2009-2013
  • Vice Chair of International Long-term Ecological Research Network (ILTER), 2009- 2014
  • The Member of Steering Committee of the Global Climate Change Adaptation Network in Asia-Pacific Region, 2009-2012
  • The Executive Board Member of International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), 2005-2013
  • The Member of Steering Committee of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013-
  • The Member of Education Committee of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013-
  • President of IALE China, 2005-2013
  • Consultative Group Member of the Intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services of UNEP, 2009-2011
  • The Member of State Environment Consultative Committee, 2012-
  • Vice President of IHDP China Committee, 2005-2013
  • Vice President of the Geographical Society of China, 2004-2014


Academic Prizes and Awards

  • 2022 TWAS-Lenovo Science Award. (The award honours scientists in the global South who have reached the apex of scientific accomplishment).
  • Tan Kah Kee Science Award-Earth Science, 2022.
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Medal of European Geoscience Union, 2020. (The award scientists who have performed research in developing regions).
  • National Natural Sciences Prize, the State Council, 2020.
  • The 10th China Environmental Award-Ecological Conservation Award, The China Environmental Protection Foundation, 2019.
  • The 1st Ma Shijun Distinguished Achievement Award in Ecology, The Ecological Society of China, 2019.
  • CCTV Science and Technology Innovation Award. CCTV, MOST, CAS, 2019
  • The Ho Leung Ho Lee Science and Technology Prize, The Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation, 2017.
  • Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016.
  • Zhu-Li Yuehua Award of Outstanding Teachers of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2015.
  • Outstanding Shaanxi Normal University Alumni Award, 2014
  • Award of Outstanding Supervisor of graduate-students, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2014.
  • National Sciences & Technology Advanced Prize, the State Council, 2012
  • Award of Distinguished Service, International Association for Landscape Ecology, 2011.
  • Eleventh Five-Year National Award for outstanding contributions to science and technology plan implementation, Ministry of Science and Technology, 2011.
  • National Award for Outstanding Science and Technology Workers, China Association for Science and Technology, 2010.
  • The Sciences & Technology Advanced Prize, Ministry of Environmental Protection, 2009.
  • Award of Outstanding Teachers of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2006.
  • National Natural Sciences Prize, the State Council, 2005.
  • Award for Young Scientist, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). 2001
  • The Sciences & Technology Advanced Prize, Ministry of Land Resources, 1998.
  • The Sciences & Technology Advanced Prize, CAS, 1993.
  • Prize for Young Geographer, Chinese Society of Geography, 1991

Membership of Science Academies

  • Elected International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences,2019
  • Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society Edinburgh UK, 2015
  • Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS), 2012.
  • Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011.
Selected Publications:

  More than 400 papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, Nature Geoscience, Nature Ecology & Evolution, PNAS and Science Advances. Google Scholars ca 44200 citations with h-index 99 (update on Dec.20, 2022).

1.   Lu Nan, Tian Hanqin , Fu Bojie*, Yu Huiqian, Piao Shilong, Chen Shiyin, Li Ya, Li Xiaoyong , Mengyu Wang, Li Zidong , Zhang Lu, Philippe Ciais, Pete Smith, 2022. Biophysical and economic constraints on China’s natural climate solutions. Nature Climate Change. 12:847-853. doi.org/10.1038/s41558-022-01432-3.

2.   Wu Xutong, Fu Bojie*, Wang Shuai, Song Shuang, Li Yingjie, Xu Zhenci, Wei Yongping, Liu Jianguo, 2022. Decoupling of SDGs followed by re-coupling as sustainable development progresses. Nature Sustainability5452-459.
DOI: 10.1038/s41893-022-00868-x.

3.   Fu Bojie*, Wu Xutong, Wang Zhuangzhuang, Wu Xilin, Wang Shuai, 2022. Coupling human and natural systems for sustainability: experience from China's Loess Plateau. Earth System Dynamics, 13(2), 795-808.
DOI: 10.5194/esd-13-795-2022.

4.   Zhang Junze, Wang Shuai, Prajal Pradhan, Zhao Wenwu and Fu Bojie*. 2022. Untangling the interactions among the Sustainable Development Goals in China. Science Bulletin, 67(9). 977-984.

5.   Fu Bojie*, Stafford-Smith Mark, Wang Yanfen, Wu Binfang, Yu Xiubo, Lv Nan, Ojima Dennis S., Lv Yihe, Fu Chao, Liu Yu, Niu Shuli, Zhang Yangjian, Zeng Hongwei, Liu Yuexian, Liu Yanxu, Feng Xiaoming, Zhang Lu, Wei Yongping, Xu Zhihong, Li Fadong, Cui Xiaoyong, Diop Salif, Chen Xi. 2021. The Global-DEP conceptual framework - research on dryland ecosystems to promote sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 48, 17-28.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2020.08.009.

6.   Li Changjia, Fu Bojie*, Wang Shuai, Stringer Lindsay C., Wang Yaping, Li Zidong, Liu Yanxu, Zhou Wenxin, 2021. Drivers and impacts of changes in China's drylands. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 2(12), 858-873.
DOI: 10.1038/s43017-021-00226-z.

7.   Zhang Junze, Fu Bojie*, Stafford-Smith Mark, Wang Shuai, Zhao Wenwu, 2021. Improve forest restoration initiatives to meet Sustainable Development Goal 15. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5(1), 10-13.
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-01332-9.

8.   Wu Xutong, Liu Jianguo, Fu Bojie*, Wang Shuai, Wei Yongping, 2021. Integrating multiple influencing factors in evaluating the socioeconomic effects of payments for ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services, 51, 101348.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101348.

9.   Chen Yongzhe, Feng Xiaoming, Tian Hanqin, Wu Xutong, Gao Zhen, Feng Yu, Piao Shilong, Lv Nan, Pan Naiqing, Fu Bojie*, 2021. Accelerated increase in vegetation carbon sequestration in China after 2010: A turning point resulting from climate and human interaction. Global Change Biology, 27(22), 5848-5864.
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15854.

10. Fu Bojie*, Zhang Junze, Wang Shuai, Zhao Wenwu. 2020. Classification–coordination–collaboration: a systems approach for advancing Sustainable Development Goals. National Science Review, 7(5), 838-840.

11. Wu Xutong, Wei Yongping, Fu Bojie*, Wang Shuai, Zhao Yan, Moran Emilio F. 2020. Evolution and effects of the social-ecological system over a millennium in China’s Loess Plateau. Science Advances, 6(41), eabc0276.
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abc0276.

12. Wei Fangli, Wang Shuai, Fu Bojie*, Brandt Martin, Pan Naiqing, Wang Cong, Fensholt Rasmus. 2020. Nonlinear dynamics of fires in Africa over recent decades controlled by precipitation. Global Change Biology, 26(8), 4495-4505.

13. Fu Bojie*, Wang Shuai,  Zhang Junze, Hou Zengqian,  Li Jinghai*. 2019. Unravelling the Complexity in Achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. National Science Review, 6(3), 386-388.

14. Daryanto Stefani, Fu Bojie*, Zhao Wenwu, Wang Lixin. 2019. One-hundred years after shrub encroachment: Policy directions towards sustainable rangeland-use. Land Use Policy, 84:71-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.03.008

15. Wang Shuai, Fu Bojie*, Bodin Orjan, Liu Jianguo, Zhang Mengmeng, Li Xiaoyan. 2019. Alignment of social and ecological structures increased the ability of river management. Science Bulletin, 64(18), 1318-1324.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scib.2019.07.016

16. Fu Bojie*, Wang Shuai, Liu Yu, Liu Jianbo, Liang Wei, Miao Chiyuan. 2017. Hydrogeomorphic-Ecosystem Responses to Natural and Anthropogenic Changes in the Loess Plateau of China. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 45, 223-243.

17. Feng Xiaoming, Fu Bojie*, Piao Shilong, Wang Shuai, Ciais Philippe, Zeng Zhenzhong, Lü Yihe, Zeng Yuan, Li Yue, Jiang Xiaohui, Wu Bingfang. 2016. Revegetation in China’s Loess Plateau is approaching sustainable water resource limits. Nature Climate Change, 6, 1019-1024.


18. Wang Shuai, Fu Bojie*, Piao Shilong, Lü Yihe, Ciais Philippe, Feng Xiaoming, Wang Yafeng. 2016. Reduced sediment transport in the Yellow River due to anthropogenic changes. Nature Geoscience, 9, 38-42.

DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2602

19. Hu Haitang, Fu Bojie*, Lv Yihe. 2015. SAORES: a spatially explicit assessment and optimization tool for regional ecosystem servicesLandscape Ecology, 30(3): 547-560.

20. Jia Xiaoqing, Fu Bojie*, Feng Xiaoming, Hou Guohua, Liu Yu, Wang Xiaofeng. 2014. The tradeoff and synergy between ecosystem services in the the Grain-for-Green areas in Northern Shaanxi, China. Ecological Indicators, 43: 103–113.

21. Fu Bojie, Bruce Jones (Eds). 2013. Landscape Ecology for Sustainable Environment and Culture, Springer.

22. Fu Bojie*, Wang Yafeng, Lv Yihe, He Chansheng, Chen Liding, Song Chengjun. 2009, The effects of land use combination on soil erosion-a case study in Loess Plateau of China. Progress in Physical Geography, 33(6):793-804.

23. Fu Bojie*, 2008, Blue Skies for China. Science, 321:611.

24. Fu Bojie*., Hu C.X., Chen L.D., Honnay, O., and Gulinck, H. 2006. Evaluating Change in agricultural landscape pattern between 1980 and 2000 in the loess hilly region of Ansai county, China. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 114: 387-396.

25. Fu Bojie*., Zhang Q.J., Chen L.D., Zhao, W.W., Gulinck, H., Liu, G.B., Yang, Q.K., and Zhu, Y.G. 2006. Temporal change in land use and its relationship to slope degree and soil type in a small catchment on the Loess Plateau of China. Catena, 65: 41-48.

26. Fu Bojie*, Zhao, W.W., Chen, L.D., et al. 2005. Assessment of soil erosion at large watershed scale using RUSLE and GIS: a case study in the Loess plateau of China. Land Degradation and Development, 16(1): 73-85.

27. Fu Bojie*, Meng Qinghua, Qiu Yang, Zhao Wenwu, Zhang Qiuju and D.A.Davidson. 2004. Effect of land use on soil erosion and nitrogen loss in the hilly area of the Loess Plateau, China. Land Degradation and Development, 15:87-96.

28. Fu Bojie*, Wang Jun, Chen Liding & Qiu Yang.2003.The effect of Land use on soil moisture variation in the Danangou Catchment,the Loess Plateau of China. Catena , 54(1-2):197-214.

29. Fu Bojie*, Chen Liding, 2000, Agricultural landscape spatial pattern analysis in the semiarid hill area of loess plateau, China. Journal of Arid Environments. 44 291-303

30. Fu Bojie*, Chen, Liding. Ma Keming, Zhou Huafeng, Wang Jun, 2000, The relationships between land use and soil conditions in the hilly area of the loess plateau in northern Shaanxi, China, Catena, 3969-78.

Supported Projects:

1. The interactions of human and environment and sustainability in the Yellow River Basin (2021-2024), Major Program of NSF China

2.Eco-hydrological processes and their impacts on ecosystem services in arid and semi-arid areas. (2020-2024), Major Pr ogram of NSF China

3. Function and Optimization System of the Ecological Safety Barrier. (2019-2024), The Second Tibet Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research Program

4. Social-ecological System Evolution Mechanisms and Sustainability in the Loess Plateau of China. (2020-2024), Key project of NSF China

5. The interactions of Ecosystem and Hydrology in Semi-Arid Loess Plateau of China. (2014-2018), Key project of NSF China.

6. Impact of global change on ecosystem services (2017-2022)

7. International Grand Science Program for global aridland ecosystems (2017-2021)

8. Ecosystem services trade-off in arid / semi-arid regions: impact mechanism and adaptation strategy of climate change (2017-2021)

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