Wei Fang

Wei Fang

Assistant Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences


Personal Quote

Education makes sense because people learn that through learning they can make and remake themselves, because people are able to take responsibility for themselves as beings capable of knowing - of knowing that they know and knowing that they don't.

----Freire, Pedagogy of Hope, 2004

Faculty Bio

PhD, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Ecology and Evolution

MS, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, PRC

BS, Peking University, Beijing, PRC
Environmental Biology and Ecology

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Organismal and ecosystem resilience and responses to anthropogenic changes, including urbanization, climate warming, and biological invasions.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Advancing Key Curriculums of Ecology and Environmental Sciences for Regional Universities in Kazakhstan & Beyond
Chen, J., Fang, W., Graham, N., Fang, P., Knight, C., Ranjeet, J., Allington, G. & Almakhanova, G. January 2022 - September 2022. US Embassy in Kazakhstan and American Councils for International Education, Federal. Funded.

Modernizing Curriculum towards the Goals of UN SDGs for Central Asian Universities: Climate Action and Sustainability Development.
Fang, W., Chen, J., Groffman, P., Gurevitch, J., Fan, P. & Hendrey, G. January 2022 - September 2022. US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and administered by American Councils, Federal. Funded.

Exploring the color change of male African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni, in Lake Tanganyika in response to urbanization and algal bloom
Alvarado, S. & Fang, W. August 2019 - July 2022. National Science Foundation 18-600 Program, Federal. Funded.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

BIO 102: General Biology II
BIO 210: Ecology
BIO 395: Independent Study in Biology
BIO 480: Research in Biology
BIO 491: Internship in Biology
ENS 326: Geographic Information Systems
MAT 141: Intro Stats for the Life Sci

Publications and Presentations


Satellite evidence for forest canopy-height-dependent response to drought in southwestern China.
Xu, P., Fang, W., Zhou, T., Li, H., Zhao, X., Berman, S., Zhang, T. & YI, C. (2022). Environmental Research Letters. Vol 17 , pages 025005.

Hotter and Drier Climate Made the Mediterranean Europe and Northern Africa Region a Shrubbier Landscape
Fang, W., YI, C., Chen, D., Xu, P., Hendrey, G., Krakauer, N., Jensen, K., Gao, S., Lin, Z., Lam, G., Zhang, Q. & Zhou, T. (2021). Oecologia. Vol 197 , pages 1111-1126.

Asymmetric impacts of dryness and wetness on tree growth and forest coverage
Gao, S., Zhou, T., Yi, C., Shi, P., Fang, W., Liu, R., Liang, E. & Camarero, J. (2020). Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Vol 288-289 , pages 107980.

A field experimental study on the impact of Acer platanoides, an urban tree invader, on forest ecosystem processes in North America
Fang, W. & Wang, X. (2020). Ecological Processes. Vol 9 , pages 9.

Hospital and healthcare insurance system record--based epidemiological study of myasthenia gravis in southern and northern China
Fang, W., Li, Y., Mo, R., Wang, J., Qiu, L., Ou, C., Lin, Z., Huang, Z., Feng, H., He, X., Wang, W., Xu, P., Wang, L., Ran, H. & Liu, W. (2020). Neurological Sciences. Vol 41 , pages 1211-1223.

Spatial Upscaling of Tree-Ring-Based Forest Response to Drought with Satellite Data
Fang, W., Xu, P., Zhou, T., Zhao, X., Luo, H., Hendrey, G. & Yi, C. (2019). Remote Sensing. Vol 11 (Issue 20) , pages 2344.

Impacts of water stress on forest recovery and its interaction with canopy height
Xu, P., Zhou, T., Yi, C., Luo, H., Zhao, X., Fang, W., Gao, S. & Liu, X. (2018). International journal of environmental research and public health. Vol 15 (Issue 6) , pages 1257.

Dynamic responses of tree-ring growth to multiple dimensions of drought
Gao, S., Liu, R., Zhou, T., Fang, W., Yi, C., Lu, R., Zhao, X. & Luo, H. (2018). Global Change Biology. Vol 24 (Issue 11) , pages 5380--5390.

Forest drought resistance distinguished by canopy height
Xu, P., Zhou, T., Yi, C., Fang, W., Hendrey, G. & Zhao, X. (2018). Environmental Research Letters. Vol 13 (Issue 7) , pages 075003.

Bifurcated response of a regional forest to drought
Yi, C., Mu, G., Hendrey, G., Vicente-Serrano, S., Fang, W., Zhou, T., Gao, S. & Xu, P. (2018). Expert Opin Environ Biol 7. Vol 2 , pages 2.

A global study of GPP focusing on light-use efficiency in a random forest regression model
Wei, S., Yi, C., Fang, W. & Hendrey, G. (2017). Ecosphere. Vol 8 (Issue 5) , pages e01724.

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Service

NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network, NSF funded) Ecological Forecasting Technical Working Group (EF TWG) [Board of Advisors of a Company]
Environmental Research Letters [Reviewer, Journal Article]
Forest Ecology and Management [Reviewer, Journal Article]
Ecological Processes [Reviewer, Journal Article]