species' distribution in the geographic space

ecological niche in the environmental space

Relevant publications:
  • Pillet,M et al. (including X Feng) (2022) Elevated extinction risk of cacti under climate change. Nature Plants, 8, 366–372. 
  • Feng, X, et al. (2021) How deregulation, drought and increasing fire impact Amazonian biodiversity. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-03876-7
  • Feng, X., Qiao, H. (2021) Accounting for dispersal improves the understanding of species abundance patterns. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
  • Enquist, BJ, X Feng et al. (2019). The commonness of rarity: Global and future distribution of rarity across land plants. Science Advances, 5: eaaz0414.
  • Feng, X et sl. (2017). Hiding in a cool climatic niche in the Tropics? An assessment of the ecological biogeography of hairy long-nosed armadillos (Dasypus pilosus). Tropical Conservation Science, 10: 1-13.
  • Feng, X, et al. (2016). Climatic similarity of extant and extinct Dasypus armadillos. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 24: 193-206.
  • Feng, X et al. (2015). Assessment of climatically suitable area for Syrmaticus reevesii under climate change. Endangered Species Research, 28: 19-31.
  • Feng, X and M Papeş. (2015). Ecological niche modelling confirms potential north-east range expansion of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in the USA. Journal of Biogeography, 42: 803-807.

biodiversity informatics, a biodiversity database for plant geographic distributions, functional traits, and range maps

Relevant publications:
  • Feng, X et al. GridDER: grid detection and evaluation in R. Ecological Informatics (in revision). preprint: 
  • Park, DS, Feng, X et al. (2023) The colonial legacy of herbaria. Nature Human Behaviour, 7, 1059–1068
  • Feng, X et al. (2022) A review of the heterogeneous landscape of biodiversity databases: opportunities and challenges for a synthesized biodiversity knowledge base. Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/geb.13497
  • Boyle, BL, et al. (including X Feng) (2022) Geographic name resolution service: a tool for the standardization and indexing of world political division names, with applications to species distribution modeling. PLoS ONE.
  • Park,DS, Y Xie, HT Thammavong, R Tulaiha, X Feng. (2022) Artificial Hotspot Occurrence Inventory (AHOI). Journal of Biogeography.

methodology of ecological niche modeling (and SDM)

↗ overestimation of the ecological niche

Relevant publications:
  • Chen, X, Liang, Y, Feng, X. Quantifying uncertainties of ecological forecasting under climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography (in revision). preprint:
  • Feng, X. (2023) A test of species’ mobility hypothesis in ecological niche modeling. Journal of Biogeography, 50:1955–1966.
  • Peterson, AT et al. (including X Feng) (2022). ENM2020: a free online course and set of resources on modeling species’ niches and distributions”. Biodiversity Informatics. DOI: 10.17161/bi.v17i.15016.
  • Zurell, D et al. (including X Feng) (2020). A standard protocol for describing species distribution models. Ecography. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.04960. 
  • Feng, X et al. (2019). Integrating physiology and ecological niche modeling through Bayesian analysis: a case study of zebra mussel’s upper thermal limit. Ecography, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.04627
  • Feng, X et al. (2019). A checklist for maximizing reproducibility of ecological niche models. Nature Ecology & Evolution, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0972-5
  • Feng, X et al. (2019). Collinearity in ecological niche modeling: confusions and challenges. Ecology & Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5555
  • Qiao, H, X Feng et al. (2018). An evaluation of transferability of ecological niche models. Ecography, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03986.
  • Feng, X and M Papeş. (2017). Can incomplete knowledge of species’ physiology facilitate ecological niche modelling? A case study with virtual species. Diversity and Distributions, 23: 1157–1168.
  • Feng, X and M Papeş. (2017). Physiological limits in an ecological niche modeling framework: a case study of water temperature and salinity constraints of freshwater bivalves invasive in USA. Ecological Modelling, 346: 48-57.

ecoclimate teleconnection

↗ networks of tele-connected NEON regions (Lopez-Hoffman et al. in prep)

↗ example of ecoclimate teleconnection: forest die-off in one NEON region (Pacific Southwest) impacts crop production in another NEON region (Prairie Peninsula)

Relevant publications:
  • Feng, X et al. (2023) Distance decay and directional diffusion of ecoclimate teleconnections driven by regional-scale tree die-off. Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/acff0d