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Current Position

I am currently a postdoc associate in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of FLorida.


  • 2011 – 2016, Ph.D., Department of Botany (focus on Quantitative Ecology), University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2013 – 2016, M.S., Biometry, Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2008 – 2011, M.S., School of Life Science, Sun Yat-sen University, China.
  • 2004 – 2008, B.A., School of Life Science, Yunnan University, China.


  1. Daijiang Li and Anthony R. Ives. 2017. The statistical need to include phylogeny in trait-based analyses of community composition. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. In press.
  2. Daijiang Li and Donald Waller. 2017. Fire exclusion and climate change interact to affect long-term changes in the functional composition of plant communities. Diversity and Distributions. 23: 496-506.
  3. Daijiang Li, Anthony R. Ives, and Donald Waller. 2017. Can functional traits account for phylogenetic signal in community composition? New Phytologist. 214: 607-618.
  4. Kris Verheyen, Pieter De Frenne, ..., Daijiang Li, ..., Markus Bernhardt-Romermann. 2017. Combining biodiversity resurveys across regions to advance global change research. Bioscience. 67: 73-83.
  5. Daijiang Li and Donald Waller. 2016. Long-term shifts in the patterns and underlying processes of plant associations in Wisconsin forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 25: 516–526.
  6. Daijiang Li and Donald Waller. 2015. Drivers of observed biotic homogenization in pine barrens of central Wisconsin. Ecology. 96:1030–1041
      Media coverage: University of Wisconsin-Madison News; also printed in Science daily, Science blog, etc.
  7. Daijiang Li, Shaolin Peng, Baoming Chen. (2013). The effects of leaf litter evenness on decomposition depend on which plant functional group is dominant. Plant and Soil. 365:1-2, 255-266.
  8. Baoming Chen, Shaolin Peng, Carla M. D'Antonio, Daijiang Li, Wentao Ren. (2013). Non-Addiitive Effects on Decomposition from Mixing Litter of the Invasive Mikania micrantha H.B.K. with Native Plants. PLoS ONE. 8(6): e66289.
  9. Bosun Wang, Shaolin Peng, Daijiang Li, Ting Zhou. (2009). Research progress on Merremia boisiana. Chinese Journal of Ecology. 28 (11), 2360-2365

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Selected Awards and Grants

  • 2016, Ton Damman Award for Best Oral Presentation, Ecological Society of America Vegetation Section
  • 2015, Early Career Centennial Mentoring Program (10 early career ecologists total), Ecological Society of America
  • 2015, Student Conference Presentation Grant, $600. Graduate school, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • 2015, The Raper Conference Travel Support , $400. Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2014, The Flora Aeterna Research Grant, $1,500. Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2013, The Flora Aeterna Research Grant, $5,000. Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2012, Davis Research Grant, $1,500. Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Service and Outreach

  • Manuscript reviewer for (certified review record):
    • Ecology Letters
    • Global Ecology and Biogeography
    • Journal of Applied Ecology
    • Journal of Ecology
    • Nature Scientific Reports
    • New Phytologist
    • Plos One
    • Science
  • 2014, Darwin day volunteer, UW-Madison.
  • 2013 ~ 2014. Biology Colloquium Committee, Botany department, UW-Madison.
  • 2013 ~ 2014. Graduate student Committee, Botany department, UW-Madison.
  • 2012 ~ 2013. Department Technical Committee, Botany department, UW-Madison.