Dr. X. Ben Wu

Wu, Ben

Title Professor and Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence
Specialization Landscape ecology, ecology education
Education Ph.D. in Ecology (1991), University of Tennessee
M.S. in Management Science (1990), University of Tennessee
M.S. in Ecology (1988), University of Tennessee
B.S. in Botany (1982), Lanzhou University (China)
Office Phone (979) 845-7334
Office Fax (979) 845-6430
Email xbw@tamu.edu
Address Texas A&M University
534 John Kimbrough
WFES Building, room 320
MS 2120 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843 USA

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Dr. Wu's research focuses on landscape ecology and ecology education. He teaches an undergraduate course "Fundamentals of Ecology" and a graduate course "Landscape Analysis and Modeling".  He was a post-doctoral fellow (1992-1995) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University before he joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1995.  

Recent publications

Jin B, Sun G, Zhang Y, Zou M, Ni X, Luo K, Zhang X, Cheng H, Li F, Wu XB. 2016. Livestock tracks transform resource distribution on terracette landscapes of the Loess Plateau. Ecosphere 7(3):e01337. 10.1002/ecs2.1337.

Wu XB, Knight SL, Schielack JF, Robledo DC, Jaime XA, Peterson CA, Griffing LR. 2016. Authentic ecological inquiries using BearCam archives. CourseSource [in press]. 

Li W, Zhan S, Lan Z, Wu XB, Bai Y. 2015. Scale-dependent patterns and mechanisms of grazing-induced biodiversity loss: Evidence from a field manipulation experiment in semiarid steppe. Landscape Ecology doi:10.1007/s10980-014-0146-4.

Rho P, Wu XB, Smeins FE, Silvy NJ, Peterson MJ. 2015. Regional land cover patterns, changes and potential relationships with scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) abundance. Journal of Ecology and Environment 38(2):185-193.

DeMaso SJ, Hernandez F, Brennan LA, Silvy NJ, Grant WE, Wu XB, Bryant FC. 2014. Short- and Long-Term Influence of Brush Canopy Cover on Northern Bobwhite Demography in Southern Texas. Rangeland Ecology and Management 67:99–106.

Webb AM, Knight SL, Wu XB, Schielack JF. 2014. Teaching science with web-based inquiry projects: An exploratory investigation. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments 5(2):57-68.

Ansley RJ, Mirik M, Heaton CB, Wu XB. 2013. Woody cover and grass production in a mesquite savanna: geospatial relationships and precipitation. Rangeland Ecology and Management 66:621–633.

Bagchi S, Briske DD, Bestelmeyer BT, Wu XB. 2013. Assessing resilience and state-transition models with historical records of cheatgrass Bromus tectorum invasion in North American sagebrush-steppe. Journal of Applied Ecology 50(5):1131-1141..

Gilad O, Wu XB, Armstrong F. 2013. Assessing the feasibility for reintroducing desert bighorn sheep to Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Habitat, migration corridors and challenges. Applied Geography 41:96-104.

Bai E, Boutton TW, Liu F, Wu XB, Archer SR. 2013. 15N isoscapes in a subtropical savanna parkland: spatial-temporal perspectives. Ecosphere 4(1):4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES12-00187.1

Liu F, Archer SR, Gelwick F, Bai E, Boutton TW, Wu XB. 2013. Woody plant encroachment into grasslands: Spatial patterns of functional group distribution and community development. PLoS ONE 8(12): e84364.

Bagchi S, Briske DD, Wu XB, Mcclaran MP, Bestelmeyer BT, Fernández-Giménez ME. 2012. Empirical assessment of state-and-transition models with a long-term vegetation record from the Sonoran Desert. Ecological Applications 22(2):400–411.

Bai E, Boutton TW, Liu F, Wu XB, Hallmark CT, Archer SR. 2012. Spatial variation of soil δ13C and its relation to carbon input and soil texture in a subtropical lowland woodland. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 44:102-112.

Bai E, Boutton TW, Liu F, Wu XB, Archer SR. 2012. Spatial patterns of soil δ13C reveal grassland-to-woodland successional processes. Organic Geochemistry 42:1512–1518.

Fowler DA, Matthews PR, Schielack JF, Webb RC, Wu XB. 2012. The power of inquiry as a way of learning in undergraduate education at a large research university, In: Lee VS. (Ed.) The Power of Inquiry as a Way of Learning in Undergraduate Education. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.

Simmons ME, Wu XB, Whisenant SG. 2012. Responses of pioneer and later-successional plant assemblages to created microtopographic variation and soil treatments in riparian forest restoration. Restoration Ecology 20(3):291–425. 

Wu XB, Griffing L, Herbert B, Acheson G, Knight SL. 2012. Bridging current science and classrooms: The learning community perspective. In: Schielack  JF, Knight SL. (Eds) An Information Technology-based Learning Ecology Model to Promote Science Education Leadership. Teachers College Press, New York, NY.