Dr. X. Ben Wu



Professor, Thaman University Professor for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence


Landscape ecology, ecology 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)


(979) 845-7334




Texas A&M University
534 John Kimbrough
WFES Building, room 320
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

Zhou Y, Boutton TW, Wu XB. 2017. Woody plant encroachment amplifies spatial heterogeneity of soil phosphorus to considerable depth. Ecology doi: 10.1002/ecy.2051.

Zhou Y, Boutton TW, Wu XB. 2017. Soil carbon response to woody plant encroachment: Importance of spatial heterogeneity and deep soil storage. Journal of Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12770.

Zhou Y, Boutton TW, Wu XB, Yang C. 2017. Spatial heterogeneity of subsurface soil texture drives landscape-scale patterns of woody patches in a subtropical savanna. Landscape Ecology doi: 10.1007/s10980-017-0496-9.

González Afanador E, Kjelland ME, Wu XB, Wilkins N, Grant WE. 2016. Ownership property size, landscape structure, and spatial relationships in the Edwards Plateau of Texas (USA): landscape scale habitat management implications. Environment Systems and Decisions doi:10.1007/s10669-016-9604-7.

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.

Williamson JC, Bestelmeyer BT, McClaran MP, Robinett D, Briske DD, Wu XB, Fernandez-Gimenez M. 2016. Can ecological land classification increase the utility of long-term monitoring data? Ecological Indicators 69:657–666.

Wu XB, Knight SL, Schielack JF, Robledo DC*, Jaime XA*, Peterson CA, Griffing LR. 2016. Authentic ecological inquiries using BearCam archives. CourseSource doi:10.24918/cs.2016.22.

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.

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