Dr. Abdus Subhan Mollick

Dr. Mollick is currently working as Professor in the Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline at Khulna University of Bangladesh. He received his Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Forestry from Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline of Khulna University, Bangladesh in 1997, following which he secured Master of Science degree in Tropical Forestry from Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-University, Goettingen, Germany in 2003 under DAAD scholarship program and his PhD in Marine and Environmental Sciences, from Faculty of Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan in 2012 under MEXT scholarship program.

Dr. Mollick started his earlier career as Assistant Manager (Forests) at Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) and employed in Khulna Newsprint Mills Ltd., Khulna in September, 1999. He quit the BCIC job and joined Bangladesh Forest Department as Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) under FRMP in 1999. He left Bangladesh Forest Department job and joined Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline of Khulna University as lecturer in October, 2004. He was subsequently promoted to the position of an Assistant Professor in 2006 and Associate Professor in 2009. Since 2014, he has been serving as a full professor in the same academic unit.

 In his career, Dr. Mollick published over 25 research articles in reputed national and international peer reviewed academic journals. His research adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from social and biophysical sciences to address various pressing forest management issues in Bangladesh.

 Dr. Mollick has completed several research projects on leaf level plasticity in the Sundarbans mangrove as well as involved in many projects  like social equity in mangrove protected areas (PA) co-management, community resilience of mangrove-dependent people. He had the opportunity to work in a number of research projects in Bangladesh, Germany, Japan and Malaysia. His research interests are in climate change-induced leaf level plasticity in mangrove tree species, protected areas (PA) co-management in terrestrial and mangrove forests, participatory forest governance and environmental justice, social equity in PA co-management, community resilience of mangrove-dependent communities, coastal community resilience to climate change.

Dr. Mollick has been working as Review Editor/Reviewer in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems (Land, Livelihoods and Food Security); Regional Studies in Marine Science; Journal of Forestry Research; Forests (MDPI); Journal Sustainable Forestry; Frontiers in Forest and Global Change; Trees, Forests and People.

Recently, he completed a consultancy service on ‘Review and gap analysis of existing Integrated Resources Management Plan of the Sundarbans (2010-2020) and directions for a new Management Plan (2021-2030) (subject area: policy and good governance)’ with the finance of GIZ, Bangladesh.




PhD in Marine and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan


MS in Tropical Forestry

Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-University, Goettingen, Germany


B.Sc (Hons) in Forestry

Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh


Protected areas (PA) co-management governance

Participatory forest governance in Bangladesh

Social equity in PA co-management

Community resilience of mangrove-dependent communities

Climate change-induced phenotypic plasticity in mangrove tree species

Current Research Project/Collaboration

SL Title Research Role Awarded Date Completion Date Funding Agency
1 Evaluating the role of co-management in community resilience: An explorative study in the Sundarbans for 2021-2022. Principal Investigator 2020 2021 National
2 Evaluating social equity in protected areas (PAs) co-management: A case study in the Sundarbans mangrove forests of Bangladesh for 2020-2021. Principal Investigator 2020 2021 International
3 Leaf morphological plasticity of some selected mangrove tree species in the Sundarbans along salinity gradients for 2017-2018. Principal Investigator 2017 2018 National
4 Carbon stocks of coastal mangrove plantations in Bangladesh: implications on REDD+ for the session 2018-2021. Co-Principal Investigator 2018 2021 National
5 Study on the mass mortality of Rain tree (Albizia saman Jacq.) in Khulna region of Bangladesh for session 2016-2017. Co-Principal Investigator 2016 2018 National
6 Stakeholder analysis for Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Conservation in Coastal (Protection) Forests, Bangladesh (SDBC-Sundarbans) for session 2013-2014. Co-Principal Investigator 2013 2014 International
7 Leaf morphological and anatomical plasticity in Heritiera fomes along light and salinity regimes in the Sundarbans Co-Principal Investigator 2017 2018 National
8 Plastic responses of leaf functional traits in Rhizophora mucronata Lamk. to climate change-induced salinity in the Sundarbans Principal Investigator 2023 2024 National
9 An Institutional Analysis of Collaborative Forest Management in Bangladesh: The Case of the SUFAL Project Co-Principal Investigator 2022 2023 National



Key responsibilities



Registrar, Khulna University

Teaching and research


Associate professor

Registrar, Khulna University   

Teaching and research


Assistant professor

Registrar, Khulna University

Teaching and research



Registrar, Khulna University

Teaching and research


Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF)

Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Bangladesh

Inspected forests, range office, beat office and cooperated DFO in smooth functioning of forest administration


Assistant manager (Forests)

Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), Dhaka and employed in Khulna Newsprint Mills Ltd (KNM).

Planned, supervised and monitored procurement of raw materials Gewa (Excoecaria agallocha) from the Sundarbans mangrove forests for KNM.

May 1999- Sep 1999

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1. Mollick, A. S., Ranon, R. J. K., Khan, M. N. I., Nath, T. K. 2023. Evaluating social equity in protected areas co-management: Evidence from the Sundarbans mangrove forests, Bangladesh. Society & Natural Resources. Online First. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2023.2199715.

2. Azad, M. S., Mollick, A. S.,  Setu, F. A., Khan, M. N. I., Kamruzzaman, M. 2022.Stand structure, tree species diversity and leaf morphological plasticity of Xylocarpus mekongensis Pierre among salinity zones in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity 15 (3): 414-424.

3. Azad, M. S., Mollick A. S., Ranon, R. J. K., Khan, M. N. I., Kamruzzman, M., Kanzaki, M. 2022. Plasticity of leaf morphology of Bruguiera sexsangula to salinity zones in Bangladesh's Sundarbans. Journal of Forestry Research 33: 1857-1866.

4. Mollick, A. S., Roy, M., Khan M. N. I, Islam, M. W., Sadath, M. N., Nath, T. K. 2022. Assessing good governance in protected areas (PA) co-management: A case study of the Sundarbans mangrove forests of Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 41 (3-5): 277-301.

5. Sultana, A., Mollick, A. S., Islam, M. A., Islam, M. A. 2021. Selection of fuelwood tree species using fuel value index in Jheniadah district. Khulna University Studies 18 (1): 18-26.

6. Sharmin, A., Hossain, M., Mollick, A. S. 2021. Farmers' perceptions and attitudes toward aquasilviculture in the periphery of the  Sundarbans forest of Bangladesh. Small-scale Forestry 20: 391-405

7. Mollick, A. S., Sultana, R., Azad, M. S., Khan, M. N. I. 2021. Leaf morphological plasticity in three dominant tree species in the Sundarbans mangrove forest of Bangladesh in different salinity zones. Wetlands Ecology and Management 29 (2): 265-279. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-020-09782-5.

8. Islam, M. R., Azad, M. S., Mollick, A. S., Kamruzzaman, M., Khan, M. N. I. 2021. Allometric equations for estimating stem biomass of Artocarpus chaplasa Roxb. in Sylhet hill forest of Bangladesh. Trees, Forests and People V4: 10084.

9. Khan, M. N. I., Khatun, S., Azad, M. S., Mollick, A. S. 2020. Leaf morphological and anatomical plasticity in Sundri (Heritiera fomes Buch.- Ham.) along different canopy light and salinity zones in the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh. Global Ecology and Conservation. e01127.

10. Khan, M. N. I., Islam M. R., Rahman, A., Azad, M. S., Mollick, A. S., Kamruzzaman, M.,  Sadath, M. N., Feroz, S. M., Rakkibu, M. G., Knohl, A. 2020. Allometric relationships of stand level carbon stocks to basal area, tree height and wood density of nine tree species in Bangladesh. Global Ecology and Conservation 22 e01025.

11. Mitu, M., Islam, M. A., Rahman, M. S. Feroz, S.M., Mollick, A. S., Kabir, M. E. 2019. Pyrolysis kinetic study on waste particle residue from particle board industry. J Indian Acad Wood Sci. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13196-019-00236-x.

12. Khan,M. N. I., Shil, M. C., Azad, M. S., Sadath, M. N., Feroz, S.M., Mollick, A. S. 2018. Allometric relationships of stem volume and stand level carbon stocks at varying stand density in Swietenia macrophylla King plantations, Bangladesh. For. Ecol. Manage., 430: 639-648.

13. Mollick, A. S., Rahman, K. M., Khan, M. N. I., Sadath, M. N. 2018. Evaluation of good governance in a participatory forestry program: a case study in Madhupur Sal forests of Bangladesh. Forest Policy Econ., 95: 123-137.

14. Azad, M. S., Alam, M. J., Mollick, A. S., Khan, M. N. I. 2018.Rooting of cuttings of the wild Indian almond tree Sterculia foetida L. enhanced by the application ofindole-3-butyric acid (IBA) under leafy and non-leafy conditions. Rhizosphere 5: 8-18.

15. Azad, M. S., Alam, M. J., Mollick, A. S.,Matin, M.A. 2016. Response of IBA on rooting, biomass production and survival of branch cuttings of Santalum album L., a wild threatened tropical medicinal tree species. J. Sci. Technol. Environ. Inform. 03:195-206.

16. Azad, M.S., Nahar, N., Mollick, A.S., Matin, M.A. 2014. Variation in seedling growth of Tamarindus indica (L.): a threaten medicinal fruit tree species in Bangladesh. Journal of Ecosystems (ID 270956) pp 9.

17. Dhali, P.K., Pretzsch, J., Romisch, K., Mollick, A.S. 2012. People’s participation in participatory forest management in the Sal (Shorea robusta) forests of Bangladesh: an explorative study. Int. J. Soc. Forest 5: 38-56.

18. Mollick, A.S., Yamasaki, H. 2012. Phenotypic variations in croton Codiaeum variegatum (L.) Blume characterized by digital image-based procedure. Acta Horticulturae 937: 393-400.

19. Kamruzzaman, M., Mollick, A.S., Rahman, M.A. 2012. White rot of Dalbergia sissooRoxb. and Swietenia macrophylla King, by Schizophyllum commune. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Environmental Aspects of Bangladesh (ICEAB), October 13-14, Bangladesh Environment Network Japan, University of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka.

20. Mollick, A.S., Shimoji, H., Denda, T., Yokota, M., Yamasaki, H. 2011. Croton Codiaeum variegatum (L.) Blume cultivars characterized by leaf phenotypic parameters. Scientia Horticulturae 132: 71-79.

21. Mollick, A.S., Kamruzzaman, M., Mitlohner, R. 2011. Volume production models of teak (Tectona grandis Linn. f.) plantations in Bangladesh. J. Timber Dev.  Assoc. of India 57: 1-7.

22. Mollick, A.S., Mitlohner, R., Kamruzzaman, M. 2007. Stand structure analysis of teak (Tectona grandis Linn. f.) plantations in Bangladesh. J. Timber Dev.  Assoc. of India 53: 21-29.

23. Kamruzzaman, M., Rahman, M.A., Mollick, A.S., Sadath, M.N. 2007. Soil in relation to mortality of sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.)J. Timber Dev.  Assoc. of India 53: 50-59. 

24. Mollick, A.S., Kamruzzaman, M., Rashiduzzaman, M. 2007. Sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. ex DC) based agroforestry system: a case study. South Asian J. Agric. 2: 79-84.

25. Mollick A.S., Azad, M. S., Kyser, M.A. 2006.  Impact of participatory forestry on community livelihoods: A case study in the degraded Sal (Shorea robusta) forests areas of Tangail and Mymensingh Forest Division. South Asian J. Agric. 2:24-27.

26. Azad, M.S.,Mollick, A.S., Biswas, T.K. 2006. Status and uses of medicinal plants in South Western Part of Bangladesh. Journal of Subtropical Agricultural Research and Development 4: 90-97.

27. Sajjaduzzaman, M., Mollick, A.S., Mitlohner, R., Muhammed, N., Kamal, M.T. 2005. Site index for Teak (Tectona grandis Linn. f.) in forest plantations of Bangladesh. Int. J. Agri. Biol. 7: 547-549.

28. Mollick, A.S., Sajjaduzzaman, M., Rakkibu, M.G., Rana, R., Kamal, M.T. 2005. Stand quality assessment of Teak (Tectona grandis). Int. J. Agri. Biol. 7: 543-546.

29. Kamal, M.T., Sajjaduzzaman, M., Mollick, A.S., Jashimuddin, M. 2004. Growing space requirement for Tectona       grandisDipterocarpus   turbinatus and Syzygium grande: A modeling approach of Bangladesh. The Chittagong University Journal of Science. 85: 84-95.