Dr. Md. Nabiul Islam Khan

Dr. Md. Nabiul Islam Khan completed his B.Sc. (Hon’s) in Forestry from Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University in 1997 (1st class 1st). He obtained MS (2002) and Ph.D (2005) in Forest Ecology from University of the Ryukyus, Japan under Monbukagakusho scholarship. He was awarded Alexander Von Humboldt Postdoc fellowship, Germany (2009-2011) and FNRS (National Science Foundation of Belgium) Postdoc fellowship, Belgium (2011-2013) for advanced research. Dr. Khan published a significant number of articles international journals. His research focuses on forest biomass inventory, forest carbon assessment, computer simulation modelling of forest dynamics and their utilization in forest management. He is now working as a Professor in Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

BSc in Forestry, Khulna University (1993-1997) ;     

MSc in Mangrove Eco-physiology, University of the Ryukyus, Japan (2000-02);    

PhD in Mangrove Ecology, University of the Ryukyus, Japan (2002-05);     

Postdoc in Ecological Modelling, Dresden  University of Technology, Germany (2009-2011);      

Postdoc in Ecological Modelling, Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB, Belgium (2011-2013).

       Forest mensuration and Inventory

       Forest carbon assessment

       Allometric equations

       Biomass and forest growth estimation

       Simulation modelling of forest growth and biomass  

       Forest Management  

March 1998 – August 2001 : Lecturer

August 2001 – February 2006: Assistant Professor

February 2006 – February 2010: Associate Professor

February 2010 – onward : Professor

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  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, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2023.2199715  

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 in Xylocarpus mekongensis Pierre among salinity zones in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japb.2022.02.004

Mollick, A. S., Roy, M., Khan, N. I., Islam, W., Sadath, 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 Forestry41(3-5), 277-301. https://doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2021.1923531 

Azad, M., Mollick, A. S., Ranon, R. J. K., Khan, M. N. I. & Kamruzzaman, M. (2022). Plasticity of leaf morphology of Bruguiera sexangula to salinity zones in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans. Journal of Forestry Research, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-022-01470-9

Islam, M. R., Azad, M. S., Mollick, A. S., Kamruzzaman, M., & Khan, M. N. I. (2021). Allometric equations for estimating stem biomass of Artocarpus chaplasha Roxb. in Sylhet hill forest of Bangladesh. Trees, Forests and People, 100084. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tfp.2021.100084

Islam, M.R., Khan, M.N.I., Khan, M.Z., Roy, B., (2021). A three decade assessment of forest cover changes in Nijhum dwip national park using remote sensing and GIS. Environmental Challenges, 100162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envc.2021.100162

Mollick, A. S., Roy, M., Khan, M. N. I., Islam, W., Sadath, N., & Nath, T. K. (2021). Assessing Good Governance in Protected Areas (PA) Co-management: A Case Study of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forests of Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 1-25. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2021.1923531

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 along the salinity gradients. Wetlands Ecology and Management  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-020-09782-5

Ahmed, S., Kamruzzaman, M., Azad, M.S. & Khan, M.N.I. (2021) Fine root biomass and its contribution to the mangrove communities in three saline zones of Sundarbans,  Bangladesh. Rhizosphere, 2021, 17, 100294.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rhisph.2020.100294

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01127.

Khan M.N.I., Islam MR, Rahman A, Azad MS, Mollick AS, Kamruzzaman M, Sadath MN, Feroz SM, Rakkibu MG & 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, e01025. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01025.

Khan, M. N. I., M. C. Shil, M. S. Azad, M. N. Sadath, S. M. Feroz, and A. S. Mollick. (2018). Allometric relationships of stem volume and stand level carbon stocks at varying stand density in Swietenia macrophylla King plantations, Bangladesh. Forest Ecology and Management 430:639-648. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.09.002.

Azad, M. S., M. J. Alam, A. S. Mollick, and Khan, M.N.I. (2018). Rooting of cuttings of the wild Indian almond tree (Sterculia foetida) enhanced by the application of indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) under leafy and non-leafy conditions. Rhizosphere 5:8-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rhisph.2017.11.001.

Mollick, A. S., M. K. Rahman, M. N. I. Khan, and M. N. Sadath. (2018). Evaluation of good governance in a participatory forestry program: A case study in Madhupur Sal forests of Bangladesh. Forest Policy and Economics 95:123-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2018.07.014.

Khan, M.N.I., Kabir, M.E., (2017). Ecology of Kandelia obovata (S., L.) Yong: A Fast-Growing Mangrove in Okinawa, Japan. In: DasGupta, R., Shaw, R. (Eds.), Participatory Mangrove Management in a Changing Climate: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp. 287-301. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-56481-2_18.

Khan MNI, Hijbeek R, Berger U, Koedam N, Grueters U, Islam SMZ, et al. (2016). An Evaluation of the Plant Density Estimator the Point-Centred Quarter Method (PCQM) Using Monte Carlo Simulation. PLoS ONE.; 11(6): e0157985. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0157985.

Rahman M.M., Khan, M.N.I., Hoque A.K. F., Ahmed I. (2015). Carbon stock in the Sundarbans mangrove forest: spatial variations in vegetation types and salinity zones. Wetlands Ecology and Management 23 (2), 269-283. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-014-9379-x.

Mukherjee, N., Sutherland, W. J., Khan, M.N.I., Berger, U., Schmitz, N., Dahdouh-Guebas, F. and Koedam, N. (2014), Using expert knowledge and modeling to define mangrove composition, functioning, and threats and estimate time frame for recovery. Ecology and Evolution. 4(11): 2247–2262. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1085.  

Khan, M.N.I., Sharma, S., Berger, U., Koedam, N., Dahdouh-Guebas, F., and Hagihara, A. (2013): How do tree competition and stand dynamics lead to spatial patterns in monospecific mangroves? Biogeosciences, 10, 2803–2814. doi: 10.5194/bg-10-2803-2013. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-10-2803-2013.

Hijbeek, R., N. Koedam, Khan, M.N.I., J. Kairo, J. Schoukens, F. Dahdouh-Guebas. 2013: An Evaluation of Plotless Sampling Using Vegetation Simulations and Field Data from a Mangrove Forest. PLoS ONE 8(6): e67201. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0067201.

Kautz, M., Berger. U., Stoyan, D., Vogt, J., Khan, M.N.I., Diele, K., Saint-Paul, U., Triet, T., Nam, V.N. (2011). Desynchronizing effects of lightning strike disturbances on cyclic forest dynamics in mangrove plantations. Aquatic Botany 95: 173–248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquabot.2011.05.005.

Khan M.N.I. and Faruque O. (2010). Allometric relationships for predicting the stem volume in a Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. plantation in Bangladesh. iForest 3: 153–158. doi: 10.3832/ifor0554-003. https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0554-003.

Khan M.N.I.Suwa R. and Hagihara A. (2009). Biomass and aboveground net primary production in a pioneer mangrove Kandelia obovata (S., L.) Yong at Manko Wetland, Okinawa Island, Japan. Wetlands Ecology and Management 17: 585–599.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-009-9136-8.

Suwa R., Analuddin K., Khan M.N.I. and Hagihara A. (2008). Structure and productivity along a tree height gradient in a Kandelia obovata mangrove forest in the Manko Wetland, Okinawa Island, Japan. Wetlands Ecology and Management 16: 331–343.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-007-9071-5.

Khan M.N.I., Suwa R. and Hagihara A. (2007). Carbon and nitrogen pools in a mangrove stand of Kandelia obovata(S., L.) Yong: vertical distribution in the soil-vegetation system. Wetlands Ecology and Management 15: 141–153.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-006-9020-8.

Suwa R., Khan M.N.I. and Hagihara A. (2006). Canopy photosynthesis, canopy respiration and surplus production in a subtropical mangrove Kandelia candel forest, Okinawa Island, Japan. Marine Ecology Progress Series 320: 331-339. https://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps320131.

Khan M.N.I., Suwa R. and Hagihara A. (2005). Allometric relationships for estimating the aboveground phytomass and leaf area of mangrove Kandelia candel(L.) Druce trees in the Manko Wetland, Okinawa Island, Japan. Trees - Structure and Function 19: 266–272. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00468-004-0377-0.

Khan M.N.I., Suwa R., Hagihara A. and Ogawa K. (2004). Interception of photosynthetic photon flux density in a mangrove stand of Kandelia candel (L.) Druce. Journal of Forest Research 9: 205–210. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10310-003-0074-7.

Rahman M.A., Hoque A.K.F., Misbahuzzaman K., Rakkibu M.G., Islam M.N., Islam M.S. and Khan M.N.I. (2001). Potential for rehabilitating degraded mangrove area with mainland species. Final report of a contract research project on Integrated Study on the Sustainable Management and Conservation of Fisheries and Forest resources in the coastal areas of Bangladesh, with special emphasis on the Sundarbans. Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 61pp.

Khan M.N.I., Biswas S.R., and Hoque A.K.F. 2000. Assessment of various presowing treatments on germination of Teak (Tectona grandis Linn. F.) seeds in Bangaldesh. Khulna University Studies (Life Sciences) 2: 135–140. 

Matin M.A. and Khan M.N.I. 1999. Growth performance of seven species of Albiziaseedlings at nursery stage in Bangladesh. Khulna University Studies (Life Sciences)1: 277–282.

Hannan M.O., Khan M.N.I.,Hasnin M.M. and Chowdhury A.H. 1999. Impact of village tree species on the physical and mechanical properties of hardboard in Khulna Hardboard Mills Ltd., Bangladesh. Khulna University Studies (Life Sciences) 1: 133–137.

Bhuyian M.R., Shams M.I., Khan M.N.I. and Kabir M.A. 1999. Chemical properties and nutrients status of terrace soil in the Madhupur tract of Bangladesh. Khulna University Studies (Life Sciences)1: 241–244.