Dr. Md. Saidur Rahman
Professor



Dr. Md. Saidur Rahman is a distinguished professor in the Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline at Khulna University, located in Khulna, Bangladesh. He holds the title of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in the United Kingdom, reflecting his commitment to excellence in higher education.

Dr. Rahman earned his PhD in Physical Geography from Durham University, UK, and was honored as a Commonwealth Fellow during his doctoral studies. His research primarily focuses on mangrove ecology and management. He employs advanced Earth observation data to map and monitor vegetation and biomass changes in mangroves and urban green areas in Bangladesh, making significant contributions to our understanding of these vital ecosystems.

Before his doctoral journey, Dr. Rahman completed an M.Sc. in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. His academic journey began with a bachelor’s degree in forestry at Khulna University. Beyond academia, Dr. Rahman is renowned for his dedication to environmental conservation, particularly in preserving Bangladesh's critical mangrove ecosystems. His work not only advances forestry but also inspires future environmentalists and educators. In the academic world and beyond, Dr. Md. Saidur Rahman continues to be a driving force in the pursuit of sustainable environmental practices, making a lasting impact on both his students and the ecosystems he studies.

ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6849-4105


PhD in Physical Geography, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK

MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

MSc in Forestry, Khulna University, Bangladesh

BSc (Hon's) in Forestry, Khulna University, Bangladesh

Mangrove ecology, Nature Conservation, Remote sensing, GIS

Current Research Project/Collaboration

SL Title Research Role Awarded Date Completion Date Funding Agency
1 Mapping the impact of climate change on vegetation dynamics in the Sundarbans Co-Principal Investigator 14th April 2022 14th April 2023 National
2 Mapping Bi-Directional Ecosystem Services of Nature-Based Solutions: A Case Study of Coastal Forests In Bangladesh Co-Principal Investigator 1st October 2022 31st March 2023 National
3 Effect of salinity on the germination and growth of Amur (Amoora cucullata) Principal Investigator 1st January, 2009 31st January, 2009 National
4 Home gardening for biodiversity conservation and livelihood options: an address towards climate change and poverty alleviation in Bangladesh Co-Principal Investigator 1st January, 2010 31st January, 2010 National
5 Analyzing stand stratification, species diversity and structure of the Sundarbans mangrove forest: an ecological approach towards conservation of biodiversity Co-Principal Investigator 1st January, 2010 31st January, 2010 National
6 Home gardening for biodiversity conservation and rural livelihood option: a case of Satkhira District Co-Principal Investigator 1st January, 2011 31st January, 2011 National
7 Effect of salinity on the germination and growth of Passur (Xylocarpus mekongensis) Principal Investigator 1st January, 2009 31st January, 2009 National
8 An investigation of drought tolerance of selected agroforestry tree species through germination and growth performance: a livelihood adaptation option to climate change in Bangladesh Co-Principal Investigator 1st January, 2011 31st January, 2011 National
9 Effect of herbicides and mechanical control treatments to manage invasive Wedelia trilobata Co-Principal Investigator 1st January, 2016 31st January, 2016 National
10 Do radiofrequencies from mobile phone base stations affect the productivity of Cocos nucifera? Principal Investigator 1st January, 2015 31st January, 2015 National
11 Mapping and monitoring top-dying disease of the Heritiera fomes tree species in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Principal Investigator 1st October 2023 30th September 2024 National

  • ·       FoCAS Fellow (UNH and USFS, USA): Fellow in the Forestry and Climate Science Visiting Fellows Program (FoCaS-VEP) 2023 jointly organized by the University of New Hampshire, USA and USFS-IP’s COMPASS project in Bangladesh funded by USAID.
  • ·       Commonwealth PhD Scholarship for pursuing PhD in the Department of Geography, Durham University by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (tution fees, living allowances, research fees and travel allowances).
  • ·       Small project grant from Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR), Durham University, UK (£2,000).
  • ·       Durham research grant by the Department of Geography (£500).
  • ·       Conference travel grant by Ustinov college, Durham University (£500).
  • ·       Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for MSC in forest and nature conservation in Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands.

Supervision

SL Title Degree Role Start Date End Date
1 A Review on the status of heavy metal accumulation in the mangrove ecosystem of the world Bachelor Supervisor 1st January, 2009 31st December, 2009
2 A Review on phytoremediation of Contaminants Bachelor Supervisor 1st January, 2011 31st December, 2011
3 A Review on the insect pests of the Sundarbans Bachelor Supervisor 1st January, 2011 31st December, 2011
4 Mapping and monitoring top-dying disease of the Heritiera fomes tree species in the Bangladesh Sundarbans Bachelor Supervisor 1st March, 2023 31st December, 2023
5 Mapping spatial and temporal dynamics of urban green space in Khulna City Bachelor Supervisor 1st March, 2023 31st December, 2023
6 Understanding the Social Ecological Diverse of Land Use Change for Examining Costal Farmers Capacity to Soil Carbon Sequestration in Bangladesh. MSc student of PSTU, Patuakhali Masters Co-Supervisor 1st March, 2023 31st December, 2023
7 What drives carbon stocks in mangrove forests? The role of tree diversity, functional traits and forest structure- MSc Thesis Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands Masters Co-Supervisor 1st December, 2018 31st May, 2019
8 Applicability of “Invasive Species Assessment Protocol” to Prepare a List of Invasive Alien Plants in Bangladesh Bachelor Supervisor 1st January, 2017 30th September, 2017
9 Tree Composition and Carbon Sequestration Potential of Homegardens in Khulna District, Bangladesh Bachelor Supervisor 1st March, 2017 30th September, 2017
10 Species Composition and Diversity of Undergrowth Vegetation in Madhupur National Park Masters Supervisor 1st January, 2012 31st December, 2012
11 Impact of Species, Trait, and Structural Diversity of Trees on Aboveground Carbon in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest Masters Supervisor 1st January, 2018 31st December, 2018
12 Species Composition and Diversity of tree species in Madhupur National Park Masters Supervisor 1st January, 2012 31st December, 2012

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Journal Article 

15. Bhargava, R., Rahman, M. S., Ghosh, T. and Friess, D. A. 2024. Variations in biophysical characteristics of mangroves along retreating and advancing shorelines. Science of The Total Environment, 171690. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.171690

14. 
Zaman, M. R., Rahman, M. S., Ahmed, S. and Zuidema, P. A. 2023. What drives carbon stocks in a mangrove forest? The role of stand structure, species diversity and functional traits. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 108556. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2023.108556 

13. Salekin, S., Hossain, M.N., Alam, M.A., Limon, M. S. H. and Rahman, M. S. 2023. Inter-specific competition between seeds and seedlings of two confamilial tropical trees. Community Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42974-023-00165-3

12. Limon, M. S. H., Tuhin, M. S. H. and Rahman, M. S. 2023. Efficacy of herbicides and shading methods to control invasive Sphagneticola trilobata (l.) pruski. Khulna University Studies.  https://doi.org/10.53808/KUS.2023.20.01.940-ls

11. Ahmed, S., Kamruzzaman, M., Rahman, M. S., Sakib, N., Azad, M. S., and Dey, T. 2022. Stand structure and carbon storage of a young mangrove plantation forest in coastal area of Bangladesh: the promise of a natural solution. Nature-Based Solutions, 100025. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbsj.2022.100025

10. Rahman, M. S., Donoghue, D. N., Bracken, L. J., & Mahmood, H. 2021. Biomass estimation in mangrove forests: a comparison of allometric models incorporating species and structural information. Environmental Research Letters 16, 124002 https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac31ee

9. Sultana, N., Limon, S.H., Rahman, M.S., Akther, A., Salekin, S., Meason, D.F., Bloomberg, M., 2021. Germination and growth responses to water stress of three agroforestry tree species from Bangladesh. Environmental Challenges, 100256. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envc.2021.100256.

8. Rahman, M.S., Alam, M.A., Salekin, S., Belal, M.A.H. and Rahman, M. S. 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic: a threat for forest and wildlife conservation in Bangladesh? Trees, Forests and People 5, 100119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tfp.2021.1001

7. Amin, M. N., Islam, S., Rahman, M. S. and Snigdha, S. S. 2021. Influence of humanitarian assistances on ecosystem services in Bangladesh coast. International Journal of Forestry, Ecology and Environment, 04(01), pp. 153-162. https://doi.org/10.18801/ijfee.040121.17

6. Rahman, M.S., Donoghue, D.N.M. and Bracken, L.J. 2021. Is soil organic carbon underestimated in the largest mangrove forest ecosystems? Evidence from the Bangladesh Sundarbans. CATENA. 200, 105159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2021.105159

5. Rahman, M. S., Sass-Klassen, U., Zuidema, P. A., Chowdhury, M. Q. and Beeckman, H. 2020. Salinity drives growth dynamics of the mangrove tree Sonneratia apetala Buch.-Ham. in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Dendrochronologia 62, 125711. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2020.125711

4. Mitu, M., Islam, M. A., Rahman, M. S. Feroz, M. S., Mollick, A. S. and Kabir, M. E. 2019. Pyrolysis kinetic study on waste particle residue from particle board industry. Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science 16 (1), 58-66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13196-019-00236-x

3. Mahmood, H., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. M. R., Saha, S., Ghosh, D. C., Rahman, M. S. and Limon, S. H. 2014. Nutrient Dynamics Associated with Leaching and Microbial Decomposition of Four Abundant Mangrove Species Leaf Litter of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Wetlands 34(3), 439–448. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-013-0510-1

2. Mahmood, H., Siddique, M. R. H., Rahman, M. S., Hossain, M. Z. and Hasan, M. M. 2011. Nutrient dynamics associated with leaf litter decomposition of three agroforestry tree species (Azedarachta indica A. Juss., Dalbergia sissoo Roxb., and Melia azedarach L.) of Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research 22(4), 577-582. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-011-0175-7

1. Mahmood, H., Limon, S. H., Rahman, M. S., Azad, A. K., Islam, M. S. and Khairuzzaman, M. 2009. Nutrients (N, P and K) dynamics associated with the leaf litter of two agroforestry tree species of Bangladesh. iForest–Biogeosciences and Forestry2(5), 183-186. https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0510-002


Book Chapter

2. Rahman, M. S., Shanu, S. A. and Amin, M. N. 2022. Socio-ecological perspectives of Urban Green Spaces (UGSs) policies in Bangladesh. Landscape, Ecology and Infrastructure. Next50 Collective Futures. Open Studio UK and Context BD. https://www.next50bangladesh.com/aboutnext50 (accepted).

1. Shanu, S. A. and Rahman, M. S. 2017. Exploring Cross-Sectoral Adaptation Challenges in the Coastal Areas of Bangladesh. In: Islam, Z., Shafie, H. and Mahmood, R. (eds.). Culture, Adaptation And Resilience: Essays on Climate Change Regime in South Asia. Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT) and Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. pp: 201-215.


Conferences/Proceedings

9. Islam, M. A., Abdullah, S. M. R.  and Rahman, M. S. 2024. Spatio-temporal dynamics in land use and land cover of the GBM delta in Bangladesh2nd International Conference on Environment, Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh, 02-03 March 2024. Oral presentation.

8. Hasan, M., Abdullah, S. M. R. and Rahman, M. S. 2024. Mapping top-dying disease of the Heritiera fomes tree species in the Bangladesh Sundarbans2nd International Conference on Environment, Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh, 02-03 March 2024. Oral presentation.

7. Afrin, S., Limon, S. H. and Rahman, M. S. 2024. Mapping spatial dynamics of urban green spaces in the Khulna city, Bangladesh. 2nd International Conference on Environment, Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh, 02-03 March 2024. Poster presentation.

6. Rahman, M. S., Donoghue, D. N., Bracken, L. J., & Mahmood, H. 2022. Mapping above- and below-ground carbon stocks in the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh. UK National Earth Observation Conference, National Space Centre, Leicester, United Kingdom, September, 6 - 8, 2022. Oral presentation.

5. Rahman, M.S., Donoghue, D.N.M. and Bracken, L.J.  2022. Biomass estimation in mangrove forest: a comparison of allometric models incorporating species and structural information. XV World Forestry Congress, Seoul, Republic of Korea, May 02- 06, 2022. Poster presentation.

4. Rahman, M.S., Donoghue, D.N.M. and Bracken, L.J. 2021. Biomass estimation in mangrove forest: a comparison of allometric models incorporating species and structural information. 20th Commonwealth forestry conferences, University of British Columbia, Canada, 16-18 August, 2021. Oral presentation.

3. Rahman, M.S., Donoghue, D.N.M. and Bracken, L.J. 2019. Uncertainties in estimation of Spatial carbon dynamics in the Sundarbans mangrove forest. 5th international Mangrove Macrobenthos & Management meeting (MMM5), Singapore city, SingaporeJuly 1-5, 2019. Poster presentation.

2. Shanu, S. A. and Rahman, M. S. 2016. Exploring Cross-Sectoral Adaptation Challenges in the Coastal Areas of Bangladesh. International conference Anthropology, Adaptation and Resilience in Climate Change Regime organised by Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT) and Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 22-23, 2016. Oral presentation.

1. Rahman, M. S., Sass-Klassen, U., Zuidema, P. A., Chowdhury, M. Q. and Beeckman, H. 2015. Growth dynamics of Sonneratia apetala from the Sundarbans is driven by salinity. Wood science symposium on Wood science underpinning tropical forest ecology and management, Tervuren, Belgium, May 26-29, 2015. Poster presentation.

Forest and Climate Change

Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing

Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Tropical Forest Ecology

Biodiversity Conservation in Forestry

Geographic Information system sessional

URP-3154: Geographic Information system sessional

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Forest Biodiversity and Conservation

Forest Biodiversity and Conservation

Running

Environmental Impact Assessment

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  • Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Tropical Forest Ecology
  • Biodiversity Conservation in Forestry
  • Geographic Information system sessional
  • Forest Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment