Mohammad Raqibul Hasan Siddique
Associate Professor



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

MS in Forestry, Khulna University, Bangladesh

Environmental politics, Forest social science, Human dimensions of forest resource management; Tree growth-climate relationships; Nutrient dynamics; Tree Biomass Estimation, Salinity effect on trees

Current Research Project/Collaboration

SL Title Research Role Awarded Date Completion Date Funding Agency
1 Attitudes and perspectives of the excluded real forest users towards the current co-management of Sundarbans Mangrove Forest Principal Investigator September 2021 April 2023 National
2 Mapping the impact of climate change on vegetation dynamics in the Sundarbans Principal Investigator January 2022 June 2023 National

Professional Experience

September 2017 to Present: Associate Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna

November 2011 to September 2017: Assistant Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna.

November 2009 to November 2011: Lecturer, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna.

November 2006 to June 2007Research Associate of a research project on “Nutrient dynamics associated with the leaf litter decomposition of Dalbergia sissoo, Azadirachta indica, Melia azedarach” –Funded by Bangladesh University Grants Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006-2007.


Research Experience


Principal Investigator of a research project on “Attitudes and perspectives of the excluded real forest users towards the current co-management of Sundarbans Mangrove Forest”-funded by Khulna University Research Cell, 2021-22.

Principal Investigator of a research project on “Mapping the impact of climate change on vegetation dynamics in the Sundarbans”-funded by Construction of Administrative Convention Center in Khulna City, 2021-22.

Principal Investigator of a research project on “Natural Rubber (NR) Latex as Bio-adhesive for the Fabrication of Jute Stick-based Particleboard” ”-funded by Khulna University Research Cell, 2017-18.

Associate Investigator of a project titled "Development of aboveground volume and biomass allometric equation for common palm species of Bangladesh" Funded by KURC, 2018-19

Principal Investigator of a research project on “Ecotypic variation of Sonneratia apetala in the Sundarbans based on germination response to salinity”-funded by Khulna University Research Cell, 2016-17.

Project Director of Nutrient Dynamics Associated with Leaching and Decomposition of Leaf Litter of Passur (Xylocarpus mekongensis) in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh; 2011-12

Project Director of a research project on “Effect of salinity on the germination and growth of Passur (Xylocarpus mekongensis)” funded by University Grant Commission, Bangladesh, 2010-11.

Investigator of a research project on “Development of tree allometric equations for the Sundarbans and Sal Zone of Bangladesh”- funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2017

Investigator of a research project on “Technical Support for the Finalization of the Bangladesh Forest Inventory Field Manual”- funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2016

Investigator of a research project on “Strengthen data analysis capabilities for biomass estimation”- funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2016

Associate Investigator of a research project on “Improved National Tree Allometric Equation Database to support forest monitoring and assessment” - funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2015-2016

Investigator of a research project on “Allometry, above-ground biomass and nutrient stock in Khulshi (Aegiceras corniculatum) of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh”- funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, 2013-2014.

Associate Investigator of a research project on Allometry, above-ground biomass, and nutrient stock in Gewa (Excoecaria agallocha L.) of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh- Funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 2012-2013

Associate Investigator of a research project on “Carbon sequestration, salt tolerance and growth of the major timber species of the Sundarbans mangrove forest and their restoration prospects in the context of climate change” – Funded by US Department of Agriculture (USDA); 2009-2014

Research Associate of a research project on “Nutrient Dynamics Associated with Leaching and Decomposition of Leaf Litter of Four Abundant Mangrove Species of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh” – Funded by the Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 2009-2010

Research Associate of a research project on “Nutrient dynamics associated with the leaf litter decomposition of Dalbergia sissoo, Azadirachta indica, Melia azedarach” –Funded by Bangladesh University Grants Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006-2007.


Training Course

“Introduction to R Software for Forest Statistics and modeling” organized by the Bangladesh Forest Department and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Academic Consultancy Training on “Detecting the Illegal Trade in Wildlife into the EU” with RIKILT, Wageningen UR.

Short Training Course on “Geographic Information System” at Khulna University, Khulna organized by Planning and Development Research Center (PDRC), Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh on 14-18 July, 2010.

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Siddique, M. R. H., Hossain, M., & Rashid, A. M. (2023). The dilemma of prioritizing conservation over livelihoods: Assessing the impact of fishing restriction to the fishermen of the Sundarbans. Trees, Forests and People11, 100366.

Khan, N. A., Choudhury, J. K., Rashid, A. M., Siddique, M. R. H., & Sinha, K. (2022). Co-Management Practices by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Selected Coastal Forest Zones of Bangladesh: A Focus on Sustainability. Sustainability14(22), 14885.

Siddique, M. R. H., Hossain, M., Rubaiot Abdullah, S. M., Iqbal, M. Z., Akhter, M., Sola, G., ... & Henry, M. (2021). Additive biomass model for Heritiera fomes (Buch.-Hum.) in the Sundarbans Reserved Forest, Bangladesh. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science, 1-11.

Islam, M. N., Adib, A., Dana, N. H., Das, A. K., Faruk, M. O., Siddique, M. R. H., ... & Shams, M. I. (2021). Raw natural rubber latex-based bio-adhesive for the production of particleboard: formulation and optimization of process parameters. RSC Advances, 11(46), 28542-28549.

Siddique, M. R. H., Zuidema, P. A., Sass-Klaassen, U., & Chowdhury, M. Q. (2021). Ring width and vessel features of the mangrove Excoecaria agallocha L. depend on salinity in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Dendrochronologia, 68, 125857.

Siddique, M. R. H., Mahmood, H., Siddiqui, M. B. N., Abdullah, S. R., Akhter, M., Sola, G., ... & Henry, M. (2021). Conventional and additive models for estimating the biomass, carbon and nutrient stock in individual Shorea robusta Gaertn. f. tree of the Sal forests of Bangladesh. Environmental Challenges, 4, 100178.

Henry, M., Iqbal, Z., Johnson, K., Akhter, M., Costello, L., Scott, C., .Siddique, M.R.H., .. & Saint-André, L. (2021). A multi-purpose National Forest Inventory in Bangladesh: design, operationalization and key results. Forest Ecosystems, 8(1), 1-22.

Saha, C., Mahmood, H., Nayan, S. N. S., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. R., Islam, S. Z., ... & Akhter, M. (2021). Allometric biomass models for the most abundant fruit tree species of Bangladesh: A Non-destructive approach. Environmental Challenges, 3, 100047.

Hossain, M., Saha, C., Dhali, R., Saha, S., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. R., & Islam, S. Z. (2021). Stem and Total Above-Ground Biomass Models for the Tree Species of Freshwater Wetlands Forest, Coastal Areas and Dry Areas of Bangladesh: Using a Non-Destructive Approach. Open Journal of Forestry, 11(2), 73-82.

Hossain, M., Saha, C., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. R., Islam, S. Z., Mondol, F. K., ... & Matieu, H. (2021). Development of Allometric Biomass Models for Hevea brasiliensis Müll. Arg. Plantation of Bangladesh: A Non-Destructive Approach. Indian Forester, 147(4), 366-373.

Mahmood, H., Siddique, M. R. H., Islam, S. M., Abdullah, S. M., Matieu, H., Iqbal, M., & Akhter, M. (2020). Applicability of semi-destructive method to derive allometric model for estimating aboveground biomass and carbon stock in the Hill zone of Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research, 31(4), 1235-1245.

Mahmood, H., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. M. R., Islam, S. M. Z., Matieu, H., Iqbal, M. Z., & Akhter, M. (2020). Semi-destructive method to derive allometric aboveground biomass model for village forest of Bangladesh. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 32(3), 246-256.

Saha, S., Hossain, M., Hossain, M. S., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. M., & Saha, C. (2020). Salt Tolerance of Xylocarpus mekongensis Pierre: Survival and Growth of Seedlings, Nutrients and Carbon Distribution in Seedling Parts. Open Journal of Forestry, (03), 293.

Hossain, M., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. R., Saha, C., Islam, S. Z., Iqbal, M. Z., & Akhter, M. (2020). Development and evaluation of species-specific biomass models for most common timber and fuelwood species of Bangladesh. Open Journal of Forestry, 10(01), 172.

Nasrin, S., Hossain, M., & Rahman, M. (2019). Adaptive responses to salinity: nutrient resorption efficiency of Sonneratia apetala (Buch.-Ham.) along the salinity gradient in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 27(2), 343-351.

Mahmood, H., Hosen, M. F., Siddiqui, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. R., Islam, S. Z., Matieu, H., ... & Akhter, M. (2021). Allometric biomass model for Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. in Bangladesh: a nondestructive approach. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 40(6), 594-606.

Mahmood, H., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S.M.R., Costello, L., Matieu, H., Iqbal, M. Z., Akhter, M., (2019) Which option best estimates the above-ground biomass of mangroves of Bangladesh: pantropical or siteand species-specific models? Wetlands ecology and management https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-019-09677-0.

Mahmood, H., Siddique, M. R. H., Islam, S. Z., Abdullah, S. R., Matieu, H., Iqbal, M. Z., & Akhter, M. (2019). Applicability of semi-destructive method to derive allometric model for estimating aboveground biomass and carbon stock in the Hill zone of Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research, 1-11.

Mahmood, H., Siddique, M.R.H., Costello, L., Birigazzi, L., Abdullah, S. R., Henry, M., ... & Forhad, M. I. (2019). Allometric models for estimating biomass, carbon and nutrient stock in the Sal zone of Bangladesh. iForest-Biogeosciences and Forestry12(1), 69.

Khushi, L. R., Hossain, M., Abdullah, S. R., Saha, S., & Siddique, M. R. H. (2019). Allometric models for estimation of aboveground biomass of Gmelina arborea Roxb. in pulpwood plantations of Bangladesh. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science81(1), 45-48.

Siddique, M. R. H., Saha, S., Salekin, S., & Mahmood, H. (2017). Salinity strongly drives the survival, growth, leaf demography, and nutrient partitioning in seedlings of Xylocarpus granatum J. König. iForest-Biogeosciences and Forestry10(5), 851.

Kumar, M. F., Iqbal, M. Z., Mahmood, H., ……. Siddique, M. R. H., Hoque, S., Hasan, M. N. (2017). Training materials for the biophysical component survey of the Bangladesh Forest Inventory – concepts, planning and procedures. Forest Department, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Hossain, M., Shaikh, M. A., Saha, C., Abdullah, S. R., Saha, S., & Siddique, M. R. H. (2016). Above-ground biomass, nutrients and carbon in Aegiceras corniculatum of the Sundarbans. Open Journal of Forestry6(02), 72.

Costello, L., Mahmood H., Hayden, H.,……..Siddique, M. R. H.,  Birigazzi, L., Sola, G. and Henry, M. (2016). Field Instructions for The Bangladesh Forest Inventory. Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy and Forest Department, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, 144 pp.

Nasrin, S., Hossain, M., Alam, R., Abdullah, S., Saha, S., & Siddique, M.R.H. (2016). Germination Traits of Millettia Pinnata (L.) in Response to Salinity. Global Journal of Botanical Science4, 46-51.

Mahmood, H., Siddique, M. R. H., & Akhter, M. (2016, August). A critical review and database of biomass and volume allometric equation for trees and shrubs of Bangladesh. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (Vol. 39, No. 1, p. 012057). IOP Publishing.

Mahmood, H., Siddique, M.R.H., Abdullah, S.M.R., Akhter, M., Islam, S.M.Z. (2016). Field measurement protocol on tree allometric equations for estimating above-ground biomass and volume in Bangladesh. Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy and Forest Department, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, 100 pp.

Hossain, M., Saha, C., Abdullah, S. R., Saha, S., & Siddique, M. R. H. (2016). Allometric biomass, nutrient and carbon stock models for Kandelia candel of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Trees30(3), 709-717.

Hossain, M., Siddique, M. R. H., Saha, S., & Abdullah, S. R. (2015). Allometric models for biomass, nutrients and carbon stock in Excoecaria agallocha of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Wetlands ecology and management23(4), 765-774.

Hossain, M., Saha, S., Siddique, M. R. H., & Hasan, M. N. (2014). Salinity stress on growth, nutrients and carbon distribution in seedlings parts of Heritiera fomes. Int J Environ Eng1(4), 71-77.

Mahmood, H., Sanjoy, S., Serajis, S., Siddique, M. R. H., & Abdullah, S. M. R. (2014). Salinity influence on germination of four important mangrove species of the sundarbans, Bangladesh. Agriculture and Forestry60(2), 125-135.

Hossain, M., Siddique, M. R. H., Abdullah, S. R., Saha, S., Ghosh, D. C., Rahman, M. S., & Limon, S. H. (2014). Nutrient dynamics associated with leaching and microbial decomposition of four abundant mangrove species leaf litter of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Wetlands34(3), 439-448.

Hasanuzzaman, M., Mahmood, H., Limon, S.H., Siddique, M.R.H. (2013). Effect of shrimp pond sludge on seedling growth of Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla). Khulna University studies 11 (1 & 2): 149-155.

Hossain, M., Siddique, M. R. H., Bose, A., Limon, S. H., Chowdhury, M. R. K., & Saha, S. (2012). Allometry, above-ground biomass and nutrient distribution in Ceriopsdecandra (Griffith) Ding Hou dominated forest types of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh. Wetlands Ecology and Management20(6), 539-548.

Siddique, M. R. H., Hossain, M., & Chowdhury, M. R. K. (2012). Allometric relationship for estimating above-ground biomass of Aegialitis rotundifolia Roxb. of Sundarbans mangrove forest, in Bangladesh. Journal of forestry research23(1), 23-28.

Hossain, M., Siddique, M. R. H., Rahman, M. S., Hossain, M. Z., & Hasan, M. M. (2011). Nutrient dynamics associated with leaf litter decomposition of three agroforestry tree species (Azadirachta indica, Dalbergia sissoo, and Melia azedarach) of Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research22(4), 577.

Mahmood, H., Rahman, M. M., Shamim, M. H., Siddique, M. R.H., S., Saha, S., Hossain, M. Z., & Kibria, M. A. (2010). Nutrients (N, P and K) Dynamics associated with leaf litter of Albizia saman and Leucaena leucocephala of Bangladesh. Khulna University Studies10(1&2), 137-144.