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Mohammed Arfin Khan: Curriculum Vitae



#2016: PhD in Climate change and ecosystem functioning

#2009: Masters of Science in Forestry, CGPA=3.93 (Out of 4 scale).

#2007: Bachelor of Science in Forestry, CGPA=3.88 (Out of 4 scale).





# Postdoctoral fellow from June 2017 to till date

# Working as a Faculty at the Department of Forestry & Environmental Science, Shahjalal University of Science &  Technology, Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh.





#Worked as a project director in a climate change related research project entitled “Extreme Climatic Events and Adaptation of Local People in the North-Eastern Region of Bangladesh”. Period: July 2016 – June 2017. Funded by SUST Research Center, Sylhet, Bangladesh.


# Worked as project director in a climate change adaptation related project entitled “Community based climate change adaptation in farming systems: a case study from Sylhet district, Bangladesh” funded by Social Science Research Council, Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh, Duration: 1 year (January 2010- October 2010).


# Worked as a research assistant in an ecological research project entitled “Biodiversity, Invasion and Disturvabce- A Case Study from Protected Areas of Bangladesh”, Duration: 6 months (December 2008 – April 2009).


# Worked as a research assistant in UGC (University Grant Commission) supported research project entitled “Present Status of Local Fruits in Sylhet District and its Improvement”. Duration: 1 year (December 2007 – November 2008).


# Worked as a research fellow for East-West Center, Hawaii, U. S. A/ Nishorgo Support Project (A Project of Bangladesh Forest Department, Under Ministry of Environment and Forest) Small Grants Research Program Fellowship, Duration: 8 months (January 2006 - August 2006).





# 2018 Malyshev AV, Henry HAL, Bolte A, Arfin Khan MAS, Kreyling J. Temporal photoperiod sensitivity and forcing requirements for budburst in temperate tree seedlings. Agric For Meteorol. 248:82–90.


#2017 Gellesch E, Arfin Khan MAS, Kreyling J, Jentsch A, Beierkuhnlein C. Grassland experiments under climatic extremes: reproductive fitness vs- biomass. Environ Exp Bot. 144:68–75.


#2017 Kreyling J, Dengler J, Walter J, Velev N, Ugurlu E, Sopotlieva D, Ransijn J, Picon-Cochard C, Nijs I, Hernandez P, Güler B, von Gillhaussen P, De Boeck HJ, Bloor JMG, Berwaers S, Beierkuhnlein C, Arfin Khan MAS, Apostolova I, Altan Y, Zeiter M, Wellstein C, Sternberg M, Stampfli A, Campetella G, Bartha S, Bahn M, Jentsch A. Species richness effects on grassland recovery from drought depend on community productivity in a multisite experiment. Ecol Lett. 1405–1413.


#2017 Kreyling J, Arfin Khan MAS, Sultana F, Babel W, Beierkuhnlein C, Foken T, Walter J, Jentsch A. Drought Effects in Climate Change Manipulation Experiments: Quantifying the Influence of Ambient Weather Conditions and Rain-out Shelter Artifacts. Ecosystems, 20: 301–315.


#2016 Arfin Khan MAS, Kreyling J, Beierkuhnlein C, Jentsch A. Ecotype-specific improvement of nitrogen status in European grasses after drought combined with rewetting. Acta Oecologica, 77:118-127.


#2016 Malyshev AV, Arfin Khan MAS, Beierkuhnlein C, Steinbauer MJ, Henry HAL, Jentsch A, Dengler J, Willner E, Kreyling J. Plant responses to climatic extremes: within-species variation equals among-species variation, Glob. Chan. Biol., 22:449–464.


#2016 Steinbauer MJ, Beierkuhnlein C, Arfin Khan MAS, Harter DEV, Irl SDH, Jentsch A, Schweiger AH, Svenning JC, Dengler J. How to differentiate facilitation and environmentally driven coexistence. Journal of Vegetation Science. 27:1071–1079.


#2016 Muha Abdullah Al Pavel, Sharif A. Mukul, Mohammad Belal Uddin, Kazuhiro Harada, Arfin Khan MAS. Effects of stand characteristics on tree species richness in and around a conservation area of northeast Bangladesh. J. Mount. Sci., 13(6):1085-95.


#2014 Arfin Khan MAS, Grant K, Beierkuhnlein C, Kreyling J, Jentsch A. Climatic extremes lead to species-specific legume facilitation in an experimental temperate grassland. Plant and Soil, 379, 161–175.


#2014 Mukul SA, Shekhar R. Biswas, A. Z. M. Manzoor Rashid, Md. Danesh Miah, Md. Enamul Kabir, Mohammad Belal Uddin, Mohammed Alamgir, Neaz Ahmed Khan, Md. Shawkat Islam Sohel, Mohammad Shaheed Hossain Chowdhury, Md. Parvez Rana, Syed Ajijur Rahman, Arfin Khan MAS, Muhammad Al-Amin Hoque. A new estimate of carbon for Bangladesh forest ecosystems with their spatial distribution and REDD+ implications. International Journal of Research on Land-use Sustainability, 1(1). DOI:10.13140/RG.2.1.4864.2166


#2012 Arfin Khan MAS, Uddin MS and Haque CE. Rural livelihoods of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and their impacts on forests: The case of Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary Counter. In: Uddin N (ed). Narratives on Rohingya Refugees Issue: Re-look at Migration, Security and Integration. ISBN 123-456-78910


#2012 Anik SI and Arfin Khan MAS. Climate change adaptation through local knowledge in the north eastern region of Bangladesh, Mitig Adapt Strateg Glob Change, 17:879-896.


#2011 Rahman MH, Arfin Khan MAS, Roy B and Fardusi MJ. Assessment of natural regeneration status and diversity of tree species in the biodiversity conservation areas of Northeastern Bangladesh, Journal of Forestry Research, 22(4): 551 −559.


#2011 Arfin Khan MAS, Sultana F, Rahman MH, Roy B and Anik SI. Status and ethno-medicinal usage of invasive plants in traditional health care practices: a case study from northeastern Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry Research, 22(4): 649 −658.


#2010 Rahman MH, Arfin Khan MAS, Fardusi MJ, and Roy B. Status, distribution and diversity of invasive forest undergrowth species in the tropics: a study from northeastern Bangladesh, Journal of Forest Science, 26(3):149-159.


#2009 Arfin Khan MAS, Mukul SA, Uddin MS, Kibria MG and Sultana F. The use of medicinal plants in health care practices by the Rohingya refugees in a degraded forest and conservation area of Bangladesh. J. of Biodiv. Sci. and Management. 5(2):76-82.


#2008 Uddin MS, Mukul SA, Arfin Khan MAS, Alamgir M, Harun MY, Alam MS. Small-scale Agar (Aquilaria agallocha Roxb.) based cottage enterprises in Maulvibazar district of Bangladesh: production, marketing and potential contribution to rural development, Small-scale Forestry.7:139-149


#2008 Mukul SA, Uddin MB, Uddin MS and Arfin Khan MAS, Margan B. Protected areas of Bangladesh: current status and efficacy for biodiversity conservation. Proc. Pakistan Acad. Sci. 45(2):59-68


#2007 Arfin Khan MAS, Uddin MB, Uddin MS, Chowdhury MSH, Mukul SA. Distribution and status of forests in the tropic: Bangladesh perspective. Proc. Pakistan Acad. Sci., 44(2): 145-153


#2007 Uddin MS, Mukul SA, Arfin Khan MAS, Asif CAA and Alamgir M. Comparative evaluation of co-management impacts on protected area: A case study from Lawachra National Park, Maulvibazar, Sylhet. Journal of Forestry and Environment. 5:103-110


#2007 Uddin MS and Arfin Khan MAS. Comparing the impacts of local people and Rohingya refugees on Teknaf Game Reserve, Bangladesh. In: Fox, J; Bushley; S. Dutt and S.A.Quazi (eds). Making Conservation Work: Linking Rural Livelihoods & Protected Area Management in Bangladesh. East-West Center and Nishorgo Program of the Bangladesh Forest Department. 149-175pp.



Reviewer (Peer Reviewed Journals)


           #New Phytologist

           #Journal of Applied Ecology

           #Plant and Soil

           #Science of the Total Environment



Project, Grants & awards


#UBT Int. fellow 2016:

International Junior Fellowship 2016, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

#DAAD-Preis 2012:

Got the award “DAAD-Preis 2012” form the University of Bayreuth.

#PhD fellow 2011:

DAAD PhD research fellow from 01 October 2011 to 30 June 2015

#SSRC, 2010:

Project on “Community based climate change adaptation in farming systems: a case study from Sylhet district, Bangladesh”” (January 2010- October 2010). Grants: 48000 Taka 

#UGC, 2009:

Project on ‘Climate change scenario and adaptation in the forested areas of north eastern Bangladesh’. Grants: 30000 Taka

#USAID, 2006:

East-West Center / Nishorgo Support Project Applied Research Fellowship. Study on the Protected Areas and Rural Livelihoods. January- August, 2006.Grants: 70000 Taka.



Project supervised in BSc & MSc level



Climate change

Climate change, livelihood vulnerability and local adaptation of wetland communities in the north eastern region of Bangladesh

Climate change perception and adaptation in forested and non-forested areas of Sylhet Region, Bangladesh

Carbon sequestration through urban and rural homestead in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh

Climate change scenario of Bangladesh: past, present and future

Comparing the temperature change of Dhaka and Chittagong division, Bangladesh

Temperature scenario of Bangladesh

Indigenous technique, management and financial suitability of floating garden in Jamalgonj Upazila, Sunamgonj

Climate change scenario, livelihood vulnerability and adaptation strategies in forest and wetland ecosystem of north-eastern Bangladesh


Forest Ecology

Status, quantitative structure and conservation of flora and fauna through spiritual beliefs in Bangladesh

Assessing the effects of plantation on soil physical and chemical properties at Tilagahr eco-park, Sylhet

Trees outside forests: ecological & financial importance of homestead forest

Assessing the tree diversity of urban garden: a case study from Dhaka city, Bangladesh

Diversity and structure of tree species in and around Satchari national park, Bangladesh

A comparative assessment of forests canopy coverage by hemispherical photography and its relationship with above-ground carbon stock


Forest Economics

Present status, financial suitability, problem  and  solution  of mushroom  cultivation  in  Sylhet  city  corporation

Status and financial feasibility of small-scale forest based enterprises (SSFBEs) in north eastern Bangladesh



Impacts of ship breaking yards on environment at Sitakhunda, Chittagong






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