Dr. Guangyu Wang

Associate Dean, Asian Strategies, Ph.D, M.B.A

Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

2614-2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 1-604-822-2681
Email: guangyu.wang@ubc.ca

Research Interests:

Dr. Guangyu Wang’s current research is focused on sustainable forest management and integrated watershed management by using GIS and computer modeling. He has completed several research projects on watershed scale forest restoration and sustainable development projects, where he has used system dynamic approaches, bioregional assessments, geography information systems (GIS), and satellite remote sensing (SRS) techniques to analyze the mechanisms of ecosystem degradation and model the all over land use management. A computerized optimized model has been developed to define the parameters of water quality and quantity, soil erosion and productivity, biodiversity, and societal satisfaction in order to estimate the result of various applications of land use patterns, silvicultural systems, and forest practice techniques in the watershed.

Dr. Guangyu Wang has worked intensively in national park development in the USA, Canada, and China, while he has published several peer-review papers on national park development. During 1993-1997, he served as Director for Fuzhou National Park, one of the top ten national forest parks in China during that time. He is an Adjunct Professor for four major forestry universities in Mainland China and an honorable professor at National Taiwan Normal University. He also worked at the US Forest Services, Pacific Northwest Regional Office and the World Forestry Institute. Dr. Wang served as a technical leader for 36 key forestry projects and received seven National Science and Technology Progress Achievement Awards.

As a business professional for many years in China and the US, he is also interested in strategic planning, financial management, marketing promotion, and project management. He has successfully completed several marketing, investment and development projects, and initiated several promotional events for multi-national forestry companies entering China’s market.

Selected publications:

Wang, W., Wang, X., Wu, W., Guo, F., Park, J., and Wang, G. 2021. Burn severity in Canada’s mountain national parks: patterns, drivers, and predictions. Submitted to: PNAS. Tracking #: 2021-23145 (under review).

Wang, W., Wu, W., Wang, G., and Guo, F. 2021. Fire regime and management in Canada’s protected areas. In: International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks (IJGP). Manuscript number: IJGEOP-D-21-00052 (under review).

Geng, D. C., Innes, J. L., Wu, W., Wang, W., & Wang, G. (2021). Seasonal Variation in Visitor Satisfaction and Its Management Implications in Banff National Park. Sustainability13(4), 1681. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041681

Ferretti-Gallon, K., Griggs, E., Shrestha, A., & Wang, G. (2021). National parks best practices: Lessons from a century’s worth of national parks management. International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgeop.2021.05.004

Zhang, Y., Wang, G., Zhuang, H., Wang, L., Innes, J. L., & Ma, K. (2021). Integrating hotspots for endemic, threatened and rare species supports the identification of priority areas for vascular plants in SW China. Forest Ecology and Management484, 118952.

Li, J., Wang, G., Wang, Z., Wang, W., Chen, H., & He, M. (2021). Comparative study of the physiological and psychological effects of forest and urban auditory stimulus on humans. International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgeop.2021.09.001

Hu, F., Wang, Z., Sheng, G., Lia, X., Chen, C., Geng, D., … & Wang, G. (2021). Impacts of national park tourism sites: a perceptual analysis from residents of three spatial levels of local communities in Banff national park. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-20.

Geng, D. C., Innes, J., Wu, W., & Wang, G. (2021). Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on urban park visitation: a global analysis. Journal of forestry research32(2), 553-567.

Li, X., Chen, C., Wang, W., Yang, J., Innes, J. L., Ferretti-Gallon, K., & Wang, G. (2021). The Contribution of National Parks to Human Health and Well-being: Visitors’ perceived benefits of Wuyishan National Park. International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks.

Sheng, G., Chen, H., Ferretti-Gallon, K., Innes, J. L., Wang, Z., Zhang, Y., & Wang, G. (2020). Moving toward a Greener China: Is China’s National Park Pilot Program a Solution?. Land9(12), 489.

Xv, N., Wu, W.L., Wang, G.Y*. (2020). National Park and ecosystem integrity. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Life on Land. Springer.

Wang, G., et al. (2019). China’s National Parks: Applying Lessons Learned to China’s Pilot National Park System. Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation. (In Progress).

Wang, G., Mang, S.L., Riehl, B. et al. (2019). Climate change impacts and forest adaptation in the Asia–Pacific region: from regional experts’ perspectivesFor. Res. (2019) 30: 277. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-018-0827-y

Ferretti-Gallon, K., et al. (2018). National Parks: Best Practices and Lessons Learned. Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation. (Under Review).

Wang G, Wang T, Innes JL, Mang SL, Riehl B, Seely B, Kang H, Li Q, Guo F, Nitschke C. (2016). Adaptation of Asia-Pacific Forests to Climate Change. Journal of Forestry Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11676-016-0218-1.

Kang H, Seely B, Wang G, Innes J, Zheng D, Wang T, Li Q, Chen P. (2016). Evaluating management tradeoffs between economic fiber production and other ecosystem services in a Chinese-fir dominated forest plantation in Fujian Province. Science of the Total Environment, 557-558: 80-90.

Guo F, Selvaraj S, Lin F, Wang G, Wang W, Su W, Liu A. (2016). Geospatial information on geographical and human factors improved anthropogenic fire occurrence modeling in the Chinese boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. DIO 10.1139/cjfr-2015-0373.

Fuo F, Su Z, Wang G, Sun L, Lin F, Liu A. (2016). Wildfire ignition in the forests of Southeast China: Identifying drivers and spatial distribution to predict wildfire likelihood. Applied Geography, 66: 12-21.

Guo F, Wang G, Ma Z, Innes JL, Ma X. (2016). Comparison of six generalized linear models for modeling the occurrence of lightening-induced fires in northern Daxing’an Mountains, China. Journal of Forestry Research, 27(2): 379-388.

Wang T, Wang G, Innes J, Nitschke C, Kang H. (2016). Climate niche models and their consensus projections for future climates for four major forest tree species in the Asia-Pacific region. Forest Ecology and Management, 360: 357-366.

Wang G, Mang SL, Krzyzanowski J, Guo F, Wang T, Riehl B, Kang H, Li Q, Innes JL. (2015). Climate Change and Forest Adaptation in the Asia-Pacific. Journal of Geographical Research, 63: 73-109.

Zhang L, Liu S, Sun P, Wang T, Wang G, Zhang X, Wang L. (2015). Consensus forecasting of species distributions: the effects of niche model performance and niche properties. PLoS One, 10(3): e0120056. doi: 10.1371

Lu Y, Coops NC, Wang T, Wang G. (2015). A process-based approach to estimate Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) distribution and productivity in southern China under climate change. Forests, 6: 360-379.

Guo F, Wang G, Innes JL, Ma X, Sun L, Hu H. (2015). Gamma generalized linear model to investigate the effects of climate variables on the area burned by forest fire in northeast China. Journal of Forestry Research, 26(3): 545-555.

Lu Y, Coops NC, Bolton DK, Wang T, Wang G. (2015). Comparing stem volume predictions of coastal Douglas-fir stands in British Columbia using a simple physiological model and LiDAR remote sensing. Forest Science, 61(3): 586-596.

Wang G, Cao F, Wang G, El-Kassaby YA. (2015). Role of Temperature and Soil Moisture Conditions on Flavonoid Production and Biosynthesis-Related Genes in Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) Leaves. Natural Products Chemistry Research 3:162. Dol:10.4172/2329-6836.1000162

GuoF, Innes JL, Wang G, Ma X, Sun L, Hu H, Su Z. (2014). Historic distribution and driving factors of human-caused fire in the Chinese boreal forest during 1972-2005. Journal of Plant Ecology, DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtu041

Xu Y, Wang G, Cao G, Zhu C, Wang G, El-Kassaby YA. (2014). Light intensity affects the growth and flavonol biosynthesis of Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.). New Forests, DOI 10.1007/s11056-014-9435-7

Che M, Chen B, Innes JL, Wang G, Dou X, Zhou T, Zhang H, Yan J, Xu G, Zhao H. (2014). Spatial and temporal variations in the end date of the vegetation growing season throughout the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau from 1982 to 2011. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 189-190: 81-90.

Xu G, Zhang H, Chen B, Zhang H, Innes JI, Wang G, Yan J, Zheng Y, Zhu Z, Myneni RB. (2014). Changes in vegetation growth dynamics and relations with climate over China’s landmass from 1982 to 2011. Remote Sensing, 6: 3263-3283.

Chen B, Xu G, Coops NC, Ciais P, Innes JL, Wang G, Myneni RB, Wang T, Krzyzanowski J, Li Q, Cao L, Liu Y. (2014). Changes in vegetation photosynthetic activity trends across the Asia–Pacific region over the last three decades. Remote Sensing of Environment, 144: 28-41.

Innes J, Wang G. (2014). Baseline for Sustainable Forest Management Criteria and Index. Science Press, 2014.

Wang T, Wang G, Innes JL, Chen B, Li Q, Guo F. (2014). ClimateAP – An easy access to high-resolution climate data for Asia Pacific. [Manuscript].

Chen J, Chen B, Black TA, Innes JL, Wang G, Kiely G, Hirano T, Wohlfahrt G. (2013). Comparison of terrestrial evapotranspiration estimates using the mass transfer and Penman-Monteith equations in land surface models. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences, 118: 1715-1731

Yan J, Chen B, Feng M, Innes JL, Wang G, Fang S, Xu G, Zhang H, Fu D, Wang H, Yu G, Sun X. (2013). Research on land surface thermal-hydrologic exchange in southern China under future climate and land cover scenarios. Advances in Meteorology, 2013: Article ID 969145.

Wang G, Innes JL, Hajjar R, Zhang X, Wang J. (2013). Public Awareness and Perceptions of Watershed Management in the Min River Area, Fujian, China. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 26(5): 586-604.

Coops NC, Xu L, Wang G. (Eds.) (2013). APFNet Tools for Forestry under a Changing Climate. Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia.

Seely B, Wang G. (Eds.) (2013). Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate: Participant’s Reports Workshop on Strategies and Approaches. Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia.

Coops N, Xu L, Wang G. (2013). APFNet Tools for Forestry under a Changing Climate. APFNet, 2013.

Seely B, Wang G. (2013). Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate-Participant’s Report of Workshop on Strategies and Approaches. APFNet, 2013.

Wang G, Innes JL, Wu SW, Krzyzanowski J, Yin Y, Dai S, Zhang X, Liu S. (2012). National Park Development in China: Conservation or Commercialization? AMBIO, 41(3): 247-61.

Wang G, Innes JL, Yang Y, Chen S, Krzyzanowski J, Xie J, Lin W. (2012). Extent of soil erosion and surface runoff associated with large-scale infrastructure development in Fujian Province, China. Catena, 89: 22-30

Wang G. (2012). Improving forest management and protection in China. Branchline, 23(4):14-15.

Wang G, Miao GP, Saddler J. (2011). Is investing in forestry in China an opportunity or a risk? Vancouver Sun. Available at

Wang G. (2009). The development of China’s forestry sector and its implication for Canada. Forest Policy for Canada’s Tomorrow. Canadian International Council.

Wang G,Miao GP, Innes JL, Zhang L, Dai S. (2009). New Market Systems for Post-Reform Development of Collective Forest Tenures in China: Progress, Issues and Challenges. XIII World Forestry Congress. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Oct. 18-23.

Wang G, Innes JL, Dai S, He G. (2008). Achieving sustainable rural development in Southern China: the contribution of bamboo forestry. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 15(5): 484-495.

Wang G, Innes JL, Wu S, Dai SY. (2008). Towards a new paradigm: development and implications of China’s forestry in the 21st century. International Forestry Review, 10(4): 619-631.

Laurance WF, Wang G, Innes JL, Wu SW, Dai S, Lei J. (2008). The need to cut China’s illegal timber imports. Science, 319(5867): 1184-1185.

Wang G. (2008). The development of China’s forestry sector and its implication for Canada. Forest Policy For Canada’s Tomorrow. Canadian International Council.

Wang G. (2008). Canada’s forestry industry is missing the boat on China. View Points. Gazette, July 30, 2008. Available at  http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/features/viewpoints/story.html?id=94118b52-e5af-4463-891b-67d3df495774

Wang G, Innes JL, Lei J, Dai S, Wu SW. (2007). China’s forestry reforms. Science, 318(5856): 1556-1557.

Wang G, Innes JL. (2005). Watershed sustainability: Strategic and tactical level assessments in the Min River Watershed, China. Environmental Informatics Archives, 3: 76-83.

Wang G. (2003). Study on water conservation and soil properties of Chinese fir mixed stands. Journal of Scientia Silvae Sinicat, 39: 15-20.

Yang Y, Wang G. (2001). Study on sustainable management criteria and indicators in Fujian. Forestry Survey and Design, 2: 34-40.

Wang G, Yang Y. (2001). Study on development strategies for Fujian forestry management and forest industry. Forestry Survey and Design, 1: 1-9.

Liu DZ, Wang G. (2000). The impact on and challenge to Fujian forestry after China enter WTO. Forestry Economics, 1: 39-47.

Wang G. (1997). Study on forest recreation and national parks management. Forestry Survey and Design, 2: 1-26.

Wang G. (1996). Study on flora gene engineering and species introduction in the Fuzhou Arboretum. Journal of Fujian Forestry Science and Technology, 2: 94-96.

Wang G. (1996). Study on ecological effect of plantations of Chinese fir in southern Fujian province. Journal of Fujian Forestry College, 2: 156-159.

Wang G, Liu W. (1994). Study on production cost models of World Bank aided afforestation projects. Journal of Fujian Forestry College, 2: 34-39.

Wang G. (1994). Analysis of overall management and decision adjustment on national parks. Forestry Economic Issues, 2: 45-49.

Wang G. (1993). Study on rotation age of Chinese fir in south Fujian province. Journal of Fujian Forestry Science and Technology, 4: 14-20.

Wang G. (1993). Study on compiled plantation stand stock tables of Chinese fir in Fuzhou district. Journal of Fujian Forestry Science and Technology, 2: 13-20.