Prof. Dr. Dong Shikui is currently Dean and Professor at School of Grassland Science, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China. Before joining Beijing Forestry University, he was Professor at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and an Adjunct Professor at Natural Resource Department of Cornell University, as well as a fellow of India China Institute and New School, New York. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Grassland Science from Gansu Agricultural University in 1995 and 1998, respectively; he received his PhD in Grassland Ecology from Gansu Agricultural University in 2001; and he completed his post-doc program in Natural Sciences at Beijing Normal University in 2003.
He also served as an Invited Scientist for Environment Impact Assessment Center for China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Vice Secretary for Chinese Grassland Society. He has conducted over 10 projects as PI and Co-PI from National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of China and international funding resources such as Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF) to examine the social-ecological systems for sustainable environments in mountainous regions of Western china (particularly in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China) and Hindu-Kush Himalayan Region since 1998. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers, over 30 symposium proceedings and abstracts, and 6 books (2 in English) in recent years. He is teaching 1 graduate level course named Restoration Ecology and International Conservation (English course), 2 graduate level courses including Environment and Development, Field Practice of Environmental Science and Engineering, 1 international seminar course “Environmental Sociology” co-taught with professors from 6 leading universities in the world such as Cornell University (USA). He has rich experiences of teaching and researching in foreign countries such as USA, Holland, Nepal and India.