Johannes Knops


Johannes (Jean) M H Knops is Professor and Head of the Department of Health and Environmental Sciences at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.

He obtained his PhD from Arizona State University in the USA, was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Minnesota.

Previously he has served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska and was director of the Cedar Point Biological Station.

His teaching, research, and publications focus on the drivers that control biodiversity and the importance of biodiversity in the functioning of ecosystems.

Current research emphasis is on examining plant diversity in Qinghai-Tibetan alpine meadows and developing a framework to study biodiversity in an rapidly changing urban environment in China.
  • Qualifications

    • 1982 Ing. Horticulture, Higher Agricultural College, The Netherlands
    • 1989 Drs. Plant Ecology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • 1994 Ph.D. Botany, Arizona State University, USA
  • Experience

    • 2012 - 2013, Visiting Professor. Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
    • 2012 - 2013, Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Lanzhou, China.
    • 1999 - 2018 Assistant, Associate and Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, USA.
    • 2018 – present, Professor & Head of Department Health and Environmental Science, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.
  • Research interests

    • biodiversity, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, plant ecology, biological invasions & urban ecology
  • Articles

  • Telephone

    +86 (0)15501685132
  • Email
  • Address

    ES341, South Campus
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park