Huiquan Bi

Research interests

  • Forest Biomass and Carbon Estimation
  • Forest Biometrics, Growth and Yield modelling
  • Forest Ecology, Stand Dynamics and Quantitative Silviculture
  • Forest Measurements and Information Systems


Dr Huiquan Bi was appointed to Forestry Corporation in 1990 and is now part of the Climate in Primary Industries research unit. Bi is located at the Forest Science Centre, West Pennant Hills. His research area includes silviculture, stand dynamics, biomass estimation, growth and yield modelling of both native and planted forests. He has many publications in leading international and national journals. His work led to the development of computer software, Reden, now being used in the South-East Region to provide forest resources information and decision support for the management of regrowth forests. He was the project leader of an international collaborative project jointly funded by ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) and the Chinese Government.


  • B.For.Sc. Northeast Forestry University, China, 1982
  • Ph.D University of Melbourne, Australia, 1989
  • M.App.Stat Macquarie University, Australia, 1999

Current projects

  • Biomass estimation of natural and planted forests
  • Biometric models for LIDAR assisted forest inventory
  • Forest growth and yield modelling of native and planted forests
  • Use of Pinus radiata for ecological restoration of degraded dry lands

Recent publications

Bi H, Long Y, Turner J, Lei Y, Snowdon P, Li Y, Harper R, Zerihun A and Ximenes F (2010) Additive prediction of aboveground biomass of Pinus radiata (D. Don) plantations. Forest Ecology and Management 259:2301-2314.

Brookhouse MT and Bi H (2009) Elevation-dependent climate sensitivity in Eucalyptus pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng. Trees 23:1309–1320.

Carnegie AJ, Bi H, Arnold S, Li Y and Binns D (2009) Distribution, host preference, and impact of parasitic mistletoes (Laranthaceae) in eucalypt plantations in New South Wales, Australia. Botany 87:49-63.

Turner J, Lambert M, Jurskis V and Bi H (2008) Long term accumulation of nitrogen in soils of dry mixed eucalypt forest in the absence of fire. Forest Ecology and Management 256:1133-1143.

Bi H, Simpson J, Eldridge R, Sullivan S, Li R, Xiao Y, Zhou J, Wu Z, Yan H, Huang Q, Liu Q (2008) Survey of damaging pests and preliminary assessment of forest health risks to the long term success of Pinus radiata introduction in Sichuan, southwest China. Journal of Forestry Research 19:85-100.

Fox J, Bi H and Ades AK (2008) Modelling spatial dependence in an irregular natural forest. Silva Fennica 42:35-48.

Fox J, Bi H and Ades PK (2007) Spatial dependence and individual tree growth models II: Modelling spatial dependence. Forest Ecology and Management 245:20-30.

Fox J, Bi H and Ades PK (2007) Spatial dependence and individual tree growth models I: Characterising spatial dependence. Forest Ecology and Management 245:10-19.

Yan H, Bi H, Eldidge R, Li R, Wu Z, Li Y and Simpson J (2006) Assessing climatic suitability of Pinus radiata for summer rainfall environment of southwest China for ecological plantings. Forest Ecology and Management 234:199-208.

Belinda B, Bi H and Roderick ML (2006) Application of an ecological framework linking scales based on self-thinning. Ecological Applications 16:133-142

Zhang L, Bi H, Gove JH and Heath LS (2005) A comparison of alternative methods for estimating the self-thinning boundary line. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 35:1507-1514.

Bi H, Turner J and Lambert M (2004) Additive biomass equations for native forest trees of temperate Australia. Trees 18:467-479.

Bi H (2004) Stochastic frontier analysis of a classic self-thinning experiment. Austral Ecology 29:408-417.

Zhang L, Bi H, Cheng P and Davie CJ (2003) Modelling spatial variations in tree diameter – height relationships. Forest Ecology and Management 189: 317-329.

Bi H, Bruskin S and Smith RGB (2002) The zone of influence of paddock trees and the consequent loss in stand volume growth in young eucalypt plantations. Forest Ecology and Management 165:305-315.

Bi H, Birk E, Turner J, Lambert M and Jurskis V (2001) Converting stem volume to biomass with additivity, bias corrections and confidence bands for two Australian tree species. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 31:298-319.

Fox J, Ades P and Bi H (2001) Spatial stochastic structure and individual tree models. Forest Ecology and Management 154:261-276

Bi H (2001) The self-thinning surface. Forest Science 47:361-370.

Bi H and Long Y (2001) Flexible taper equation for site-specific management of Pinus radiata in New South Wales, Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 148:79-92.

Bi H, Jurskis V and O’Gara J (2000) Improving height prediction of regrowth eucalypts by incorporating the mean size of site trees in a modified Chapman-Richards equation. Australian Forestry 63:257-266.

Bi H (2000) Trigonometric variable-form taper equations for Australian eucalypts. Forest Science 46:397-409

Bi H, Wan G and Turvey ND (2000) Estimating the self-thinning boundary line as a density-dependent stochastic biomass frontier. Ecology 81:1477-1483.

Professional associations and activities

  • Research Working Group 2 - Forest Measurements and Information
  • Institute of Foresters of Australia
  • Australian Modelling and Simulation Society
  • Australian Ecological Society
  • Honorary Principal Fellow, School of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Guest Professor, Northeast Forestry University, China
  • Guest Professor, Beijing Forestry University, China

Fields of research

  • 070502 Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
  • 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
  • 070599 Forestry Sciences not elsewhere classified

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Forest biometrics, growth and yield modelling
  • Forest biomass and carbon estimation
  • Forest stand dynamics
  • Quantitative silviculture

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