• Ph. D.
  • Seong-Deog Kim

Academic Career

  • Ph. D., 1988, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan


  • Visiting scientist, 1983-1985, ESRC, YNU, Japan

Selected Publication

  • Kim, S.D. 1988. Forest vegetation and regeneration process in montane zone. Korea
  • Kim, S.D., W. Kim, N. Liang, G. Inoue. 2005. CO₂sink assessments for long-term monitering in a cool-temperated deciduous forest in Korea

Research Interests

  • CO2 sink assessments in forest and agro- ecosystems
    • Long-term monitoring and accurate measuring the net ecosystem production (NEP) in forest ecosystems are important to understand the carbon balance under current and future global warming environments. Our study on carbon sink assessments is based on the biometric method in the forest and the agro- ecosystems through out the tropical, temperated and subarctic region. We have CO2 carried out the measurements of biomass, net primary productivity (NPP), soil CO2 efflux, stem respiration and net ecosystem productivity (NEP) in Korea, Thailand and Alaska since 2003.
  • Classification of vegetation (phytosociological study)
    • Plant community has studied from two standing points. One is focusing on its classification and the other on its dynamics. Our phytosociological studies aim to recognize vegetational units through finding the diagnomic species in their full floristic composition of communities, and to analyze its correlation with environments. We have extensively investigated all vegetation types in Korea as well as some vegetation types in China and Japan.
  • Dynamics of the forest (Regeneration process of the forest)
    • Forest communities are mosaics of patches, which develop as the result of natural disturbances. And regeneration occurs in gaps created by the death of canopy trees. In general, the mosaic theory is accepted as a valuable concept for understanding dynamics of forest communities. We clarified the regeneration process on Korean beech forest, Mongolian oak forest, and red pine forest.

Biodiversity & Environmental Ecology Laboratory of Plant Ecology

The program has a long and distinguished history at Chungnam National University. Current faculty interests include Systematics and Molecular Evolution of Algae, Plant Ecology, Systematics and Phylogenetics of Beetles, Environmental Ecology, and Protist Evolution and Phylogenetics. The program facilitates an integrative approach for education and research that focus on the discovery of the history, nature of biodiversity, and environmental ecology. Interests of the faculty members overlap laboratory boundaries. The program helps graduate applicants identify potential advisors. Dissertation committees often are composed of faculty members from multiple programs and departments.