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Pennings SC, & He, Q. 2021. Community ecology of salt marshes. In: D FitzGerald, Z Hughes (eds). Salt Marshes: Function, Dynamics, and Stresses. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Qian W, J Chen, Q Zhang, C Wu, Q Ma, BR Silliman, J Wu, B Li, Q He*. 2021. Top-down control of foundation species recovery during coastal wetland restoration. Science of the Total Environment, 769, 144854.

Wang S, Q He, Y Zhang, Q Sheng, B Li, J Wu. 2021. Habitat‐dependent impacts of exotic plant invasions on benthic food webs in a coastal wetland. Limnology and Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno.11679

He Q*. 2020. Beauty over the muck: appreciating wetlands via the tales of people. Current Biology 30 (3), R101-R102.

He Q*, H Li, C Xu, Q Sun, MD Bertness, C Fang, B Li, BR Silliman. 2020. Consumer regulation of the carbon cycle in coastal wetland ecosystems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375 (1814), 20190451. 

Qiu S, S Liu, S Wei, X Cui, M Nie, J Huang, Q He, RT Ju, B Li. 2020. Changes in multiple environmental factors additively enhance the dominance of an exotic plant with a novel trade‐off pattern. Journal of Ecology 108 (5), 1989-1999.

He, Q., & Silliman, B. R. 2019. Climate change, human impacts, and coastal ecosystems in the Anthropocene. Current Biology 29: R1021-R1035.

He, Q. 2019. Conservation: ‘No net loss’ of wetland quantity and quality. Current Biology 29: R1070-R1072.

He, Q., Silliman, B. R., van de Koppel, J. & Cui, B. 2019. Weather fluctuations affect the impact of consumers on vegetation recovery following a catastrophic die-off. Ecology 100: e02559.

Silliman, B.R., He, Q., Angelini, C., Smith, C.S., Kirwan, M.L., Daleo, P., Renzi, J.J., Butler, J., Osborne, T.Z., Nifong, J.C., and van de Koppel, J. 2019. Field experiments and meta-analysis reveal wetland vegetation as a crucial element in the coastal protection paradigm. Current Biology, 29, 1800-1806.

Renzi, J.J., He, Q., and Silliman, B.R. 2019. Harnessing positive species interactions to enhance coastal wetland restoration. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7: 131.

Silliman, B. R. & He, Q. 2018. Physical stress, consumer control, and new theory in ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33: 492-503.

Zhang, Y., Meng, H., Wang, Y. & He, Q. 2018. Herbivory enhances the resistance of mangrove forest to cordgrass invasion. Ecology 99: 1382-1390.

Thomsen, M. S., Altieri, A. H., Angelini, C., Bishop, M. J., Gribben, P. E., Lear, G., He, Q., Schiel, D. R., Silliman, B. R., South, P. M., Watson, D. M., Wernberg, T., & Zotz, G. 2018. Secondary foundation species enhance biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 634–639.

Silliman, B. R., Hughes, B. B., Gaskins, L. C., He, Q., Tinker, M. T., Read, A., Nifong, J., & Stepp, R. 2018. Are the ghosts of nature’s past haunting ecology today? Current Biology 28: R532–R537.

Angelini, C., van Montfrans, S. G., Hensel, M. J. S., He, Q., & Silliman, B.R. 2018. The importance of an underestimated grazer under climate change: how crab density, consumer competition, and physical stress affect salt marsh resilience. Oecologia 187: 205–217.

Fariña, J. M., He, Q., Silliman, B. R., & Bertness, M.D. 2018. Biogeography of salt marsh plant zonation on the Pacific coast of South America. Journal of Biogeography 45: 238-247.

Silliman BR, BB Hughes, YS Zhang, & Q He. 2017. Business as usual leads to underperformance in coastal restoration. In: P Kareiva, M Marvier, & B Silliman (eds). Effective Conservation Science. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

He, Q., Silliman, B. R., Liu, Z., & Cui, B. 2017. Natural enemies govern ecosystem resilience in the face of extreme droughts. Ecology Letters 20: 194–201.

          Research Highlight at Nature Climate Change

          Subject of an article at Yale Environment Review     

          Coverage: Science Daily, Science Newsline, Environmental News Network

He, Q., Silliman, B. R. & Cui, B. 2017. Incorporating thresholds into understanding salinity tolerance: A study using salt-tolerant plants in salt marshes. Ecology and Evolution 7: 6326-6333.

He, Q., & Silliman, B. R. 2016. Consumer control as a common driver of coastal vegetation worldwide. Ecological Monographs 86: 278–294.

         Featured on the cover


Silliman, B. R., Dixon, P. M., Wobus, C., He, Q., Daleo, P., Hughes, B. B., Willis, J. M., & Hester, M. W. 2016. Thresholds in marsh resilience to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Scientific Reports 6: 32520.


Liu, Z., Cui, B., & He, Q. 2016. Shifting paradigms in coastal restoration: Six decades' lessons from China. Science of the Total Environment 566: 205–214.


Freitas, R.F., Schrack, E.C., He, Q., Silliman, B.R., Furlong, E.B., Telles, A.C., & Costa, C.S.B. 2016. Consumer control of the establishment of marsh foundation plants in intertidal mudflats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 547: 79–89.


Fariña, J. M., He, Q., Silliman, B. R., & Bertness, M.D. 2016. Bottom-up and top-down human impacts interact to affect a protected coastal Chilean marsh. Ecology 97: 640–648.


Cui, B., He, Q., Gu, B, Bai, J., & Liu, X. 2016. China’s coastal wetlands: understanding environmental changes and human impacts for management and conservation. Wetlands 36: S1-S9.

       Introduction to the China Coastal Wetlands species issue


Silliman, B. R., Schrack, E. C., He, Q., Cope, R., Santoni, A., van der Heide, T., Jacobi, R., Jacobi, M., & van de Koppel, J. 2015. Facilitation shifts paradigms and can amplify coastal restoration efforts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112: 14295–14300.

       Editor’s Choice at Science

       Coverage: Duke Today, NSF Discovery, Environmental Monitor


He, Q., & Silliman, B. R. 2015. Biogeographic consequences of nutrient enrichment for plant–herbivore interactions in coastal wetlands. Ecology Letters 18: 462–471.

       Coverage: Science Daily, Marine Pollution Bulletin, NSF Field News

       Cover Photo of the 2015 May issue of Ecology Letters


He, Q., Altieri, A.H., & Cui, B. 2015. Herbivory drives zonation of stress-tolerant marsh plants. Ecology 96: 1318–1328.


He, Q., & Cui, B. 2015. Multiple mechanisms sustain a plant-animal facilitation on a coastal ecotone. Scientific Reports 5: 8612.


He, Q., Bertness, M.D., Bruno, J.F., Li, B., Chen, G., Coverdale, T.C., Altieri, A.H., Bai, J., Sun, T., Pennings, S.C., Liu, J., Ehrlich, P.R., & Cui, B. 2014. Economic development and coastal ecosystem change in China. Scientific Reports 4: 5995.

       Editor’s Choice at Science

       Subject of an article at Scientific American

       Subject of an essay at The Conversation

       Coverage: Daily News, Science Newsline, Technobahn


He, Q., & Bertness, M.D.. 2014. Extreme stresses, niches, and positive species interactions along stress gradients. Ecology 95: 1437–1443.

       Featured on the cover

       ISI Highly Cited


He, Q., Bertness, M.D., & Altieri, A.H. 2013. Global shifts towards positive species interactions with increasing environmental stress. Ecology Letters 16: 695–706.

       Press release:

       Coverage:,, redOrbit

       Most cited Ecology Letters paper of 2013

       ISI Highly Cited


He, Q., Cui, B., Bertness, M.D., & An, Y. 2012. Testing the importance of plant strategies on facilitation using congeners in a coastal community. Ecology 93: 2023–2029.


He, Q., Cui, B.S., & An, Y. 2012. Physical stress, not biotic interactions, preclude an invasive grass from establishing in forb-dominated salt marshes. PLoS ONE 7: e33164.


He, Q., Chen, F.Y., Cui, B.S., & An, Y. 2012. Multi-scale segregations and edaphic determinants of marsh plant communities in a western Pacific estuary. Hydrobiologia 696: 171–183.


He, Q., Cui, B.S., & An, Y. 2011. The importance of facilitation in the zonation of shrubs along a coastal salinity gradient. Journal of Vegetation Science 22: 828–836.


Cui, B.S., He, Q., & An, Y. 2011. Spartina alterniflora invasions and effects on crab communities in a western Pacific estuary. Ecological Engineering 37: 1920–1924.


Cui, B.S., He, Q., Zhang, K.J., & Chen, X. 2011. Determinants of annual-perennial plant zonation across a salt-fresh marsh interface: a multistage assessment. Oecologia 166: 1067–1075.


Cui, B.S., He, Q., & An, Y. 2011. Community structure and abiotic determinants of salt marsh plant zonation vary across topographic gradients. Estuaries and Coasts 34: 459–469.


He, Q., Cui, B.S., Cai,Y.Z., Deng, J.F., Sun, T., & Yang, Z.F. 2009. What confines an annual plant to two separate zones along coastal topographic gradients? Hydrobiologia 630: 327–340.


Above is a partial list of my more recent publications.