Dr. Md. Masudur Rahman
Dr. Md. Masudur Rahman
Associate Professor
B.Sc.Ag. (Hons.); MS in Crop Botany; MSc in sustainable forest and nature management; PhD in Plant and Microbial Ecology
01714064577
masudur.cbot@sau.ac.bd
m.masudur@gmail.com

Welcome, I preferred to be called as Masud. I am a graduate in Agriculture and did my master in Crop Botany. Later, I did an Erasmus master's in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management from Germany (University of Goettingen) and Denmark (Copenhagen University). I did my PhD in the Plant and Microbial Ecology Lab at the University of Liege, Belgium. My PhD work focused on the effects of climate change, especially effects of drought on the ecosystem functioning in young forests. I have assessed the combined effects of tree species admixture and drought on different above- and belowground processes in a young forest plantation. The general hypothesis was that ecosystem functioning would be more stable under drought in mixed stands due to improved soil nutrient availability and reduced risks of pests and pathogens. The results showed that mixed planting would perform better than monocultures in the future drier conditions. I take courses on Plant ecology at undergraduate and graduate levels. I am interested to work on the effect of tree species and slope on soil nutrient cycling and CO2 emission. MS students who have an interest in this field are welcome.

Publication Profile:
  • 1. Rahman, M.M., Castagneyrol, B., Verheyen, K., Jactel, H. & Carnol, M. 2018. Can tree species richness attenuate the effect of drought on organic matter decomposition and stabilization in young plantation forests? Acta Oecologica, 93 30-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2018.10.008
  • 2. Fakir, M.S.A., Rahman, M.M., Hasan, M.M., Moonmoon, S. & Rahman, M.M. 2018. Flower morphology and fruit maturity of four minor fruits (Diospyros peregrina, D. discolor, Muntingia calabura and Careya arborea) of Tropics and subtropics. International Journal of Minor Fruits, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Vol. 4 (2) : 18-27.
  • 3. Hicks, L. C.*, Rahman, M. M.*, Carnol, M., Verheyen, K., & Rousk, J. 2018. The legacy of mixed planting and precipitation reduction treatments on soil microbial activity, biomass and community composition in a young tree plantation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 124, 227-235. (*equal contribution) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.05.027
  • 4. Rahman, M. M., Hicks, L. C., Verheyen, K., Rousk, J. & Carnol, M. (2018) Effects of drought legacy and tree species admixing on bacterial growth and respiration in a young forest soil upon drying and rewetting. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 127, 148-155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.09.026
  • 5. Rahman, M.M., Bárcena, T.G., Vesterdal, L. 2017. Tree species and time since afforestation drive soil C and N mineralization on former cropland. Geoderma, 305: 153-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.06.002
  • 6. Saha, S. R., Islam, A. F. M. S., Rahman, M.M., Hasan, M. M. and Roy, R. 2016. Cultivars Response to Morphological and Yield Attributes of Okra at Sylhet Region. American Journal of Experimental Agriculture 10(2): 1-7
  • 7. Rehenuma, T. Islam, A.F.M.S., Rahman, M.M. and Monshi, F.I. 2015. Morpho-Physiological Features and Yield Attributes of Soybean Genotypes in Acid Soil. Research Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, 11(1): 11-20
  • 8. Rahman, M.M., Fakir, M.S.A., Hossain, M.S. and Rahman, M.M. 2012. Growth and Nutritive Value of Fruit in Kumbi (Muntingia, calabura). Bangladesh J. Crop Sci. 22-23:57-64.
  • 9. Rahman, M.M., Fakir, M.S.A., Hossain, A. and Naher, J. 2011. Fruit growth in Dephal (Garcinia xanthochymus). J. Agrofor. Environ. 5 (1): 23-26
  • 10. Rahman, M.M., Rahman, M.M., and Fakir, M.S.A. 2010. Fruit growth in China cherry (Muntingia calabura). Botany Research International 3(2): 56-60
  • 11. Rahman, M.M., Fakir, M.S.A., Prodhan, A.K.M.A and Islam, M.A. 2010. Flower morphology and leaf nutritive value in China Cherry and Kumbhi. J. Agrofor. Environ. 3(2):1-4.
  • 12. Roy, D. K., Fakir, M. S. A., Rahman. M. M and. Rahman, M. M. 2010. Fruit growth in Cowphal (Garcinia cowa). J. Agrofor. Environ. 3(2): 57-59.
  • 13. Rahman, M.M., Fakir, M.S.A., Prodhan, A.K.M.A and Islam, M.A. 2010. Flower morphology and leaf nutritive value in China Cherry and Kumbhi. J. Agrofor. Environ. 3 (2): 1-4
  • 14. Islam, M.S., Wadud, M.A., Hasan, M.K., Rahman, M.M. and Rahman. G.M.M. 2009. Performance of three winter vegetables in association with Telsur (Hopea odorata). J. Agrofor. Environ. 3 (1): 73-76
  • 15. Rahman, M.M., Haque, M.S., Hasan, M.I. Howlader, M.H.K. and Fakir, M.S.A. 2008. Germination and seedling growth of Indigofera tinctoria seeds as influenced by storage duration and condition. Bangladesh J. Seed Sci. Technol. 12(1):133-136.
Books:
  • 1. Rahman, M.M. 2012. Flower Morphology and Fruit Growth: China Cherry (Muntingia calabura) and Kumbhi (Careya arborea). LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. 64 p
Research Interests:
  • Plant response to climate change
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem functioning
  • Soil organic matter decomposition and nutrients cycling
Undergraduate Courses:
  • CBOT 221 & 222: Plant Ecology (Theory and Practical)
Masters Courses:
  • Introduction to R and R studio for biological data analysis
  • CBOT 503: Plant Ecology
  • CBOT 507: Agro-Climatology
  • CBOT 509: Crop Research Methodology
Academic Degrees and Qualification:
  • PhD in Plant and Microbial Ecology (Belgium): 2014-2018
  • MSc in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (Germany, Denmark): 2011-2013
  • MS in Crop Botany (BAU): 2008-2009
  • B.Sc.Ag.(Hons.) (BAU): 2003-2007
Positions and Affiliations:
  • 3. Associate Professor Department of Crop Botany & Tea Production Technology Sylhet Agricultural University 7 September 2018 - till date
  • 2. Assistant Professor Department of Crop Botany & Tea Production Technology Sylhet Agricultural University 15 November 2011 - 6 September 2018
  • 1. Lecturer Department of Crop Botany & Tea Production Technology Sylhet Agricultural University 15 November 2009 - 14 November 2011
Other Academic, Administrative and Scientific Research Involvements:
  • Provost, Abdus Samad Azad Hall, 26 June 2019 to till date
  • Joint Secretary, Teacher Council, Sylhet Agricultural University, 2014
  • Vice-President, Lecturer and Assistant Professor Society, Sylhet Agricultural University, 2014
Awards and Recognitions:
  • Brain.be FORBIO Climate grant (2014-2018)
  • BioLink Cost Action FP1305 fund for a short-term scientific mission (STSM)
  • Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship (2011-2013)
  • University gold medal for Masters result (Crop Botany)
  • National Science and Technology Fellowship (2009)
Role as Reviewer:
  • Geoderma
  • Soil Biology and Biochemistry
  • Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science
Professional Memberships:
  • Seed Science Society of Bangladesh
  • British Ecological Society (2015-2017)
  • Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh
Other Social and Cultural Organization Involvement:
  • Visited Tokyo and Sendai, Japan from November 25 to December 3, 2019, as part of the JENESYS program. Organized by JICE, MoFA, Japan
Conference contributions (Oral Presentations):
  • 1. Rahman, M. M., Hicks, L. C., Verheyen, K., Rousk, J., & Carnol, M. 2018. Effect of drought legacy and tree species admixing on bacterial growth and soil respiration rates upon drying-rewetting in a young tree plantation. COST Action FP1305 BioLink-Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests. BioLink meeting 14-16 March Granada, Spain
  • 2. Vesterdal, L, Rahman M. M., Bárcena, TG. 2014. Soil carbon dynamics in oak and Norway spruce afforestation chronosequences on former cropland: heterotrophic respiration and decomposability of organic matter. EGU General Assembly 2014, held 27 April - 2 May, 2014 in Vienna, Austria
  • 3. Rahman, M. M., Rahman, M.M., and Fakir, M.S.A. 2009. Flower morphology and fruit growth in Muntingia calabura L. Abst. Fourth Intl. Bot. Conf. on Challenges of Botanists in Overcoming the Changing Environment. 16-18 January, 2009, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 23:12.
  • 4. Rahman, M. M., Rahman, M.M., Haque, M.S., Hossain, A.K.M.Z., and Fakir, M.S.A. 2009. Flower morphology and fruit growth in Careya arborea Roxb. Abst. Intl. Conf. on Quality seed and food security. Bangladesh Agricultural University, 17-19 February, 2009. Mymensingh, Bangladesh.79:65.
Conference contributions (Poster Presentations):
  • 1. Rahman, M. M., Verheyen, K, Castagneyrol, B, Jactel, H, and Carnol, M. 2017. Does tree species richness attenuate the effect of experimental irrigation and drought on decomposition rate in young plantation forests? EGU General Assembly 2017, held 23 – 28 April, 2017 in Vienna, Austria
  • 2. Rahman, M. M., Verheyen, K. & Carnol, M. 2015. The role of tree species diversity in drought resistance of oak and beech sapling. Poster session presented at Congress of the Graduate School BEE (Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution), 21 March, Brussels, Belgium
  • 3. Das, S.S., Rahman, M. M., Islam, M.J., Hossain, M.A. and Fakir, M.S.A. 2009. Pod and seed growth in Lignosus and Country Bean. Abst. Intl. Conf. on Quality seed and food security. Bangladesh Agricultural University, 17-19 February, 2009. Mymensingh, Bangladesh. 80:65-66.
Attended Conferences and Workshops:
  • International conference on “Plant breeding and seed for food security” 10-12 March 2009, BARC, Dhaka
  • International conference on “Quality seed and food security” 17-19 February 2009. BAU, Mymensingh
  • Congress of the Graduate School BEE (Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution) 21 March 2015 Brussels, Belgium
  • European Geo-sciences Union General Assembly, 2017 23-28 April 2017 Vienna, Austria
  • COST Action FP1305 BioLink-Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests. 14-16 March 2018 Granada, Spain
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Shade Tree Friendly Tea Cultivation in Bangladesh, 25 December 2019, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development: Road to SDGs, 23-24 January 2020, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Training:
  • An Advanced Course on Communicative English, Organized by Department of Languages, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh (01/02/07-31/03/07)
  • Course on “Basics of MS Office” arranged by the Graduate Training Institute, Bangladesh Agricultural University from 24 November to 6 December 2007
  • Postgraduate certificate course on seed technology, Organized by Seed Pathology Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh. Bangladesh (01/01/10-31/3/10).
Mentorship and Supervisory Work (MS):
  • Saha, S. R. 2013. Physico-morphological features and yield attributes of exotic and local Okra cultivars in acid soil. MS Thesis, Dept. of Crop Botany and Tea Production Technology. (Co-supervisor)
  • Tabassum, R. 2013. Morpho-physiological features and yield attributes of some soybean genotypes in acid soil conditions of Sylhet. MS Thesis, Dept. of Crop Botany and Tea Production Technology. (Co-supervisor)
Language:
  • Bengali
  • English