Research Area(s)

  • Grassland and forest ecology
  • Seed and seedbed ecology
  • Oilsands reclamation


Plant Sciences


Ph.D (University of Saskatchewan); M.Sc. (Northeast Normal University, China); B.Sc. Peking, China)

Selected Recent Publications

R. Palit, Y. Bai, J. Romo, B. Coulman, R. St Pierre. 2014.Variations in vernalization requirements among ecotypes of Festuca hallii. Grass and Forage Science (Article first published online: 16 JAN 2014) DOI: 10.1111/gfs.12101.

J. Liu, Y. Bai, E.G. Lamb, D. Simpson, G. Liu, Y. Wei, D. Wang, D. McKenney, and P. Papadopol. 2013.  Patterns of cross-continental variation in tree seed mass in the Canadian Boreal Forest. Plos One 8(4): e61060. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061060.

M. Braun, Y. Bai, B. McConkey, R. Farrell, J.T. Romo, and D. Pennock. 2013. Greenhouse gas flux in a temperate grassland as affected by landform and disturbance. Landscape Ecology 28:709-723.

K. Ducherer, Y. Bai, D. Thompson, and K. Broersma. 2013. Thinning of a Ponderosa Pine / Douglas-Fir Forest in South Central B.C.: Impacts on Understorey Vegetation. BC J. of Ecosystems and Management. 14(1). (online)

H. Zhu, D. Wang, L. Wang, Y. Bai, J. Fang, and J. Liu. 2012. The effects of large herbivore grazing on meadow steppe plant and insect diversity. J. of Applied Ecology, 49:1075-1083.

A. Pantel, J.T. Romo, and Y. Bai, 2011.  Above-Ground Net Primary Production for Elymus lanceolatus and Hesperostipa curtiseta after a Single Defoliation Event.  Rangeland Ecology and Management, 64:283-290.

A. Pantel, J.T. Romo, and Y. Bai, 2011.  Above-Ground Net Primary Production for Plains Rough Fescue (Festuca hallii [Vasey] Piper) after a Single Defoliation on Five Landform Elements.  Canadian J. of Plant Science, 91:689-696.

A. Pantel, J.T. Romo, and Y. Bai, 2010.  Defoliation Interacts with Landscape Positions on Regrowth.  Canadian J. of Plant Science, 90:421-433.

J. Qiu, Y. Bai, Y.B. Fu, and J.F. Wilmshurst, 2010a. Spatial Variation in Temperature Thresholds During Seed Germination of Remnant Festuca hallii Populations Across the Canadian Prairie.  Environmental and Experimental Botany, 67:479-486.

J. Qiu, Y. Bai, Y.B. Fu, and J.F. Wilmshurst, 2010b.  Patterns of Amplified Restriction Fragment Polymorphism in the Germination of Festuca hallii Seeds.  Seed Science Research, 20:153–161.

L. Wang, D. Wang, Y. Bai, Y. Huang, M. Fan, J Liu, and Y. Li, 2010.  Spatially Complex Neighboring Relationships among Grassland Plant Species as an Effective Mechanism of Defense Against Herbivory.  Oecologia, 164:193–200.

L. Wang, D. Wang, Y. Bai, G. Jiang, J. Liu, Y. Huang, and Y. Li. 2010.  Spatial Distributions of Multiple Plant Species affect Herbivore Foraging Selectivity.  Oikos, 119:401-408.

Qiu, J., Y.B. Fu, Y. Bai, and J. Wilmshurst. 2009. Genetic Variation in Remnant Festuca hallii Populations is Weakly Differentiated but Geographically Associated across the Canadian Prairie. Plant Species Biology. 24:156-168.

K. Ducherer, Y. Bai, D. Thompson, and K. Broersma, 2009.  Dynamic Responses of a British Columbian Forest-Grassland Interface to Prescribed Burning. Western North American Naturalist, 69:75–87.

Y. Wei, Y. Bai, and D.C. Henderson, 2009.  Critical Conditions for Successful Regeneration of an Endangered Annual Plant, Cryptantha minima: A Modeling Approach.  J. of Arid Environment, 73:872-875.


PLSC213 Principles of Plant Ecology
PLSC425 Forest Ecology
PLSC812 Physiological Plant Ecology