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ASE Professor David Wardle on 2017 Highly Cited Researchers List

15 Nov 2017

With the recruitment of Professor David Wardle earlier this year, the Asian School of the Environment gained its first researcher named on the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers List. As the 2017 list is made official today (November 15), Prof. Wardle retains his position as a ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ in the area of Ecology and Environment. Researchers are selected for this list based on the number of highly cited publications (i.e., those in the top 1% of all publications) that they have authored during the past decade.

The publications by Professor Wardle that has led to him getting this recognition include both conceptual and empirical contributions in ecosystem ecology, including aboveground-belowground linkages, the ecology of really old soils, the ecosystem impacts of invasive organisms, global change effects on ecosystems, and the discovery that deep organic layers in soils accumulate due to dead fungal material rather than dead plant leaves. Professor Wardle has appeared on every Highly Cited list released since 2006, and consistently among the world’s 20 most cited ecologists worldwide since 2007 (currently 8th). He is one of 11 highly cited scientific researchers announced today that are from NTU, the others being in the College of Engineering and in the School of Physical and Mathematical Science.

It is interesting to note that though the USA is the country with the highest number of researchers on the list (the UK is second), China is gaining fast and reached third place this year after a 34% increase in highly cited researchers up to a total of 237. Singapore, with less than 30 researchers on the highly cited list, is nevertheless recognised for a notable percentage increase of 21% since 2016.

The 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list can be seen in its entirety at