Dr. Shalom Daniel Addo-Danso

Professional Background

Ph.D. (Forestry), Faculty of Forestry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 2012-August 2017

Master of Science (Forest Ecology and Management), Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany. October 2008-August 2010

Bachelor of Science (Natural Resource Management, Silviculture and Forest Management Option), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. September 2001-May 2005

Research Projects

Current Projects

Nutrient resorption and stoichiometric patterns along a rainfall gradient in Ghana. Funded by the Royal Society, UK. Principal Investigator (2019-2020).

The Ecology of lightning strikes: lightening influence on tree mortality in tropical forests Principal Investigators: Dr. Tim Hill and Dr. Stephen Adu-Bredu (2018-2021).

Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation: Progress on the Ground. Case study of nine countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Mongolia and Peru). Lead Scientists: Dr. Michael Kleine and Dr. John Stanturf, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) (2019-2020).

Past Projects 

Fertilization of important coastal British Columbia tree species; Western hemlock, Western redcedar, Amabilis fir and Douglas fir. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Cindy E. Prescott (2017-2018) – Postdoctoral Fellowship). 

Impact of logging on the productivity, carbon cycling and allocation of a tropical forest in Ghana. Funded by International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden. Principal Investigator (2013-2016). 

Does shifting carbon use efficiency determine the growth rates of intact and disturbed tropical forests? Gathering new evidence from African forests. Funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Principal Investigator: Dr. Yadvinder Malhi, Oxford University, UK (2013-2015) 

Strengthening the capacity of ITTO producer countries in Africa in generating and disseminating scientific information on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and enhancing environmental services from forests, International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), Japan. Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Kleine, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Headquarters, Austria (2012-2014). 

Livelihood strategies with climate change mitigation potential for chainsaw operators. Consultancy for the European Union (EU) under Alternative Chainsaw Milling Project in Ghana. Principal Investigator: Dr. Emmanuel Marfo (2014).  

Biodiversity and ecosystem services from Tano Sacred Grove in the Transition Zone of Ghana, Government of Ghana (GOG). Co-investigator (2011-2012)

Assessment of coping and adaptation strategies to the impacts of climate change in Offinso North and South Districts of Ashanti-Ghana Funded by Government of Ghana (GOG). Co-investigator (2010). 


Capacity building for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) Readiness and Implementation in Africa. Funded by African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)/African Forest Forum (AFF), Kenya. Co-investigator (2011). 

Capacity needs assessment and development of a capacity building plan for REDD implementation in Ghana. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

Domestication of Allanblackia parviflora in Ghana. Funded by MARS/UNILEVER. Principal Investigator: Daniel A. Ofori) 

Selected Publications

Addo-Danso, S.D., Defrenne, C.E., McCormack, L.M., Ostonen, I., Addo-Danso, A., Foli, E.G., Borden, K.A., Marney, E.I., Prescott, C.E. Fine-root morphological trait variation in tropical forest ecosystems: an evidence synthesis (In press: Plant Ecology). 

Ibrahim, F., Adu-Bredu, S., Addo-Danso, S.D., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Yadvinder, M. Patterns and controls on fine root dynamics along a rainfall gradient in Ghana (Accepted pending revision: Tree-Structure and Function)

Defrenne, C.E., McCormack, M.L., Roach, W.J., Addo-Danso, S.D., Simard, S.W. Intraspecific fine-root trait-environment relationships across Interior Douglas-Fir forests of western Canada. Plants 8: 199. Doi: 10.3390/plants8070199  

 Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott, C.E., Adu-Bredu, A., Moore, S., Guy D.R., Forrester, D.I., Owusu-Afriyie, K., Marshall, P.L., Malhi, Y. 2018. Fine-root exploitation strategies differ in tropical old growth and logged-over forests in Ghana. Biotropica, 50: 606-615.  

Rifai, S.W., Girardin, C.A.J., Berenguer, R., del Aguila-Pasquel, J., Dahlsjö, C.A.L., Doughty C.E., Jeffery, KJ., Moore, S., Oliveras, I., Riutta, T., Rowland, L.M., Murakami, A.A., Addo-Danso, S.D., Brando, P., Burton, C., Ondo, F.E., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Amézquita, R.F. Freitag, R., Pacha, F.H., Huasco, W.H., Ibrahim F., Mbou, A.T., Mihindou, V.M., Peixoto, K.S., Rocha, W., Rossi, L.C., Seixas, M., Silva-Espejo, J.E., Abernethy, K.A., Adu-Bredu, S., Barlow J., da Costa, A.C.L., Marimon, B.S., Marimon-Junior, B.H., Meri, P., Metcalfe, D.B., Phillips, O.L., White, L.J.T., Malhi, Y. 2018. ENSO drives interannual variation of forest woody growth across the tropics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, 373: 20170410. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0410. 

Moore, S., Adu-Bredu, S., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Addo-Danso, S.D., Ibrahim, F., Mbou, A.T., de Grandcourt, A., Valentini, R., Nicolini, G., Djagbletey, G., Owusu-Afriyie, K., Gvozdevaite, A., Oliveras, I., Ruiz-Jaen, M.C., Malhi, Y. 2018. Forest biomass, productivity and carbon cycling along a rainfall gradient in West Africa. Global Change Biology, 24: e496-e510. 

Djagbletey, G.D., Adu-Bredu, S., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Abeney, E.A., Asante, W.A., Akyeampong, E., Addo-Danso, S.D., Ametsitsi, G.K., Amponsah-Manu, E., Dabo, J., Amponsah, J.O. 2018. Floristic composition and carbon stocks of tree species of different conservation status following selective logging in a moist semi-deciduous forest in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry, 34: 15-34. 

Zhou, L., Lin S., Huang P., Lin, S., Addo-Danso, S.D., Ma Z., Ding G. 2018. Effects of leaf age and exogenous hormones on callus initiation, rooting formation, bud germination, and plantlet formation in Chinese fir leaf cuttings. Forests, 9: 478. doi: 10.3390/f9080478. 

Prescott, C.E., Corrao K., Reid, R., Zukswert A., Addo-Danso S.D. 2017. Changes in mass, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in logs decomposing for 30 years in three Rocky Mountain coniferous forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 47: 1418-1423. 

Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott, C.E., Smith, A.R. 2016. Methods for estimating root biomass and production in forest and woodland ecosystem carbon studies: A review. Forest Ecology and Management, 359: 332-351. 

Agyeman, V.K., Addo-Danso, S.D., Boateng, K., Abebrese, I.K. 2016. Vegetation assessment of native tree species in Broussonetia papyrifera-dominated degraded forest landscape in southern Ghana. Applied Vegetation Science, 19: 498-507.  

rescott, C., Godbold, D.L., Helmisaari, H-S., Addo-Danso, S.D. 2016. Introduction to forests, roots and soil carbon. Forest Ecology and Management, 359: 321.

Zhou, L., Addo-Danso, S.D., Wu, P., Li, S., Zou, X., Zhang, Y., Ma, X. 2016. Leaf resorption efficiency in relation to foliar and soil nutrient concentrations and stoichiometry of Cunninghamia lanceolata with stand development in southern China. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 16: 1448-1459. 

Zhou, L., Addo-Danso, D.S., Wu, P., He, Z., Liu, C., Ma, X. 2016. Biomass production, nutrient cycling and distribution in age-sequence Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) plantations in subtropical China. Journal of Forestry Research, 27: 357-368. 

Zhou, L., Addo-Danso, S.D., Wu, P-F., Li, S-B., Jia, Y-Y., Ma, X. 2015. Litterfall production and nutrient return in different-aged Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) plantation in south China. Journal of Forestry Research, 26: 79-89.

Addo-Danso, S.D., Bosu, P.P., Nkrumah, E.E., Pelz, D.R., Coke, S.A., Adu-Bredu, S. 2012. Survival and growth of Nauclea diderrichii (De Wild.) and Pericopsis elata (Harms) in monoculture and mixed-species plots in Ghana. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 24: 37-45. 

Djagbletey, G.G., Addo-Danso, S.D., Cobbinah, J.R., Oteng-Amoako, A.A., Frimpong-Mensah, K. 2011. Resistance of Milicia species to Phytolyma lata (Psyllidae): the role of leaf anatomical and morphological structures. Ghana Journal of Forestry, 27: 71-79.

Peprah, T., Ofori, D.A., Siaw, D.E.K.A., Addo-Danso, S.D., Cobbinah, J.R., Simons, A.J., Jamnadass, R. 2009. Reproductive biology and characterisation of Allanblackia parviflora A. Chev. in Ghana. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 56: 1037-1044. 

Conference papers
Addo-Danso, S.D., Amissah, L., Appiah, M., Foli, E., Ofori, D., Ametsitsi, G., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Guuroh, R.T., Djagbletey, G.D., Adu-Bredu, S. 2019. Climate and fire influence fine root traits of topical forests across Ghana. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) XXV World Congress, Curitiba, Brazil, 29 September-5 October, 2019.

Guuroh, R.T., Addo-Danso, S.D., Foli, E.G., Amissah, L., Appiah, M., Anglaaere, L., Ofori, D.O. Overview of landscape restoration across Ghana. Asasefest, Global Landscape Forum, 29-30 October, 2019. 

Addo-Danso, S.D., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Adu-Bredu, S., Forzia, I., Moore, S., Amponsah, E.M., Malhi, Y. Net primary productivity and its allocation in tropical old growth and logged-over forests in Ghana. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) Meeting, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 30 July – August 4, 2019

Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott C.E. Fine-root traits in relation to climate in tropical forests. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 125th Anniversary Congress, Freiburg, Germany, 18-22 September, 2017.

Addo-Danso, S.D., Amissah, L., Appiah, M., Foli, E., Ofori, D., Ametsitsi, G., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Guuroh, R.T., Djagbletey, G.D., Adu-Bredu, S. 2019. Climate and fire influence fine root traits of topical forests across Ghana. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) XXV World Congress, Curitiba, Brazil, 29 September-5 October, 2019.

Guuroh, R.T., Addo-Danso, S.D., Foli, E.G., Amissah, L., Appiah, M., Anglaaere, L., Ofori, D.O. Overview of landscape restoration across Ghana. Asasefest, Global Landscape Forum, 29-30 October, 2019. 

Addo-Danso, S.D., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Adu-Bredu, S., Forzia, I., Moore, S., Amponsah, E.M., Malhi, Y. Net primary productivity and its allocation in tropical old growth and logged-over forests in Ghana. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) Meeting, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 30 July – August 4, 2019

Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott C.E. Fine-root traits in relation to climate in tropical forests. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 125th Anniversary Congress, Freiburg, Germany, 18-22 September, 2017.

Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott, C.E., Guy, R.D., Moore, S., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Owusu-Afriyie, K., Forrester, F.I., Marshall, P., Adu-Bredu, S., Malhi, Y. 5th International EcoSummit, Montpellier, France, 29 August-1 September, 2016.

Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott, C.E. Methods for quantifying root dynamics for forest and woodland carbon studies- a review. International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Utah, USA, 5-9 October 2014.

 

Addo-Danso, S.D., Bosu, P.P., Nkrumah, E.E., Pelz, D.R., Coke, S.A., Adu-Bredu, S. Mixed-species planting: is it the way forward for Nauclea diderrichii and Percicopsis elata plantations in Ghana? Oral presentation, International Union of Forest Research Organizations-Forestry Research Network for Sub-saharan Africa (FORNESSA), Nairobi, Kenya, 25-29 June, 2012.

Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott, C.E., Guy, R.D., Moore, S., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Owusu-Afriyie, K., Forrester, F.I., Marshall, P., Adu-Bredu, S., Malhi, Y. 5th International EcoSummit, Montpellier, France, 29 August-1 September, 2016.

Addo-Danso, S.D., Prescott, C.E. Methods for quantifying root dynamics for forest and woodland carbon studies- a review. International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Utah, USA, 5-9 October 2014.

Addo-Danso, S.D., Bosu, P.P., Nkrumah, E.E., Pelz, D.R., Coke, S.A., Adu-Bredu, S. Mixed-species planting: is it the way forward for Nauclea diderrichii and Percicopsis elata plantations in Ghana? Oral presentation, International Union of Forest Research Organizations-Forestry Research Network for Sub-saharan Africa (FORNESSA), Nairobi, Kenya, 25-29 June, 2012.

Awards/Fellowships

2019-2020: Leverhulme-Royal Society Fellowship

2016: Peter Rennie Memorial Award, The University of British Columbia, Canada

2016-2017: Mary and David Macaree Graduate Fellowship, The University of British Columbia, Canada

2013-2015: Individual Research Grant Award, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden

2012-2016: Four-Year Fellowship, The University of British Columbia, Canada

2012-2015: DAAD Ph.D. Scholarship, Government of Germany (Declined)

2008-2009: LANDESTIFTUNG Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Affiliations

Ghana Institute of Foresters (GIF)

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)