Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline Khulna University, Khulna-9208



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S.M. Rubaiot Abdullah
Assistant Professor

MS in Forestry, Khulna University, Bangladesh

Mangrove Ecology, Forest soil conservation, Remote sensing and GIS

Research Project

1. Principal Investigator of project titled "Screening total content of secondary bioactive metabolites from leaves of Raphanus sativus and its potentiality as a biopesticides" Funded by KURC. Status: Completed

2. Principal Investigator of project titled "Development of aboveground volume and biomass allometric equation for common palm species of Bangladesh" Funded by KURC. Status: On-going

3. Co-investigator of project titled "Impact of salinity intrusion on tree and crop species diversity in the coastal area" funded by KURC. Status: Ongoing

Professional Experience

September 2015 to Date : Assistant Professor, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna

September 2013 to September 2015 : Lecturer, Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna.

February 2011 to August, 2013 : Research Assistant, Project, BAS-USDA Programme in Agricultural and Life Science, Khulna University, Khulna.



20th April to 21st April, 2016 : Train the trainer program on The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library organized by Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh

05th January to 07th January, 2016 : Certificate training on Strengthening Pedagogical Skills of Young Teacher organized by Life Science School of Khulna University, Bangladesh.

12th February to 27th February, 2014 : Certificate Training Program on Geo-Information for Improved Natural Resource Management (Incorporating Climate Change) and Policy Making in Bangladesh/SA organized by Faculty of Geo-lnformation Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, Netherlands at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

01st December to 27th December, 2011 : Certificate Training Course on Applied Conservation Biology and Co-management Jointly organized by Jahangirnagar University and Independent University of Bangladesh Under IPAC Project.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

1. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Islam SMZ, Matieu H, Iqbal MZ & Akhter M (2020) Semi-destructive method to derive allometric aboveground biomass model for village forest of Bangladesh: comparison of regional and pantropical models. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 32(3): 246–256

2. Mahmood H, Hosena MF, Siddiqui MRH, Abdullah SMR, Islam SMZ, Matieu H, Iqbal MZ and Akhter M (2020) Allometric Biomass Model for Aquilaria Malaccensis Lam. In Bangladesh: A Nondestructive Approach. Journal of Sustainable Forestry,

3. Saha S, Mahmood H, Hossain MS, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Saha C (2020) Salt tolerance of Xylocarpus mekongensis Pierre: survival and growth of seedlings, nutrients and carbon distribution in seedling parts. Open Journal of Forestry, 10: 293-306.

4. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Saha C, Islam SMZ, Iqbal MZ, Akhter M (2020) Development and evaluation of species-specific biomass models for most common timber and fuelwood species of Bangladesh. Open Journal of Forestry 10(1): 172-185

5. Mahmood H, Paul P, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Iqbal MZ (2019) Volume equation and table for Heritiera fomes (Buch.-Ham.) of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Indian Forester 145(8): 743-751

6. Abdullah SMR, Mahmood H, Zhilik BB, Rubaiat T, Siddique MRH, Sanjoy S (2019) Effect of salt stress on chlorophyll and proline accumulation in leaves of Heritiera fomes Buch.-Ham. and Xylocarpus moluccensis (Lam.) M. Roem. seedlings regulating its survival and growth. Khulna University Studies 16 (1 & 2): 9-17

7. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Costello L, Matieu H, Iqbal MZ, Akhter M (2019) Which option best estimates the above-ground biomass of mangroves of Bangladesh: pantropical or site- and species-specific models? Wetlands Ecology and Management 27:553–569. DOI:

8. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Islam SMZ, Abdullah SMR, Matieu H, Iqbal MZ, Akhter M (2019) Applicability of semi-destructive method to derive allometric model for estimating aboveground biomass and carbon stock in the Hill zone of Bangladesh. Journal of Forestry research.

9. Mahmood H, Siddique M, Costello L, Birigazzi L, Abdullah SMR, Henry M, Siddiqui M, Aziz M, Ali M, Mamun A, Forhad M, Akhter M, Iqbal M, Mondol F. (2019) Allometric models for estimating biomass, carbon and nutrient stock in the Sal Zone of Bangladesh. iForest 12: 69-75, doi: 10.3832/ifor2758-011

10. Khushi MLR, Mahmood H, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2018) Allometric models for estimation of above-ground biomass of Gmelina arborea Roxb. in pulpwood plantations of Bangladesh. Southern Forests 81(1):45-48. 

11. Nasrin S, Mahmood H, Abdullah SMR, Alam MR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2016) Salinity influence on survival, growth and nutrient distribution in different parts of Millettia pinnata (L.) Panigrahi seedlings. Agriculture & Forestry 62 (4): 161-173.

12. Nasrin S, Mahmood H, Alam R, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2016) Germination Traits of Millettia Pinnata (L.) in Response to Salinity. Global Journal of Botanical Science 4: 46-51.

13. Mahmood H, Shaikh MAA, Saha C, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2016) Above-Ground Biomass, Nutrients and Carbon in Aegiceras corniculatum of the Sundarbans. Open Journal of Forestry, 6: 72-81.

14. Mahmood H, Saha C, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Siddique MRH (2015) Allometric biomass, nutrient and carbon stock models for Kandelia candel of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Trees, 30 (3): 709-717.

15. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Saha S, Abdullah SMR (2015) Allometric models for biomass, nutrients and carbon stock in Excoecaria agallocha of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 23 (4): 765-774.

16. Hasanuzzaman M, Mahmood H, Abdullah SMR, Shaikh MAA, Haque MZ, Nasrin S (2014) Mass loss and nutrient dynamics associated with green leaf leaching of cropland Agroforest tree species of Bangladesh. Agriculture & Forestry, 60 (3): 137-150

17. Mahmood H, Saha S, Salekin S, Mamun AA, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR (2014) Salinity influence on germination of four important mangrove species of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Agriculture and Forestry, 60 (2): 125-135.

18. Mahmood H, Siddique MRH, Abdullah SMR, Saha S, Ghosh DC, Rahman MS, Limon SH (2013) Nutrient dynamics associated with leaching and microbial decomposition of four abundant mangrove species leaf litter of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Wetlands 34:439-448.



1. Mahmood, H., Siddique, M.R.H., Abdullah, S.M.R., Akhter, M., Islam, S.M.Z. (2017) Field measurement protocol on tree allometric equations for estimating above-ground biomass and volume in Bangladesh. Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy and Forest Department, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, 100 pp.

2. Mahmood, H., Abdullah, S.M.R., Siddique, M.R.H. (2017) Training manual: Sample Processing and Laboratory Analysis for the Development of Allometric Equation. FD and FAO, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Forest Entomology


Natural and plantation forest are often infested by various insects and pests. Sometimes it is crucial to know their biology and management to reduce the loss of forest products.  Students of the course are expected to learn and understand the issues related to forest insects, their role and management to improvement forest health.

Course Objectives:

                 To provide knowledge on structure and biology of forest insects

                 To understand about insects’ role in forest ecosystem

                 To deliver knowledge on sampling and monitoring of insects in forest

                 To provide knowledge on different pest management strategies

                 To know different pest management techniques of insect pests in natural and plantation forest in Bangladesh.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

After completing the course, the students are expected to be able to-

                 Identify major forest beneficial insect and pest groups

                 Differentiate insects into order

                 Understand insect structure, growth and development

                 Understand ecological relationships among major forest insect pests and the biotic and abiotic environment

                 Assess and monitor pest abundance in a particular forest

                 Decide when to take pest management actions

                 Take steps to manage insects

Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


This course is designed for the 2nd year students of Forestry and Wood Technology discipline. Students of the course are expected to learn and understand natural resource management with the fundamentals of spatial data acquisition from airborne and spaceborne sensors. It will provide an introduction into the theory of spectral reflectance properties of vegetation, the principles of photographic analysis and aerial photo-interpretation and new advances such as LIDAR, SAR etc.

Course Objectives:

                 To be familiar with the methods of taking aerial photograph, analyzing and interpretation of this photograph

                 To understand the remote sensing processes of collecting and analyzing satellite images

                 To integrate Geographic Information System with remote sensing.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

                 Comprehend the issues related to geometry of aerial photograph

                 Measure the height and area from aerial photograph

                 Be familiar with the photo interpretation techniques

                 Learn the fundamentals of remote sensing and GIS

                 Understand Satellite image processing, corrections and analysis

                 Integrate the remote sensing images with GIS

Soil Conservation and watershed Management


Soil conservation and watershed management is an important field of forestry education. Proper understanding of soil conservation and watershed management plays pivotal role in natural resource like forest management. This particular course will offer opportunities to learn major issues of soil degradation and the relevant conservation measures, estimation of loss, soil conservation for watershed area, planning and management of watershed.

Course Objectives:

                 To make students understand the soil erosion, its mechanism, effect and control measures.

                 To deliver basic knowledge of watershed area, watershed characteristics and management especially in a forested ecosystem.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

                 Learn and understand major causes of soil degradation and learn solution for soil conservation.

                 To be familiar with watershed management concepts and its importance in forests.

Introduction to Forestry


Gathering knowledge on the extent and distribution, types, composition, condition, and contribution of national and global forests are foremost important aspect to have a good start of forestry education which has been considered towards reversing the overall trend of forest loss and degradation

Course Objectives:

                 To understand the concept of major forestry terminologies

                 To know about the status, problems, and prospects of global forests resources

                 To understand the types, distribution, composition, use, and issues related to various ecological and legal forests of Bangladesh

                 To acquire knowledge about the management and research of Bangladesh forests and forestry sector

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course the students will be able to-

                 Have a good foundation to pursue other courses comfortably in the coming semesters

                 Acquire knowledge on the status, distribution, composition of global and Bangladesh forests

                 Understand the structures and function of the institution/organization related to Bangladesh forest management, education and research

                 Know how the forests can contribute to national economy


Non Wood Forest Products and Utilization


Forests of Bangladesh harbor wood as well non-wood resources. Non-wood forest resources are currently receiving wide attention throughout the country. The course intends to provide student general knowledge about the multiple-use, role, management, utilization and marketing of non-wood forest products and utilization.

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the course are-

       To obtain the concepts and perspectives of NWFP in Bangladesh.

       To broaden students’ knowledge about the collection, processing, manufacturing and marketing of NWFP.

       To provide some ideas on non-wood based industries like bamboo, cane, murta etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

At the end of the course, the students will be able to-

       Understand the general concept and evolving perspective of NWFP.

       Know the collection, processing, manufacturing and marketing of NWFP.

       Understand the utilization of NWFP.


Fundamentals of Environmental Science


Students are expected to learn the fundamentals of environmental science, environmental pollution and interactions of forest ecosystems environment.

Course Objectives:

This is designed

                 To acquire fundamental knowledge on environmental science

                 To understand the Atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere

                 To acquire concurrent knowledge on climate and climate change

                 To have fundamental knowledge on environmental pollution  and environmental issues in Bangladesh

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

                 Describe characteristics of environmental problems and their relationships to the sustainability of life;

                 Explain basic principles of science, bio-geochemical systems, and their role in ecosystems;

                 Demonstrate sufficient background and experience to successfully continue in more advanced science courses if desired. 



Statistics is the science of collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of numerical data for the logical analysis in predicting and forecasting statistical models where one can improve the quality of data with the design of experiments and survey sampling. Thus, the students of this course are expected to learn and understand the concept of basic and applied statistics.

Course Objectives:

                 To learn the basic statistical terms and principles

                 To know about the data collection, classification and measures of central tendency and dispersion

                 To learn data analysis and how to interpret it.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

At the end of the course, the students will be able to-

                 Understand the basic concept and principle of statistics

                 Implement the applied aspects of statistics in forest research and management

  • Forest Entomology
  • Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Soil Conservation and watershed Management
  • Introduction to Forestry
  • Non Wood Forest Products and Utilization
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Science
  • Statistics