I am ecosystem scientist interested in the how our changing use of the planet is altering the functioning of the terrestrial biosphere and its interactions with the atmosphere (My Exeter homepage). I am based in the University of Exeter’s Geography department (Geography at Exeter), where I teach computing and land-atmosphere interactions to our Physical Geography students and coordinate an informal research group focusing on ecosystem ecology.
My research is diverse, taking me to field sites in Africa, America, Asia and sometimes I even stay in the UK! The ecosystems I work on include: agricultural systems, drylands, saltmarshes, temperate peatlands, tropical forests and tropical peat systems (including oil palm plantations). Much of my research focuses on stocks and fluxes of carbon, energy and water – but I am also interested in other trace gases and even lightning!
To study these ecosystems, I employ field measurements, remote sensing and models. Often, my research makes use of the use of Eddy Covariance technique. Increasingly, I have found my attempts to answer key research questions has led me to develop custom eddy covariance systems. These new systems either expand the range of greenhouse gases measured, or to reduce instrumentation costs to facilitate true spatial replication using eddy covariance.
I would like to draw your attention to a fully funded PhD working on the development and testing of low cost Eddy Covariance. See full details here: The funding for this PhD is open to UK/EU/International applicants and the deadline for applications is the 14th January 2019. If your interested, please feel free to get […]
I would like to draw your attention to TWO potential PhD projects: PhD Opportunity 1: “The Ecology of Lightning Strikes: How many Trees in Tropical Forests Killed by Lightning?” PhD Opportunity 2: “Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Oil Palm Production in Malaysia“. Applications should be submitted by the 7th January 2019 These project are one […]
Firstly, welcome to Jon McCalmont who has joined Exeter and the project from Aberystwyth University. Jon will be working on the Eddy Covariance component of the project. Rather excitingly we were able to inspect our 3rd tower – over the logged tropical peat forest. The tower is nearly ready for the installation of eddy covariance […]