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.
Me and Jon McCalmont have been visiting MPOB’s research site in Sessang, Sarawak as part of scoping activities for current and future research. The Oil Palms at this research site are reaching the end of their first rotation. Thanks to all the folks at MPOB for organising (and letting us tag along!).
I would like to draw your attention to a potential PhD project: “The Ecology of Lightning Strikes: How many Trees in Tropical Forests Killed by Lightning?” Applications should be submitted by 16:00 on the 6th January 2020 (see link above) These project are one of a number of projects that are competing for GW4+ funding. […]
I first setup the tower on the Abbott’s Hall Saltmarsh, Essex in December 2012 with the help of Mel Chocholek. It has survived nearly seven years and two tidal surges, but it now time to take down the tower. The tower was located on the Blackwater estuary has been a magical place to visit. Each […]