Forest Ecology and Carbon Cycling

The biosphere is essential to supplying the ecosystem services on which the planet relies, yet it is under threat from climate change and biodiversity loss. Our research projects in these areas focus on carbon and water cycling in forest and upland ecosystems, both nationally and internationally. We look at carbon sequestration of peat, and temperate and tropical trees, the importance of trees in the hydrological cycle and flood protection, the impacts of increasing temperatures on trees, and recovery and restoration of degraded ecosystems. We have strong collaborations with universities in the UK and abroad, as well as with public bodies such as the Environment Agency. The scale of our research goes from plant physiology through to ecosystem functioning.

Staff working in this area: Dr Sophie Fauset; Professor Mark Fitzsimons; Dr Sabine LenggerDr Paul Lunt