Dr Sophie Fauset

Dr Sophie Fauset

Lecturer in Environmental Science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer (Teaching and Research) in Environmental Science. 


Academic background:
2012 PhD Geography. University of Leeds, UK. Thesis title - 'Two decades of change in Ghanaian forests: the impacts of three potential threats to tropical forest structure and composition'.
2008 BSc (Hons) Biology with a Year in Research/Industry. Imperial College London, UK.

Employment History:
2016-2018 Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK.
2015 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.
2012-2014 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Leeds. UK.

Professional membership

British Ecological Society

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

Roles on external bodies

Associate Editor - Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (Tropical Forests)

Review Editor - Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (Forest Ecophysiology)

Teaching interests

I teach on the BSc Environment Science and BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability

ENVS1001 - Carbon in Environmental Systems
ENVS1003 - The Biosphere
ENVS2002 - Environmental Expedition (Malaysia field course)
ENVS2001 - Environmental Field and Research Skills
ENVS3005 - Global Environmental Perspectives
ENVS3008 - Biodiversity Management in Tropical Ecosystems

Research interests

My research interests are in the response of tropical forests to global change, including the impacts of climate change, increasing CO2, and forest degradation. I have experience in tropical forest ecology, ecophysiology and ecosystem modelling. My current broad goal is to use plant functional triats to understand physiological responses of tree and forests to environmental change.

Grants & contracts

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - FAPESP (Sao Paulo Research Foundation) covering salary and research expenses.

Key publications are highlighted

Sullivan MJP, Lewis SL, Affum-Baffoe K, Castilho C, Costa F, Sanchez AC, Ewango CEN, Hubau W, Marimon B & Monteagudo-Mendoza A 2020 'Long-term thermal sensitivity of Earth’s tropical forests' Science 368, (6493) 869-874 , DOI PEARL
Rozendaal DMA, Phillips OL, Lewis SL, Affum-Baffoe K, Alvarez-Davila E, Andrade A, Aragão LEOC, Araujo-Murakami A, Baker TR & Bánki O 2020 'Competition influences tree growth, but not mortality, across environmental gradients in Amazonia and tropical Africa' Ecology , DOI PEARL
Tiwari R, Gloor E, Cruz WJA, Schwantes Marimon B, Marimon-Junior BH, Reis SM, Souza IA, Krause HG, Slot M & Winter K 2020 'Photosynthetic quantum efficiency in south‐eastern Amazonian trees may be already affected by climate change' Plant, Cell & Environment , DOI PEARL
Hubau W, Lewis SL, Phillips OL, Affum-Baffoe K, Beeckman H, Cuní-Sanchez A, Daniels AK, Ewango CEN, Fauset S & Mukinzi JM 2020 'Asynchronous carbon sink saturation in African and Amazonian tropical forests' Nature 579, (7797) 80-87 , DOI PEARL
Esquivel-Muelbert, Bennett, Sullivan, Baker, Gavish, Johnson, Wang, Chambers-Ostler, Giannichi & Gomes 2019 'A Spatial and Temporal Risk Assessment of the Impacts of El Niño on the Tropical Forest Carbon Cycle: Theoretical Framework, Scenarios, and Implications' Atmosphere 10, (10) 588-588 , DOI PEARL
Fauset S, Gloor M, Fyllas NM, Phillips OL, Asner GP, Baker TR, Patrick Bentley L, Brienen RJW, Christoffersen BO & del Aguila-Pasquel J 2019 'Individual-Based Modeling of Amazon Forests Suggests That Climate Controls Productivity While Traits Control Demography' Frontiers in Earth Science 7, , DOI PEARL
Aguirre-Gutierrez J, Oliveras I, Rifai S, Fauset S, Adu-Bredu S, Affum-Baffoe K, Baker T, Feldpausch T, Gvozdevaite A & Hubau W 2019 'Drier tropical forests are susceptible to functional changes in response to a long-term drought' Ecology Letters 22, (5) 855-865 , DOI PEARL
Esquivel-Muelbert A, Baker TR, Dexter KG, Lewis SL, Brienen RJW, Feldpausch TR, Lloyd J, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Arroyo L & Álvarez-Dávila E 2018 'Compositional response of Amazon forests to climate change' Global Change Biology Author Site , DOI PEARL
Fauset S, Oliveira L, Buckeridge M, Foyer C, Galbraith D, Rakesh T & Gloor M 2018 'Contrasting responses of stomatal conductance and photosynthetic capacity to warming and elevated CO2 in the tropical tree species Alchornea glandulosa under heatwave conditions' Environmental and Experimental Botany , DOI PEARL
Fauset S, Freitas HC, Galbraith DR, Sullivan MJP, Aidar MPM, Joly CA, Phillips OL, Vieira SA & Gloor MU 2018 'Differences in leaf thermoregulation and water use strategies between three co-occurring Atlantic forest tree species' Plant, Cell and Environment 41, (7) 1618-1631 , DOI PEARL
Fauset S, Gloor MU, Aidar MPM, Freitas HC, Fyllas NM, Marabesi MA, Rochelle ALC, Shenkin A, Vieira SA & Joly CA 2017 'Tropical forest light regimes in a human-modified landscape' Ecosphere 8, (11) e02002-e02002 , DOI PEARL
Phillips OL & Brienen RJW 2017 'Carbon uptake by mature Amazon forests has mitigated Amazon nations’ carbon emissions' Carbon Balance and Management 12, (1) 31-41 , DOI
Sullivan MJP, Talbot J, Lewis SL, Phillips OL, Qie L, Begne SK, Chave J, Cuni-Sanchez A, Hubau W & Lopez-Gonzalez G 2017 'Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome' Scientific Reports 7, (1) , DOI PEARL
Christoffersen BO, Gloor M, Fauset S, Fyllas NM, Galbraith DR, Baker TR, Kruijt B, Rowland L, Fisher RA & Binks OJ 2016 'Linking hydraulic traits to tropical forest function in a size-structured and trait-driven model (TFS v.1-Hydro)' Geoscientific Model Development 9, (11) 4227-4255 , DOI PEARL
Johnson MO, Galbraith D, Gloor M, De Deurwaerder H, Guimberteau M, Rammig A, Thonicke K, Verbeeck H, von Randow C & Monteagudo A 2016 'Variation in stem mortality rates determines patterns of above-ground biomass in Amazonian forests: implications for dynamic global vegetation models' Global Change Biology 22, (12) 3996-4013 , DOI PEARL
Feldpausch TR, Phillips OL, Brienen RJW, Gloor E, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y, Alarcón A & Álvarez Dávila E 2016 'Amazon forest response to repeated droughts' Global Biogeochemical Cycles 30, (7) 964-982 , DOI PEARL
Tymen B, Réjou-Méchain M, Dalling JW, Fauset S, Feldpausch TR, Norden N, Phillips OL, Turner BL, Viers J & Chave J 2015 'Evidence for arrested succession in a liana-infested Amazonian forest' Journal of Ecology 104, (1) 149-159 , DOI
Réjou-Méchain M, Tymen B, Blanc L, Fauset S, Feldpausch TR, Monteagudo A, Phillips OL, Richard H & Chave J 2015 'Using repeated small-footprint LiDAR acquisitions to infer spatial and temporal variations of a high-biomass Neotropical forest' Remote Sensing of Environment 169, 93-101 , DOI
Dexter KG, Smart B, Baldauf C, Baker TR, Balinga MPB, Brienen RJW, Fauset S, Feldpausch TR, Silva LF-D & Muledi JI 2015 'Floristics and biogeography of vegetation in seasonally dry tropical regions' International Forestry Review 17, (2) 10-32 , DOI
Fauset S, Johnson MO, Gloor M, Baker TR, Monteagudo M. A, Brienen RJW, Feldpausch TR, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Malhi Y & ter Steege H 2015 'Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling' Nature Communications 6, (1) , DOI PEARL
Brienen RJW, Phillips OL, Feldpausch TR, Gloor E, Baker TR, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y & Lewis SL 2015 'Long-term decline of the Amazon carbon sink' Nature 519, (7543) 344-348 , DOI
Lewis SL, Sonké B, Sunderland T, Begne SK, Lopez-Gonzalez G, van der Heijden GMF, Phillips OL, Affum-Baffoe K, Baker TR & Banin L 2013 'Above-ground biomass and structure of 260 African tropical forests' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 368, (1625) 20120295-20120295 , DOI PEARL
Fauset S, Baker TR, Lewis SL, Feldpausch TR, Affum-Baffoe K, Foli EG, Hamer KC & Swaine MD 2012 'Drought-induced shifts in the floristic and functional composition of tropical forests in Ghana' Ecology Letters 15, (10) 1120-1129 , DOI
Parmentier I, Harrigan RJ, Buermann W, Mitchard ETA, Saatchi S, Malhi Y, Bongers F, Hawthorne WD, Leal ME & Lewis SL 2011 'Predicting alpha diversity of African rain forests: models based on climate and satellite-derived data do not perform better than a purely spatial model' Journal of Biogeography 38, (6) 1164-1176 , DOI