Dr Sophie Fauset
Profiles

Dr Sophie Fauset

Lecturer in Environmental Science

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

Sophie can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Climate change
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Tropical forests
  • Trees
  • Amazon forest
  • African forests
  • Rainforest
  • Carbon cycle

Lecturer (Teaching and Research) in Environmental Science. 

Qualifications

Qualifications:
2020 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). University of Plymouth, UK.
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)
Associate Editor - Food and Energy Security
Review Editor - Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (Forest Ecophysiology)

Teaching interests

I teach on the BSc Environment Science, BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability, and BSc/BA Geography. I also supervise projects for undergraduate and postgraduate students. My teaching areas are in ecology, conservation and statistical analysis. I try to embed examples from my own research and the scientific literature into my materials.


ENVS1009 - Sustainability Science
ENVS1003 - The Biosphere
ENVS2002 - Environmental Expedition (Malaysia field course)
GGX3204 - Big Data and Spatial Analytics
GGP3204 - Biological Conservation (module leader)

Research interests

My research interests are in the response of forests to global change, including the impacts of climate change, increasing carbon dioxide, and forest degradation. I have experience in tropical forest ecology, ecophysiology and ecosystem modelling. My current broad goal is to use plant functional traits to understand physiological responses of tree and forests to environmental change. A particular focus at present is how different species of tree maintain leaf temperatures, and the impacts of climate change on leaf functioning.


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Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Kate Vogiatzis - PhD commenced 2019 - University of Plymouth (director of studies)

Igor Araujo - MSc completed 2020 - State University of Mato Grosso (external collaborator)

Rakesh Tiwari - PhD completed 2019 - University of Leeds (co-supervisor)

Grants & contracts

2020 £100k Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund - NERC. Networking project with multiple partners in the UK and internationally.
2020 £47k Global Challenge Research Fund. Collaborative project with Dr Shalom Addo-Danso, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana.
2020 £8.9k Research grant - Seale Hayne Educational Trust. Collaboration with Dr Hail Rihan, University of Plymouth.
2020 £6.5k International Exchanges - Royal Society. Collaborative project with Dr Shalom Addo-Danso, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana.
2019 £5.5k Presidents International Fellowship Initiative - Chinese Academy of Sciences. Visiting Scientist at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden, collaborating with Dr Hua Lin. 
2019 University Research Fellowship awarded to Kate Vogiatzis
2015 £22k Post-Doctoral Fellowship - FAPESP (Sao Paulo Research Foundation) covering salary and research expenses.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Reis SM, Marimon BS, Morandi PS, Elias F, Esquivel-Muelbert A, Marimon Junior BH, Fauset S, Oliveira EA, Heijden GMF & Galbraith D 2020 'Causes and consequences of liana infestation in southern Amazonia' Journal of Ecology , DOI
Muscarella R, Emilio T, Phillips OL, Lewis SL, Slik F, Baker WJ, Couvreur TLP, Eiserhardt WL, Svenning J & Affum-Baffoe K 2020 'The global abundance of tree palms' Global Ecology and Biogeography 29, (9) 1495-1514 , DOI Open access
Aguirre-Gutiérrez J, Malhi Y, Lewis SL, Fauset S, Adu-Bredu S, Affum-Baffoe K, Baker TR, Gvozdevaite A, Hubau W & Moore S 2020 'Long-term droughts may drive drier tropical forests towards increased functional, taxonomic and phylogenetic homogeneity' Nature Communications 11, (1) , DOI Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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