Our research focuses on Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems and biosphere-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases. Studies undertaken range from investigations of the smallest microbial unit to whole catchment ecosystems and across a wide range of latitudes, with a developing focus on tropical ecosystems. Our research considers element cycles, water balances and energy budgets in response to change, whether caused by natural catastrophe through volcanic eruptions or fire, or through human impact. There is a strong focus on understanding carbon and nutrient dynamics within wetland ecosystems and ecophysiological responses of forests to change. A key approach undertaken in this area is the application of experimental simulations of individual drivers of global change in order to understand likely ecosystem responses, while providing a mechanistic understanding of any changes to key underlying processes and microbial communities.
Our research has taken place across the globe, including northern peatlands, European grasslands, South African grasslands, and in the tropical forests of Borneo and Central and South America.
Potential research projects
We encourage enquiries from prospective students on any aspect of biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology and environmental science. Lists of postgraduate research projects likely to be available for a 2018 start will become available towards the end of 2017.