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Unpacking biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationships

Are diverse plant communities more productive than species-poor ones? And if so, why is this the case? I spent much of my PhD exploring this question in the context of European forests.

 

 
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Characterising forest carbon dynamics: from individual trees to entire biomes

Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change by sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in wood. I'm interested in understanding how best to quantify this carbon sink and ensure it persists into the future.

 
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Drivers of forest structure, composition and function

I'm using novel airborne remote sensing data - including LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery - in an effort to better understand what factors shape the structure, compositions and function of the world's forests.

 
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How are forest ecosystems responding to climate change?

I'm using a combination of permanent plot data and tree ring time series to characterise how forests are responding to rapid changes in their environment, such as those associated with extreme climate events. 

 

 
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Understanding and managing the impacts of invasive species

Invasive species are one of the leading threats to biodiversity worldwide. I'm interested in understanding how invasive plants establish and spread outside of their native range, how this affects native communities, and how these impacts can be mitigated most effectively.

 

 
 
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See here for a list of publications associated with each of these research themes