Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) Centre

LEAF People

Jess Baker

PhD researcher in Tropical Hydrology

Jess Baker
Jess Baker

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Jess Baker

Jess is a PhD student in the School of Geography where her research focuses on the climate of the Amazon. Jess uses isotopes in tree rings as a tool to reconstruct the Amazon water cycle, and understand recent climatic changes in the context of a longer-term perspective. Jess also uses trajectory modelling to get a better understanding of how the climate signals in these isotope records arise. Jess is particularly interested in the interaction between climate and vegetation, and the impacts of climate change on tropical forests.

Dr Sarah Batterman

Tropical Ecologist

Dr Sarah Batterman

Dr Sarah Batterman

Sarah Batterman is a Natural Environment Research Council Independent Research Fellow and University Academic Fellow in the School of Geography. She is interested in the diversity and function of plants and their feedbacks with the global environment. Her research currently focuses on the role of nitrogen fixation in tropical biogeochemical cycles and the tropical carbon sink.

Dr Roel Brienen

Tropical Ecologist

Dr Roel Brienen

Dr Roel Brienen

Roel is a Research Fellow in the School of Geography. Roel’s research focuses on the impact of climate change on tropical forests using novel techniques to reconstruct historical changes. In particular Roel uses tree rings and stable isotopes to examine the response of forests to changes in atmospheric composition and the hydrological cycle.

Dr Wolfgang Buermann

Ecosystem Dynamicist

Dr Wolfgang Buermann

Dr Wolfgang Buermann

Wolfgang is an Associate Professor in Ecosystem Dynamics in the School of Earth and Environment. His research focuses on the effect of global environmental change on ecosystems, the terrestrial carbon cycle and pattern of biodiversity. In this research, Wolfgang utilises a variety of Earth system models including global circulation, atmospheric transport and ecosystem models. Hereby, he also makes extensive use of satellite Earth observations, such as global vegetation products.

Luke Conibear

PhD researcher in Bioenergy

Luke Conibear

Luke Conibear

Luke is a PhD student within the interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy. Luke's work focuses on quantifying air quality impacts of solid fuel interventions in low and middle income countries. Luke uses a regional atmospheric model to simulate the impacts from solid-fuel interventions, in order to make the first detailed projections of the potential for clean-burning cookstoves to improve household and ambient air quality and human health.

Dr Amy Cutler

LEAF Alumni; Research Fellow in English

Dr Amy Cutler
Dr Amy Cutler

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Dr Amy Cutler

Amy was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the in the School of English and now works at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research focuses on modern British literature and cultural geography, and she led the Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange funded project Hearts of Oak, including workshops in woodland sites. She convenes the Forest Humanities JISCMail, which supports the role of humanities research in understanding the cultural constructions of ideas of British woodland. She recently curated the exhibition 'Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig', on memorial trees, dendrochronology, and art.

Dr Martin Dallimer

Lecturer in Environmental Change

Dr Martin Dallimer

Dr Martin Dallimer

Martin is a lecturer in Environmental Change in the School of Earth and Environment. Martin applies research techniques from across different disciplines to understand and better inform biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services management in a human-dominated world. To date, Martin’s work has included (i) using economic valuation techniques to determine whether people's preferences for biodiversity and ecosystem service provision varies across international boundaries; (ii) urban ecosystems and human-wildlife interactions (e.g. the role that biodiversity plays as a source of well-being in urban green spaces; using stated preference techniques to value urban biodiversity); and (iii) land-use change/management (e.g. small islands, urbanisation, upland agro-ecosystems).

Dr Monica Di Gregorio

Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Governance

Dr Monica Di Gregorio

Dr Monica Di Gregorio

Monica is a Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Governance. Her research examines contentious environmental politics and development and is centered on climate change and land use politics and policy, environmental movements and policy networks in the Global South. Her recent work on climate change policy focuses policies related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation policies and actions in forestry and agriculture. She also has a broader research interest in natural resources governance.

Professor Andy Dougill

Dean of the Faculty of Environment

Professor Andy Dougill

Professor Andy Dougill

Andy is Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Dean of the Faculty of Environment. Andy's research focuses on understanding environmental change in dryland regions of Africa, including both miombo woodland systems and semi-arid savanna rangelands. He has assessed a wide range of community-based natural resource management initiatives and developed approaches for community monitoring of environmental change and land management options, in a wide range of environmental settings. Research approaches developed require the integration of a number of disciplines, including soil science, ecology, development studies and environmental social science. He currently holds a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship for a project on “Socio-environmental analyses of community carbon projects in Malawi & Zambia” and has active research projects across southern Africa more widely.

Dr Jen Dyer

Lecturer in Environmental Conservation

Dr Jen Dyer

Dr Jen Dyer

Jen is a Lecturer in the Sustainability Research Institute, part of the School of Earth and Environment. Jen's research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the links between natural resources and development. This has included investigating the impacts of a biodiesel crop (Jatropha curcas) on livelihoods in Malawi, as well as assessing the potential for climate-compatible development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Sophie Fauset

Tropical Ecologist

Dr Sophie Fauset

Dr Sophie Fauset

Sophie is a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Geography and linked to the Institute of Biology at the University of Campinas, Brazil. Her research interests include the impacts of climatic and anthropogenic disturbances on tropical forest physiology and functioning. Sophie is currently using data collection and modelling to investigate the impacts of degradation and fragmentation on forest carbon cycling.

Dr David Galbraith

Lecturer in Earth System Dynamics

Dr David Galbraith

Dr David Galbraith

David is a lecturer in Earth System Dynamics in the School of Geography. David's research focuses on the dynamics of vegetation in tropical forests and how they could be affected by future environmental change. To do this, David uses field data collected across the tropics to improve the representation of key processes in dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs).

Professor Keith Hamer

Animal Ecologist

Professor Keith Hamer

Professor Keith Hamer

Keith is Professor of Animal Ecology in the School of Biology. The focus of Keith’s research is wildlife ecology and the conservation of biodiversity in natural and managed landscapes and seascapes. Keith's group are investigating the patterns, causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity following the degradation and fragmentation of tropical forests, and examining methods for improving biodiversity in oil palm plantations. Keith is also interested in the interactions between biodiversity and food security in Africa, in the face of climate change and human population growth, and is a member of Africa College.

Professor Dwayne Heard

Atmospheric Chemist

Professor Dwayne Heard

Professor Dwayne Heard

Dwayne is Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the School of Chemistry. Dwayne’s research group develop new ways to measure the amount, and study the behaviour of, particular compounds in the atmosphere. This includes compounds found in the air in and above forests, such as the highly reactive hydroxyl radical (OH) which controls the oxidising capacity of the atmosphere and determines how long other important compounds (e.g., methane and carbon monoxide) can remain for.

Professor Bill Kunin

Ecologist

Professor Bill Kunin

Professor Bill Kunin

Bill is Professor of Ecology in the School of Biology. Bill’s research focuses on the interactions between plants and the pollinators and herbivores that feed upon them. In addition, Bill’s research interests extend to the maintenance and conservation of biodiversity, specifically the role of dispersal across environmental boundaries.

Dr Simon Lewis

Global Change Ecologist

Dr Simon Lewis

Dr Simon Lewis

Simon is Reader in Global Change Science in the School of Geography and holds an equivalent position at University College London. He is formerly a Royal Society Research Fellow in the School of Geography (2004-2013). The focus of Simon’s research is on understanding the way humans are influencing the Earth system, specifically tropical forests. He founded and co-manages the African Tropical Rainforest Observation Network (AfriTRON), a network of long-term monitoring sites across 12 countries in tropical Africa. Simon uses data from long-term monitoring sites across the tropics to examine the changes occurring in remote forests.

Dr Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez

Plant Ecologist

Dr Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez

Dr Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez

Gabriela is a Research Scientist in the School of Geography and her main interests include ecoinformatics and plant functional type characteristics. Since 2005 Gabriela has been working on the development and implementation of the extensive ForestPlots.net database of forest inventories, including data from the AfriTRON and RAINFOR networks.

Professor Doug Parker

Meteorologist

Professor Doug Parker
Professor Doug Parker

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Professor Doug Parker

Doug is Professor of Meteorology in the School of Earth and Environment. Doug's research focuses on the physics and dynamics of weather systems, and their interaction with aspects of the regional climate system including vegetation. Doug also co-ordinates the University's formal partnership with the UK Met Office.

Douglas Phillips

PhD researcher in Sustainable Bioenergy

Douglas Phillips

Douglas Phillips

Dougie is a PhD student in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, with a research focus on the potential of the UK's forest and woodland resource for sustainable bioenergy production. Dougie is looking at the compositional and chemical variations of wood – sourced from a variety of UK hardwood and softwood species and harvested from different sites across the country.

Professor Oliver Phillips

Tropical Ecologist

Professor Oliver Phillips

Professor Oliver Phillips

Oliver is Professor of Tropical Ecology in the School of Geography. Oliver's research focuses on understanding the dynamics of carbon and biodiversity across the world’s tropical forests and how these alter with changing climate. To do this, Oliver leads a team of more than 100 researchers in Leeds, across South America, and elsewhere, involved in the long-term and detailed monitoring of tropical ecosystems.

Dr Alex Rap

Atmospheric Scientist

Dr Alex Rap
Dr Alex Rap

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Dr Alex Rap

Alex is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the School of Earth and Environment. Alex studies the way that particles and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere affect the climate. Part of Alex’s research focuses on understanding how particles produced during biomass burning in the tropics affect the atmosphere and the vegetation growing beneath.

Dr Carly Reddington

Atmospheric Scientist

Dr Carly Reddington
Dr Carly Reddington

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Dr Carly Reddington

Carly is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the School of Earth and Environment. Carly's research focuses on understanding how particles produced during biomass burning affect the atmosphere and climate. Carly uses a detailed global model of the atmosphere to simulate the emission of these particles, their processing in the atmosphere, and how their presence affects the local climate.

Hannah Roberts

PhD researcher in Psychology

Hannah Roberts
Hannah Roberts

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Hannah Roberts

Hannah is a PhD student in the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds, and Born in Bradford within the Bradford Institute for Health Research. Hannah's research is focused on developing and evaluating an environmental intervention into green space use in order to promote health. She aims to identify the readily modifiable determinants of green space use within one of the most deprived areas of the country, and then manipulate these in an intervention and test the effects."

Dr Susannah Sallu

Lecturer in Environment and Development

Dr Susannah Sallu

Dr Susannah Sallu

Susannah is a Lecturer in Environment and Development in the School of Earth and Environment, Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Development and an active member of Africa College. Susannah has academic training in both the natural and social sciences. She works in interdisciplinary ways to understand opportunities and challenges of achieving sustainable development with the aim to directly inform environment and development policy and action. Her research specifically sets out to better understand the relationships between social and economic development, land use change (e.g. agricultural development and deforestation), environmental degradation and conservation in developing country contexts. Recent research has investigated the impacts of conservation and development initiatives and climate change on rural livelihoods and well-being in Africa. She has significant experience working in East & Southern Africa, and some experience conducting research in Bangladesh and South East Asia.

Dr Cat Scott

LEAF Co-ordinator and Atmospheric Scientist

Dr Cat Scott

Dr Cat Scott

Cat is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the School of Earth and Environment. Cat studies the way that particles are formed in the atmosphere from molecules emitted by trees (biogenic volatile organic compounds; BVOCs), and how these particles go on to affect the climate. Cat's main research interest is the way that human activities and the biosphere interact and how this might change in the future.

Kamalika Sengupta

PhD researcher in Atmospheric Science

Kamalika Sengupta

Kamalika Sengupta

Kamalika is a PhD student in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the School of Earth and Environment. Kamalika's work is part of the CLOUD experiment at CERN, measuring aerosol formation and growth rates in the atmosphere within an unique stainless steel cloud chamber. Kamalika's work focuses on modelling aerosol formation with an emphasis on the role and climate impacts of biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Vegetation is the most significant contributor of biogenic VOCs to the atmosphere. These VOCs then undergo chemical reactions and help in aerosol formation. Quantifying the direct and indirect climate effects of aerosol formed from biogenic VOCs is important to understand the role of forests, as well as the effect of human activities on Earth.

Professor Dominick Spracklen

LEAF Co-Director and Atmospheric Scientist

Professor Dominick Spracklen

Professor Dominick Spracklen

Dom is Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in the School of Earth and Environment. Dom leads a research group whose focus is on interactions between the biosphere, atmosphere and climate, and understanding how these interactions are being altered by human activity. Dom is also Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Bank of Carbon, a non-profit organisation aiming to reduce deforestation in the tropics.

Dr Hannah Walker

Environmental Scientist

Dr Hannah Walker

Dr Hannah Walker

Hannah studied Chemistry at Durham University, and completed a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Leeds. Hannah’s research interests have shifted from fundamental atmospheric chemistry towards other aspects of the natural environment. She is especially interested in the value of trees in both urban and wild landscapes. Hannah is working on the Leeds4Trees project. She will survey trees on and around the University of Leeds campus and in Middleton Park, and will use iTree software to estimate the ecosystem services they provide and therefore their economic value.

Dr Lisa Whalley

Atmospheric Chemist

Dr Lisa Whalley

Dr Lisa Whalley

Lisa is an instrument scientist working in the School of Chemistry. Lisa is responsible for the development and operation of the ground-based Fluorescence Assay by Gas Expansion (FAGE) instrument which allows measurements of the oxidant compounds in the atmosphere. In 2008 Lisa took part in the Oxidant and Particle Photochemical Processes (OP3) campaign, making measurements of the concentration and reactivity of the hydroxyl radical (OH) in the atmosphere of a Borneo rainforest.

Dr Stephen Whitfield

Political Ecologist

Dr Stephen Whitfield

Dr Stephen Whitfield

Stephen is a Research Fellow in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), part of the School of Earth and Environment. With a broad interest in agricultural development, climate change adaptation, and ecosystem services, Stephen is currently examining the role of conservation agriculture in Zambia and Malawi, as a climate smart agricultural development pathway.

Dr Guy Ziv

Lecturer in Ecosystem Services

Dr Guy Ziv

Dr Guy Ziv

Guy is a Lecturer in the School of Geography where he combines natural and social science to inform decision makers at various levels. Guy's research focuses on developing quantitative tools to assess the impacts of climate change, policy and human activities on land use/land cover, biodiversity and ecosystem services