Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) Centre

Terrific Scientific

LEAF are teaming up with the BBC, the United Bank of Carbon, and the Woodland Trust for Terrific Scientific, a new campaign to inspire primary children to get excited about...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Green Space Partnerships

Expert(s):

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Professor Piers Forster

    Professor Piers Forster

    Piers is Professor of Physical Climate Change in the School of Earth and Environment where he leads a group of scientists examining the causes of climate change and the Earth's response. Piers is also a charity trustee for the United Bank of Carbon, a non-profit organisation aiming to reduce deforestation in the tropics.

Leeds Parks Project

The Leeds Parks Project is examining public parks in Leeds, from the Victorian era to the present day. The project aims to understand better the history of parks in Leeds,...VIEW FULL PROJECT

ForestPlots.net

ForestPlots.net is a repository for long-term inventory plot data, and data management tool to better measure, monitor and understand the world’s tropical forests. With a focus on the tropics, 740...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Forest Monitoring

Expert(s):

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Leeds Forest Observatory

LEAF researchers from across the University are working with Leeds City Council to establish a Forest Observatory here in Leeds. The Leeds Forest Observatory (LFO) will allow students and staff...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Green Space

Expert(s):

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

Air Pollution Garden

The UK’s first Air Pollution Garden has been established at Sheffield Botanical Gardens through a collaboration between the three White Rose universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield. What is an...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Air Quality

Expert(s):

  • 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.

  • Dr Stephen Arnold

    Dr Stephen Arnold

    Steve is Associate Professor of Atmospheric Composition in the School of Earth and Environment. Steve's research focuses on the processing and transport of gases and aerosols in the atmosphere; in particular their interactions with the Earth's biosphere and climate system.

Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak is a collaboration across the three White Rose universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield, creating the first cross-institutional hub of its kind for interdisciplinary research into British...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Plants and People

Expert(s):

  • Dr Amy Cutler

    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.

VERA

The response of the atmosphere to changes in the distribution of vegetation is not completely understood. The Vegetation Effects on Rainfall in West Africa (VERA) project will combine satellite observations...VIEW FULL PROJECT

BORNET-Eurasia

The Eurasian Boreal region is warming more than twice as fast as the average for the whole planet, making it vital to identify and understand the interactions between the land,...VIEW FULL PROJECT

AfriTRON

The African Tropical Rainforest Observation Network (AfriTRON) is an international network of researchers engaged in on-the-ground long-term monitoring of tropical forests. The network pools expertise and data to help answer...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Forest Monitoring

Expert(s):

  • 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.

  • 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.

SAMBBA

Over the Amazon, deforestation and agricultural burning lead to high concentrations of particles in the atmosphere. The South AMerican Biomass Burning Analysis (SAMBBA) project is investigating the properties of biomass...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Fire in the Forest

Expert(s):

  • Dr Alex Rap

    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

    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.

  • 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.

RAINFOR

The Amazon Forest Inventory Network (RAINFOR) aims to understand the dynamics of Amazon ecosystems through international collaboration. Co-ordinated by researchers from the School of Geography, RAINFOR has established a framework...VIEW FULL PROJECT

Research Area(s): Forest Monitoring

Expert(s):

  • 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 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.