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Dr Ted Feldpausch

Dr Ted Feldpausch

Senior Lecturer

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 Laver Building 707B

 

Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK

Overview

My research and teaching focus on tropical forest and savanna ecology, with an emphasis on understanding the drivers of vegetation dynamics and structure, the effect of changing climate on carbon and nutrient cycling and storage, and how disturbance and forest degradation, including natural processes and anthropogenic conversion, affect long-term vegetation function. I trained in plant biology and environmental sciences at Michigan State University and then worked for a number of years in research with the US Forest Service and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I obtained an MSc and PhD in forest ecology and soil science at Cornell University studying secondary forests and logging while living for several years in central and southern Amazonia. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell using stable isotopes to study changes in plant and soil carbon dynamics due to invasive species, I moved to a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Leeds studying the drivers of change in pantropical tropical forests and savannas. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and Director of Internationalisation and Development in Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Externally, I am an affiliated professor at the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) and UNEMAT, Brazil.

Broad research specialisms:

Tropical forest ecology; Amazonia and Africa; Land-cover, land-use change; Forest disturbance, degradation, and recovery; Logging; Forest-climate interactions; Drought; Fire; Pyrogenic carbon; Terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycling

Qualifications

PhD, Forest Ecology/Soil Science, Cornell University
MSc, Soil Science/Conservation and Sustainable Land-use, Cornell University
BSc, Environmental Plant Biology, Michigan State University

Career

AMAZONICA, TROBIT, and RAINFOR projects, University of Leeds, UK. Funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
US National Science Foundation project, Cornell University, NY USA
NASA-sponsored Large- Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA-ECO)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, WA USA
US Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, MI, USA

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Tropical forest ecology;  Land-cover, land-use change; Forest disturbance, degradation, and recovery; Logging; Forest-climate interactions; Drought; Fire; Terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycling; Soil water use

Postdoctoral opportunities

Research Projects

 

Biodiversity resilience and ecosystem services in post-conflict socio-ecological systems in Colombia

The BioResilience project examines the long-term resilience of Colombian forest ecosystems to environmental and climatic changes and to improve understanding of the future implications of forest degradation for Colombian society (PI Feldpausch; NERC/AHRC NE/R017980/1). This fills a research gap in understanding how forests, which may be regarded as biologically 'degraded', have undergone changes in biodiversity, in ecosystem services, and in how they participate in local and global cycles of carbon and energy. The project will evaluate biodiversity and current and historical effects of fire, and carbon storage and changing climate. These data will be integrated with socio-cultural research, focusing on existing cultures of biodiversity conservation. This understanding is essential if the scientific evidence is to be integrated into long-term management plans and policy, as forest degradation in Colombia is strongly associated with changes to the fabric of social life, including the effects of sustained conflict. The project aims to transform understanding of the controls on forest biodiversity and ecosystem service, determine ecosystem resilience to climate and disturbance, and support socio-environmental planning for sustainable resource use.

 

 

Fire effects on tropical forests: past, present, future

While deforestation has declined in some tropical areas, forests are undergoing an increase in the number and area of fires. There is large uncertainty about how fire affects forests and the degree to which historical fires have contributed to the formation of modern forests. I currently coordinate two projects evaluating the effects of fire on tropical forests at two time scales: historical fires (over hundreds to thousands of years) and modern fires (within the last few decades).

Historical fire: Under a three-year project (PI Feldpausch; NERC NE/N011570/1), we are evaluating the extent of past fires in Amazonia, including the chronology, contribution to soil pyrogenic carbon storage and the isotopic signature of past fires to evaluate whether past fires have legacy effects on the composition, structure, and dynamics of modern forests. The results will have significant impacts in predicting the future magnitude and longevity of the Amazon carbon sink, understanding long-term fire effects, redirecting conservation practices, improving vegetation models, and affecting policy such as REDD+.

Modern fires: Using a combination of ground-based measurements, airborne lidar, and radar data, we are quantifying how human-induced disturbances affect the uptake and release of carbon in degraded Amazon forests across the basin-wide degradation frontier (Feldpausch, SilvaCarbon Fund). We are evaluating how logging and fire disturbance modifies forest structure and species composition, and whether these changes alter trajectories of degradation and/or recovery, and forest resilience to disturbance.

 

 

Lightning: An invisible driver of tree mortality in the tropics?

This project aims to determine the rate of lightning-induced tree mortality in the tropics (PI T.Hill, coI Feldpausch; NERC NE/P001564/1). Currently, it is known that some large trees in the tropic have been killed by lightning, and it is also known that lightning strikes in the tropics probably strike trees with up to ~ 1 % of forest biomass each year. Therefore lightning could have a major influence on forest dynamics. As lightning rates increase with climate warming, the strength of the terrestrial carbon sink may even be reduced.  Despite the potential significance of lightning in the tropics, there have been almost no studies on the interaction between lightning and trees in the tropics. As a consequence, estimates on the rates of lightning-induced tree mortality and subsequent lightning-driven forest carbon dynamics simply do not exist.  We will perform the world's first systematic observations of lightning-induced mortality through the large-scale deployment of novel lightning strike sensors to quantify the number of trees struck and killed by lightning over a 4 year period. This approach will allow us to address a major question of the 21st century about drivers of tree mortality in the tropics, and the resultant effect on the tropical land carbon sink.

 

 

Amazon Secondary Forest Fertilization Experiment

Tropical forest degradation and regrowth is potentially a first-order component of human influence on the carbon cycle but is poorly understood. This project works to improve understanding of forest degradation, nutrient limitations and implications for forest C sinks (PI Feldpausch). To date, most research on the role of tropical forests in the global C cycle has focused on “intact” forests and deforestation, with very limited emphasis on degradation and secondary forest regrowth. Previous land-use intensity and nutrient limitations may affect the rate of C sequestration in regrowing forests by resulting in nutrient loss via burning, erosion, and leaching. While CO2 fertilization may increase the terrestrial C sink, nutrient limitations may place limits on the magnitude of this effect, because tropical forest soils are acidic and nutrient impoverished, especially in P. However, almost nothing is known about how nutrient limitations such as P and Ca affect regrowing tropical forest vegetation, soil moisture dynamics, and response to drought. This project employs a long-term secondary forest fertilization experiment (15+ years) to address these knowledge gaps.

 

Research grants

2018 - 2021, 'BioResilience: Biodiversity resilience and ecosystem services in post-conflict socio-ecological systems in Colombia', NERC/AHRC, £1.4M, T. Feldpausch (PI), coIs: D. Urrego, T. Pennington, N. Millner, L. Mercado, project partners: E. Alvarez-Davila, C.R. Montes-Pulido, J. Richardson, D. Armenteras, C. Velasquez-Ruiz, O.L. Hernandez-Manrique. 

2018, NERC Radiocarbon Facility, charcoal 14C AMS dates to support a pilot study evaluating variation in past fire across Amazonia, £13,554. PI Feldpausch

2018, QUEX Initiator grant, Amazon pyrogenic carbon: soil, peat, and Aeolian transport, £10k, PI Feldpausch, co-I Gallego-Sala

2017, 'Historical fire effects on old-growth Amazon forest, soil fertility and carbon storage' Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), NERC, £20k, T. Feldpausch (PI) and L. Aragao (co-I).

2017, 'Effects of El Niño and fire on Colombian forests', Ayudar Colombia and Santander Universities, £1680, T. Feldpausch (PI), L.C.S Carvalho (co-I), E. Alvarez-Dávila (project partner, Colombia)

2016 - 2020, 'Cerrado-Amazonia Transition: ecological and socio-environmental basis for conservation' - Long-Term Ecological Research Network, CNPq-Brazil, £147k, B.S. Marimon (PI), Project partners: B.H. Marimon, O. Phillips, R. Brienen, T.R. Feldpausch

2016 - 2019, "Forest Network (ReFlor): biodiversity, climate change, and biotechnology in the 'Arc of Deforestation', Brazil", Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Mato Grosso (FAPEMAT), £58k, PI B.H. Marimon,  Rafael Soares de Arruda (co-I), Project partners: B.S. Marimon, O. Phillips, E. Gloor, T.R. Feldpausch

2016 - 2021 'Lightning: An invisible driver of tree mortality in the tropics?' NERC (NE/P001564/1), £800k, Hill, T. (PI); Co-I: T.R. Feldpausch, E. Mitchard, M. Haddad; Project Partners: G. Chuyong, H. Chapman, J. Elworthy, L. Rowland, D. Mitchard

2016 - 2019, 'Do past fires explain current carbon dynamics of "old-growth" Amazonian forests?', NERC (NE/N011570/1), £800k, Feldpausch, T.R. (PI); Co-I:  L. Aragão, C. Belcher, O. Phillips; Project Partners: M. Bird, C. Quesada, K. Macario

2016 - 2017, 'The Weather Maker Live: Research projects piloted and communicated', Eden Project and University of Exeter Research Collaboration Fund, £7500, J. Elworthy (PI), R. Betts (co-I), Project partners: T. Hill, L. Rowland, I. Hartley, L. Mercado, T.R. Feldpausch

2014 - 2016, 'Biomass and fire in degraded forests in Peru and Brazil: Evaluation using airborne LIDAR remote sensing', SilvaCarbon Fund, £133k, Keller, M. (PI); Feldpausch, T.R. (Co-I)

2014 - 2016, 'Phytogeography and paleovegetation of the Amazon/Cerrado transition in Mato Grosso, Brazil', Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Mato Grosso (FAPEMAT), £6400, Marimon, B.H. (PI); Feldpausch, T.R. (Project Partner) 

2013 - 2016, 'Phytogeographic characterization, species distribution, and woody vegetation determinants in the Cerrado / Amazonia transition', Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), £55,300, Marimon, B.H. (PI); Feldpausch, T.R. (Project Partner)

2012 - 2015, 'Fire, pyrogenic carbon, and Amazonian forest', Brazilian National Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), £137k, Feldpausch, T.R. (PI); Project partners: B.H. Marimon, B. Marimon, C. Quesada, M. Bird, K. Macario

2011 - 2012, 'Assessing the impacts of the 2010 drought at the Amazon forest-savanna zone of tension', NERC (NE/I02982X/1), £65k, Phillips, O. (PI), Feldpausch, T.R. (Co-I), Project partners: J. Lloyd, Y. Malhi, L. Arroyo, B.H. Marimon, B. Marimon

Research Networks

  • ForestPlots.net Database
  • Research Program in Biodiversity (Programa de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade, PPBio)
  • Amazon Integrated Carbon Analysis (AMAZONICA)
  • African Tropical Rainforest Observation Network (AfriTRON)
  • Amazon Forest Inventory Network (RAINFOR)
  • SilvaCarbon - Strengthening Capacity Worldwide for Forest and Landscape Monitoring 
  • Amazon Tree Diversity Network (ATDN)
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO)
  • Forest Observation System - Global plot data for earth observation and land surface modelling
  • Sustainable Landscapes Brazil (Paisagem Sustentáveis Brasil) - Embrapa, Brazil

Links

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Koele N, Bird M, Haig J, Marimon-Junior BH, Marimon BS, Phillips OL, de Oliveira EA, Quesada CA, Feldpausch TR (2017). Amazon Basin forest pyrogenic carbon stocks: First estimate of deep storage. Geoderma, 306, 237-243. Abstract.  Full text.
Feldpausch TR, Phillips OL, Brienen RJW, Gloor E, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y, Alarcón A, Álvarez Dávila E, et al (2016). Amazon forest response to repeated droughts. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30(7), 964-982. Abstract.  Full text.
Doughty CE, Metcalfe DB, Girardin CAJ, Amézquita FF, Cabrera DG, Huasco WH, Silva-Espejo JE, Araujo-Murakami A, da Costa MC, Rocha W, et al (2015). Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia. Nature, 519(7541), 78-82. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Brienen RJW, Phillips OL, Feldpausch TR, Gloor E, Baker TR, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y, Lewis SL, et al (2015). Long-term decline of the Amazon carbon sink. Nature, 519(7543), 344-348. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Mitchard ETA, Feldpausch TR, Brienen RJW, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo A, Baker TR, Lewis SL, Lloyd J, Quesada CA, Gloor M, et al (2014). Markedly divergent estimates of amazon forest carbon density from ground plots and satellites. Global Ecology and Biogeography Full text.
Feldpausch TR, Lloyd J, Lewis SL, Brienen RJW, Gloor M, Monteagudo Mendoza A, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Banin L, Abu Salim K, Affum-Baffoe K, et al (2012). Tree height integrated into pantropical forest biomass estimates. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 9(8), 3381-3403. Author URL.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Sullivan MJP, Talbot J, Lewis SL, Phillips OL, Qie L, Begne SK, Chave J, Cuni-Sanchez A, Hubau W, Lopez-Gonzalez G, et al (In Press). Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Sci Rep, 7 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Coelho de Souza F, Dexter KG, Phillips OL, Brienen RJW, Chave J, Galbraith DR, Lopez Gonzalez G, Monteagudo Mendoza A, Pennington RT, Poorter L, et al (In Press). Evolutionary heritage influences Amazon tree ecology. Proc Biol Sci, 283(1844). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Gomes VHF, IJff SD, Raes N, Amaral IL, Salomão RP, de Souza Coelho L, de Almeida Matos FD, Castilho CV, de Andrade Lima Filho D, López DC, et al (In Press). Species Distribution Modelling: Contrasting presence-only models with plot abundance data. Sci Rep, 8(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Johnson MO, Galbraith D, Gloor M, De Deurwaerder H, Guimberteau M, Rammig A, Thonicke K, Verbeeck H, von Randow C, Monteagudo A, et al (In Press). Variation in stem mortality rates determines patterns of above-ground biomass in Amazonian forests: implications for dynamic global vegetation models. Glob Chang Biol, 22(12), 3996-4013. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Esquivel-Muelbert A, Baker TR, Dexter KG, Lewis SL, Brienen RJW, Feldpausch TR, Lloyd J, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Arroyo L, Álvarez-Dávila E, et al (2019). Compositional response of Amazon forests to climate change. Global Change Biology, 25(1), 39-56. Abstract.  Full text.
(2018). Climate and fragmentation affect forest structure at the southern border of Amazonia. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 1-11. Abstract.  Full text.
Qie L, Baker TR, Banin LF, Chave J, Cuni-Sanchez A, Feldpausch TR, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Arets E, Ashton P, Bastin JF, et al (2018). Field methods for sampling tree height for tropical forest biomass estimation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9(5), 1179-1189. Abstract.  Full text.
Bruelheide H, Dengler J, Purschke O, Lenoir J, Jiménez-Alfaro B, Hennekens SM, Botta-Dukát Z, Chytrý M, Field R, Jansen F, et al (2018). Global trait-environment relationships of plant communities. Nat Ecol Evol, 2(12), 1906-1917. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Bastin JF, Rutishauser E, Kellner JR, Saatchi S, Pélissier R, Hérault B, Slik F, Bogaert J, De Cannière C, Marshall AR, et al (2018). Pan-tropical prediction of forest structure from the largest trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(11), 1366-1383. Abstract.  Full text.
(2018). Savanna turning into forest: concerted vegetation change at the ecotone between the Amazon and “Cerrado” biomes. Revista Brasileira de Botanica, 41(3), 611-619. Abstract.
de Souza Lima E, Haidar RF, Arroyo L, Murakami AA, de Góis Aquino F, Walter BMT, Ribeiro JF, Françoso R, Elias F, de Oliveira EA, et al (2018). Tree diversity and above-ground biomass in the South America Cerrado biome and their conservation implications. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-18. Abstract.  Full text.
(2018). What controls local-scale aboveground biomass variation in central Africa? Testing structural, composition and architectural attributes. Forest Ecology and Management, 429, 570-578. Abstract.  Full text.
Koele N, Bird M, Haig J, Marimon-Junior BH, Marimon BS, Phillips OL, de Oliveira EA, Quesada CA, Feldpausch TR (2017). Amazon Basin forest pyrogenic carbon stocks: First estimate of deep storage. Geoderma, 306, 237-243. Abstract.  Full text.
(2017). Charcoal chronology of the Amazon forest: a record of biodiversity preserved by ancient fires. Quaternary Geochronology, 41, 180-186. Abstract.  Full text.
Oliveira EA, Phillips OL, Quesada CA, Andrade AS, Brienen RJW, Camargo JLC, Chave J, Honorio Coronado EN, Ferreira LV, Higuchi N, et al (2017). Does soil pyrogenic carbon determine plant functional traits in Amazon Basin forests?. Plant Ecology, 218(9), 1047-1062. Abstract.  Full text.
Levis C, Costa FRC, Bongers F, Pena-Claros M, Clement CR, Junqueira AB, Neves EG, Tamanaha EK, Figueiredo FOG, Salomao RP, et al (2017). Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. SCIENCE, 355(6328), 925-+. Author URL.  Full text.
(2017). Relationships of S-band radar backscatter and forest aboveground biomass in different forest types. Remote Sensing, 9(11). Abstract.  Full text.
Cornejo F, Dallmeier F, Daly DC, Dávila N, Duivenvoorden JF, Duque Montoya AJ, Erwin T, Di Fiore A, Fredericksen T, Fuentes A, et al (2017). Seasonal drought limits tree species across the Neotropics. Ecography, 40(5), 618-629. Abstract.  Full text.
Feldpausch TR, Phillips OL, Brienen RJW, Gloor E, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y, Alarcón A, Álvarez Dávila E, et al (2016). Amazon forest response to repeated droughts. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30(7), 964-982. Abstract.  Full text.
(2016). Differentiation of neotropical ecosystems by modern soil phytolith assemblages and its implications for palaeoenvironmental and archaeological reconstructions II: Southwestern Amazonian forests. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 226, 30-43. Abstract.  Full text.
Levine NM, Zhang K, Longo M, Baccini A, Phillips OL, Lewis SL, Alvarez-Dávila E, Segalin de Andrade AC, Brienen RJW, Erwin TL, et al (2016). Ecosystem heterogeneity determines the ecological resilience of the Amazon to climate change. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 113(3), 793-797. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
(2016). Evidence for arrested succession in a liana-infested Amazonian forest. Journal of Ecology, 104(1), 149-159. Abstract.  Full text.
Morandi PS, Marimon BS, Eisenlohr PV, Marimon-Junior BH, Oliveira-Santos C, Feldpausch TR, De Oliveira EA, Reis SM, Lloyd J, Phillips OL, et al (2016). Patterns of tree species composition at watershed-scale in the Amazon 'arc of deforestation': Implications for conservation. Environmental Conservation, 43(4), 317-326. Abstract.  Full text.
(2016). SAR tomography for the retrieval of forest biomass and height: Cross-validation at two tropical forest sites in French Guiana. Remote Sensing of Environment, 175, 138-147. Abstract.  Full text.
Ferreira Domingues T, Ishida FY, Feldpausch TR, Grace J, Meir P, Saiz G, Sene O, Schrodt F, Sonké B, Taedoumg H, et al (2015). Biome-specific effects of nitrogen and phosphorus on the photosynthetic characteristics of trees at a forest-savanna boundary in Cameroon. Oecologia Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Diversity, floristic composition, and structure of the woody vegetation of the Cerrado in the Cerrado–Amazon transition zone in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Botanica, 38(4), 877-887. Abstract.  Full text.
Doughty CE, Metcalfe DB, Girardin CAJ, Amézquita FF, Cabrera DG, Huasco WH, Silva-Espejo JE, Araujo-Murakami A, da Costa MC, Rocha W, et al (2015). Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia. Nature, 519(7541), 78-82. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Marimon BS, Colli GR, Marimon-Junior BH, Mews HA, Eisenlohr PV, Feldpausch TR, Phillips OL (2015). Ecology of floodplain campos de murundus savanna in southern Amazonia. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 176(7), 670-681. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Edaphic, structural and physiological contrasts across Amazon Basin forest-savanna ecotones suggest a role for potassium as a key modulator of tropical woody vegetation structure and function. Biogeosciences, 12(22), 6529-6571. Abstract.  Full text.
Espírito-Santo FD, Gloor M, Keller M, Malhi Y, Saatchi S, Nelson B, Junior RCO, Pereira C, Lloyd J, Frolking S, et al (2015). Erratum: Corrigendum: Size and frequency of natural forest disturbances and the Amazon forest carbon balance. Nature Communications, 6(1). Full text.
Ter Steege H, Pitman NCA, Killeen TJ, Laurance WF, Peres CA, Guevara JE, Salomão RP, Castilho CV, Amaral IL, de Almeida Matos FD, et al (2015). Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species. Sci Adv, 1(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Dexter KG, Smart B, Baldauf C, Baker TR, Balinga MPB, Brienen RJW, Fauset S, Feldpausch TR, Ferreira-Da Silva L, Muledi JI, et al (2015). Floristics and biogeography of vegetation in seasonally dry tropical regions. INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY REVIEW, 17, 10-32. Author URL.  Full text.
Compaore H, Diallo A, Djagbletey G, Hien F, Sonké B, Toedoumg H, Zapfack L, Hiernaux P, Mougin E, Bird MI, et al (2015). Foliar trait contrasts between African forest and savanna trees: Genetic versus environmental effects. Functional Plant Biology, 42(1), 63-83. Abstract.  Full text.
Fauset S, Johnson MO, Gloor M, Baker TR, Monteagudo M A, Brienen RJW, Feldpausch TR, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Malhi Y, ter Steege H, et al (2015). Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling. Nat Commun, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Brienen RJW, Phillips OL, Feldpausch TR, Gloor E, Baker TR, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y, Lewis SL, et al (2015). Long-term decline of the Amazon carbon sink. Nature, 519(7543), 344-348. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Honorio Coronado EN, Dexter KG, Pennington RT, Chave J, Lewis SL, Alexiades MN, Alvarez E, Alves de Oliveira A, Amaral IL, Araujo-Murakami A, et al (2015). Phylogenetic diversity of Amazonian tree communities. Diversity and Distributions Abstract.  Full text.
Morandi PS, Junior BHM, Feldpausch TR, Elias F (2015). Post-fire dynamics of the woody vegetation of a savanna forest (Cerradão) in the Cerrado-Amazon transition zone. Acta Botanica Brasilica, 29(3), 408-416. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Recent Amazon climate as background for possible ongoing and future changes of Amazon humid forests. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29(9), 1384-1399. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Structural, physiognomic and above-ground biomass variation in savanna-forest transition zones on three continents - How different are co-occurring savanna and forest formations?. Biogeosciences, 12(10), 2927-2951. Abstract.  Full text.
Ascough P, Domingues T, Schrodt F, Schwarz M, Feldpausch TR, Veenendaal E, Djagbletey G, Jacobsen G, Hien F, Compaore H, et al (2015). The influence of C3 and C4 vegetation on soil organic matter dynamics in contrasting semi-natural tropical ecosystems. Biogeosciences, 12(16), 5041-5059. Abstract.  Full text.
(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. Abstract.  Full text.
Mitchard ETA, Feldpausch TR, Brienen RJW, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo A, Baker TR, Lewis SL, Lloyd J, Quesada CA, Gloor M, et al (2014). Markedly divergent estimates of amazon forest carbon density from ground plots and satellites. Global Ecology and Biogeography Full text.
(2014). Methods to estimate aboveground wood productivity from long-term forest inventory plots. Forest Ecology and Management, 320, 30-38. Abstract.  Full text.
Espírito-Santo FDB, Gloor M, Keller M, Malhi Y, Saatchi S, Nelson B, Junior RCO, Pereira C, Lloyd J, Frolking S, et al (2014). Size and frequency of natural forest disturbances and the Amazon forest carbon balance. Nat Commun, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Martins DL, Schietti J, Feldpausch TR, Luizão FJ, Phillips OL, Andrade A, Castilho CV, Laurance SG, Oliveira Á, Amaral IL, et al (2014). Soil-induced impacts on forest structure drive coarse woody debris stocks across central Amazonia. Plant Ecology and Diversity Full text.
(2013). Above-ground biomass and structure of 260 African tropical forests. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368(1625). Abstract.  Full text.
Coronado ENH, Killeen TJ, Mostacedo B, Vasquez R, Assis RL, Terborgh J, Wittmann F, Andrade A, Laurance WF, Laurance SGW, et al (2013). Hyperdominance in the Amazonian tree flora. Science, 342(6156). Abstract.  Full text.
(2013). Intensification of the Amazon hydrological cycle over the last two decades. Geophysical Research Letters, 40(9), 1729-1733. Abstract.  Full text.
Saiz G, Domingues TF, Djagbletey G, Ford A, Kemp J, Marimon BS, Hur Marimon Junior B, Lenza E, Ratter JA, Maracahipes L, et al (2013). On the delineation of tropical vegetation types with an emphasis on forest/savanna transitions. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 6(1), 101-137. Abstract.
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. Ecol Lett, 15(10), 1120-1129. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ometto JP, Rocha H, Baker T, De Jong B, Houghton RA, Malhi Y, C Aragão LEO, Guyot JL, Zhao K, Jackson R, et al (2012). The carbon balance of South America: a review of the status, decadal trends and main determinants. Biogeosciences, 9(12), 5407-5430. Abstract.  Full text.
Feldpausch TR, Lloyd J, Lewis SL, Brienen RJW, Gloor M, Monteagudo Mendoza A, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Banin L, Abu Salim K, Affum-Baffoe K, et al (2012). Tree height integrated into pantropical forest biomass estimates. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 9(8), 3381-3403. Author URL.  Full text.
Diallo A, Lloyd J (2012). Variation in soil carbon stocks and their determinants across a precipitation gradient in West Africa. Global Change Biology, 18(5), 1670-1683. Abstract.
Baker TR, Lloyd J, Affum-Baffoe K, Arets EJMM, Berry NJ, Bradford M, Brienen RJW, Davies S, Drescher M, Higuchi N, et al (2012). What controls tropical forest architecture? Testing environmental, structural and floristic drivers. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21(12), 1179-1190. Abstract.
(2011). Comment on 'A first map of tropical Africa's above-ground biomass derived from satellite imagery'. Environmental Research Letters, 6(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Hladik A, Higuchi N, Hunter MO, Iida Y, Salim KA, Kassim AR, Keller M, Kemp J, King DA, Lovett JC, et al (2011). Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees. Biogeosciences, 8(5), 1081-1106. Abstract.  Full text.
Rowland C, Meir P (2011). Measuring biomass changes due to woody encroachment and deforestation/degradation in a forest-savanna boundary region of central Africa using multi-temporal L-band radar backscatter. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115(11), 2861-2873. Abstract.
(2011). Necromass in forests of Madre de Dios, Peru: a comparison between terra firme and lowland forests. Revista Peruana de Biologia, 18(1), 113-118. Abstract.  Full text.
Barlow J, Ewers RM, Anderson L, Aragao LEOC, Baker TR, Boyd E, Feldpausch TR, Gloor E, Hall A, Malhi Y, et al (2011). Using learning networks to understand complex systems: a case study of biological, geophysical and social research in the Amazon. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc, 86(2), 457-474. Abstract.  Author URL.
(2010). Calibrating the liana crown occupancy index in Amazonian forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 260(4), 549-555. Abstract.
Domingues TF, Meir P, Feldpausch TR, Saiz G, Veenendaal EM, Schrodt F, Bird M, Djagbletey G, Hien F, Compaore H, et al (2010). Co-limitation of photosynthetic capacity by nitrogen and phosphorus in West Africa woodlands. Plant Cell Environ, 33(6), 959-980. Abstract.  Author URL.
Phillips OL, van der Heijden G, Lewis SL, López-González G, Aragão LEOC, Lloyd J, Malhi Y, Monteagudo A, Almeida S, Dávila EA, et al (2010). Drought-mortality relationships for tropical forests. New Phytol, 187(3), 631-646. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lehmann J, Riha SJ (2010). Nitrogen aboveground turnover and soil stocks to 8 m depth in primary and selectively logged forest in southern Amazonia. Global Change Biology, 16(6), 1793-1805. Abstract.
Stropp J, ter Steege H, Malhi Y, Monteagudo A, Prieto A, Rudas A, Araujo-Murakami A, de Oliveira AA, Alonso A, Fuentes A, et al (2009). Disentangling regional and local tree diversity in the Amazon. ECOGRAPHY, 32(1), 46-54. Author URL.  Full text.
Gloor M, Phillips OL, Lloyd JJ, Lewis SL, Malhi Y, Baker TR, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Peacock J, Almeida S, Alves de Oliveira AC, et al (2009). Does the disturbance hypothesis explain the biomass increase in basin-wide Amazon forest plot data?. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 15(10), 2418-2430. Author URL.
Phillips OL, Aragão LEOC, Lewis SL, Fisher JB, Lloyd J, López-González G, Malhi Y, Monteagudo A, Peacock J, Quesada CA, et al (2009). Drought sensitivity of the Amazon rainforest. Science, 323(5919), 1344-1347. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lewis SL, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Sonké B, Affum-Baffoe K, Baker TR, Ojo LO, Phillips OL, Reitsma JM, White L, Comiskey JA, et al (2009). Increasing carbon storage in intact African tropical forests. Nature, 457(7232), 1003-1006. Abstract.  Author URL.
Horowitz ME, Fahey TJ, Yavitt JB, Feldpausch TR, Sherman RE (2009). Patterns of late-season photosynthate movement in sugar maple saplings. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39(12), 2294-2298. Abstract.
(2009). Using satellite radar backscatter to predict above-ground woody biomass: a consistent relationship across four different African landscapes. Geophysical Research Letters, 36(23). Abstract.  Full text.
(2008). Water-use efficiency of tree species following calcium and phosphorus application on an abandoned pasture, central Amazonia, Brazil. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 64(2), 189-195. Abstract.
(2007). Relationships between soil hydrology and forest structure and composition in the southern Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Vegetation Science, 18(2), 183-194. Abstract.
Feldpausch TR, da Conceicao Prates-Clark C, Fernandes ECM, Riha SJ (2007). Secondary forest growth deviation from chronosequence predictions in central Amazonia. Global Change Biology, 13(5), 967-979. Abstract.
(2006). Biomass, harvestable area, and forest structure estimated from commercial timber inventories and remotely sensed imagery in southern Amazonia. Forest Ecology and Management, 233(1), 121-132. Abstract.
(2006). Growth, leaf nutrient concentration and photosynthetic nutrient use efficiency in tropical tree species planted in degraded areas in central Amazonia. Forest Ecology and Management, 226(1-3), 299-309. Abstract.
Ribeiro GO (2006). Nutrient use efficiency for pioneer species grown on abandoned pastures in central Amazonia. Acta Amazonica, 36(4), 503-512. Abstract.  Full text.
(2005). Development of forest structure and leaf area in secondary forests regenerating on abandoned pastures in central Amazônia. Earth Interactions, 9(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Denich M (2005). Legacy of fire slows carbon accumulation in Amazonian forest regrowth. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 3(7), 365-369. Abstract.  Full text.
(2005). When big trees fall: Damage and carbon export by reduced impact logging in southern Amazonia. Forest Ecology and Management, 219(2-3), 199-215. Abstract.
(2004). Carbon and nutrient accumulation in secondary forests regenerating on pastures in central Amazonia. Ecological Applications, 14(4 SUPPL.). Abstract.  Full text.
(2004). Ecological research in the Large-scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia: Early results. Ecological Applications, 14(4 SUPPL.). Abstract.  Full text.

Chapters

Butler A, Marimon-Junior BH, Maracahipes L, Marimon BS, Silvério DV, Oliveira EA, Lenza E, Feldpausch TR, Meir P, J. G, et al (2013). Absorbing Roots Areas and Transpiring Leaf Areas at the Tropical Forest and Savanna Boundary in Brazil. In Perrault C, Bellamy L (Eds.) Savannas: Climate, Biodiversity and Ecological Significance, Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 107-126.  Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Sullivan MJP, Talbot J, Lewis SL, Phillips OL, Qie L, Begne SK, Chave J, Cuni-Sanchez A, Hubau W, Lopez-Gonzalez G, et al (In Press). Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome. Sci Rep, 7 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Coelho de Souza F, Dexter KG, Phillips OL, Brienen RJW, Chave J, Galbraith DR, Lopez Gonzalez G, Monteagudo Mendoza A, Pennington RT, Poorter L, et al (In Press). Evolutionary heritage influences Amazon tree ecology. Proc Biol Sci, 283(1844). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Gomes VHF, IJff SD, Raes N, Amaral IL, Salomão RP, de Souza Coelho L, de Almeida Matos FD, Castilho CV, de Andrade Lima Filho D, López DC, et al (In Press). Species Distribution Modelling: Contrasting presence-only models with plot abundance data. Sci Rep, 8(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Johnson MO, Galbraith D, Gloor M, De Deurwaerder H, Guimberteau M, Rammig A, Thonicke K, Verbeeck H, von Randow C, Monteagudo A, et al (In Press). Variation in stem mortality rates determines patterns of above-ground biomass in Amazonian forests: implications for dynamic global vegetation models. Glob Chang Biol, 22(12), 3996-4013. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2019

Esquivel-Muelbert A, Baker TR, Dexter KG, Lewis SL, Brienen RJW, Feldpausch TR, Lloyd J, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Arroyo L, Álvarez-Dávila E, et al (2019). Compositional response of Amazon forests to climate change. Global Change Biology, 25(1), 39-56. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

(2018). Climate and fragmentation affect forest structure at the southern border of Amazonia. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 1-11. Abstract.  Full text.
Qie L, Baker TR, Banin LF, Chave J, Cuni-Sanchez A, Feldpausch TR, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Arets E, Ashton P, Bastin JF, et al (2018). Field methods for sampling tree height for tropical forest biomass estimation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9(5), 1179-1189. Abstract.  Full text.
Bruelheide H, Dengler J, Purschke O, Lenoir J, Jiménez-Alfaro B, Hennekens SM, Botta-Dukát Z, Chytrý M, Field R, Jansen F, et al (2018). Global trait-environment relationships of plant communities. Nat Ecol Evol, 2(12), 1906-1917. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Bastin JF, Rutishauser E, Kellner JR, Saatchi S, Pélissier R, Hérault B, Slik F, Bogaert J, De Cannière C, Marshall AR, et al (2018). Pan-tropical prediction of forest structure from the largest trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(11), 1366-1383. Abstract.  Full text.
(2018). Savanna turning into forest: concerted vegetation change at the ecotone between the Amazon and “Cerrado” biomes. Revista Brasileira de Botanica, 41(3), 611-619. Abstract.
de Souza Lima E, Haidar RF, Arroyo L, Murakami AA, de Góis Aquino F, Walter BMT, Ribeiro JF, Françoso R, Elias F, de Oliveira EA, et al (2018). Tree diversity and above-ground biomass in the South America Cerrado biome and their conservation implications. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-18. Abstract.  Full text.
(2018). What controls local-scale aboveground biomass variation in central Africa? Testing structural, composition and architectural attributes. Forest Ecology and Management, 429, 570-578. Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Koele N, Bird M, Haig J, Marimon-Junior BH, Marimon BS, Phillips OL, de Oliveira EA, Quesada CA, Feldpausch TR (2017). Amazon Basin forest pyrogenic carbon stocks: First estimate of deep storage. Geoderma, 306, 237-243. Abstract.  Full text.
(2017). Charcoal chronology of the Amazon forest: a record of biodiversity preserved by ancient fires. Quaternary Geochronology, 41, 180-186. Abstract.  Full text.
Oliveira EA, Phillips OL, Quesada CA, Andrade AS, Brienen RJW, Camargo JLC, Chave J, Honorio Coronado EN, Ferreira LV, Higuchi N, et al (2017). Does soil pyrogenic carbon determine plant functional traits in Amazon Basin forests?. Plant Ecology, 218(9), 1047-1062. Abstract.  Full text.
Levis C, Costa FRC, Bongers F, Pena-Claros M, Clement CR, Junqueira AB, Neves EG, Tamanaha EK, Figueiredo FOG, Salomao RP, et al (2017). Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. SCIENCE, 355(6328), 925-+. Author URL.  Full text.
(2017). Relationships of S-band radar backscatter and forest aboveground biomass in different forest types. Remote Sensing, 9(11). Abstract.  Full text.
Cornejo F, Dallmeier F, Daly DC, Dávila N, Duivenvoorden JF, Duque Montoya AJ, Erwin T, Di Fiore A, Fredericksen T, Fuentes A, et al (2017). Seasonal drought limits tree species across the Neotropics. Ecography, 40(5), 618-629. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Feldpausch TR, Phillips OL, Brienen RJW, Gloor E, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y, Alarcón A, Álvarez Dávila E, et al (2016). Amazon forest response to repeated droughts. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30(7), 964-982. Abstract.  Full text.
(2016). Differentiation of neotropical ecosystems by modern soil phytolith assemblages and its implications for palaeoenvironmental and archaeological reconstructions II: Southwestern Amazonian forests. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 226, 30-43. Abstract.  Full text.
Levine NM, Zhang K, Longo M, Baccini A, Phillips OL, Lewis SL, Alvarez-Dávila E, Segalin de Andrade AC, Brienen RJW, Erwin TL, et al (2016). Ecosystem heterogeneity determines the ecological resilience of the Amazon to climate change. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 113(3), 793-797. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
(2016). Evidence for arrested succession in a liana-infested Amazonian forest. Journal of Ecology, 104(1), 149-159. Abstract.  Full text.
Morandi PS, Marimon BS, Eisenlohr PV, Marimon-Junior BH, Oliveira-Santos C, Feldpausch TR, De Oliveira EA, Reis SM, Lloyd J, Phillips OL, et al (2016). Patterns of tree species composition at watershed-scale in the Amazon 'arc of deforestation': Implications for conservation. Environmental Conservation, 43(4), 317-326. Abstract.  Full text.
(2016). SAR tomography for the retrieval of forest biomass and height: Cross-validation at two tropical forest sites in French Guiana. Remote Sensing of Environment, 175, 138-147. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Ferreira Domingues T, Ishida FY, Feldpausch TR, Grace J, Meir P, Saiz G, Sene O, Schrodt F, Sonké B, Taedoumg H, et al (2015). Biome-specific effects of nitrogen and phosphorus on the photosynthetic characteristics of trees at a forest-savanna boundary in Cameroon. Oecologia Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Diversity, floristic composition, and structure of the woody vegetation of the Cerrado in the Cerrado–Amazon transition zone in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Botanica, 38(4), 877-887. Abstract.  Full text.
Doughty CE, Metcalfe DB, Girardin CAJ, Amézquita FF, Cabrera DG, Huasco WH, Silva-Espejo JE, Araujo-Murakami A, da Costa MC, Rocha W, et al (2015). Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia. Nature, 519(7541), 78-82. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Marimon BS, Colli GR, Marimon-Junior BH, Mews HA, Eisenlohr PV, Feldpausch TR, Phillips OL (2015). Ecology of floodplain campos de murundus savanna in southern Amazonia. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 176(7), 670-681. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Edaphic, structural and physiological contrasts across Amazon Basin forest-savanna ecotones suggest a role for potassium as a key modulator of tropical woody vegetation structure and function. Biogeosciences, 12(22), 6529-6571. Abstract.  Full text.
Espírito-Santo FD, Gloor M, Keller M, Malhi Y, Saatchi S, Nelson B, Junior RCO, Pereira C, Lloyd J, Frolking S, et al (2015). Erratum: Corrigendum: Size and frequency of natural forest disturbances and the Amazon forest carbon balance. Nature Communications, 6(1). Full text.
Ter Steege H, Pitman NCA, Killeen TJ, Laurance WF, Peres CA, Guevara JE, Salomão RP, Castilho CV, Amaral IL, de Almeida Matos FD, et al (2015). Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species. Sci Adv, 1(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Dexter KG, Smart B, Baldauf C, Baker TR, Balinga MPB, Brienen RJW, Fauset S, Feldpausch TR, Ferreira-Da Silva L, Muledi JI, et al (2015). Floristics and biogeography of vegetation in seasonally dry tropical regions. INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY REVIEW, 17, 10-32. Author URL.  Full text.
Compaore H, Diallo A, Djagbletey G, Hien F, Sonké B, Toedoumg H, Zapfack L, Hiernaux P, Mougin E, Bird MI, et al (2015). Foliar trait contrasts between African forest and savanna trees: Genetic versus environmental effects. Functional Plant Biology, 42(1), 63-83. Abstract.  Full text.
Fauset S, Johnson MO, Gloor M, Baker TR, Monteagudo M A, Brienen RJW, Feldpausch TR, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Malhi Y, ter Steege H, et al (2015). Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling. Nat Commun, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Brienen RJW, Phillips OL, Feldpausch TR, Gloor E, Baker TR, Lloyd J, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Malhi Y, Lewis SL, et al (2015). Long-term decline of the Amazon carbon sink. Nature, 519(7543), 344-348. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Honorio Coronado EN, Dexter KG, Pennington RT, Chave J, Lewis SL, Alexiades MN, Alvarez E, Alves de Oliveira A, Amaral IL, Araujo-Murakami A, et al (2015). Phylogenetic diversity of Amazonian tree communities. Diversity and Distributions Abstract.  Full text.
Morandi PS, Junior BHM, Feldpausch TR, Elias F (2015). Post-fire dynamics of the woody vegetation of a savanna forest (Cerradão) in the Cerrado-Amazon transition zone. Acta Botanica Brasilica, 29(3), 408-416. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Recent Amazon climate as background for possible ongoing and future changes of Amazon humid forests. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29(9), 1384-1399. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Structural, physiognomic and above-ground biomass variation in savanna-forest transition zones on three continents - How different are co-occurring savanna and forest formations?. Biogeosciences, 12(10), 2927-2951. Abstract.  Full text.
Ascough P, Domingues T, Schrodt F, Schwarz M, Feldpausch TR, Veenendaal E, Djagbletey G, Jacobsen G, Hien F, Compaore H, et al (2015). The influence of C3 and C4 vegetation on soil organic matter dynamics in contrasting semi-natural tropical ecosystems. Biogeosciences, 12(16), 5041-5059. Abstract.  Full text.
(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. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Mitchard ETA, Feldpausch TR, Brienen RJW, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Monteagudo A, Baker TR, Lewis SL, Lloyd J, Quesada CA, Gloor M, et al (2014). Markedly divergent estimates of amazon forest carbon density from ground plots and satellites. Global Ecology and Biogeography Full text.
(2014). Methods to estimate aboveground wood productivity from long-term forest inventory plots. Forest Ecology and Management, 320, 30-38. Abstract.  Full text.
Espírito-Santo FDB, Gloor M, Keller M, Malhi Y, Saatchi S, Nelson B, Junior RCO, Pereira C, Lloyd J, Frolking S, et al (2014). Size and frequency of natural forest disturbances and the Amazon forest carbon balance. Nat Commun, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Martins DL, Schietti J, Feldpausch TR, Luizão FJ, Phillips OL, Andrade A, Castilho CV, Laurance SG, Oliveira Á, Amaral IL, et al (2014). Soil-induced impacts on forest structure drive coarse woody debris stocks across central Amazonia. Plant Ecology and Diversity Full text.

2013

(2013). Above-ground biomass and structure of 260 African tropical forests. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368(1625). Abstract.  Full text.
Butler A, Marimon-Junior BH, Maracahipes L, Marimon BS, Silvério DV, Oliveira EA, Lenza E, Feldpausch TR, Meir P, J. G, et al (2013). Absorbing Roots Areas and Transpiring Leaf Areas at the Tropical Forest and Savanna Boundary in Brazil. In Perrault C, Bellamy L (Eds.) Savannas: Climate, Biodiversity and Ecological Significance, Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 107-126.  Full text.
Coronado ENH, Killeen TJ, Mostacedo B, Vasquez R, Assis RL, Terborgh J, Wittmann F, Andrade A, Laurance WF, Laurance SGW, et al (2013). Hyperdominance in the Amazonian tree flora. Science, 342(6156). Abstract.  Full text.
(2013). Intensification of the Amazon hydrological cycle over the last two decades. Geophysical Research Letters, 40(9), 1729-1733. Abstract.  Full text.
Saiz G, Domingues TF, Djagbletey G, Ford A, Kemp J, Marimon BS, Hur Marimon Junior B, Lenza E, Ratter JA, Maracahipes L, et al (2013). On the delineation of tropical vegetation types with an emphasis on forest/savanna transitions. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 6(1), 101-137. Abstract.

2012

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. Ecol Lett, 15(10), 1120-1129. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ometto JP, Rocha H, Baker T, De Jong B, Houghton RA, Malhi Y, C Aragão LEO, Guyot JL, Zhao K, Jackson R, et al (2012). The carbon balance of South America: a review of the status, decadal trends and main determinants. Biogeosciences, 9(12), 5407-5430. Abstract.  Full text.
Feldpausch TR, Lloyd J, Lewis SL, Brienen RJW, Gloor M, Monteagudo Mendoza A, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Banin L, Abu Salim K, Affum-Baffoe K, et al (2012). Tree height integrated into pantropical forest biomass estimates. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 9(8), 3381-3403. Author URL.  Full text.
Diallo A, Lloyd J (2012). Variation in soil carbon stocks and their determinants across a precipitation gradient in West Africa. Global Change Biology, 18(5), 1670-1683. Abstract.
Baker TR, Lloyd J, Affum-Baffoe K, Arets EJMM, Berry NJ, Bradford M, Brienen RJW, Davies S, Drescher M, Higuchi N, et al (2012). What controls tropical forest architecture? Testing environmental, structural and floristic drivers. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21(12), 1179-1190. Abstract.

2011

(2011). Comment on 'A first map of tropical Africa's above-ground biomass derived from satellite imagery'. Environmental Research Letters, 6(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Hladik A, Higuchi N, Hunter MO, Iida Y, Salim KA, Kassim AR, Keller M, Kemp J, King DA, Lovett JC, et al (2011). Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees. Biogeosciences, 8(5), 1081-1106. Abstract.  Full text.
Rowland C, Meir P (2011). Measuring biomass changes due to woody encroachment and deforestation/degradation in a forest-savanna boundary region of central Africa using multi-temporal L-band radar backscatter. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115(11), 2861-2873. Abstract.
(2011). Necromass in forests of Madre de Dios, Peru: a comparison between terra firme and lowland forests. Revista Peruana de Biologia, 18(1), 113-118. Abstract.  Full text.
Barlow J, Ewers RM, Anderson L, Aragao LEOC, Baker TR, Boyd E, Feldpausch TR, Gloor E, Hall A, Malhi Y, et al (2011). Using learning networks to understand complex systems: a case study of biological, geophysical and social research in the Amazon. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc, 86(2), 457-474. Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

(2010). Calibrating the liana crown occupancy index in Amazonian forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 260(4), 549-555. Abstract.
Domingues TF, Meir P, Feldpausch TR, Saiz G, Veenendaal EM, Schrodt F, Bird M, Djagbletey G, Hien F, Compaore H, et al (2010). Co-limitation of photosynthetic capacity by nitrogen and phosphorus in West Africa woodlands. Plant Cell Environ, 33(6), 959-980. Abstract.  Author URL.
Phillips OL, van der Heijden G, Lewis SL, López-González G, Aragão LEOC, Lloyd J, Malhi Y, Monteagudo A, Almeida S, Dávila EA, et al (2010). Drought-mortality relationships for tropical forests. New Phytol, 187(3), 631-646. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lehmann J, Riha SJ (2010). Nitrogen aboveground turnover and soil stocks to 8 m depth in primary and selectively logged forest in southern Amazonia. Global Change Biology, 16(6), 1793-1805. Abstract.

2009

Stropp J, ter Steege H, Malhi Y, Monteagudo A, Prieto A, Rudas A, Araujo-Murakami A, de Oliveira AA, Alonso A, Fuentes A, et al (2009). Disentangling regional and local tree diversity in the Amazon. ECOGRAPHY, 32(1), 46-54. Author URL.  Full text.
Gloor M, Phillips OL, Lloyd JJ, Lewis SL, Malhi Y, Baker TR, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Peacock J, Almeida S, Alves de Oliveira AC, et al (2009). Does the disturbance hypothesis explain the biomass increase in basin-wide Amazon forest plot data?. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 15(10), 2418-2430. Author URL.
Phillips OL, Aragão LEOC, Lewis SL, Fisher JB, Lloyd J, López-González G, Malhi Y, Monteagudo A, Peacock J, Quesada CA, et al (2009). Drought sensitivity of the Amazon rainforest. Science, 323(5919), 1344-1347. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lewis SL, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Sonké B, Affum-Baffoe K, Baker TR, Ojo LO, Phillips OL, Reitsma JM, White L, Comiskey JA, et al (2009). Increasing carbon storage in intact African tropical forests. Nature, 457(7232), 1003-1006. Abstract.  Author URL.
Horowitz ME, Fahey TJ, Yavitt JB, Feldpausch TR, Sherman RE (2009). Patterns of late-season photosynthate movement in sugar maple saplings. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39(12), 2294-2298. Abstract.
(2009). Using satellite radar backscatter to predict above-ground woody biomass: a consistent relationship across four different African landscapes. Geophysical Research Letters, 36(23). Abstract.  Full text.

2008

(2008). Water-use efficiency of tree species following calcium and phosphorus application on an abandoned pasture, central Amazonia, Brazil. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 64(2), 189-195. Abstract.

2007

(2007). Relationships between soil hydrology and forest structure and composition in the southern Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Vegetation Science, 18(2), 183-194. Abstract.
Feldpausch TR, da Conceicao Prates-Clark C, Fernandes ECM, Riha SJ (2007). Secondary forest growth deviation from chronosequence predictions in central Amazonia. Global Change Biology, 13(5), 967-979. Abstract.

2006

(2006). Biomass, harvestable area, and forest structure estimated from commercial timber inventories and remotely sensed imagery in southern Amazonia. Forest Ecology and Management, 233(1), 121-132. Abstract.
(2006). Growth, leaf nutrient concentration and photosynthetic nutrient use efficiency in tropical tree species planted in degraded areas in central Amazonia. Forest Ecology and Management, 226(1-3), 299-309. Abstract.
Ribeiro GO (2006). Nutrient use efficiency for pioneer species grown on abandoned pastures in central Amazonia. Acta Amazonica, 36(4), 503-512. Abstract.  Full text.

2005

(2005). Development of forest structure and leaf area in secondary forests regenerating on abandoned pastures in central Amazônia. Earth Interactions, 9(6). Abstract.  Full text.
Denich M (2005). Legacy of fire slows carbon accumulation in Amazonian forest regrowth. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 3(7), 365-369. Abstract.  Full text.
(2005). When big trees fall: Damage and carbon export by reduced impact logging in southern Amazonia. Forest Ecology and Management, 219(2-3), 199-215. Abstract.

2004

(2004). Carbon and nutrient accumulation in secondary forests regenerating on pastures in central Amazonia. Ecological Applications, 14(4 SUPPL.). Abstract.  Full text.
(2004). Ecological research in the Large-scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia: Early results. Ecological Applications, 14(4 SUPPL.). Abstract.  Full text.

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External Engagment and Impact

Awards/Honorary fellowships

ASPIRE/HEA Senior Fellowship


External positions

Affiliated professor at the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil, Tropical Forest Science post-graduate program.

Affiliated professor at the University of Mato Grosso State (UNEMAT), Brazil, Ecology and Conservation post-graduate program.


Invited lectures & workshops

2006-present, Assist in development of RAINFOR and ForestPlots.net initiatives, each with 100’s of partners in science, forestry, conservation, departments across the tropics 

2017, 'Colombia-BIO NERC Newton Fund Workship', Bogota, Colombia​

2014, 15, Public lectures (in Portuguese) at Nova Xavantina, Brazil: Effects of multiple droughts in Amazonia

2012, 'Carbon balance of tropical forests' Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana

2012, 'Quantifying carbon stocks in tropical forests: integration of tree height and use of the forestplots.net database' Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana


Media Coverage

Global trait–environment relationships of plant communities (2018) EurekAlert! 

Compositional response of Amazon forests to climate change (2018) Independent, Brazil G1, Holland, Germany, China

Brazil’s actual forest-related CO2 emissions could blow by Paris pledge (2018) Mongabay

Record Amazon fires and degraded forests (2017) Mongabay

Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition (2017) BBC, The Atlantic, Science Daily, Univ. ExeterNYT

Tropical rainstorms and a wobbly rope bridge in the cloudy treetops (2017) Eden Project

Record heat and drought seen in Amazon during 2015-16 El Niño (2017) Mongabay

Amazon forest response to repeated droughts (2016) BBCUniv. ExeterMongabayEl Colombiano (Spanish), Trouw (Dutch) [embed:41]

Most accurate picture yet of how the Amazon will respond to climate change (2016) Washington PostUniv. Exeter [embed:46]

The Climate Post: Climate Pledges May Not Be Enough (2015) Huffington Post [embed:45]

Amazon’s carbon uptake declines as trees die faster (2015) The GuardianNYTUniv. Exeter, O Globo [embed:44] 

Half of tree species in the Amazon at risk of extinction (2015) The GuardianBBC NewsUniv. Exeter [embed:47]

One percent of tree species in the Amazon forest account for half of its carbon (2015) BBC NewsUniv. Exeter

Just 227 species dominate Amazon landscape (2013) The GuardianBBC News

Pruning back carbon estimates (2012) Nature

West Africa forest biomass on rise despite drought (2012) BBC News

 

Teaching

Office Hours:

  • Please contact me to arrange a meeting time

Prospective students:

Postgraduate: I am available to supervise highly motivated, knowledgeable postgraduate research students on both basic science and applied projects related to my areas of research.

Undergraduate internships and dissertation research scholarship: 

Modules taught:

  • GEO1210 Investigating Physical Geography
  • GEO2307 Physical Geography Fieldtrip (Brazil Atlantic Forest)
  • GEO2309 Physical Geography Practical
  • GEO2330 Research Methods for Physical Geography
  • GEO2331 Research Design in Physical Geography
  • GEO2226 Biogeography and Ecosystems
  • GEO3321/22 BSc Dissertation
  • GEO3230 Tropical Forests in a Changing World

Previous Modules:

  • GEOM410 Key Themes in Climate Change Impacts and Feedbacks
  • GEOM411 Research Methods in Climate Change

Current postgraduate students:

   Laura Vedovato (PhD, Univ Exeter-CAPES Science without Borders, Brazil 2018-21) - Evaluating changes in Amazonian forest structure using airborne lidar

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Luciana Pereira (PhD, Univ Exeter International Excellence Scholarship 2018-21) - Assessing the potential of full-polarimetric ALOS-PALSAR data in estimating and mapping vegetation structural and carbon storage in the Amazon forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Facundo Alvarez (PhD, UNEMAT, Brazil 2018-22) - Changes in forest structure and composition following forest degradation and drought in southern Amazonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Larissa Barbosa (MSc, Univ Exeter-INPA 2017-19) - Pyrogenic carbon in central Amazonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Marcelle Abdiel de Souza  (MSc, Univ Exeter-INPA 2017-19) - Response of secondary forests in central Amazonia to relaxed nutrient constraints

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Lucas dos Santos (MSc, UNEMAT, Brazil 2018-21) - Seedling regeneration following fire and drought in southern Amazonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Stacey New (PhD, Univ Exeter NERC DTP, SilvaCarbon 2015-18) - Fire intensity, forest damage, and carbon dynamics in Peru and Brazil, Amazonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Chantelle Burton (PhD, University of Exeter, Met Office-UK 2015-18) - Modelling fire interactions with tropical forest, climate, and land-use

 

 

 

 

 


Visiting postgraduate students:

  Grace Jopaul Loubota (PhD, Exeter - Université de Liège, 2017) - Tree allometry and biomass in central Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 


Past postgraduate students:

  Simone Reis (PhD, UNEMAT-CNPq studentship, Brazil 2014-18) - Biotic and abiotic effects on the structure of Cerrado-Amazônia transitional forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Edmar A. de Oliveira (PhD, UNEMAT-CAPES Science without Borders studentship, Brazil 2014-17) - Effect of historic disturbance and soil pyrogenic carbon on southern Amazonian forest structure and composition

 

 

 

 

 

  Nayane Prestes (MSc, UNEMAT studentship; SilvaCarbon-Brazil 2015-17) - Effect of fire on forest regeneration and seedling composition in southern Amazonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Paulo Morandi (PhD, UNEMAT-CNPq studentship, Brazil 2014-17) - Distribution and determinants of tree species in the Amazon-Cerrado transition

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Erick M. Oblitas Mendoza (PhD, INPA-CAPES studentship, Brazil 2012-16) - Temporal and spatial variation in fine root production in central Amazonian forests

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Monica Forsthofer (MSc, UNEMAT-Brazil, 2014) - Effect of drought on tree dynamics in forests of the southern border of Amazonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Demetrius Martins (MSc, INPA-Brazil, 2012) - Environmental and edaphic drivers of variation in coarse woody debris stocks and wood density in central Amazonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modules

2018/19

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Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Monica Amador - Socio-ecological systems in Colombia (Millner primary supervisor; Feldpausch co-supervisor)
  • Lidiany Carvalho - Environmental drivers of pyrogenic carbon in Amazonian soils (Feldpausch primary supervisor)
  • Fabiana Couto - Fire in Amazonia (Feldpausch primary supervisor; Aragao co-supervisor)
  • Felipe Franco - Palaeoecology and resilience of forests in Colombia (Urrego-Sanchez primary supervisor; Feldpausch co-supervisor)
  • Grace Jopaul Loubota - Drivers of variation in pantropical crown allometry (Feldpausch primary supervisor; Adeline Fayolle co-supervisor)
  • Julieth Serrano - Biodiversity, forest resilience, and ecosystem services in Colombia (Feldpausch primary supervisor)

Postgraduate researchers

  • Marcelle Abdiel de Souza (MSc, INPA-Brazil) - Response of secondary forests in central Amazonia to relaxed nutrient constraints
  • Facundo Alvarez (PhD, UNEMAT-Brazil) - Changes in forest structure and composition following forest degradation and drought in southern Amazonia
  • Larissa Barbosa (MSc, INPA-Brazil)- Pyrogenic carbon in central Amazonia
  • Chantelle Burton (Univ. Exeter) - Modelling fire interactions with tropical forest, climate, and land-use
  • Luciana De Oliveira Pereira (PhD - University of Exeter International Excellence Scholarship) - Assessing the potential of full-polarimetric ALOS-PALSAR data in estimating and mapping vegetation structural and carbon storage in the Amazon forest
  • Lucas Heber Mariano Dos Santos (MSc, UNEMAT-Brazil) - Seedling regeneration following fire and drought in southern Amazonia
  • Stacey New (PhD, Univ. Exeter-NERC GW4 )- Fire intensity, forest damage, and carbon dynamics in Peru and Brazil, Amazonia
  • Laura Vedovato (PhD, University of Exeter-CAPES, Brazil Fellowship)- Evaluating changes in Amazonian forest structure using airborne lidar

Alumni

  • Monica Forsthofer (MSc. UNEMAT-Brazil)
  • Nina Koele - Post-doctoral researcher - Variation in soil pyrogenic carbon in Amazonia (CNPq-CAPES-UNEMAT-Univ. Exeter)
  • Demetrius Martins (MSc. INPA-Brazil)
  • Klecia Massi - Post-doctoral reseacher - Changes in functional diversity in burned Amazonian forests (CNPq-CAPES-UNEMAT-Univ. Exeter)
  • Erick Mendoza (PhD INPA-Brazil)
  • Jamie Mitchell (MSc Univ. Exeter)
  • Paulo Morandi (PhD, UNEMAT-Brazil)
  • Edmar Oliveira (MSc. UNEMAT-Brazil)
  • Edmar Oliveira (PhD MT-Brazil)
  • Nayane Prestes (MSc UNEMAT-Brazil)
  • Simone Reis (PhD, UNEMAT-Brazil)

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