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Dr Andrew M. Cunliffe

Dr Andrew M. Cunliffe

Research Fellow in Dryland Carbon Dynamics

 Amory C255

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

Overview

Andrew obtained his first degree in Physical Geography (2008-2011) in the School of Geography at the University of Exeter. He then went on to complete a MSc in Catchment Dynamics and Management (2011-2012) at the School of Geography in the University of Leeds, before returning to Exeter for his PhD (2012-2016), measuring the stocks and movement of carbon in the Chihuahuan Desert. He then worked as a NERC Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Tundra Drone Ecology with Team Shrub in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences (May 2016 – Dec 2017). In January 2018, he returned to Exeter as a Research Co-Investigator on the NERC-funded DRIVING-C project. 

Broad research specialisms:

Dryland Carbon Dynamics / Terrestrial Carbon / Ecosystem Structure and Function / Remote Sensing / Environmental Change / Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Qualifications

PhD Physical Geography (University of Exeter)
MSc Catchment Dynamics and Management (University of Leeds)
BSc Physical Geography (University of Exeter)

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Research

Research interests

My research focuses on the stocks and fluxes of carbon in dryland ecosystems. While carbon stocks are relatively low in drylands on a per-unit-area basis, the large global extent of water-limited ecosystems and their variability through time means that they play a major role in the global carbon cycles. In my work, I seek new insights in the structure and function of dryland ecosystems in order to refine numerical models of their behavior.

I have ongoing interests in the measurement of vegetation attributes such as aboveground biomass with drone photogrammetry, the lateral redistribution of organic and inorganic carbon by surface runoff, and the measurement of rapidly changing ecosystems in the Arctic.

Research projects

DRIVING-C - Do dryland ecosystems control variability and recent trends in the land CO2 sink? (NE/R00062X/1) Research Co-Investigator, working with PI Richard Brazier, CI Stephen Sitch, CI Karen Anderson, and CI Tim Hill.

Grants

2017

£650,657

Researcher Co-Investigator on NERC Discovery Science grant ‘Do dryland ecosystems control variability and recent trends in the land CO2 sink?’ R. Brazier, A. Cunliffe, S. Sitch, K. Anderson, and T. Hill (NE/R00062X/1).

2017

£1,870

NERC BAS bursary awarded to I. Myers-Smith and A. Cunliffe to support attendance at the ArcticChange2017 conference, Quebec, Canada.

2017

£19,350

NERC BAS bursary awarded to I. Myers-Smith, T. Lantz, R. Fraser, A. Cunliffe, and J. Kerby. ‘Quantifying the drivers of rapid tundra vegetation change: Knowledge transfer between UEdinburgh and UVictoria for enhanced drone­based ecological monitoring in the western Canadian Arctic’.

2016

£300

Conference grant awarded by the British Sedimentological Research Group

2014

$4,000

Research fellowship, awarded by the Sevilleta LTER (NSF DEB-1232294)

2014

£850

Conference grant, awarded by the British Society for Geomorphology

2014

£650

Conference grant, awarded by the British Hydrological Society

2013

$4,000

Research fellowship, awarded by the Sevilleta LTER (NSF DEB-1232294)

2013

£1,000

Sport development grant, awarded by Sport England

2011

£5,000

Merit scholarship for postgraduate study, awarded by Santander Bank

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Cunliffe A, Anderson K, Duffy JP, DeBell L (2017). A UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved operations manual for safe deployment of lightweight drones in research. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-8. Full text.
Duffy J, Cunliffe A, DeBell L, Sandbrook C, Wich S, Shutler JD, Myers-Smith IH, Varela MR, Anderson K (2017). Location, location, location: Considerations when using lightweight drones in challenging environments. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation Full text.
Cunliffe AM, Puttock AK, Turnbull L, Wainwright J, Brazier RE (2016). Dryland, calcareous soils store (and lose) significant quantities of near-surface organic carbon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121(4), 684-702. Full text.
Cunliffe A, Brazier RE, Anderson K (2016). Ultra-fine grain landscape-scale quantification of dryland vegetation structure with drone-acquired structure-from-motion photogrammetry. Remote Sensing of Environment, 183, 129-143. Abstract.  Full text.
Puttock A, Cunliffe AM, Anderson K, Brazier RE (2015). Aerial photography collected with a multirotor drone reveals impact of Eurasian beaver reintroduction on ecosystem structure. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Author URL.  Full text.
Cunliffe AM, Baird AJ, Holden J (2013). Hydrological hotspots in blanket peatlands: Spatial variation in peat permeability around a natural soil pipe. Water Resources Research, 49(9), 5342-5354. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Cunliffe A, Anderson K (In Press). Measuring Above-ground Biomass with Drone Photogrammetry: Data Collection Protocol. Nature Protocol Exchange
Myers-Smith IH, Grabowski MM, Thomas HJD, Angers-Blondin S, Daskalova GN, Bjorkman AD, Cunliffe AM, Assmann JJ, Boyle JS, McLeod E, et al (2019). Eighteen years of ecological monitoring reveals multiple lines of evidence for tundra vegetation change. Ecological Monographs, 89(2). Abstract.
Cunliffe A, Tanski G, Radosavljevic B, Palmer W, Sachs T, Lantuit H, Kerby J, Myers-Smith I (2019). Rapid retreat of permafrost coastline observed with aerial drone photogrammetry. Cryosphere, 13(5), 1513-1528. Abstract.
Karthikeyan, K, Vasu, D, Tiwary, P, Cunliffe AM, Chandran, P, Mariappan S, Singh S (2018). Comparison of methods for evaluating the suitability of Vertisols for Gossypium hirsutum (Bt cotton) in two contrasting agro-ecological regions. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science Abstract.  Full text.
Cunliffe A, Anderson K, Duffy JP, DeBell L (2017). A UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved operations manual for safe deployment of lightweight drones in research. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-8. Full text.
Puttock A, Graham HA, Cunliffe AM, Elliott M, Brazier RE (2017). Eurasian beaver activity increases water storage, attenuates flow and mitigates diffuse pollution from intensively-managed grasslands. Science of the Total Environment, 576, 430-443. Full text.
Duffy J, Cunliffe A, DeBell L, Sandbrook C, Wich S, Shutler JD, Myers-Smith IH, Varela MR, Anderson K (2017). Location, location, location: Considerations when using lightweight drones in challenging environments. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation Full text.
Cunliffe AM, Puttock AK, Turnbull L, Wainwright J, Brazier RE (2016). Dryland, calcareous soils store (and lose) significant quantities of near-surface organic carbon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121(4), 684-702. Full text.
Cunliffe A, Brazier RE, Anderson K (2016). Ultra-fine grain landscape-scale quantification of dryland vegetation structure with drone-acquired structure-from-motion photogrammetry. Remote Sensing of Environment, 183, 129-143. Abstract.  Full text.
Puttock A, Cunliffe AM, Anderson K, Brazier RE (2015). Aerial photography collected with a multirotor drone reveals impact of Eurasian beaver reintroduction on ecosystem structure. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Author URL.  Full text.
Cunliffe AM, Baird AJ, Holden J (2013). Hydrological hotspots in blanket peatlands: Spatial variation in peat permeability around a natural soil pipe. Water Resources Research, 49(9), 5342-5354. Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Cunliffe A, Anderson K (In Press). Measuring Above-ground Biomass with Drone Photogrammetry: Data Collection Protocol. Nature Protocol Exchange

2019

Myers-Smith IH, Grabowski MM, Thomas HJD, Angers-Blondin S, Daskalova GN, Bjorkman AD, Cunliffe AM, Assmann JJ, Boyle JS, McLeod E, et al (2019). Eighteen years of ecological monitoring reveals multiple lines of evidence for tundra vegetation change. Ecological Monographs, 89(2). Abstract.
Cunliffe A, Tanski G, Radosavljevic B, Palmer W, Sachs T, Lantuit H, Kerby J, Myers-Smith I (2019). Rapid retreat of permafrost coastline observed with aerial drone photogrammetry. Cryosphere, 13(5), 1513-1528. Abstract.

2018

Karthikeyan, K, Vasu, D, Tiwary, P, Cunliffe AM, Chandran, P, Mariappan S, Singh S (2018). Comparison of methods for evaluating the suitability of Vertisols for Gossypium hirsutum (Bt cotton) in two contrasting agro-ecological regions. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Cunliffe A, Anderson K, Duffy JP, DeBell L (2017). A UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved operations manual for safe deployment of lightweight drones in research. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-8. Full text.
Puttock A, Graham HA, Cunliffe AM, Elliott M, Brazier RE (2017). Eurasian beaver activity increases water storage, attenuates flow and mitigates diffuse pollution from intensively-managed grasslands. Science of the Total Environment, 576, 430-443. Full text.
Duffy J, Cunliffe A, DeBell L, Sandbrook C, Wich S, Shutler JD, Myers-Smith IH, Varela MR, Anderson K (2017). Location, location, location: Considerations when using lightweight drones in challenging environments. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation Full text.

2016

Cunliffe AM, Puttock AK, Turnbull L, Wainwright J, Brazier RE (2016). Dryland, calcareous soils store (and lose) significant quantities of near-surface organic carbon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121(4), 684-702. Full text.
Cunliffe A, Brazier RE, Anderson K (2016). Ultra-fine grain landscape-scale quantification of dryland vegetation structure with drone-acquired structure-from-motion photogrammetry. Remote Sensing of Environment, 183, 129-143. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Puttock A, Cunliffe AM, Anderson K, Brazier RE (2015). Aerial photography collected with a multirotor drone reveals impact of Eurasian beaver reintroduction on ecosystem structure. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Cunliffe AM, Baird AJ, Holden J (2013). Hydrological hotspots in blanket peatlands: Spatial variation in peat permeability around a natural soil pipe. Water Resources Research, 49(9), 5342-5354. Abstract.

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