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Dr Lina Mercado

Associate Professor in Ecosystems and Environmental Change

 5074

 Laver Building 801a

 

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

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Overview

Biography

I work at the University of Exeter since 2011 and hold a 30% subcontract with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford, UK where I previously worked as a land surface scientist from 2004-2011. I have a close collaboration with the multidisciplinary team of JULES modellers at CEH. CEH holds expertise on hydrological modelling, land atmosphere interactions and ecological processes.

I did my PhD on modelling canopy photosynthesis in the Amazon Rainforest at the Max Planck Insitute of Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany (2000-2004, supervised by Jon Lloyd and Han Dolman) and obtained my degree from the Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I did an MSc in Environmental Sciences at Lund University, Sweden (1998-1999, supervised by Sharon Cowling and Harald Sverdrup) with a dissertation on modelling the effects of deforestation on carbon and water dynamics within the Colombian Amazon rainforest. My undegraduate background is in Chemical Engineering with a degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellin, Colombia, my home country.

Qualifications

 

PhD Modelling Canopy photosynthesis in the Amazon Basin, Free University of Amsterdam

Msc Environmental Sciences, University of Lund, Sweden

Bsc in Chemical Engineering, National University of Colombia, Medellín

 

Research group links

Research

Research interests

I am a plant ecophysiologist & vegetation/biogeochemical modeller. I use observations and computer models to understand how plants respond to climate and in turn how cilmate is affected by vegetation. A current focus of my research is the response of plants to climate change, especially their response to increases in temperature.

Main areas of research include:

Carbon and H20 cycles, photosynthesis, transpiration, radiation interception, nutrient constraints on plant productivity, N and P cycles, plant responses to temperature both globally but also regionally. Current regional work has focus on Amazon, temperate  and boreal ecosystems.

A primary aim of my work is to improve representation of plant physiological processes within earth system models (ESMs) in order to improve predictions of present and future land surface -climate interactions and climate. I have been working with the JULES land surface model of the UK ESM for the past ten years for which I am vegetation theme leader.

Fieldwork

I use data  -collected by others but also by me- to improve process understanding and representation within models and for model evaluation. As part of various field & modelling projects, I have been involved in the design and execution of field campaigns in the tropics (Amazon: Peru, Ecuador - as part of the RAINFOR consortium; Brazil-  as part of the AFEX project ), semi arid (Mali-  as part of the AMMA project) and temperate regions (BIFOR -FACE Birmingham, as part of the elevated CO2 experiment http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/bifor/face/index.aspx, Wytham woods in Oxfordshire, Bangor - as part of the Surf to Turf project;  and Wetzstein forest in Germany). This includes gas exchange measurements (photosynthesis & respiration) in the tropics (Manaus), and in the temperate forest (various sites in the UK), leaf and wood sampling for leaf mass per area, nutrient analysis, wood density in Amazon forest in Peru and Ecuador, soil respiration in girdled and non-girdled forest in Wetzstein, Thuringia-Germany, and stomatal conductance, soil moisture and surface temperature in semi arid ecosystems in West Africa (Hombori, Mali).

Research projects

South American Montane Forests in a Warming World. Pump priming for network of montane forest across South America. Funded by FAPESP-NERC IOF funded (£50k, CoI, 2018-2019).

MONTANE-ACCLIM -Can tropical Montane forest Acclimate to high temperatures? (£800k NERC UK - PI, 2017-2022). We have planted 1200 native tropical montane forest trees in the Colombian Andes to study thermal acclimation of key gas exchange processes and growth. 

TROP OZ -Ozone impacts on tropical vegetation: implications for forest productivity (£800k NERC UK CoI, 2018-2021)

AMAZON FACE  Model intercomparisson project, participation with JULES-CN.

AFEX -Effects of soil fertility on the carbon cycle of tropical forests: A novel soil fertility manipulation experiment in Amazonia (£600k NERC-UK -CoI, 2014-2019).  In this project we will use observations from this nutrient fertilization experiment to understand and model nutrient constraints on Amazon forest productivity. https://amazonfertilisationexperiment.wordpress.com/about/

SAMBBA - South American Biomass Burning Analysis (£5.58 M Consortium grant NERC UK funded - CoI, 2012-2017); our contribution to this project is the quantification of the role of air pollution including aerosols and near-surface ozone on carbon exchange in the Amazon forest. http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=NE%2FJ010073%2F1

Surf 2 Turf - The Multi-Scale Response of Water Quality, Biodiversity and Carbon Sequestration to Coupled Macronutrient Cycling from Source to Sea funded under the Coupled Macronutrient Cycles, (£3.3 M Consortium grant NERC UK funded, work with CEH Wallingford, CoI, 2012-2016). Our role is to use observations to improve modelling of C and H2O cycling in UK ecosystems. http://www.turf2surf.org/progress-and-outputs/river-level-data-conwy-catchment/

ECLAIRE -Effects of climate change and air pollution impacts and response strategies for European Ecosystems (€10 M Consortium grant EU funded, work with CEH Wallingford, CoI, 2011-2013). In this project we use  leaf and plant data to improve the representation of O3 damage in the JULES land surface model aiming to quantify effects of trophospheric O3 on H20 and C cycling in European ecosytems. http://www.eclaire-fp7.eu

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Rogers A, Medlyn BE, Dukes JS, Bonan G, von Caemmerer S, Dietze MC, Kattge J, Leakey ADB, Mercado LM, Niinemets Ü, et al (In Press). A roadmap for improving the representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models. New Phytol, 213(1), 22-42. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Jones CD, Sitch S, Mercado LM, Groenendijk M, Robertson E, Kattge J, Bönisch G, Atkin OK, Bahn M, Cornelissen J, et al (2016). Improved representation of plant functional types and physiology in the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES v4.2) using plant trait information. Geoscientific Model Development, 9(7), 2415-2440. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Does the growth response of woody plants to elevated CO<inf>2</inf>increase with temperature? a model-oriented meta-analysis. Global Change Biology, 21(12), 4303-4319. Abstract.
Rap A, Spracklen DV, Mercado L, Reddington CL, Haywood JM, Ellis RJ, Phillips OL, Artaxo P, Bonal D, Restrepo Coupe N, et al (2015). Fires increase Amazon forest productivity through increases in diffuse radiation. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(11), 4654-4662. Abstract.
Bönisch G, Bradford MG, Cernusak LA, Cosio EG, Creek D, Crous KY, Domingues TF, Dukes JS, Egerton JJG, Evans JR, et al (2015). Global variability in leaf respiration in relation to climate, plant functional types and leaf traits. New Phytologist, 206(2), 614-636. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Rogers A, Medlyn BE, Dukes JS, Bonan G, von Caemmerer S, Dietze MC, Kattge J, Leakey ADB, Mercado LM, Niinemets Ü, et al (In Press). A roadmap for improving the representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models. New Phytol, 213(1), 22-42. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Kumarathunge KP, Mercado LM (In Press). Acclimation and adaptation components of the temperature dependence of plant photosynthesis at the global scale. New Phytologist Full text.
Mercado LM, Medlyn BE, Huntingford C, Oliver R, Clark D, Sitch S, Zelazowski P, Kattge J, Harper A, Cox PM, et al (In Press). Large sensitivity in land carbon storage due to geographical and temporal variation in the thermal response of photosynthetic capacity. New Phytologist Full text.
Zelazowski P, Huntingford C, Mercado LM, Schaller N (2018). Climate pattern-scaling set for an ensemble of 22 GCMs - adding uncertainty to the IMOGEN version 2.0 impact system. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 11(2), 541-560. Author URL.
(2018). Enhanced global primary production by biogenic aerosol via diffuse radiation fertilization. Nature Geoscience, 11(9), 640-644. Abstract.  Full text.
Oliver RJ, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Simpson D, Medlyn BE, Lin Y-S, Folberth GA (2018). Large but decreasing effect of ozone on the European carbon sink. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 15(13), 4245-4269. Author URL.  Full text.
Huntingford C, Oliver RJ, Mercado LM, Sitch S (2018). Technical note: a simple theoretical model framework to describe plant stomatal "sluggishness" in response to elevated ozone concentrations. Biogeosciences, 15(17), 5415-5422. Abstract.
Salazar A, Sanchez A, Villegas JC, Salazar JF, Ruiz Carrascal D, Sitch S, Restrepo JD, Poveda G, Feeley KJ, Mercado LM, et al (2018). The ecology of peace: preparing Colombia for new political and planetary climates. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(9), 525-531. Abstract.  Full text.
Harper AB, Wiltshire AJ, Cox PM, Friedlingstein P, Jones CD, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Williams K, Duran-Rojas C (2018). Vegetation distribution and terrestrial carbon cycle in a carbon cycle configuration of JULES4.6 with new plant functional types. Geoscientific Model Development, 11(7), 2857-2873. Abstract.  Full text.
Huntingford C, Atkin OK, Martinez-de la Torre A, Mercado LM, Heskel MA, Harper AB, Bloomfield KJ, O'Sullivan OS, Reich PB, Wythers KR, et al (2017). Implications of improved representations of plant respiration in a changing climate. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 8 Author URL.  Full text.
Smart SM, Glanville HC, Blanes MDC, Mercado LM, Emmett BA, Jones DL, Cosby BJ, Marrs RH, Butler A, Marshall MR, et al (2017). Leaf dry matter content is better at predicting above-ground net primary production than specific leaf area. Functional Ecology, 31(6), 1336-1344. Full text.
(2017). Modeling the radiative effects of biomass burning aerosols on carbon fluxes in the Amazon region. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17(23), 14785-14810. Abstract.  Full text.
Huntingford C, Mercado LM (2016). High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse concentrations commit to warmings greater than 1.5°C over land. Scientific Reports, 6 Abstract.  Full text.
Jones CD, Sitch S, Mercado LM, Groenendijk M, Robertson E, Kattge J, Bönisch G, Atkin OK, Bahn M, Cornelissen J, et al (2016). Improved representation of plant functional types and physiology in the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES v4.2) using plant trait information. Geoscientific Model Development, 9(7), 2415-2440. Abstract.  Full text.
(2015). Combining the [ABA] and net photosynthesis-based model equations of stomatal conductance. Ecological Modelling, 300, 81-88. Abstract.
(2015). Does the growth response of woody plants to elevated CO<inf>2</inf>increase with temperature? a model-oriented meta-analysis. Global Change Biology, 21(12), 4303-4319. Abstract.
Rap A, Spracklen DV, Mercado L, Reddington CL, Haywood JM, Ellis RJ, Phillips OL, Artaxo P, Bonal D, Restrepo Coupe N, et al (2015). Fires increase Amazon forest productivity through increases in diffuse radiation. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(11), 4654-4662. Abstract.
Bönisch G, Bradford MG, Cernusak LA, Cosio EG, Creek D, Crous KY, Domingues TF, Dukes JS, Egerton JJG, Evans JR, et al (2015). Global variability in leaf respiration in relation to climate, plant functional types and leaf traits. New Phytologist, 206(2), 614-636. Abstract.
Silveira M, Ferreira L, Aymard C GA, Malhi Y, Phillips OL, Lloyd J (2014). Analysing Amazonian forest productivity using a new individual and trait-based model (TFS v.1). Geoscientific Model Development, 7(4), 1251-1269. Abstract.
Miller JB, Gloor M, Gatti LV (2013). Coupling between the JULES land-surface scheme and the CCATT-BRAMS atmospheric chemistry model (JULES-CCATT-BRAMS1.0): Applications to numerical weather forecasting and the CO2 budget in South America. Geoscientific Model Development, 6(4), 1243-1259. Abstract.
Huntingford C, Mercado L (2013). EARTH SCIENCE the timing of climate change. NATURE, 502(7470), 174-174. Author URL.
Walker AP, Jones CD, Booth BBB, Malhi Y, Hemming D, Kay G, Good P, Lewis SL, Phillips OL, Atkin OK, et al (2013). Simulated resilience of tropical rainforests to CO<inf>2</inf> -induced climate change. Nature Geoscience, 6(4), 268-273. Abstract.
(2012). Future challenges of representing land-processes in studies on land-atmosphere interactions. Biogeosciences, 9(9), 3587-3599. Abstract.
(2012). Simulating forest productivity along a neotropical elevational transect: Temperature variation and carbon use efficiency. Global Change Biology, 18(9), 2882-2898. Abstract.
(2011). Erratum: Modelling basin-wide variations in Amazon forest productivity &amp;ndash; Part 1: Model calibration, evaluation and upscaling functions for canopy photosynthesis" published in Biogeosciences, 6, 1247&amp;ndash;1272, 2009 (Biogeosciences). Biogeosciences, 8(3), 653-656.
Huntingford C, Cox PM, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Bellouin N, Boucher O, Gedney N (2011). Highly contrasting effects of different climate forcing agents on terrestrial ecosystem services. Philos Trans a Math Phys Eng Sci, 369(1943), 2026-2037. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Best MJ, Pryor M, Clark DB, Rooney GG, Essery RLH, Menard CB, Edwards JM, Hendry MA, Porson A, Gedney N, et al (2011). The Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES), model description - Part 1: Energy and water fluxes. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 4(3), 677-699. Author URL.
Clark DB, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Jones CD, Gedney N, Best MJ, Pryor M, Rooney GG, Essery RLH, Blyth E, et al (2011). The Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES), model description - Part 2: Carbon fluxes and vegetation dynamics. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 4(3), 701-722. Author URL.
Mercado LM, Patiño S, Domingues TF, Fyllas NM, Weedon GP, Sitch S, Quesada CA, Phillips OL, Aragão LEOC, Malhi Y, et al (2011). Variations in Amazon forest productivity correlated with foliar nutrients and modelled rates of photosynthetic carbon supply. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 366(1582), 3316-3329. Abstract.  Author URL.
Huntingford C, Booth BBB, Sitch S, Gedney N, Lowe JA, Liddicoat SK, Mercado LM, Best MJ, Weedon GP, Fisher RA, et al (2010). IMOGEN: an intermediate complexity model to evaluate terrestrial impacts of a changing climate. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 3(2), 679-687. Author URL.
Lloyd J, Patiño S, Paiva RQ, Nardoto GB, Quesada CA, Santos AJB, Baker TR, Brand WA, Hilke I, Gielmann H, et al (2010). Optimisation of photosynthetic carbon gain and within-canopy gradients of associated foliar traits for Amazon forest trees. Biogeosciences, 7, 1833-1859.
(2009). Basin-wide variations in foliar properties of Amazonian forest: Phylogeny, soils and climate. Biogeosciences, 6(11), 2677-2708. Abstract.
Herrera R, Higuchi N, Killeen T, Leal E, Luizao F, Meir P, Monteagudo A, Neil D, Núnez-Vargas P, Penuela MC, et al (2009). Branch xylem density variations across the Amazon Basin. Biogeosciences, 6(4), 545-568. Abstract.
Mercado LM, Bellouin N, Sitch S, Boucher O, Huntingford C, Wild M, Cox PM (2009). Impact of changes in diffuse radiation on the global land carbon sink. Nature, 458(7241), 1014-1017. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
(2009). Modelling basin-wide variations in Amazon forest productivity - Part 1: Model calibration, evaluation and upscaling functions for canopy photosynthesis. Biogeosciences, 6(7), 1247-1272. Abstract.
Huntingford C, Fisher RA, Mercado L, Booth BBB, Sitch S, Harris PP, Cox PM, Jones CD, Betts RA, Malhi Y, et al (2008). "Towards quantifying uncertainty in predictions of Amazon """"dieback""""". Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. Author URL.  Full text.
(2007). A sensitivity analysis of the land-surface scheme JULES conducted for three forest biomes: Biophysical parameters, model processes, and meteorological driving data. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 21(1). Abstract.
Mercado LM, Huntingford C, Gash JHC, Cox PM, Jogireddy V (2007). Improving the representation of radiation interception and photosynthesis for climate model applications. TELLUS SERIES B-CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL METEOROLOGY, 59(3), 553-565. Author URL.
(2006). Modelling Amazonian forest eddy covariance data: a comparison of big leaf versus sun/shade models for the C-14 tower at Manaus I. Canopy photosynthesis. Acta Amazonica, 36(1), 69-82. Abstract.
Alvarez E, Arroyo L, Chave J, Czimczik CI, Di Fiore A, Higuchi N, Killeen TJ, Laurance SG, Laurance WF, Lewis SL, et al (2004). The above-ground coarse wood productivity of 104 Neotropical forest plots. Global Change Biology, 10(5), 563-591. Abstract.

Conferences

Rowland LM, Meir P, Mencuccini M, Binks OJ, da Costa ACL, Oliveria RS, Mercado L, Vasconcelos SS, de Oliveria AAR, Christoffersen BO, et al (2016). Does inter-specific variation prevent division of tropical trees into drought sensitive and resistant groups?. Association of tropical Biology and Conservation. 19th - 23rd Jun 2016. Abstract.
Rowland LM, da Costa ACL, Oliveira RS, Binks OJ, Mercado L, Vasconcelos SS, de Oliveira AAR, Salmon Y, Ferreira LV, Sitch S, et al (2016). Is sap flow a good indicator of drought-induced mortality risk in tropical rainforest. Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation. 19th - 23rd Jun 2016. Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Rogers A, Medlyn BE, Dukes JS, Bonan G, von Caemmerer S, Dietze MC, Kattge J, Leakey ADB, Mercado LM, Niinemets Ü, et al (In Press). A roadmap for improving the representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models. New Phytol, 213(1), 22-42. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Kumarathunge KP, Mercado LM (In Press). Acclimation and adaptation components of the temperature dependence of plant photosynthesis at the global scale. New Phytologist Full text.
Mercado LM, Medlyn BE, Huntingford C, Oliver R, Clark D, Sitch S, Zelazowski P, Kattge J, Harper A, Cox PM, et al (In Press). Large sensitivity in land carbon storage due to geographical and temporal variation in the thermal response of photosynthetic capacity. New Phytologist Full text.

2018

Zelazowski P, Huntingford C, Mercado LM, Schaller N (2018). Climate pattern-scaling set for an ensemble of 22 GCMs - adding uncertainty to the IMOGEN version 2.0 impact system. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 11(2), 541-560. Author URL.
(2018). Enhanced global primary production by biogenic aerosol via diffuse radiation fertilization. Nature Geoscience, 11(9), 640-644. Abstract.  Full text.
Oliver RJ, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Simpson D, Medlyn BE, Lin Y-S, Folberth GA (2018). Large but decreasing effect of ozone on the European carbon sink. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 15(13), 4245-4269. Author URL.  Full text.
Huntingford C, Oliver RJ, Mercado LM, Sitch S (2018). Technical note: a simple theoretical model framework to describe plant stomatal "sluggishness" in response to elevated ozone concentrations. Biogeosciences, 15(17), 5415-5422. Abstract.
Salazar A, Sanchez A, Villegas JC, Salazar JF, Ruiz Carrascal D, Sitch S, Restrepo JD, Poveda G, Feeley KJ, Mercado LM, et al (2018). The ecology of peace: preparing Colombia for new political and planetary climates. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(9), 525-531. Abstract.  Full text.
Harper AB, Wiltshire AJ, Cox PM, Friedlingstein P, Jones CD, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Williams K, Duran-Rojas C (2018). Vegetation distribution and terrestrial carbon cycle in a carbon cycle configuration of JULES4.6 with new plant functional types. Geoscientific Model Development, 11(7), 2857-2873. Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Huntingford C, Atkin OK, Martinez-de la Torre A, Mercado LM, Heskel MA, Harper AB, Bloomfield KJ, O'Sullivan OS, Reich PB, Wythers KR, et al (2017). Implications of improved representations of plant respiration in a changing climate. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 8 Author URL.  Full text.
Smart SM, Glanville HC, Blanes MDC, Mercado LM, Emmett BA, Jones DL, Cosby BJ, Marrs RH, Butler A, Marshall MR, et al (2017). Leaf dry matter content is better at predicting above-ground net primary production than specific leaf area. Functional Ecology, 31(6), 1336-1344. Full text.
(2017). Modeling the radiative effects of biomass burning aerosols on carbon fluxes in the Amazon region. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17(23), 14785-14810. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Rowland LM, Meir P, Mencuccini M, Binks OJ, da Costa ACL, Oliveria RS, Mercado L, Vasconcelos SS, de Oliveria AAR, Christoffersen BO, et al (2016). Does inter-specific variation prevent division of tropical trees into drought sensitive and resistant groups?. Association of tropical Biology and Conservation. 19th - 23rd Jun 2016. Abstract.
Huntingford C, Mercado LM (2016). High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse concentrations commit to warmings greater than 1.5°C over land. Scientific Reports, 6 Abstract.  Full text.
Jones CD, Sitch S, Mercado LM, Groenendijk M, Robertson E, Kattge J, Bönisch G, Atkin OK, Bahn M, Cornelissen J, et al (2016). Improved representation of plant functional types and physiology in the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES v4.2) using plant trait information. Geoscientific Model Development, 9(7), 2415-2440. Abstract.  Full text.
Rowland LM, da Costa ACL, Oliveira RS, Binks OJ, Mercado L, Vasconcelos SS, de Oliveira AAR, Salmon Y, Ferreira LV, Sitch S, et al (2016). Is sap flow a good indicator of drought-induced mortality risk in tropical rainforest. Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation. 19th - 23rd Jun 2016. Abstract.

2015

(2015). Combining the [ABA] and net photosynthesis-based model equations of stomatal conductance. Ecological Modelling, 300, 81-88. Abstract.
(2015). Does the growth response of woody plants to elevated CO<inf>2</inf>increase with temperature? a model-oriented meta-analysis. Global Change Biology, 21(12), 4303-4319. Abstract.
Rap A, Spracklen DV, Mercado L, Reddington CL, Haywood JM, Ellis RJ, Phillips OL, Artaxo P, Bonal D, Restrepo Coupe N, et al (2015). Fires increase Amazon forest productivity through increases in diffuse radiation. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(11), 4654-4662. Abstract.
Bönisch G, Bradford MG, Cernusak LA, Cosio EG, Creek D, Crous KY, Domingues TF, Dukes JS, Egerton JJG, Evans JR, et al (2015). Global variability in leaf respiration in relation to climate, plant functional types and leaf traits. New Phytologist, 206(2), 614-636. Abstract.

2014

Silveira M, Ferreira L, Aymard C GA, Malhi Y, Phillips OL, Lloyd J (2014). Analysing Amazonian forest productivity using a new individual and trait-based model (TFS v.1). Geoscientific Model Development, 7(4), 1251-1269. Abstract.

2013

Miller JB, Gloor M, Gatti LV (2013). Coupling between the JULES land-surface scheme and the CCATT-BRAMS atmospheric chemistry model (JULES-CCATT-BRAMS1.0): Applications to numerical weather forecasting and the CO2 budget in South America. Geoscientific Model Development, 6(4), 1243-1259. Abstract.
Huntingford C, Mercado L (2013). EARTH SCIENCE the timing of climate change. NATURE, 502(7470), 174-174. Author URL.
Walker AP, Jones CD, Booth BBB, Malhi Y, Hemming D, Kay G, Good P, Lewis SL, Phillips OL, Atkin OK, et al (2013). Simulated resilience of tropical rainforests to CO<inf>2</inf> -induced climate change. Nature Geoscience, 6(4), 268-273. Abstract.

2012

(2012). Future challenges of representing land-processes in studies on land-atmosphere interactions. Biogeosciences, 9(9), 3587-3599. Abstract.
(2012). Simulating forest productivity along a neotropical elevational transect: Temperature variation and carbon use efficiency. Global Change Biology, 18(9), 2882-2898. Abstract.

2011

(2011). Erratum: Modelling basin-wide variations in Amazon forest productivity &amp;ndash; Part 1: Model calibration, evaluation and upscaling functions for canopy photosynthesis" published in Biogeosciences, 6, 1247&amp;ndash;1272, 2009 (Biogeosciences). Biogeosciences, 8(3), 653-656.
Huntingford C, Cox PM, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Bellouin N, Boucher O, Gedney N (2011). Highly contrasting effects of different climate forcing agents on terrestrial ecosystem services. Philos Trans a Math Phys Eng Sci, 369(1943), 2026-2037. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Best MJ, Pryor M, Clark DB, Rooney GG, Essery RLH, Menard CB, Edwards JM, Hendry MA, Porson A, Gedney N, et al (2011). The Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES), model description - Part 1: Energy and water fluxes. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 4(3), 677-699. Author URL.
Clark DB, Mercado LM, Sitch S, Jones CD, Gedney N, Best MJ, Pryor M, Rooney GG, Essery RLH, Blyth E, et al (2011). The Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES), model description - Part 2: Carbon fluxes and vegetation dynamics. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 4(3), 701-722. Author URL.
Mercado LM, Patiño S, Domingues TF, Fyllas NM, Weedon GP, Sitch S, Quesada CA, Phillips OL, Aragão LEOC, Malhi Y, et al (2011). Variations in Amazon forest productivity correlated with foliar nutrients and modelled rates of photosynthetic carbon supply. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 366(1582), 3316-3329. Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

Huntingford C, Booth BBB, Sitch S, Gedney N, Lowe JA, Liddicoat SK, Mercado LM, Best MJ, Weedon GP, Fisher RA, et al (2010). IMOGEN: an intermediate complexity model to evaluate terrestrial impacts of a changing climate. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 3(2), 679-687. Author URL.
Lloyd J, Patiño S, Paiva RQ, Nardoto GB, Quesada CA, Santos AJB, Baker TR, Brand WA, Hilke I, Gielmann H, et al (2010). Optimisation of photosynthetic carbon gain and within-canopy gradients of associated foliar traits for Amazon forest trees. Biogeosciences, 7, 1833-1859.

2009

(2009). Basin-wide variations in foliar properties of Amazonian forest: Phylogeny, soils and climate. Biogeosciences, 6(11), 2677-2708. Abstract.
Herrera R, Higuchi N, Killeen T, Leal E, Luizao F, Meir P, Monteagudo A, Neil D, Núnez-Vargas P, Penuela MC, et al (2009). Branch xylem density variations across the Amazon Basin. Biogeosciences, 6(4), 545-568. Abstract.
Mercado LM, Bellouin N, Sitch S, Boucher O, Huntingford C, Wild M, Cox PM (2009). Impact of changes in diffuse radiation on the global land carbon sink. Nature, 458(7241), 1014-1017. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
(2009). Modelling basin-wide variations in Amazon forest productivity - Part 1: Model calibration, evaluation and upscaling functions for canopy photosynthesis. Biogeosciences, 6(7), 1247-1272. Abstract.

2008

Huntingford C, Fisher RA, Mercado L, Booth BBB, Sitch S, Harris PP, Cox PM, Jones CD, Betts RA, Malhi Y, et al (2008). "Towards quantifying uncertainty in predictions of Amazon """"dieback""""". Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. Author URL.  Full text.

2007

(2007). A sensitivity analysis of the land-surface scheme JULES conducted for three forest biomes: Biophysical parameters, model processes, and meteorological driving data. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 21(1). Abstract.
Mercado LM, Huntingford C, Gash JHC, Cox PM, Jogireddy V (2007). Improving the representation of radiation interception and photosynthesis for climate model applications. TELLUS SERIES B-CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL METEOROLOGY, 59(3), 553-565. Author URL.

2006

(2006). Modelling Amazonian forest eddy covariance data: a comparison of big leaf versus sun/shade models for the C-14 tower at Manaus I. Canopy photosynthesis. Acta Amazonica, 36(1), 69-82. Abstract.

2004

Alvarez E, Arroyo L, Chave J, Czimczik CI, Di Fiore A, Higuchi N, Killeen TJ, Laurance SG, Laurance WF, Lewis SL, et al (2004). The above-ground coarse wood productivity of 104 Neotropical forest plots. Global Change Biology, 10(5), 563-591. Abstract.

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Teaching

I teach in the following physical geography modules:

 

Second year 

GEO2226 -   GEO2226 - Biogeography and Ecosystems -Module leader

GEO2307 -   GEO2307B - Physical Geography) Brazil Field Trip -Module leader

GEO2331 -    Research Design in Physical Geography 

Third year

GEO3225 -    Climate change and its imapcts

GEO3321/2 - Physical Geography BSc Dissertation

International

International Summer school for Fullbright students

 

The Brazil fieldtrip and Climate Change and its imacts module have been chosen as case studies to showcase the university's Educaiton strategy (under Geography Fieldtrips and Guest lectures and collaboration in the following links)

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/about/vision/educationstrategy/casestudies/modesofdelivery/

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/about/vision/educationstrategy/casestudies/research-inspiredinquiry-ledlearninganddiscovery/

 

I curently have the administrative role of head of Posgraduate Research for Physical Geography (DoPGR).

 

 

 

 


 

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Kelly Andersen Advice with Iain Hartley under AFEX project
  • Felix Leung Performing simulations with JULES CN for the Manaus K34 flux site for Amazon Face model intercomparison
  • Becky Oliver is a Land surface modeller at CEH Wallingford. Work includes using observations to improve physiological processes in JULES. Current focus of her work is on improving temperature responses of gas exchange on different ecosystems.

Postgraduate researchers

  • David Bartholomew Co-Supervision with Lucy Rowland as lead supervisor
  • Andrew Cox NERC GW4 funded. Project : Montane-Acclim: 'Thermal acclimation of photosynthesis of dominant Andean Species'.
  • Laynara Figueiredo Lugli Co-Supervision with Iain Hartley as lead supervisor
  • Freya Newman MSc by Res student 'Measuring and quantifying the non-temperature dependency of night time leaf respiration in tropical forests
  • Zorayda Restrepo Based at University of Antioquia, Colombia. Project : Montane-Acclim 'Thermal acclimation of growth of dominant Andean Species'.
  • Chao Wu Co- supervision and Stephen Sitch as lead supervisor in Exeter. Partnership with University of Tsinghua, China with Sergey Venevsky.

Alumni

  • Alice Barratt 2014 MRes Dissertation title : 'A biome wide investigation into the response of photosynthesis and its subcomponents to temperature'
  • Alice Barratt Phd Co-Supervised by Sandy Harrison at University of Reading.
  • Felix Ike 2016 PhD Co-supervision with Luiz Aragao PhD thesis ' Evaluation of the impact of climate and human induced changes on the Nigerian forest using remote sensing'
  • Chris Jones 2017 Phd Co-Supervision with Stephen Sitch Phd thesis 'Quantitative Carbon cycle modelling to inform Climate Mitigation Policy'
  • Florent Malavelle PDRA. Advice with Jim Haywood under SAMBBA projectImpact of biomass burning on Amazon productivity https://www.atmos-chem-phys-discuss.net/acp-2018-924/
  • Freya Newman Undergraduate Student -Internship and dissertation project on Temperature independent nocturnal variabilityof foliar respiration

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