Dr Lina Mercado
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography


I am a vegetation modeller and my work has focus on improving representation of plant physiological processes within earth system models in order to improve predictions of present and future land surface -climate interactions. I have been working with the JULES land surface model of the UK met Office global climate model for the last ten years. Areas of work include, photosynthesis, radiation interception, nutrient constraints on plant productivity, plant responses to temperature both globally but also regionally. Current regional work has focus on Amazon and UK ecosystems.

Before arriving to Exeter, I worked with a multidisciplinary team of JULES modeller at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford UK as a land surface scientist (2004-2011).  I did my PhD work on modelling canopy photosynthesis in the Amazon Rainforest at the Max Planck Insitute of Biogeochemistry in Jena (2000-2004) and did an MSc at Lund University (1998-1999) with a  dissertation on modelling the effects of deforestation on carbon and water dynamics within the Colombian amazon rainforest.


Current projects

SAMBA - South American Biomas Burning Analysis (NERC UK funded); our contribution to this project is the quantification of the role of aerosols on carbon exchange in the Amazon forest.

MACRONUTRIENTS - 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, (NERC UK funded, work with CEH Wallingford). Our role is to use observations  to improve modelling of C sequestration in UK ecosystems.

ECCLAIRE -Effects of climate change on air pollution impacts and response strategies for European Ecosystems (EU funded, work with CEH Wallingford). 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 European ecosytems.

AFEX -Effects of soil fertility on the carbon cycle of tropical forests: A novel soil fertility manipulation experiment in Amazonia (NERC-UK funded).  In this project we will use observations from this nutrient fertilization experiment to understand and model nutrient constraints on Amazon forest productivity.


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


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