Dr Ted Feldpausch
Senior Lecturer


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 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, obtaining a PhD in forest ecology and soil science at Cornell University studying secondary forests and logging in 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. In 2013 I took up a lectureship at the University of Exeter, where 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


PhD, MSc (Cornell University)
BSc (Michigan State University)

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722297
AddressLaver Building
University of Exeter
North Park Road

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