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


Senior Lecturer in Terrestrial Ecosystem Science, Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK
Lecturer in Terrestrial Ecosystem Science, Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AMAZONICA, TROBIT, and RAINFOR projects, University of Leeds, UK. Funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, US National Science Foundation project, Cornell University, NY USA
Post-graduate Research Associate/Regional Project Coordinator in Amazonia-Cornell University, NASA-sponsored Large- Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA-ECO)
Research Assistant, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, WA USA
Research Assistant, US Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, MI, USA

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University of Exeter
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