Dr Angela Gallego-Sala
Associate Professor In Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Cycles
+44 (0) 1392 725873
Laver Building 807
Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK
I am a biogeochemist with primary research interests in climatic regulation of peatland function and extent and of biogenic trace gas emissions from peatlands. My broader interest is on greenhouse gas balances, integrity of carbon stores, upland conservation and tropical peatlands.
I am the PI of a NERC-funded project entitled: "ICAAP: Increased Carbon Accumulation in Arctic Peatlands".
I was previously involved in a NERC-funded project entitled “Peatlands and the global carbon cycle during the past millennium: an assessment using observations and models”. I previously worked in Lund, Sweden, modelling the dynamic interactions of fire, vegetation, climate and human population in Mediterranean areas as part of the FUME European project. Earlier on, I worked at the University of Bristol, on a project entitled “Climate Change and the Uplands” commissioned by the Environment Agency, to study the implications of climate change for peatland soils in the UK and the effects on ecosystem services including carbon storage, flooding and water quality.
Previously, I worked towards a PhD funded by NERC with a CASE studentship entitled “Temperature effects on trace gas production and uptake in aerobic and anaerobic soils” at the University of Bristol
PhD in Biogeochemistry of Peatlands. University of Bristol
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Canterbury Christ Church University
MSc. Degree in Chemistry. University of Kent
BSc. Degree in Chemistry. Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Research group links
My doctoral research investigated the effects of climate change on carbon fluxes in high latitude peatlands. I am also interested in the relationship between plant root exudates and soil microorganisms responsible for trace gas cycling (CH4, CO2 and H2) in mires.
My research focuses on the effects of climate on peatland ecosystem dynamics, and in particular the effect on peatland extent and on carbon accumulation. My research at Exeter aims to assess the contribution of global peatlands to the carbon cycle, in order to provide a basis for projections of future peatland-climate feedbacks and to enable inclusion of these effects in climate models.
I am involved in a variety of projects, including mire restoration projects in the UK and Indonesia, South Westerley Wind reconstructions using sub-Antarctic peat records, understanding methane production in tropical peatlands, fires and modelling of tropical peatlands.
NERC Project: ICAAP: Increased Carbon Accumulation in Arctic Peatlands
NERC Project: MILLIPEAT: Peatlands and the global Carbon cycle during the past millennium: a global assessment using observations and models
- 2019 NERC
The over-arching aim of the project is to test the hypothesis that changes in the Arctic peatland C pool will help mitigate future warming, taking account of both changes in accumulation rates and changes in the extent of peatlands.
- 2016 NERC
Identifying potential tipping points in the benefits derived from the UK's land ecosystems
- 2015 South West Water
Understanding the impact of moorland restoration on water quantity, quality and gas fluxes � Phase II
- 2015 EU Marie Curie Training Grant
EU2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship - Anne Quillet. PEATMOD: PEATland modelling for global carbon cycle and climate models PI with Angela Gallego-Sala. €195,455
- 2010 NERC Std Grant
Millipeat - Peatlands and the Global Carbon Cycle during the Past Millennium: a Global assessment using observations and models
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
Member of the Expert Panel [W&T8] for the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO).
International recognition, such as international research collaborations, visiting research posts in overseas institutions, involvement at senior levels in international research associations, acting as referee for national and international research councils.
Co-Leader of the PAGES C-PEAT working group
This year, I teach the following undergraduate courses:
- GEO1213 Earth System Science - Our Changing Planet
- GEO2331 Research Design - Physical Geography
- GEO3232 Peatland Ecosystems
- GEO3321/2 BSc Dissertation
Additionally, I am the Programme Director for our Study Abroad and European Study Programmes.
Office Hours in term 2:
Please email me beforehand to let me you are planning on attending office hours.
Week 1: Monday 11.30-12.30 am and Friday 11.30-12.30 am
Week 2: Thursday 9:30-10:30 am and Thursday 11.30-12.30 am
Week 3: Friday 10:30-11:30 am and Friday 1.30-2.30 pm
Week 4: Tuesday 10.30-11.30 am and Wednesday 3.00-4.00 pm
Week 5: Friday 11.30-12.30 am and Friday 2.30-3.30 pm
Week 6: Thursday 11.30-12.30 am and Thursday 1.30-2.30 pm
Week 7: Wednesday 2.00-3.00 pm and Thursday 1.30-2.30 pm
Week 8: Monday 11.00-12.00 am and Thursday 1.30-2.30 pm
Week 9: Thursday 9.30-10.30 am and Thursday 11.30-12.30 am
Week 10: Tuesday 10.00-11.00 am and Tuesday 12.00-1.00pm - PLEASE EMAIL ME AS I WILL BE RUNNING THESE REMOTELY VIA SKYPE/PHONE
Week 11: Tuesday 13:00-14:00 pm and Friday 11.30-12.30 am - PLEASE EMAIL ME AS I WILL BE RUNNING THESE REMOTELY VIA SKYPE/PHONE
- GEO1213 - Earth System Science: Our Changing Planet
- GEO3000 - European Year Abroad
- GEO3232 - Peatland Ecosystems
- GEO3601 - Study Abroad
Supervision / Group
- Anne Quillet has won a Marie SkŁodowska-Curie Fellowship entitled PEATland modelling for global carbon cycle and climate models.
- Paul Ritchie Paul is working on a NERC funded project "Tipping points in UK ecosystem services" led by Tim Lenton
- Pia Benaud works on the "Mires Project" on methane emissions monitoring from restored peatlands.
- Gemma Dooling Associate Research Fellow working on methane and carbon dioxide monitoring in restored peatlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor. This is part of the Mires Extension project funded by South West Water.
- Naomi Gatis Associate Research Fellow working on methane and carbon dioxide monitoring in restored peatlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor. This is part of the Mires Extension project funded by South West Water.
- Jerome Blewett graduated from the University of Manchester in 2017 with an MSci in Earth Sciences. He characterised the macromolecular and lipid biomarker composition of permafrost organic matter from North-East Siberia. Jerome started a PhD in the Organic Geochemistry Unit at the University of Bristol in 2017. This combined genomic and lipidomic project is funded by NERC, and is supervised by Prof Pancost, Dr Naafs, Prof Alexandre Anesio and Dr Angela Gallego-Sala.
- Kennedy Lewis is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at the University of Exeter focusing on "L-band radar as a tool to Monitor changes in Above Ground Biomass following Oil Palm plantation expansion in tropical peatland forests".
- Paul Tansley is studying a PhD on "Sphagnum re-introduction in restored peatlands" as part of the wider Mires project.
- Alex Whittle was a Master by Research student working on Late Quaternary changes in the Westerly Winds in Marion Island. He has now started a PhD (intake: September 2016) on Late Quaternary changes in the Westerly Winds over the Southern Ocean. NERC Case studentship with the British Antarctic Survey. Co-supervisors: Dan Charman, UoE, and Dominic Hodgson, BAS.
- Hui Zhang is a PhD student working on "Long-term high latitude peatland and carbon dynamics". Based at University of Helsinki. Main supervisor: Minna Valiranta, UoH. Co-supervisor: Matt Amesbury, UoE.
- Katie Jamson is working on a project entitled: "Forests, peat, and fires: understanding the drivers of past fire in Amazonian forests."
- Jamie Charlton was working as an intern on a project modelling the extent of tropical montane peatlands. CLES Funded. Co-supervisor Lauren Parry - University of Glasgow.
- Stacey New completed a MSc thesis entitled: Holocene fire history in peatlands: can evidence of peat burning be found in the palaeo-archive?, and is now working towards a PhD under the joint supervision of Claire Belcher and Ted Feldspauch.
- Lisa Orme is a Research Technician working on the NERC funded millipeat project. Her main responsibilities: 210Pb dating, building age depth models, database.