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David Galbraith Dr David Galbraith

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Room Garstang 10.24
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 32730

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Research overview

I am a Lecturer in Earth System Dynamics. My research focuses on improving our understanding of the biogeochemical cycling and vegetation dynamics of tropical forests and how these processes might be affected by global environmental change. 

A core strand of my work involves using field data collected across the tropics to improve the representation of key ecosystem processes in dynamic global vegetation models and ultimately reduce uncertainty in simulations of climate change impacts on tropical forests.


Latest publications

  • Brienen RJW; Phillips OL; Feldpausch TR; Gloor E; Baker TR et al. (2015) Long-term decline of the Amazon carbon sink, Nature, 519, pp.344-348. doi: 10.1038/nature14283
  • Malhi Y; Doughty CE; Goldsmith GR; Metcalfe DB; Galbraith DR et al. (2015) The linkages between photosynthesis, productivity, growth and biomass in lowland Amazonian forests, Global Change Biology, 21, pp.2283-2295. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12859
  • Rowland L; Harper A; Christoffersen BO; Galbraith DR; Imbuzeiro HMA et al. (2015) Modelling climate change responses in tropical forests: Similar productivity estimates across five models, but different mechanisms and responses, Geoscientific Model Development, 8, pp.1097-1110. doi: 10.5194/gmd-8-1097-2015
  • Zhang K; de Almeida Castanho AD; Galbraith DR; Moghim S; Levine NM et al. (2015) The fate of Amazonian ecosystems over the coming century arising from changes in climate, atmospheric CO2, and land use, Global Change Biology, 21, pp.2569-2587. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12903
  • Doughty CE; Metcalfe DB; Girardin CAJ; Amezquita FF; Galbraith D et al. (2015) Source and sink carbon dynamics and carbon allocation in the Amazon basin, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, pp.645-655. doi: 10.1002/2014GB005028

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