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David Galbraith Dr David Galbraith

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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

  • 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, . doi: 10.1111/gcb.12859
  • 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
  • Galbraith D; Malhi Y; Arag√£o L; Baker T (2014) The ecosystem dynamics of Amazonian and Andean forests, Plant Ecology and Diversity, 7, pp.1-6. doi: 10.1080/17550874.2013.826744
  • da Costa ACL; Metcalfe DB; Doughty CE; de Oliveira AAR; Galbraith DR et al. (2014) Ecosystem respiration and net primary productivity after 8-10 years of experimental through-fall reduction in an eastern Amazon forest, Plant Ecology and Diversity, 7, pp.7-24. doi: 10.1080/17550874.2013.798366
  • Marthews TR; Quesada CA; Galbraith DR; Malhi Y; Mullins CE et al. (2014) High-resolution hydraulic parameter maps for surface soils in tropical South America, Geoscientific Model Development, 7, pp.711-723. doi: 10.5194/gmd-7-711-2014

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