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Oliver Phillips Prof Oliver Phillips

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 36832

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Research overview

My long-term research goal is to understand the dynamics of carbon and biodiversity across the world’s tropical forests, how these change with our changing climate, and how they may feedback on the whole planet.

The scale of the endeavour is large, requiring global team-work and a multidisciplinary approach. I personally lead a team of more than 100 researchers in Leeds, across South America, and elsewhere, to understand the behaviour of Amazonian forests in the changing earth system.


Latest publications

  • Malhi Y; Doughty CE; Goldsmith GR; Metcalfe DB; Girardin CAJ et al. (2015) The linkages between photosynthesis, productivity, growth and biomass in lowland Amazonian forests, Global Change Biology, . doi: 10.1111/gcb.12859
  • Atkin OK; Bloomfield KJ; Reich PB; Tjoelker MG; Asner GP et al. (2015) Global variability in leaf respiration in relation to climate, plant functional types and leaf traits, New Phytologist, . doi: 10.1111/nph.13253
  • Doughty CE; Metcalfe DB; Girardin CAJ; Amézquita FF; Cabrera DG et al. (2015) Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia, Nature, 519, pp.78-82. doi: 10.1038/nature14213
  • 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
  • Martins DL; Schietti J; Feldpausch TR; Luizão FJ; Phillips OL et al. (2015) Soil-induced impacts on forest structure drive coarse woody debris stocks across central Amazonia, Plant Ecology and Diversity, 8, pp.229-241. doi: 10.1080/17550874.2013.879942


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