Search site

School of Geography

Oliver Phillips Prof Oliver Phillips

Contact details

School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 36832

Student hours:

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

  • Doughty CE; Metcalfe DB; Girardin CAJ; Amézquita FF; Phillips OL et al. (2015) Drought impact on forest carbon dynamics and fluxes in Amazonia, Nature, 519, pp.78-82. doi: 10.1038/nature14213
  • Phillips OL; Lewis SL (2014) Evaluating the tropical forest carbon sink., Glob Chang Biol, 20, pp.2039-2041. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12423
  • Rowland L; Malhi Y; Silva-Espejo JE; Farfán-Amézquita F; Phillips OL et al. (2014) The sensitivity of wood production to seasonal and interannual variations in climate in a lowland Amazonian rainforest, Oecologia, 174, pp.295-306. doi: 10.1007/s00442-013-2766-9
  • Gatti LV; Gloor M; Miller JB; Doughty CE; Phillips OL et al. (2014) Drought sensitivity of Amazonian carbon balance revealed by atmospheric measurements, Nature, 506, pp.76-80. doi: 10.1038/nature12957
  • Butt N; Malhi Y; New M; Macía MJ; Phillips OL et al. (2014) Shifting dynamics of climate-functional groups in old-growth Amazonian forests, Plant Ecology and Diversity, 7, pp.267-279. doi: 10.1080/17550874.2012.715210


Curriculum Vitae - read more
Publications - read more