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Roel Brienen Dr Roel Brienen

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Room 3.66a
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33381

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Research overview

I am broadly interested in ecosystem functioning and interactions between ecology and the environment with a specific interest on the impact of climate change on tropical forests. My latest research focused on the long-term responses of tropical trees to climate and increasing atmospheric [CO2] levels. In these studies I used tree rings and stable isotopes (δ13C, δ18O), which allow the reconstruction of historical responses of trees to climate over long time intervals and may tell us what to expect for the future. This also provides clues concerning to the resilience of tropical forests to predicted climate change. I am further...


Latest publications

  • Baker TR; Gloor E; Brienen RJW; Feldpausch TR; Lopez-Gonzalez G et al. (2014) Fast demographic traits promote high diversification rates of Amazonian trees, Ecology Letters, . doi: 10.1111/ele.12252
  • Emilio T; Quesada CA; Costa FRC; Magnusson WE; Brienen RJW et al. (2014) Soil physical conditions limit palm and tree basal area in Amazonian forests, Plant Ecology and Diversity, 7, pp.215-229. doi: 10.1080/17550874.2013.772257
  • Espírito-Santo FD; Gloor M; Keller M; Malhi Y; Brienen RJ et al. (2014) Size and frequency of natural forest disturbances and the Amazon forest carbon balance., Nat Commun, 5, pp.3434. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4434
  • Talbot J; Lewis SL; Lopez-Gonzalez G; Brienen RJW; Monteagudo A et al. (2014) Methods to estimate aboveground wood productivity from long-term forest inventory plots, Forest Ecology and Management, 320, pp.30-38. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2014.02.021
  • Mitchard ETA; Meir P; Feldpausch TR; Brienen RJW; Lopez-Gonzalez G et al. (2014) Markedly divergent estimates of amazon forest carbon density from ground plots and satellites, Global Ecology and Biogeography, . doi: 10.1111/geb.12168

Current projects

  • NERC Fellowship “Climate change and the Amazon: assessing the impact of climate on tree growth using tree ring widths and isotopes

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