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Paul J. Morris Dr Paul J. Morris

Contact details

Room 10.20 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 39585

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Research overview

I hold the role of Lecturer in Ecohydrology. My research focuses on the interactions between the hydrological, ecological and biogeochemical processes that govern the past, present and future of the world's wetlands. I am particularly interested in carbon-dense wetlands such as peatlands and mangroves. I use modelling, field and laboratory techniques in the pursuit of my research questions.


Latest Publications

Morris PJ, Swindles GT, Valdes PJ, Ivanovic RF, Gregoire LJ, Smith MW, Tarasov L, Haywood AM, Bacon KL (2018, in press) Global peatland initiation driven by regionally asynchronous warming. PNAS, in press. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1717838115

Swindles GT, Morris PJ, et al. (2018) Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland. Global Change Biology, 24: 738–757. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13950

Xu J, Morris PJ, Liu J, Holden J (2018) PEATMAP: Refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis. Catena, 160: 134–140. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2017.09.010

Young DM, Baird AJ, Morris PJ, Holden J (2017) Simulating the long-term impacts of drainage and restoration on the ecohydrology of peatlands. Water Resources Research, 53: 6,510–6,522. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019898

University of Leeds Peat Club: Bacon KL, Baird AJ, Blundell A, Bourgault M-A, Chapman PJ, Dargie G, Dooling GP, Gee C, Holden J, Kelly T, McKendrick-Smith KA,  Morris PJ, Noble A, Palmer SM, Quillet A, Swindles GT, Watson EJ, Young DM (2017) Questioning ten common assumptions about peatlands. Mires and Peat, 19: article 12, 1–23. DOI: 10.19189/MaP.2016.OMB.253

Current projects

  • Stability of peatland ecosystems and carbon stocks under near-future climate warming
  • Simulating long-term developmental dynamics of blanket peatlands

More work in progress

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