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Paul J. Morris Dr Paul J. Morris

Contact details

Room 10.09 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

Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Wheeler J, Smith M, Bacon KL, Turner TE, Headley A, Galloway JM (2016) Resilience of peatland ecosystem services over millennial timescales: evidence from a degraded British bog. Journal of Ecology, 104: 621–636. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12565

Turner TE, Swindles GT, Charman DJ, Langdon PG, Morris PJ, Booth RK, Parry L, Nichols JE (2016) Solar cycles or random processes? Evaluating solar variability in Holocene climate records. Scientific Reports, 6: 23,961. DOI: 10.1038/srep23961

Baird AJ, Milner AM, Blundell A, Swindles GT, Morris PJ (2016) Microform-scale variations in peatland permeability and their ecohydrological implications. Journal of Ecology, 104: 531–544. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12530

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Young DM, Swindles GT (2015). Untangling climate signals from autogenic changes in long-term peatland development. Geophysical Research Letters, 42: 10,788–10,797. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL066824

Swindles GT, Morris PJ, et al. (2015). The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Scientific Reports, 5: 17,951. DOI 10.1038/srep17951

Current projects

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

More work in progress

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