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Paul J. Morris Dr Paul J. Morris

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


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Peer-reviewed articles

Xu J, Morris PJ, Liu J, Holden J (2018) Hotspots of peatland-derived potable water use identified by global analysis. Nature Sustainability, 1: 246–253. Access without subscription: DOI: 10.1038/s41893-018-0064-6

Morris PJ, Swindles GT, Valdes PJ, Ivanovic RF, Gregoire LJ, Smith MW, Tarasov L, Haywood AM, Bacon KL (2018) Global peatland initiation driven by regionally asynchronous warming. PNAS, 115: 4,851–4,856. 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

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

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Belyea LR (2015). Bridging the gap between models and measurements of peat hydraulic conductivity. Water Resources Research, 51: 5,353–5,364. DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017264

Moore PA, Morris PJ, Waddington JM (2015). Multi-decadal water-table manipulation alters peatland hydraulic structure and moisture retention. Hydrological Processes, 29: 2,970–2,982. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10416

Wilhelm LP, Morris PJ, Granath G, Waddington JM (2015). Assessment of an integrated peat harvesting and reclamation method: Peatland-atmosphere carbon fluxes and vegetation recovery. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 23: 491–504. DOI: 10.1007/s11273-014-9399-6

Waddington JM, Morris PJ, Kettridge N, Granath G, Thompson DK, Moore PA (2015). Hydrological feedbacks in northern peatlands. Ecohydrology, 8: 113–127. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1493

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Belyea LR (2013). The role of hydrological transience in peatland pattern formation. Earth Surface Dynamics, 1: 29–43. DOI: 10.5194/esurf-1-29-2013

Sherwood JH, Kettridge N, Thompson DK, Morris PJ, Silins U, Waddington JM (2013). Effect of drainage and wildfire on peat hydrophysical properties. Hydrological Processes, 27: 1,866–1,874. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9820

Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Blaauw M, Plunkett G (2012). Ecohydrological feedbacks confound peat-based climate reconstructions. Geophysical Research Letters, 39: L11401. DOI: 10.1029/2012GL051500

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Belyea LR (2012). The DigiBog model of peatland development 2: Ecohydrological simulations in 2-D. Ecohydrology, 4: 256–268. DOI: 10.1002/eco.229

Baird AJ, Morris PJ, Belyea LR (2012). The DigiBog model of peatland development 1: Rationale, conceptual model, and hydrological basis. Ecohydrology, 4: 242–255. DOI: 10.1002/eco.230

Morris PJ, Belyea LR, Baird AJ (2011). Ecohydrological feedbacks in peatland development: A theoretical modelling study. Journal of Ecology, 99: 1,190–1,201. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01842.x

Morris PJ, Waddington JM (2011). Groundwater residence-time distributions in peatlands: Implications for peat decomposition and accumulation. Water Resources Research, 47: W0251. DOI: 10.1029/2010WR009492

Morris PJ, Waddington JM, Benscoter BW, Turetsky MR (2011). Conceptual frameworks in peatland ecohydrology: Looking beyond the two-layered (acrotelm-catotelm) model. Ecohydrology, 4: 1–11. DOI: 10.1002/eco.191

Baird AJ, Belyea LR, Morris PJ (2009). Upscaling peatland-atmosphere fluxes of carbon gases: Small-scale heterogeneity in process rates and the pitfalls of ‘bucket-and-slab’ models. In Baird AJ, Belyea LR, Comas X, Reeve A, Slater L (eds). Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, Geophysical Monograph Series, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, pp. 37–53. DOI: 10.1029/2008GM000826

Meeting Report

Young DM, Morris PJ, Holden J (2016). Upscaling peatland science through collaborative big data. Eos, 97 (24): 8. DOI: 10.1029/2016EO061257

News item about my work

Bhattacharya A. (2012). Peat-based climate reconstructions run into murky waters? Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 93 (30), 298. Feature article in American Geophysical Union member’s newsletter, recognising Swindles & Morris et al. (2012, Geophysical Research Letters) as a ‘Research Spotlight’. DOI: 10.1029/2012EO300026

Major consultancy report

Baird AJ, Kovacevic S, Morris PJ (2009). Cors Fochno Hydrological Research and Management Study: Final Report of Theme 3. Queen Mary University of London.

Major conference proceedings

Morris PJ, Swindles GT, Valdes PJ, Ivanovic RF, Gregoire LJ, Smith MW, Tarasov L, Haywood AM, Bacon KL (2017) Climatic triggers for peatland initiation. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 19: EGU2017-15275.

Swindles GT, Morris PJ, et al. (2017) Holocene development of Amazonia’s oldest peatland. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 19: EGU2017-17919.

Xu J, Morris PJ, Holden J (2017) How important are peatlands globally in providing drinking water resources? Geophysical Research Abstracts, 19: EGU2017-10321.

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Young DM, Swindles GT (2016) Untangling climatic and autogenic signals in peat records. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 18: EGU2016-2337.

Swindles GT, Morris PJ (2016) The long-term fate of permafrost peatlands under rapid climate warming. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 18: EGU2016-2562.

Garneau M, Baird AJ, Morris PJ, van Bellen S (2016) Testing a new version of the DigiBog model to explore the differential response of peatland microforms to shifts in surface wetness. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 18: EGU2016-10918.

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Belyea LR (2015) Controls on peat hydraulic conductivity: bridging the gap between models and measurements. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 17: EGU2015-11128. EGU, Vienna.

Moore PA, Kettridge N, Morris PJ, Waddington JM (2013) Modeling Sphagnum moisture stress in response to 21st century climate change using dynamic peat properties. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts: 2013AGUFMPP13C1907M. AGU, Washington, DC.

Morris PJ, Verhoef A, Macdonald DMJ, Punalekar SM, Tatarenko I, Gowing DJ (2013). Ecohydrological controls over water budgets in floodplain meadows. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15: EGU2013-8142-4. EGU, Vienna.

Morris PJ, Verhoef A, Macdonald DMJ, Punalekar SM, Tatarenko I, Gowing DJ (2013). Improving bottom-boundary conditions for SVAT simulations in shallow-groundwater systems. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15: EGU2013-8179-6. EGU, Vienna.

Morris PJ, Wilhelm LP, Solondz DM, Waddington JM (2013). Trialling a novel peat fuel extraction and reclamation technique: Vegetation recovery and peatland-atmosphere carbon fluxes. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15. EGU, Vienna.

Swindles GT, Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Blaauw, Plunkett (2012). Are peatland water-table reconstructions reliable proxies of past climate? Geophysical Research Abstracts, 14: EGU2012-1914-1. EGU, Vienna.

Verhoef A, Choudhary B, Morris PJ, McCann J (2012). A high-density wireless underground sensor network (WUSN) to quantify hydro-ecological interactions for a UK floodplain. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 14. EGU, Vienna.

Morris PJ, Waddington JM (2011). Simulating porewater residence-time distributions in peatlands. CGU Annual Meeting 2011 Abstracts.

Waddington JM, Thompson DK, Morris PJ, Kettridge N, Moore PA, Turetsky MR (2011). On the ecohydrological resilience of peatlands to disturbance. CGU Annual Meeting 2011 Abstracts.

Baird AJ, Belyea LR, Morris PJ (2009). Known unknowns? The problem of spatial variability when representing peatlands in linked land surface schemes. PEATNet 2nd International Symposium Abstracts, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States.

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Belyea LR (2009). Self-organisation in peatlands: modelling and empirical evidence. PEATNet 2nd International Symposium Abstracts, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States.

Morris PJ, Baird AJ, Belyea LR (2007).  A ‘complex adaptive systems’ approach to modelling peatland dynamics. Carbon in Peatlands, PEATNet (Peatland Ecosystem Analysis and Training Network) 1st International Symposium, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States.