Fires from 2015 El Niño drought burned “fire-resistant” wet forests in central Amazonia

Posted Posted in Amazonia, Carbon sequestration, Carbon storage, Climate change, El Niño, Fire, Forest degradation

A new study by Pontes-Lopes et al. 2021 examining the impacts of the record-breaking drought and fires caused by the 2015/2016 El Niño has found that even the wet forests of central Amazonia, forests considered relatively fire-resistant, were affected by fire.

Masters and PhD selection in the Tropical Forests Science Programme at INPA, Brazil

Posted Posted in Amazonia, Biodiversity, Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Fire, Forest degradation, Forest dynamics, Forest management, Non-timber forest products, Teaching, Tropical forest

The public selection process is now open for assessing and selecting candidates for admission to the Masters and PhD programme in the Tropical Forests Science Programme at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) with research projects matching themes of the Post-graduate programme in Tropical Forest Science (PPG-CFT).

African rainforests remained a carbon sink during record heat and drought

Posted Posted in Africa, Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Drought, Forest dynamics, Tropical forest

In our recent work studying the impact of record heat and drought on intact African tropical rainforests there was surprising resilience to the extreme conditions during the last major 2015/2016 El Niño event. The international study, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that intact rainforests across tropical Africa continued to remove […]

Two PhD students funded to study forest degradation and recovery within the Global Systems Institute

Posted Posted in Amazonia, Biodiversity, Carbon sequestration, Carbon storage, Climate change, Fire, Forest degradation, Forest dynamics, Teaching

Two complementary PhD studentships have been funded thanks to donations from long-term University of Exeter supporters, the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Both will be based within the Global Systems Institute and focus on tropical forest protection and restoration, specifically understanding carbon storage within degraded and recovering forest ecosystems.

Fire-related forest properties observed using Landsat and radar data

Posted Posted in Amazonia, Biodiversity, Carbon storage, Fire, Forest degradation, Forest regrowth, Remote sensing, Tree mortality, Uncategorized

Fire is an important cause of disturbance in terrestrial ecosystems and can has a major impact on biodiversity. We evaluated the effect of fire regime on species richness and tree basal area in southern Amazon forest using Landsat and PALSAR data.

Special Issue: Transformation of Tropical Forests Through Fire

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Carbon sequestration, Carbon storage, Climate change, Drought, Fire, Forest degradation, Forest dynamics, Forest regrowth, Remote sensing, Temperature, Tree growth, Tree mortality, Tropical forest

The fire regime of tropical forests is changing rapidly, with implications for forest cover, carbon storage, species composition, biodiversity, function, and climate. These changes are having a range of impacts over varying spatiotemporal scales and are explored in a journal special issue on the Transformation of Tropical Forests through Fire.

Scientists unravel how and why Amazon trees die

Posted Posted in Amazonia, Carbon sequestration, Carbon storage, Climate change, Forest dynamics, Forest regrowth, Tree growth, Tree mortality, Tropical forest

A huge new study has unravelled what factors control tree mortality rates in Amazon forests and helps to explain why tree mortality is increasing across the Amazon basin. The capacity of the Amazon forest to store carbon in a changing climate will ultimately be determined by how fast trees die. The new analysis found that the […]

PhD in Geography (NERC GW4+ DTP): The ecology of lightning strikes – How many trees in tropical forests killed by lightning?

Posted Posted in Africa, Biodiversity, Carbon sequestration, Carbon storage, Climate change, Fire, Forest dynamics, Lightning, Tree mortality, Tropical forest

We are seeking qualified and motivated candidates to pursue a PhD studying how lighting affects tree mortality, carbon dynamics, and forest composition in tropical forests. Applications for the NERC GW4+ project are open, with a closing date of 16:00 on Friday 8th January 2021.