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 […]

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.

Competition influences tree growth, but not mortality, in Amazonia and tropical Africa forests

Posted Posted in Africa, Amazonia, Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Drought, Forest dynamics, Forest structure, Tree growth, Tree mortality

Competition among trees is an important driver of community structure and dynamics in tropical forests. Neighboring trees may impact an individual tree’s growth rate and probability of mortality, but large-scale geographic and environmental variation in these competitive effects has yet to be evaluated across the tropical forest biome.