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Dr Chris Doughty

Dr Chris Doughty

Position:

Lecturer in Ecosystem Ecology

Contact:

e:chris.doughty@ouce.ox.ac.uk
t:01865 285182

Member:

ECI Ecosystems Research Theme

Profile

I am a lecturer in Ecosystem Ecology within the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford. My main interest is in understanding tropical forest carbon fluxes, through remote sensing, eddy covariance, leaf gas exchange and intensive carbon cycle plots. My secondary interest is in understanding how the Pleistocene Megafauna extinctions impacted global biogeochemical cycles, climate and global tree diversity.

I majored in Environmental Science at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently completed a PhD in Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. I spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution, Stanford. I then accepted a junior research fellowship in tropical forest ecology in the Ecosystem Dynamics group at ECI. In April 2013 I began a lectureship in the same department.

Current Projects

I am coordinating research at 17 rainforest plots in 6 sites across the Amazon basin. At these plots, intensive monitoring of forest carbon cycling and allocation will: 1) provide baseline estimates of current forest carbon storage, and 2) track ongoing changes in forest carbon cycling. These results will help develop the next generation of coupled atmosphere-biosphere models and guide international climate policy.

I also have projects to understand the role that large animals play in biogeochemical cycling over continental regions and long periods of time; to understand how montane ecosystems contribute to global weathering and control long-term global climate; and to understand how tropical forest leaf traits (i.e. photosynthesis) can be predicted by leaf spectroscopy.

Publications

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
  • Doughty, C.E. (2010) The development of agriculture in the Americas: an ecological perspective. Ecosphere, 1(6).
  • Doughty, C.E. and Field, C.B. (2010) Agricultural net primary production in relation to that liberated by the extinction of Pleistocene mega-herbivores: an estimate of agricultural carrying capacity? Environmental Research Letters, 5.
  • Doughty, C.E. and Wolf, A. (2010) Detecting Tree-like Multicellular Life on Extrasolar Planets. Astrobiology, 10(9): 869-879.
  • Doughty, C.E., Flanner, M.G. and Goulden, M.L. (2010) Effect of smoke on subcanopy shaded light, canopy temperature, and carbon dioxide uptake in an Amazon rainforest. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24(3).
  • Doughty, C.E., Wolf, A. and Field, C.B. (2010) Biophysical feedbacks between the Pleistocene megafauna extinction and climate: The first human-induced global warming? Geophysical Research Letters, 37(15).
2008
2006
  • Doughty, C.E., Goulden, M.L., Miller, S.D. and da Rocha, H.R. (2006) Circadian rhythms constrain leaf and canopy gas exchange in an Amazonian forest. Geophysical Research Letters, 33.

Popular press

News relating to the following paper in GRL: Montane forest root growth and soil organic layer depth may have stabilized Cenozoic global change



Do animal extinctions make the planet less fertile?
Dr Chris Doughty explains his research in the 2013 Oxford University Annual Review


News relating to the following paper in Nature Geoscience: The legacy of the Pleistocene megafauna extinctions on nutrient availability in Amazonia.


News relating to the following paper in Geophysical Research Letters: Biophysical feedbacks between the Pleistocene megafauna extinction and climate: The first human-induced global warming?


News relating to the following paper in Environmental Research Letters: Agricultural net primary production in relation to that liberated by the extinction of Pleistocene mega-herbivores: an estimate of agricultural carrying capacity?


News relating to the following paper in Astrobiology: Detecting Tree-like Multicellular Life on Extrasolar Planets


News relating to the following paper in Climatic Change: Can crop albedo be increased through the modification of leaf trichomes and could this cool regional climate?