The ECI's ecosystems research is recognised for its understanding of the ecology, functioning and sensitivity of tropical forests, through extensive field study networks across the tropics. The team use satellite remote sensing and terrestrial ecosystem model tools to assess and predict rates of change in ecosystems. They analyse the governance of forest systems at multiple levels, and monitor the effectiveness of conservation measures and protected areas.
The Forest Governance Programme seeks to strengthen our understanding of how state and non-state institutions and actors shape decisions about the conservation and use of forest resources around the world.
Led by Constance McDermott
Biodiversity and Climate Adaptation
The Biodiversity and Climate Adaptation research group is at the forefront of integrating and improving techniques for the observation and projection of the effects of environmental change on species, ecosystems and the services they provide at the international and national level.
Led by Pam Berry
International conference: Megafauna and Ecosystem Function:
from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene
University of Oxford, St John's College, 18 - 20 March 2014.
Call for papers open: deadline 20 Dec 2013.
Professor Yadvinder Malhi guest edits collection of papers on the ecosystem dynamics of Amazonian and Andean forests. Read more
Lyster, R., MacKenzie, C. and McDermott, C.L. (eds.) (2013) Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+. CUP, Cambridge.
Huntingford, C. et al. (2013) Simulated resilience of tropical rainforests to CO2-induced climate change. Nature Geoscience.
Ogawa-Onishi, Y. and Berry, P.M. (2013) Ecological impacts of climate change in Japan: the importance of integrating local and international publications. Biological Conservation, 157: 361-371.
Coad, L., et. al. (2013) Social, economic and ecological change over a decade in a village hunting system, Central Gabon. Conservation Biology.
Rodrigo Arce: 'Certified Forest industry diversification in the Bolivian Northern Amazon: escaping the staple trap in the forest carbon era'
Festus Asaaga: 'Smallholder Agriculture And Ecosystem Degradation In Rural Africa: Empirical Analysis Of Farmersí Land Use Decisions'
Aoife Bennett-Curry: 'The political ecology of secondary and fragmented forests in the Peruvian Amazon'
Cecilia Chavana-Bryant: 'Relationships between leaf life-cycle and canopy shadow patterns on Earth Observation-derived indices in Amazonian forests'
Kathryn Clark: 'The role of landslides in the Peruvian Andes in determining forest ecology and carbon transport'
Claudia Combertit: 'The relationship between biodiversity and cultural diversity, and human adaptation to environmental change in Amazonian indigenous communities (Bolivia)'
Cecilia Dahlsjo: 'Unravelling the role of termites in ecosystem functioning in tropical Amazonia'
Tahia Devisscher: 'Enhancing the adaptive capacity of social-ecological systems in tropical forest landscape'
Nicolas Raab: 'Modelling Tree Carbon Allocation, Gas and Energy Exchange in The Amazon through Functional Structural Models '
Caroline Schmidt: 'Avoiding deforestation and the geography of law in the Brazilian Amazon'
Rocio Urrutia: 'Assessment of forest ecosystem services under climate and land use change scenarios in Chile'