Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Alexander Shenkin


Research Groups


Dr Alexander Shenkin

Post Doctoral Researcher


Alexander's research focuses on how tropical forests respond to drivers such as drought, logging, fire, and climate change. He employs statistical models to understand the roles of species, microenvironments, forest structure, and functional traits in these responses on ecological time scales. Alexander leverages his background in electrical engineering to apply new technology to address these ecological questions. He developed and built a novel instrument to measure vertical light profiles from the canopy to the ground, and is using those data to constrain models of light availability in an elevation transect in Peru. He is currently using terrestrial and airborne LiDAR and airborne hyperspectral data to investigate the role of structure in forest productivity and responses of trees to stress.


  • Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Rifai, S., Shenkin, A., Oliveras, I., Bentley, L.P., Svatek, M., Girardin, C.A.J., Both, S., Riutta, T., Berenguer, E., Kissling, W.D., Bauman, D., Raab, N., Moore, S., Farfan-Rios, W., Figueiredo, A.E.S., Reis, S.M., Ndong, J.E., Ondo, F.E., N'ssi Bengone, N., Mihindou, V., Moraes de Seixas, M.M., Adu-Bredu, S., Abernethy, K., Asner, G.P., Barlow, J., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Coomes, D.A., Cernusak, L.A., Dargie, G.C., Enquist, B.J., Ewers, R.M., Ferreira, J., Jeffery, K.J., Joly, C.A., Lewis, S.L., Marimon-Junior, B.H., Martin, R.E., Morandi, P.S., Phillips, O.L., Quesada, C.A., Salinas, N., Schwantes Marimon, B., Silman, M., Teh, Y.A., White, L.J.T. and Malhi, Y. (2021) Pantropical modelling of canopy functional traits using Sentinel-2 remote sensing data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 252. 112122.
  • Malhi, Y., Girardin, C., Metcalfe, D.B., Doughty, C.E., Aragão, L.E.O.C., Rifai, S.W., Oliveras, I., Shenkin, A., Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J., Dahlsjö, C.A.L., Riutta, T., Berenguer, E., Moore, S., Huaraca Huasco, W., Salinas, N., da Costa, A.C.L., Bentley, L.P., Adu-Bredu, S., Marthews, T.R., Meir, P. and Phillips, O.L. (2021) The Global Ecosystems Monitoring network: Monitoring ecosystem productivity and carbon cycling across the tropics. Biological Conservation, 253. 108889.
  • Baraloto, C., Alverga, P., Quispe, S.B., Barnes, G., Chura, N.B., da Silva, I.B., Castro, W., da Souza, H., de Souza Moll, I.E., Chilo, J., Linares, H.D., Quispe, J.G., Kenji, D., Marsik, M., Medeiros, H., Murphy, S., Rockwell, C., Selaya, G., Shenkin, A., Silveira, M., Southworth, J., Colomo, G. and Perz, S. (2015) Effects of road infrastructure on forest value across a tri-national Amazonian frontier. Biological Conservation, 191: 674-681.
  • Shenkin, A., Bolker, B., Pena-Claros, M., Licona, J.C. and Putz, F.E. (2015) Fates of trees damaged by logging in Amazonian Bolivia. Forest Ecology and Management, 357: 50-59.
  • Sist, P., Rutishauser, E., Pena-Claros, M., Shenkin, A., Herault, B., Baya, F., Benedet, F., da Silva, K.E., Descroix, L., Ferreira, J.N., Gourlet-Fleury, S., Guedes, M.C., Harun, I.B., Jalonen, R., Kanashiro, M., Krisnawati, H., Kshatriya, M., Lincoln, P., Mazzei, L., Medjibe, V., Nasi, R., d'Oliveira, M.V.N., de Oliveira, L.C., Picard, N., Pietsch, S., Pinard, M., Priyadi, H., Putz, F.E., Rodney, K., Rossi, V., Roopsind, A., Ruschel, A.R., Shari, N.H.Z., de Souza, C.R., Susanty, H.F., Sotta, E.D., Toledo, M., Vidal, E., West, T.A.P., Wortel, V. and Yamada, T. (2015) The Tropical managed Forests Observatory: a research network addressing the future of tropical logged forests. Applied Vegetation Science, 18(1): 171-174.


  • Perz, S., Chavez, A. B., Cossio, R., Hoelle, J., Leite, F. L., Rocha, K., Rojas, R.O., Shenkin, A., Araujo Carvalho, L, Castillo, J. (2014). Trans-boundary infrastructure, access connectivity, and household land use in a tri-national frontier in the Southwestern Amazon. Journal of Land Use Science, 1-27.

  • Baraloto, C., Alverga, P., Baéz Quispe, S., Barnes, G., Bejar Chura, N., Brasil da Silva, I., Castro, W., da Souza, H., de Souza Moll, I., del Alcazar Chilo, J., Duenas Linares, H., Garate Quispe, J., Kenji, D., Medeiros, H., Murphy, S., Rockwell, C.A., Shenkin, A., Silveira, M., Southworth, J., Vasquez, G., Perz, S., 2014. Trade-offs among forest value components in community forests of southwestern Amazonia. Ecology and Society, 19(4). doi: 10.5751/ES-06911-190456


  • Perz, S. G., Shenkin, A., Rondon, X., & Qiu, Y. (2013). Infrastructure upgrades and rural–urban connectivity: distance disparities in a tri-national frontier in the Amazon. The Professional Geographer, 65(1), 103-115.


  • Perz, S. G., Shenkin, A., Barnes, G., Cabrera, L., Carvalho, L. A., & Castillo, J. (2012). Connectivity and resilience: a multidimensional analysis of infrastructure impacts in the Southwestern Amazon. Social indicators research, 106(2), 259-285.


  • Romero, L.C., Biedenweg, K., Camacho, I.R., Céspedes, D.R., Shenkin, A., Elliott, D., Perz, S., 2009. Perspectivas socioeconómicas de los proyectos de infraestructura: Las comunidades campesinas y la pavimentación de carreteras en Pando, Bolivia Bolivian Studies Journal 8(1), 18pp.