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Department of Plant Sciences


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Research overview

My research leverages basic science to create a forward-looking research program that works with industry and government to identify the research advances needed for successful implementation of climate change solutions. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge, I have laid the foundation for developing this program, as I am currently running projects funded by ca. £2 million from external grants received over the course of three years. My research blends basic science in ecology and carbon cycling with applied science that evaluates how global change will affect ecosystem functioning, and solution-oriented science developing ways to implement solutions in policy and business settings to help abate climate change.”

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Teaches on the Natural Sciences Tripos, including 1B Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Part II Responses to Global Change and the Part 1B Portugal Field Course.

Previous positions

2022-present Fellow, Institute for Global Change Research, University of Michigan
2020-present Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
2020-present Director of Studies at Newnham College, University of Cambridge
2018-2020 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Fellow, Stanford University
2016-2018 NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellow, Stanford University


2012-2016 PhD in Ecology, Princeton University
2011-2012 MA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
2006-2010 BA Biology, Colgate University

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Awards and fellowships

  • European Research Council Starter Grant
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow
  • National Geographic Young Explorer
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Lassen Fellowship
  • Oswald T Avery Award in Biology
  • George E Stevenson Award
  • Douglas Rankin ‘53 Geology Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Life Sciences Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Global Change Ecology
  • Professional memberships
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Association for Tropical Biology
  • Ecological Society of America

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Head of Ecosystem and Carbon Science Group
Associate Professor
Dr Adam  Pellegrini

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences
Downing Street
01223 748981