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Department of Plant Sciences


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Research overview

I’m interested in how ecosystems respond to changes in disturbance regimes and the fundamental processes that govern the responses of ecosystems to these changes. My work is grounded in experimental research, taking advantage of the diverse sets of fire manipulation experiments across the globe combined with the advances in ecosystem models.

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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 Juniper Hall Field Course.

Previous positions

2020-present University Lecturer, 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

  • 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 Disturbance Ecology and Ecosystem Function Group
University Lecturer
Dr Adam  Pellegrini

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,
01223 748981