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Department of Plant Sciences



Our research includes:

  • Assessing the impact of land-use change on carbon and biodiversity using LiDAR and hyperspectral sensing
  • Measuring carbon storage in forests using airborne and space-borne technologies
  • Evaluating the success of carbon projects aimed at reducing deforestation in developing countries¬†
  • Researching the effects of introduced organisms on forest communities and developing control strategies
  • Species distribution modelling to understand the effects on climate change on biological diversity and trait evolution
  • Developing new biological scaling theories, and confirming their significance by statistical analyses of forest inventory data
  • Simulation modelling to examine the responses of forests to environmental change

Interested in doing a PhD?  Click the second web link above for projects currently advertised (deadline 5th January including references)

Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute
Head of Forest Ecology and Conservation Group
Professor David  Coomes

Contact Details

Email address: 
The David Attenborough Building,
Pembroke Street,
01223 333911