School of Geography and the Environment

Much of SoGE's tropical forestry research is carried out by Professor Yadvinder Malhi and his ECI team: The Ecosystems Dynamics Group and by Kathy Willis' Long Term Ecology Lab. More details below.

Long Term Ecology Lab:

Professor Kathy Willis

Prof Kathy Willis leads the Long Term Ecology Lab. The lab uses paleo-ecological techniques to reconstruct the history of past landscapes across the globe. Key research locations include the Galapagos Islands, South Africa and the Western Ghats in India. It is hoped that the lessons learned from the past landscapes can be used to inform modern land management practices.

Dr. Shonil Bhagwat

Dr. Shonil Bhagwat is a researcher working in Kathy Willis’s ‘Long Term Ecology Lab’. Shonil focuses his research in the Western Ghats where he has three primary areas of investigation: How can we create and maintain landscapes that maximise conservation outside of reserve boundaries? Can cultural and spiritual values be used to promote conservation? What is the impact of climate change on conservation?

Lydia Cole

Lydia Cole is a DPhil student also working in Kathy Willis's Lab. She is looking into ways of reducing the deforestation caused by the expansion of oil palm plantations in South East Asia. Focusing on 'degraded' lands in Indonesia and Malaysia, she will explore the past vegetation dynamics of these areas and how best they can be managed in the future.

Emmanuel O Nuesiri

Emmanuel is a current doctoral student supervised by Drs. Patricia Daley (School of Geography and the Environment) and Dan Brockington (University of Manchester). His work focuses on the political ecology of forest governance in Cameroon, particularly how biodiversity discourses are translated into international conventions, how these conventions influence environmental policies in Cameroon and how National Policies affect local livelihoods.