'Why does structure matter for forest productivity?' With Dr Alexander Shenkin

Past Event

02 June 2017, 5:15pm - 7:15pm

Herbertson Room, OUCE
Herbertson Room, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

This event is organised by the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests

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.