Dominick Spracklen


Humans are altering the composition of the atmosphere and transforming ecosystems with impacts on climate and the Earth System. Our research aims to understand interactions between the biosphere, atmosphere and climate and the ways that these are being altered by human activity.

Recent work

Amazon fires, smoke haze and forest carbon uptake

Rap et al., Geophys. Res. Lett., 2015

The smoky haze caused by fires scatters sunlight, increasing the amount of diffuse sunlight reaching the surface. Plant photosynthesis increasies under diffuse sunlight with impacts on carbon uptake of forests. We found that increased diffuse radiation due to forest fires in the Amazon causes surrounding forests to increase net primary productivity equivalent to 33-65% of carbon emissions from the fires.

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July 2015 Firing photosynthesis - Research highlight in Nature Climate Change on our recent paper on fires, aerosol, diffuse radiation and forest carbon

March 2015 We have a funded PhD with World Land Trust to study forest degradation and restoration in Vietnam. Apply here, deadline 8th April.

March 2015 Douglas Hamilton awarded a Postgraduate Researcher Publication Prize 2014/2015.

August 2014 Cat Scott has been awarded a Springer Thesis Prize, awarded for an outstanding PhD thesis showing "scientific excellence and impact on research"..

July 2014 The first field campaign of our ORC3 project on marine organics is underway at the NCAS Cape Verde observatory. Updates soon from Hannah and others on their blog.

May 2014 The Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forests (LEAF) Research Centre gets a website. Bringing together research on forests from across the University of Leeds. And we have a logo:

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