Landscape Ecology

Dr Nick Kettridge's research crosses many disciplines (see Ecohydrology, Wildfire). Much of his research focuses on peatlands; understanding the processes that control the provision of key ecosystem services within these environments, and quantifying their response to changing climatic conditions and extreme events such as fire and drought.

Dr Laura Graham, Birmingham Fellow, is a computational/spatial ecologist interested in understanding how anthropogenic changes such as climate and land-use change affect global ecosystems, and how this in turn affects human well-being. She is particularly interested in using novel statistical methods and heterogeneous sources of data to answer applied and theoretical questions.  She was previously a mathematician and database developer, and applies skills learned there to answer ecological questions. She works on the IIASA-NERC funded project 'A complex-systems approach to improve understanding of the biodiversity-landscape structure relationship'.

Research Publications 

Kettridge, N., Lukenbach, M.C., Hokanson, K.J., Devito, K.J., Petrone, R.M., Mendoza, C..A and Waddington, J.M. (2021). Regulation of peatland evaporation following wildfire; the complex control of soil tension under dynamic evaporation demand', Hydrological Processes, vol. 35, no. 4, e14132.

Leonard, R., Moore, P., Krause, S., Devito, K.J., Petrone, G.R., Mendoza, C., Waddington, J.M. and Kettridge, N. (2021).  'The influence of system heterogeneity on peat-surface temperature dynamics', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 16, no. 2, 024002.