Department / group: School of Geosciences, Global Change / Biosphere
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Research interests:

Global environmental change; environmental sustainability; impacts of stratospheric ozone depletion and ultraviolet radiation; air pollution effects; climate change impacts; vegetation-atmosphere gas exchange; renewable energy; interdisciplinary research in environmental change and sustainability

Career history:

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (1982) Thesis title: Primary

production and photosynthesis of Phragmites australis at Slapton Ley, Devon

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Exeter

Research Officer, Biology Section

Central Electricity Research Laboratories, Leatherhead

Sep 1979-Apr 1989

Project Leader, Terrestrial Effects Group

National Power Technology and Environmental Centre

Mar 1989-Apr 1992

Senior Scientific Officer

Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (ITE), Monks Wood

Apr 1992-Aug 1997

Assistant Director, Centre for the Study of Environmental Change

and Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

Sep 1997-Oct 2000

Director, Centre for the Study of Environmental Change

and Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

Oct 2000-Feb 2007

Senior Lecturer

School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

Oct 2000-Aug 2011

Reader in Natural Sciences

School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

Aug 2011- present

Active research projects:

Quantifying photochemical emissions of atmospheric gases from the estuarine and marine environment

McLeod, A.

6/07/15 – 31/12/17

UK-based charities

The role of ultraviolet photobiology in the oceanic methane paradox

McLeod, A.

1/10/14 – 28/02/15

UK-based charities

Recent publications:

Fraser, W.T., Blei, E., Fry, S.C., Newman, M.F., Reay, D.S., Smith, K.A. and McLeod, A.R., 2015. Emission of methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and short‐chain hydrocarbons from vegetation foliage under ultraviolet irradiation. Plant, cell & environment, 38(5), pp.980-989.

Keppler, F., Vigano, I., McLeod, A., Ott, U., Früchtl, M. and Röckmann, T., 2012. Ultraviolet-radiation-induced methane emissions from meteorites and the Martian atmosphere. Nature, 486(7401), pp.93-96.

Messenger, D.J., Fry, S.C., Yamulki, S. and McLeod, A.R., 2012. Effects of UV-B filtration on the chemistry and decomposition of Fraxinus excelsior leaves. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 47, pp.133-141.

Aphalo, P.J., Albert, A., Björn, L.O., McLeod, A., Robson, T.M. and Rosenqvist, E. eds., 2012. Beyond the visible: a handbook of best practice in plant UV photobiology. Helsingin yliopisto.

Bloom, A.A., Lee‐Taylor, J., Madronich, S., Messenger, D.J., Palmer, P.I., Reay, D.S. and McLeod, A.R., 2010. Global methane emission estimates from ultraviolet irradiation of terrestrial plant foliage. New Phytologist, 187(2), pp.417-425.