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

Ecosystem science; carbon-water relationship of plants and ecosystems; terrestrial carbon cycle; tropical forests. Project funding includes NERC, EU, The Royal Society, NSF, UNEP and FAO. Head of the School of GeoSciences’ Centre for Environmental Change and Sustainability (CECS) Research Group.

Career history:

Present: Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Edinburgh

Active research projects:

Linking biotic attack with tree mortality & canopy condition in droughted tropical rainforest

Meir, P.

1/10/15 – 31/10/15

NERC

The Amazon Fertilisation Experiment (AFEX)

Meir, P.

1/08/14 – 31/01/19

NERC

TROPICALCARBON Tropical forest soil carbon storage and microbial diversity under climatic warming

Meir, P.

1/04/14 – 31/03/17

EU government bodies

ACES: Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing in Mozambican Woodlands

Patenaude, G., Meir, P., Ryan, C., Fisher, J. & Metzger, M. J.

30/11/13 – 29/03/17

NERC

ACES: Abrupt Changes in Ecosystem Services and Wellbeing in Mozambican Woodlands

Patenaude, G., Ryan, C., Fisher, J., Metzger, M. J. & Meir, P.

30/11/13 – 31/12/17

NERC

BIODIVERSITY AND LAND-USE IMPACTS ON TROPICAL ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION (BALI)

Williams, M. & Meir, P.

1/10/13 – 30/09/17

NERC

Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in degraded and recovering Amazonian and Atlantic forests

Meir, P.

1/10/13 – 30/09/17

Soil carbon and nutrient cycling across an Andean tree-line

Meir, P.

1/12/12 – 28/02/13

UK-based charities

Understanding how drought affects the risk of increased mortality in tropical rain forests

Meir, P.

1/11/12 – 31/10/16

NERC

Tree communities, airborne remote sensing and ecosystem function: new connections through a traits framework applied to a tropical elevation gradient

Meir, P.

1/10/12 – 30/09/15

NERC

Recent publications:

Turnbull, M., Griffin, K., Fyllas, N., Lloyd, J., Meir, P. and Atkin, O., 2016. Separating species and environmental determinants of leaf functional traits in temperate rainforest plants along a soil-development chronosequence. Functional Plant Biology.

Heskel, M.A., O’Sullivan, O.S., Reich, P.B., Tjoelker, M.G., Weerasinghe, L.K., Penillard, A., Egerton, J.J., Creek, D., Bloomfield, K.J., Xiang, J. and Sinca, F., 2016. Convergence in the temperature response of leaf respiration across biomes and plant functional types. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(14), pp.3832-3837.

Girardin, C.A., Malhi, Y., Doughty, C.E., Metcalfe, D.B., Meir, P., Aguila‐Pasquel, J., Araujo‐Murakami, A., Costa, A.C., Silva‐Espejo, J.E., Farfán Amézquita, F. and Rowland, L., 2016. Seasonal trends of Amazonian rainforest phenology, net primary productivity, and carbon allocation. Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

Johnson, M.O., Galbraith, D., Gloor, E., De Deurwaerder, H., Guimberteau, M., Rammig, A., Thonicke, K., Verbeeck, H., von Randow, C., Monteagudo, A. and Phillips, O.L., 2016. Variation in stem mortality rates determines patterns of aboveground biomass in Amazonian forests: implications for dynamic global vegetation models. Global Change Biology.

Binks, O., Meir, P., Rowland, L., Costa, A.C.L., Vasconcelos, S.S., Oliveira, A.A.R., Ferreira, L., Christoffersen, B., Nardini, A. and Mencuccini, M., 2016. Plasticity in leaf‐level water relations of tropical rainforest trees in response to experimental drought. New Phytologist.