Dr Tom Parker

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Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Tom Parker

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2007-2010: BSc Biology, University of Sheffield.

2010-2011: MRes Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York.

2011-2015: PhD 'Ecological Controls of Rhizosphere Processes and Soil Organic Matter Dynamics at a Sub-arctic Treeline', University of Stirling.

2015-2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, MA, USA.

2017-Present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Stirling

I am an ecosystem ecologist investigating the changing carbon cycle in the Arctic. As the arctic climate warms, tall shrubs are expanding north into the tundra. My research aims to understand how these changes in tundra plant community will impact carbon cycling in the soil. Acrtic soils represent one of the largest global stores of carbon and a major question I aim to answer is how the increasing plant activity in the tundra will affect this soil carbon store.

My previous work in the tundra of Alaska focused on the ecology and adaptation of arctic plants. The climate in the Arctic is warming faster that anywhere else on earth and our research indicates that arctic plants may struggle to keep up with this change.

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Myers-Smith IH, Kerby JT, Phoenix GK, Bjerke JW, Epstein HE, Assmann JJ, John C, Andreu-Hayles L, Angers-Blondin S, Beck PSA, Berner LT, Bhatt US, Bjorkman AD, Blok D & Parker TC (2020) Complexity revealed in the greening of the Arctic. Nature Climate Change, 10 (2), pp. 106-117. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0688-1


May JL, Parker T, Unger S & Oberbauer SF (2018) Short term changes in moisture content drive strong changes in Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and gross primary productivity in four Arctic moss communities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 212, pp. 114-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.04.041